Stroud Open for Business to call for more joined-up working at new event

Event is being held at SGS College, Stroud

Stroud District is short of one million square feet of commercial space, forcing growing businesses to leave the district, according Steve Dechan, chair of the Stroud Business Voice group.

“I am afraid support for Stroud District business is dis-jointed. We don’t have a formal voice and unlike Gloucester and Cheltenham we are not well organised and funded”, he said.

Stroud Business Voice Group is hosting a meeting aimed at local business in the Stroud area to encourage investment in Stroud District and encourage the councils to work together to support business.

Being held on Thursday October 31 at Stroud(SGS) College from 9.30-12.30pm, the speakers include

-Kevin Hamblin, CEO SGS

-Mark Dransfield of Dransfield Properties

-Dr Simon Pickering of Ecotricity

-Matt Griffith, Policy Director, Business West

-David Owen, CEO GFirstLEP

-Andrew Callard, chair Forest Economic Partnership

It has been organised by the Stroud Business Voice Group and Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire Director.

Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire Director, said: “Stroud Business Voice, backed by Business West, are hoping that this special business event at SGS College will have a beneficial effect on businesses.

“But a lot will depend on how the different councils really do start working together to help business.

“We have gathered together some key business leaders in Stroud District and the county for the event including the new chief executive of Stroud District.”

Businesses can attend the meeting by registering via Eventbrite at:

Those interested in attending can also contact Steve Dechan on mobile: 07564-023343 or e-mail: