GFirst LEP annual review attracts record numbers

GFirst LEP Annual Review

Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP, attracted record numbers to its annual review with over  350 delegates attending the event at Hartpury College, including local businesses, students and young entrepreneurs.

Led by Diane Savory, Chair of GFirst LEP and David Owen, Chief Executive, the review showcased the infrastructure projects where it has been investing capital over the last few years.

The LEP also announced that it is creating a Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) for Gloucestershire to drive forward the county’s next period of economic growth for the county, aiming to mirror the national Industrial Strategy published by the Government in 2016.  The LIS will highlight all the relevant opportunities in our county and identify what is truly unique and special about Gloucestershire.

David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEPsaid: “ It’s been great to see record numbers of delegates turn out for our annual review. Now really is the time to engage with the LEP and help drive forward the next exciting period of growth for the county.

“There are three easy ways to engage with us; join one of our Business Groups for a taster session and contribute your ideas, volunteer a few hours with our Education Team and help empower and inspire the next generation of business leaders and if you are under 40, please spend some time with us and give us your valuable input into developing our Local Industrial Strategy for the county.”

Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been the venue for GFirst LEP’s 2018 Annual Review as we celebrate Hartpury’s 70th anniversary and so soon after we were granted university title. We were delighted to update guests on the progress of our Agri Tech Centre, which will provide access to the latest smart farming techniques, for which support from GFirst LEP has been crucial.”