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.
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
Appendices to GFirst LEP's Strategic Economic Plan
Annual Report 2017
Building on success
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
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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