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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
12 February 2019
Chancellor of the Exchequer opens new Business School and Growth Hub building
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited the University of Gloucestershire on Thursday 7th February to officially open the new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.
8 January 2019
GFirst LEP ERDF Film 2018
A short film showcasing ERDF projects in Gloucestershire.
8 January 2019
Growth Deal Projects 2018
The latest Growth Deal Funded projects for GFirst LEP.
7 January 2019
A million new reasons to cycle and walk around Lydney
The county council’s cabinet will be asked next week to give the go ahead to find the contractors to deliver £1m pounds of improvements to paths in the Lydney area.
2 January 2019
We're Hiring - Enterprise Coordinator
GFirst LEP has an exciting opportunity to join our expanding Education Team. Apply now!
2 January 2019
We're Hiring - Inward Investment Administration Assistant
GFirst LEP has an exciting position for our new Inward Investment Team! Apply now!
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