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 was fully updated and refreshed in 2018.
Facts and Figures
growth to Gloucestershire by 2022
jobs being created by the SEP
jobs protected by our plans
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
5 September 2023
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8 August 2023
End of an era and the start of a new chapter...
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2 August 2023
Have your say on Gloucestershire’s economy
Residents and businesses are being invited to give their views on what priorities they would like to see included in a new economic strategy for Gloucestershire.
20 July 2023
Evaluation of LEP Growth Hubs published
An independent evaluation of the LEP Growth Hubs programme has been published this week by central Government.
13 July 2023
Gloucestershire's Top 100 Businesses Announced
The Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire 2023 was recently announced.
13 July 2023
South West Investment Fund launch £200 million growth fund
The £200m South West Investment Fund, aimed at fostering growth and prosperity for small businesses across the region has been launched today by the British Business Bank.
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