Gloucestershire Growth Hub goes county-wide

Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub Library Network roll out has been completed, with all Gloucestershire libraries providing access points to the Growth Hub support service.

Since first opening in 2014, the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, based at Oxstalls University Campus in Gloucester, has delivered business support for ambitious county businesses.

The county’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP, is currently supporting a network roll out which sees The Growth Hub service being adopted by strategic partners throughout Gloucestershire, including Gloucestershire Libraries and Information.

The county library network provides access points across Gloucestershire to provide entry level and signposting support to local businesses and entrepreneurs. With dedicated zones in each of the county libraries, this service is also supported by the launch of a new innovation lab in Coleford. Now live, the Innovation Lab offers clients the opportunity to use the very latest technology including 3D printing facilities.

Growth Hub Manager Sarah Danson said “We are very fortunate to work with the 31 dedicated library teams throughout Gloucestershire to provide a facility which makes the fully funded Growth Hub service more accessible than ever to everyone who wants to help their business grow.”

Jane Everiss, Head of Library and Registration services at Gloucestershire County Council adds “If you are thinking about setting up or already run a local business and you want help to make it grow, why not call into your local library where staff will be able to help you access available support.”

The completion of the Library network roll out will be followed by the launch of additional strategic Growth Hub centres in Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean and Stroud later in the year, supported by funding received from the European Regional Development Fund.