Local businesses, business clubs, schools, colleges and public sector organisations packed a conference room at the Vantage Point Business Park at Mitcheldean in January to learn more about the launch of a new Forest Economic Partnership.
Many more people attended the event than the organisers had anticipated, showing the substantial support for working together to promote the area.
Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, who chaired the meeting, said: “Establishing a new Forest Economic Partnership has been a priority for the District Council’s cabinet members. My cabinet colleagues and I believe it will be a positive strength to have an active group of people willing to focus on the local economy and promoting a shared vision. We believe it is important for the district to play a prominent part in strategic plan and policy making in Gloucestershire.”
Adam Starkey, Vice-Chair of the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership spoke at the event. He said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to encourage some inspired, radical thinking about how this unique area can continue to make its mark and compete effectively in the global marketplace.”
Kevan Spencer, Managing Director at Vantage Developments revealed that a Forest Growth Hub facility will open its doors at Vantage Point Business Village later this year.
Kevan said: “We expect the Forest Growth Hub to open its doors in September and our dedicated team of Business Navigators will be available to meet people looking to start up new businesses, provide tailored advice for established businesses and connect them with tailored training solutions where needed.”