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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
8 April 2021
World leader in pioneering decarbonising aviation selects Gloucestershire as its new home
ZeroAvia, the world’s leading innovator in decarbonising aviation, is to open a major facility at Cotswold Airport at Kemble. The UK-based company will use the facility as its base for developing the breakthrough HyFlyer II project, a hydrogen-electric powered aircraft which solely emits water vapor during flight, potentially making it the future of carbon zero air travel.
31 March 2021
We’re Hiring! – Marketing Officer
GFirst LEP are recruiting for a new Marketing Officer.
31 March 2021
Recruitment of a new Chair and Private Sector Board members
GFirst LEP is approaching its first ever change in leadership. Dr Diane Savory OBE is stepping down from her position as Chair after nearly 10 years at the helm.
25 March 2021
Innovation in Gloucestershire – driving forward change
Gloucestershire will need to innovate more in the next 10 years than it has ever done before to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. The objective of this new survey is to determine how current organisational activity supports innovation and growth potential within the county.
23 March 2021
Work begins on Cirencester digital skills centre
Work has begun on the £4.8million Gloucestershire Applied Digital Skills Centre at Cirencester College.
17 March 2021
Peer Networks Programme Packs Punch
Learn. Share. Grow. Get practical no-nonsense support from other local businesses. There's never been a more important time to invest in the future of your business by working with people who know business best.
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