New organisation set up to replace Gloucestershire LEP

A new organisation has been set up to replace the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Following the transfer of roles and responsibilities of GFirst LEP to Gloucestershire County Council, the county council is now starting the process of recruiting board members to join the new Gloucestershire Economic Growth Board.

The new Board will replace the GFirst LEP Board, act as an advisory board to the Gloucestershire City Region Board and the Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet.

The board will also offer economic insight of specific county council activities including; The Growth Hub network, inward investment, Made in Gloucestershire and business groups.

The call is now out for applications for board members that have the drive, passion and commitment to work with us to help make Gloucestershire the best place to do business in the country.

Persuasive and influential business leaders who will bring direction, energy and passion to the role and build upon Gloucestershire County Council’s reputation as the strategic leader in economic development in Gloucestershire.

The aim is to construct a board that reflects the diverse needs and perspectives of our region, ensuring robust representation across key sectors and organisations.

Alongside representatives from local authorities, higher education and further education and business membership organisations we are looking for representatives from the private sector, in particular those who possess expertise and experience from the following key economic growth sectors;

  • Future of Communications (cyber as was)
  • Agri-Tech
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Finance and professional services
  • Energy
  • Tourism/place making

Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is an exciting time for the county. The creation of this new Gloucestershire Economic Growth Board will continue to build on all the great work the LEP have done for the county. The Economic Growth Board offers the opportunity for even stronger partnerships, getting behind a new economic strategy for the county and continuing to work with businesses to create a brighter, greener, more prosperous future for Gloucestershire. If you would like to be part of the shaping future of Gloucestershire, we would welcome your application.”