Last week, GFirst LEP presented highlights of its annual review and plans for a 'future-proofed' county, in an event held at the School of Business and Technology.
The primary focus was GFirst LEP's Local Industrial Strategy, which sets a direction for Gloucestershire's future economy and promoting local opportunities.
Welcoming over 350 local business representatives to the event, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston highlighted the university's ongoing work to promote enterprise across the county, including:
- securing £3.4 million of EU funding to continue providing services across the Growth Hub network until 2022
- our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programme, which has enrolled over 300 apprentices in partnership in employers
- our partnership with the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Bath, which aims to make major contributions to the Cyber Business Park in Cheltenham
GFirst LEP has surveyed over 5,000 young people to assess details of their lives and their hopes for the future, identifying reasons why young people might leave the county. While 70% stated that they might leave for a job, and 64% for university prospects, respondents praised Gloucestershire for its countryside, food and friendliness.
The event also highlighted opportunities for cyber tech within the county, particularly with the presence of GCHQ and a £22 million investment in the UK's only cyber tech park.
Speaking at the event, Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of the School of Business and Technology, said:
"This fantastic event clearly demonstrates how the university is working in close partnership with the local business community."
For more information, please visit the GFirst LEP website.