The Forest really does mean business

To encourage business growth in the Forest of Dean, local businesses were invited to attend a free breakfast meeting last week to share best practice and listen to Nigel Jew, an inspirational speaker and business coach.

Sharing insights from his own personal experiences and aligning them to business practice, Nigel is an advocate of how businesses can overcome hurdles and barriers with the right mind set and determination. Drawing from his own experience, Nigel encouraged businesses to think about setting both personal and business goals and to address those areas that cause the highest levels of dissatisfaction as a matter of priority.

The Forest Means Business events are held every two months at Vantage Point in Mitcheldean and are supported by GFirst LEP.  Organised by Stuart Barnes, who runs his own consultancy company is an active Ambassador of GFirst LEP and is passionate about stimulating economic growth in the Forest of Dean.

Stuart Barnes, Managing Director, SB Consultancy Ltd, said: “The Forest Means Business events have been running for over 12 months and have been hugely successful in supporting existing businesses in the area to obtain vital knowledge, advice and inspiration for business growth.

I am delighted Nigel’s advice was inspirational to our audience and I’m looking forward to organising the next speaker event in December. These events are free to attend, and I would urge any local business that wishes to attend to get in touch.”

All businesses in the Forest of Dean are welcome to attend the next Forest Means Business event on Friday 6th December at Vantage Point, Mitcheldean, from 7.45am until 9.30am.

To book a free place or for more information about Forest Means Business, please call GFirst LEP on 01452 563343 or email

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