• Retail and the High Street

To have a joined-up approach to the current retail offering within the county. To identify current challenges facing high street businesses and work together to encourage diversification and offer employment and skills support.

  • Bring together the best retail knowledge and operational experience in the county and share great retail practice.

  • Promote career opportunities and training development within retail.

  • Support the work of the High Streets Task Force: collaborating with the local authorities, businesses, and community groups, with the aim of unlocking potential and to identify stakeholder and local leader support systems.
  • Champion independent retailers in Gloucestershire's rural village high streets, town and city centres and to encourage 'shop local' initiatives. 


Chair: Dorian Wragg - Bruton Knowles
GFirst LEP Board Member:

Belinda Hunt - Cheltenham BID
Paul James - Cotswold District Council
Jason Robinson – Eastgate Shopping Centre
Sam Holliday - Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Jack Simpson - Five Valleys Shopping Centre
Wendy Jackson – Forest of Dean Publica Group
Emily Gibbon - Gloucester BID
David Evans – Gloucester City Council
Richard Wakeford - Gloucestershire Market Town Forum (GMTF)
Nigel Jobson – Maybe*
Owen Acland - Peel Centre, Gloucester Quays
Amy Beckett - Stroud District Council
Katie Power – Tewkesbury Growth Hub

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