In these uncertain times, we have had to change the way we live and work. Now more than ever, the voice of business is vitally important to us and to Government. To ensure that we listen and disseminate what Gloucestershire Businesses are saying, business groups will take place virtually for the next few months. We will use these opportunities to seek business intelligence on:
a) how COVID-19 is impacting individual businesses and business sectors,
b) the impacts across supply, demand and labour markets,
c) actions being taken by firms to address these impacts, and
d) if you think there are any gaps in the Government response from specific industry perspectives.
If you are not part of our business groups, and would like to feedback on how COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on your business and your industry, please drop an email to our Business Group Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been pushing out communications daily, with advice and guidance to businesses. Please pass these onto your contacts for any businesses who need answers - our Business Support Questionnaire will ensure they are given the right support from a Growth Hub Business Guide:
The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. Find the right support, guidance and information to help with the impact on your business:
Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
Identify and address skills shortages within the sector, engaging with academia to address these gaps and incorporate the manufacturing initiatives into the STEM learning environment. To ensure the right talents and capabilities are developed and retained within the county, avoiding skills seepage.To assist in the development and implementation of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy.
Agri Food and Rural
Work with partners to develop a food strategy for the county: using food as the vehicle for driving positive social, economic and environmental change.Supporting sustainable rural businesses with their growth potential; identifying areas of opportunity and support from associated organisations.To assist in the development and implementation of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy Agri-tech strand.
Banking and Finance
Work with the full spectrum of banks and financial organisations within the county to offer holistic support and advice to businesses. Offering financial guidance to Growth Hub clients through ‘clinics’ offering impartial financial advice and signposting.To assist in the development and implementation of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy. Work closely with GFirst LEP Investment panel to offer investment recommendations to the Board.
Business Membership Group
This group provides a platform for representatives from the county’s business membership groups to engage with each other and Board representatives. This group provides a conduit between the LEP Board and membership groups to identify mutual needs and solutions to enhance economic growth. The Business Membership group is chaired by Ian Mean, a LEP Board member and our SME Champion.
Business and Professional Services
As a collective representation of the professional services in the county, to act collaboratively to review and feedback on GFirst LEP pipeline project proposals for consideration of future funding opportunities.
Construction and Infrastructure
To offer support in identifying and facilitating the planning of employment land within the county particularly along the M5 ‘growth zone’. To work collaboratively to support infrastructure developments surrounding planned growth areas, taking into consideration any environmental and social impact.
To support the key Government objective of making the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business.To develop the county, in particular Cheltenham as the ‘cyber cradle’ for innovative Cyber-tech start-ups and to offer the opportunity for the growth and development within the county, capitalising on the world-class Cyber-tech institutions based here. The Cyber Tech group is chaired by David Woodfine, who is the co-founder of Cyber Security Associates Limited.
Ensure the application of Gloucestershire’s Sustainable Energy Strategy into new projects. To work collaboratively to strive for the ambition for Gloucestershire to become carbon neutral by 2050.To encourage the adoption of measures to improve the efficiency of energy usage by businesses.
Retail and the High Street
To have a joined-up approach to the current retail offering within the county. To identify current challenges facing high street businesses and work together to encourage diversification and support. To take an active role in the promotion and development of the UK National Digital Retail Innovation Centre (UK:DRIC) – the national centre for testing and developing disruptive technologies, and to help retailers develop solutions to help shape the future of retail.
Visitor Economy and Tourism
To ensure that Gloucestershire is a vibrant, year-round destination for tourists of all ages and from all locations. To ensure a joined-up thinking approach to every area of the county, to share best practice to generate a holistic approach to building the visitor economy. To work with tourism bodies to ensure opportunities for showcasing what Gloucestershire has to offer, is promoted effectively both at home and abroad.
Business Group Update April 2020
View the outcomes from our Business Group meetings in April 2020.
Business Group Update February 2020
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Business Group Update January 2020
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Business Group Update November 2019
View the outcomes from our Business Group meetings in November 2019.
Business Group Update October 2019
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Business Group Update December 2019
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Business Group Update January 2018
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Business Group Update February 2018
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Business Group Update March 2018
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Business Group Update April 2018
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Business Group Update May 2018
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Business Group Update June 2018
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Business Group Update July 2018
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Business Group Update September 2018
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Business Group Update October 2018
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Business Group Update November 2018
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Business Group Update December 2018
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Business Group Update January 2019
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Business Group Update February 2019
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Business Group Update March 2019
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Business Group Update April 2019
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Business Group Update May 2019
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Business Group Update June 2019
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Business Group Update July 2019
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Business Group Update September 2019
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Access to Finance Guide
SWIG Grants and Funds
Find out more about funds available through the South West Investment Group
4 June 2020
Well-being award for GFirst LEP
The Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire accreditation has been awarded to GFirst LEP.
15 May 2020
Social media experiences in pandemic times
The Hub Mentors ‘Moving your Business Online’ series comes to end next Tuesday 19 May, as they are holding the last webinar of the series. On this occasion, they will speak about digital marketing and, specifically, about how social media can be an instrumental tool to keep contact with your customer base in these changeable times; or even to increase it.
12 May 2020
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
12 May 2020
COVID-19 Support - PM Address
In his address to the nation on Sunday, the Prime Minister outlined a roadmap for reopening society.
11 May 2020
Help Opening Your Business After Covid-19
The government has announced that it will be shortly publishing its roadmap out of the lockdown. Many business organisations are commenting on the discussion documents and have raised concerns about the lack of safety advice for businesses. While it’s possible that many employees will remain working at home, employers need at least to start thinking about how they will handle some of the challenges they are going face in re-opening their businesses. Normal working patterns will clearly fundamentally change, and some employees have expressed a preference to continue working from home or are simply too scared to return to work when contracting COVID-19 is still a danger. Employers need to consider carefully how they will protect their workforce from the risk of contracting the virus at work. During the current lockdown, the law permits employees to attend their workplace if their work cannot be undertaken remotely. However, as the lockdown lifts, an increasing number of employers will require their employees to return to work. A return to work, however, cannot be "business as usual" because employers have a duty under health and safety legislation to take the necessary steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those who will be required to visit their business. At the Compliance Standard Group, we believe the best way to get business back on track during the Covid -19 crisis is to carry out a suitable and sufficient Risk Assessment of all its people activities. Many businesses will be starting to plan their return and many things will need to be considered before allowing their employees to return safely. Compliance Standards Group have produced three documents to assist business owners with their planning, and we are offering them for free: Checklist for opening up your premises following lock down – this document details the key areas that business owners need to consider before re-opening their premises. COVID-19 example risk assessment – a template document created using the guidance from WHO, NHS and the HSE. COVID-19 risk assessment measures for different workplaces – this document details other measures that different businesses could consider added to their risk assessments.
11 May 2020
Cheltenham Borough Council launches search for partner to deliver world-class Golden Valley Development
The search is underway for a development and investment partner to deliver a £400 million project which will see the creation of the UK’s cyber capital in Cheltenham.
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