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
22 February 2024
GFirst LEP - 'The One about Evolution'
We would love for you to join us at GFirst LEP's final event.
31 January 2024
Sale of SGS Berkeley Campus to bring economic prosperity to the region
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) is embarking on a transformative journey by signing Heads of Terms for a strategic disposal of their Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park at SGS Berkeley to a preferred bidder, Chiltern Vital Group (CVG).
22 November 2023
A seamless transition for GFirst LEP, "Evolution not extinction"
The roles and responsibilities of GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, will transfer to Gloucestershire County Council from April 2024.
2 November 2023
Planning submitted for £1bn project at the heart of the UK’s Technology and Cyber ambitions
Planning has been submitted for Cheltenham’s Golden Valley Development, the £1bn project at the heart of the Government’s National Cyber Strategy and the UK’s newest Innovation District.
10 October 2023
GFirst LEP: Net Zero Conference 2023
GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub are excited to bring you another inspiring Net Zero Conference this November!
5 September 2023
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