Local Business, Global Reach
Many leading national PLCs and diverse, innovative and specialist businesses are choosing to make their base in Gloucestershire, ranging from advanced manufacturing, financial services and pharmaceutical companies to animation and digital media businesses.As a result, the county is well placed for attracting inward investment, new start-ups and business expansion. Here’s how we’re helping to make the most of these opportunities.
Dr Diane Savory OBE DL
Chair of GFirst LEP
We’re proud that Gloucestershire is home to GCHQ, one of the three UK intelligence agencies that forms a crucial part of the UK’s national intelligence and security machinery, providing intelligence, protecting information and keeping our society safe and successful in the internet age.
Chairman, Mears Group
Gloucester is an excellent location for our company as the city has a highly skilled workforce within the sectors in which we operate. The city’s dynamic approach to regeneration and business support is seeing it become a leading contender within the South West.
We’ve got plenty to shout about when it comes to our economy. Not only is Gloucestershire home to many global brands covering diverse sectors, but also to thousands of thriving start-ups, with the best three-year business survival rate in England.
Did you know?
We’re pleased to announce that Gloucestershire has one of the highest rates of employment in the South West. The county also has the highest proportion of employees in export-intensive sectors of all LEPs alongside London.
Committed to developing our people
A major priority in our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) is skills development, particularly to plug the gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, where there is scarcity both at a county and national level. Completed in 2017, the Gloucestershire centre of excellence in Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills (GREEN), is a world-class centre of excellence for STEM training, providing workforce development training and apprenticeship opportunities based at the decommissioned Berkeley power station site.
Gloucestershire is already served by excellent rail and road transportation links, with easy access to the motorway networks and major routes, and is a gateway to the urban hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and London. However, we’re working hard to make sure Gloucestershire is one of the most connected counties in the UK.
29 November 2019
Gloucestershire nurturing new relationships in Hanover, Germany
For the first time, Gloucestershire had a presence at the world's leading trade fair for agricultural technology, Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany.
11 November 2019
Grants available for Rural Businesses
On 4th November the doors opened to new applications for grant funding for rural businesses.
22 October 2019
Youth Survey 2019
GFirst LEP is today publishing the results of a major survey of young people.
20 September 2019
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2019
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP would like to thank everyone who attended our eighth Annual Review event on Thursday 19th September at the University of Gloucestershire, in the new School of Business and Technology.
18 September 2019
The UK Cyber Business Park – Cyber Central is a joint public and private sector initiative aimed at creating the UK’s first dedicated hub, in Cheltenham, to support the growth and development of new cyber security businesses, technology, research and skills.
23 August 2019
GFirst LEP appoint new Board Member
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, is delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Hanby to the Board of Directors as a Board Member.
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