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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
1 October 2020
Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs that is delivered locally by the Growth Hub network across Gloucestershire.
25 September 2020
Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today announced a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead as we continue to tackle the spread of the virus.
15 September 2020
Secretary of State visits site of new centre for construction skills
The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, visited (11 September 2020) the site of the future Construction Skills Accelerator Centre (CSAC), to hear from the visionary team behind the innovative project.
9 September 2020
Gloucester Railway Station to receive additional funding
Gloucester Railway Station is to receive an additional £1.7m DfT funding. The project has already received £4.3m Growth Deal Funding through GFirst LEP.
9 September 2020
Join the Volunteer Enterprise Adviser Network
Support your local school or college to deliver world-class career guidance to their students.
27 August 2020
Business Recovery Toolkit
At GFirst LEP we decided to review the wealth of information being promoted during lockdown and, taking that as a base, develop a methodology that businesses of all sizes (from start-ups to SMEs and large companies) could apply as a road map for post-pandemic recovery.
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