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.
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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