• Business Membership Group

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. The Business Membership group is chaired by Ian Mean, a LEP Board member and our SME Champion.

  • Work collaboratively with the Growth Hub Network to ensure members are aware of what they can offer SMEs.
  • Drive sustainable economic growth to create more jobs and business opportunities for the county as articulated in the GFirst Strategic Economic Plan [ SEP ].
  • Increase the numbers of businesses engaged with the LEP sector groups and extend their reach to the wider business community. 
  • Ensure that the Membership Groups they represent are fully informed of LEP projects and activities.







Chair and GFirst LEP Board Member: Ian Mean, Business West

Nicky Williams - CBI
Claire Thayers - Claire Thayers Associates
Jon Leamon - Cheltenham Chambers of Commerce
Robert Killen - Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
Russell Warner - Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
James Cox – National Farmers Union (NFU)
Michael Jones - The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire
Matt Tipper - UNITE South West
Dr Polly Pick - University of Gloucestershire

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