Current Calls for Funding
There are currently several calls for funding open as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) strategy. Click on the button below to view our latest calls.Find Out More
GFirst LEP has been awarded £8.4 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Growing Places Fund to set up a revolving infrastructure investment fund for Gloucestershire. This fund is designed to stimulate local economic growth by targeting investment to deliver the infrastructure needed to unlock constrained and stalled development sites, and help to realise potential development value, new jobs, housing and regeneration.
Latest News: Since commencement of the infrastructure investment fund in 2013, varied projects in Gloucestershire have benefited from investment awards from the fund. Projects include; Honeybourne Gate retirement home complex in Cheltenham, Gloucester Motorway Services on the Southbound M5, Gloucester Park View extra care facility, Gloucester Transport Hub, the re-location of Stroud Metal Company in Stroud and Shield House Data Centre, Gloucester, all of which are at different programme stages.
The GFirst LEP, working closely with Gloucestershire County Council, continues to welcome expressions of interest for potential projects. Investment funding awarded to successful applicants will typically take the form of an interest free repayable loan. Gloucestershire County Council’s Economic Growth Team, provides programme management support for the investment fund. The Programme Management Team is contactable for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as meeting current fund commitments, there may be an opportunity to consider one or two smaller projects. Potential future projects are required to meet a broad set of qualifying criteria, recognising that the main purpose of the revolving fund is to help bring forward key developments/development sites and stimulate sustainable local economic growth. Potential projects that may wish to be considered for this fund, can contact the Programme Management Team for an informal chat and details of the current available funding position.
Further information about the infrastructure investment fund including details of the application process and the arrangement terms which includes a processing fee for the agreed loan, can be found within the links in the download bar below.
The Gloucestershire LEP Investment Panel usually meets quarterly and acts in an advisory capacity to make investment recommendations to the LEP Board. The Panel also reviews and monitors the programme and investment portfolio for the Infrastructure Investment Fund. The LEP Board has responsibility for making the final decisions on investment funding for this scheme.
Investment Panel Members
The Panel is made up from private sector and public sector representatives.
Chair: David Owen – GFirst LEP
Vice Chair: Jon Whitbread – Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Business Membership Group)
Chris Mears – Santander (Banking Sector Group)
Nick Upton – Nicholas J Upton & Partners (Construction & Infrastructure Sector Group)
Richard Hellen – Hermes Energy Services (Energy Sector Group)
Nick Haines – Hazlewoods (Business & Professional Sector Group)
Di Pitts – Handelsbanken (Banking Sector Group)
Stephen Limbrick – Roberts Limbrick (Construction & Infrastructure Sector Group)
Adrian Rowley – Alder King (Corporate Property Group)
Andrew Hopcraft – National Composites Centre (Design & Manufacturing Technologies Group)
Graham Clark – Countryside Land Owners (Rural Group)
Mark Ryan – Gloucestershire Airport
Catherine Turner – Homes & Communities Agency (Government Agency)
Kaye Turner – Gloucestershire County Council (Accountable Body)
Mike Dawson – Tewkesbury Borough Council
Tim Atkins – Cheltenham Borough Council
Philip Ardley – Gloucester City Council
Executive Support to the Panel is provided by officers from the Economic Growth Team within the County Council.
Investment Panel Meeting Dates
22 January 2019
26 March 2019
2 July 2019
8 October 2019
GIIF Guidance Notes
These guidance notes provide further information about applying for GIIF funds.
GIIF Expression of Interest Form
To apply for GIIF funds, download and complete this form.
GIIF Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about the GIIF in this document.
GIIF Governance Flow Chart
Updated 22 September 2017
21 March 2019
Local Industrial Strategy - Call for Evidence
Overview To develop a Local Industrial Strategy for Gloucestershire, GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership is issuing a public ‘Call for Evidence’.
8 March 2019
Leader Views - Dr Diane Savory OBE
Dr Diane Savory is Chair of GFirst LEP. After joining Cult Clothing, the predecessor of SuperGroup Plc, she rapidly progressed through the organisation to become its Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company from a small, local enterprise to the now-distinctive global fashion retailer that is Superdry. Here, Diane encourages more women from all business sectors to consider getting involved and contributing to their LEP.
8 March 2019
Third wave of the UK’s science and innovation audits published
Wave 3 of the science and innovation audits (SIAs) have been published today, which have identified a number of strengths in different industries across the country. From the marine economy in the Highlands of Scotland to Steel Innovation in South Wales, the SIAs have boosted the country’s understanding of the UK’s scientific and research strengths and the commercial opportunities that exist in different regions.
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.
11 February 2019
Preparing for Brexit
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
8 January 2019
GFirst LEP ERDF Film 2018
A short film showcasing ERDF projects in Gloucestershire.
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