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What We Do
We work tirelessly to promote economic growth in the county, create jobs and provide real opportunity for businesses in the region. We do this by developing roads and transport infrastructure throughout the region, launching organisations like The Growth Hub that offer invaluable business advice, and building training and education facilities that will promote Gloucestershire’s future champions.
Chief Executive, GFirst LEP
By 2022, Gloucestershire will be the county to have world class companies, a diverse business portfolio and a reputation for starting and strengthening great businesses.
How We Do It
In order to achieve our goals, we set a plan in motion. The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was submitted to the government in 2011, and outlines how we plan to grow the economy by 2022. Our aim is to drive growth of 4.8% GVA per annum, averaged over the period of the plan.
By following the SEP, we know that Gloucestershire will be home to even more world-class businesses and have a reputation for growing, attracting and retaining a diverse range of companies. The county will have the right skills and infrastructure to support business growth, and a reputation that attracts national and international companies to invest here.
In short, we’re making Gloucestershire the best place in the country for business.
Strategic Economic Plan
Our ambitious business plan outlines how we will drive our economy forward by 2022 to achieve growth of 4.8% GVA per annum.
The Gloucestershire Growth Deal
Since 2014, we’ve secured £101.69 million of funding, and we're using it to help Gloucestershire grow through groundbreaking projects.
Who Our Plans Benefit
Through our work, we’ve been able to provide funding for projects all over the county, working with a range of partners. From helping business start-ups get on their feet and rejuvenating our high streets, to building new educational facilities and improving our roads, we’ve got Gloucestershire’s best interests in mind.
How You Can Get Involved
4 February 2021
Digital Transformation - how can we help you?
Digital transformation is the process all organisations need to go through to operate effectively in today’s rapidly changing environment. What help does your business need to do this?
29 January 2021
Can you help our Education and Skills Team?
GFirst LEP's Education and Skills Team are looking to develop ‘Discovery Boxes’ for students with particularly high needs in the county’s special schools to support with the school’s careers education programme.
26 January 2021
Covid-19 – Business Grants update
The very latest news from your Local Authority on the Business Grants that are available.
22 January 2021
Peer Networks Programme – supporting your business
The Peer Network programme in Gloucestershire is delivered locally by The Growth Hub.
11 January 2021
We're hiring - Project Support Officer (Inward Investment)
We're hiring - Project Support Officer (Inward Investment).
16 December 2020
A message from David Owen, Chief Executive GFirst LEP
There is no doubt that 2020 has been an unforgettable year.
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If you’d like to help us in strengthening the economy of Gloucestershire, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.