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.
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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