• Business Members Group

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.
This group provides a platform for representatives from the county’s business membership groups to engage with each other and with Board representatives. This group provides a conduit between the LEP Board and membership groups to identify mutual needs and solutions to enhance economic growth.

  • Work collaboratively with the Growth Hub Network to support their offering and to show SMEs the added value of connecting with local membership organisations
  • Drive sustainable economic growth to create more jobs and business opportunities for the county
  • Increase the numbers of businesses engaged with the LEP sector groups and extend their reach to the wider business community. 
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking opportunities within the business communites to support ideas for growth.
  • Support and help to deliver interventions within the Recovery Plan
  • To offer collaborative, business-rich feedback to the Growth Hub stretegic development
  • To offer an accurate representation of digital and softer skills within the county, and illustrate their application into all business environments.
  • Contribute to achieving the aims and objectives of GFirst LEP, with the themes of Investment, Connection, Promotion and Skills.


Chair: Ian Mean - Business West
GFirst LEP Board Member Rep: Jenny Raymond - Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Clayton Manley - Business Doctors Ltd
Sarah Taylor Phillips - Career Voyage
Ben Rhodes - CBI
Michael Ellyatt - Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce
Russell Warner - Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Fiona Spencer – Fiona Spencer Ltd
Vikki Walters – Gloucestershire County Council
Michael Jones - The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire
Jo Draper - QuoLux
Richard Dalziel - RCD Solutions Ltd
Alex Cottrell - University of Gloucestershire
Chris Wills - Willans

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