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Top of the Pops at 7th GFirst LEP Annual Review - November 2018

Hartpury, Gloucestershire's newest university

The 7th Annual Review of Gloucestershire's gfirst LEP was held in a barn at Hartpury University's riding centre, where we were treated to a verbal whistlestop tour of the accolades of Hartpury.

Hartpury University and College

Hartpury was awarded university status in September 2018 and is the only university in Gloucestershire to hold a current Gold Award from the Teaching Education Framework. They have the highest student satisfaction rating if all UK land-based colleges and have 90 species onsite including pyranas, wallabies and boa constrictors!
And if Hartpury had been a country in their own right they would have come 21st in Rio Olympics!


Diane Savory

Diane Savory, gfirst LEP Chair and David Owen, CEO, lead us through the projects that they are currently working on and included a Top of the Pops sequence with details of some of what is going on and how Gloucestershire is benefiting from the £500 million funding currently available.

20. Fastershire, improving improving the broadband connectivity of the county
19. Digital innovation
18. Cheltenham Railway Station Improvements, including a direct cycle access from the A40 and 70 new parking spaces. £1.497 million from the LEP

17. A38 Berkeley Bridge – total replacement with Growth Deal funding of £1.99 million

16. STEM centres at SGS Berleley Green, Cirencester College, Hartpury University and Hartpury College and Gloucestershire College to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. £2.1 million

15. A40 Over roundabout

14. Gloucestershire airport £2.4 million which has lead to a new hangar being opened and 30 new jobs being created.

13. Gloucestershire College new Cinderford campus 2.6 m

12. Farm491 Cirencester 2.9 m Agritech centre which offers a unique growth opportunity Gloucestershire

11. C11 cyber centre at Berkeley, which is a secure environment for the cyber community to work, innovate, learn and network

10. Shield data house, Barnwood

1. M5 Gloucester services £3m

8. Cinderford northern link road £3.8 million to help regenerate the area and encourage further development

7. Blackfriars and Quayside developments in Gloucester £4.1 million

6. A419 corridor Stonehouse £4.36 million

5. Green Skills Centre Berkeley

4. Gloucester transport hub £6.4 million – As Richard Graham says “I think it will forever be called the New Bus Station.”

3. A40 Elmbridge Court roundabout £9.07 million leading improved capacity and reduced congestion, especially at peak times

2. The new Growth Hub and expansion into other towns, with the Cirencester Growth Hub now open and Cheltenham and Forest of Dean following next year.

1. Cheltenham Cyber Park £22 million investment to create the UK's first dedicated cyber park and 7,500 jobs

David Owen talks to the several hundred Gloucestershire business people who attended the event

The main call out from Diane and David consisted of three points.

1. Get involved with the sector meetings, so sign up to visit the various business groups

2. Sign up to get involved in schools, helping young people understand more about the working world. Even a couple of hours makes a difference.

3. If you are under 40 sign up to give an opinion on the new Industrial Strategy plan for Gloucestershire.




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