Current Calls for Funding
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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)
Nigel Riglar – Gloucestershire County Council
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
24 July 2018
20 November 2018
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
13 August 2018
GFirst LEP appoints Ian Mean to Board of Directors
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Mean to the Board of Directors - his specific role will include being the Small Business Champion for the LEP.
2 August 2018
Cirencester is open for business as Gloucestershire Growth Hub network takes shape
Since first opening in 2014, the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, based on Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, has delivered an outstanding level of business support and growth impact for county businesses. This has been evidenced repeatedly through national statistics and regional reports and most recently through The Times THELMA Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement. Such has been the impact of The Growth Hub, that GFirst LEP is supporting a widely publicized network roll out which sees The Growth Hub service being adopted by strategic partners throughout Gloucestershire.
31 July 2018
Work starts on Merrywalks transformation in Stroud
Work is underway on the first phase of the £12 million transformation of the Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud.
27 July 2018
LEP business leaders welcome strengthened role for LEPs
LEP business leaders today welcomed publication of the government’s Review of Local Enterprise Partnerships, and the additional £20m funding that underpins it. It will enable LEPs to continue to build on their strengths as unique business led local organisations, brokering business partnerships, developing local Industrial Strategies, and setting the economic direction that shapes their local area.
16 July 2018
Improving Gloucestershire’s connectivity for all
It’s no secret that GFirst LEP have supported a variety of high profile transport projects in Gloucestershire including; Elmbridge Court Roundabout, the A40 Over Roundabout and the South West Bypass to name but a few.
9 July 2018
SMEs urged to take advantage of funded training
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to take advantage of fully funded skills training for their workforce, available at Gloucestershire College, before the March 2019 deadline.
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