• 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, Vice Chair of the LEP Board and is our SME Champion.

  • 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.


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

Abubakr Nanabawa - CBI
Jon Leamon - Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce
Russell Warner - Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Michael Jones - The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire
Matt Tipper - UNITE South West
Dr Polly Pick - University of Gloucestershire

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