The SEP enables us to support businesses and develop the skills of workers in high-growth sectors, including helping start-ups to grow and maximising the connections and opportunities of the motorway corridor.
We’re already putting the plan in action, achieving great things for Gloucestershire. In October 2014, we opened The Growth Hub, the first stop for business support in the county, and, in December 2016, we opened GREEN, the Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear Skills Centre. Farm491, a state-of-the-art space for agri-tech innovators, was opened in June 2017, and we’re also implementing a Growth Zone, ensuring the availability of quality employment land in proximity to the M5 motorway and enabling excellent connectivity throughout Gloucestershire and the rest of the UK.
The Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire 2.0 is a fully updated and refreshed strategic economic plan, following the initial SEP that was created in 2014.
Facts and Figures
growth to Gloucestershire by 2022
jobs being created by the SEP
jobs protected by our plans
Dr Diane Savory OBE DL
Chair, GFirst LEP
Our business plan has ambition and drive, stretching goals and supporting evidence to satisfy the most testing of challenges. We believe that, with the right support and funding, it holds the key to achieving successful growth in Gloucestershire.
The SEP was submitted to the government in March 2014 to request Growth Deal funding. In July 2014, we had secured the full £62.5 million of Growth Deal funding we requested, followed by an additional £15 million in January 2015, and £29.13 million in February 2017.
You can download the SEP, its appendices and any supporting documents by clicking on the buttons below. To find out how we’re putting the SEP into action, visit our projects page.
Facts and Figures
apprenticeship opportunities being created
qualifications being achieved
new homes being built
Strategic Economic Plan
Our Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire
Annual Report 2018
Building on success
Appendices to GFirst LEP's Strategic Economic Plan
Gloucestershire Skills Statement
This document outlines how we'll improve the Gloucestershire economy through skilled workers
Skills Statement Evidence Base
Our evidence base for the Gloucestershire Skills Statement
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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