Forest Economic Partnership (FEP)
A United Voice for Economic Development in the Forest of Dean
The Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) is bringing together businesses, councils, people, ideas and resources to give the Forest of Dean a voice in the Glos2050 big conversation and deliver a thriving and sustainable economy.
Our vision is that in 2050 the Forest of Dean is an attractive, vibrant and dynamic destination to live, work and do business.
Participation is via a quarterly stakeholder meeting and 4 sub-groups that are working to address key challenges and opportunities in the Forest of Dean:
Education & skills - led by Julian Grail, Grail Engineering
- Within a lifelong learning context, how do we get the workforce we need for the District now and in the future to power and sustain economic growth by removing barriers and raising aspirations?
Transport & infrastructure - led by Paul O'Flynn, Tayntons Solicitors
- The District plan guides future development that gives us the space to work, live and play. Once those uses are known, we can consider the transport routes in the District to enable them become fit for purpose. What is the practical new vision that defines the Forest we want to be and the balance between the use of space?
Digital connectivity - led by David Trevelyan, Sustain You
- We are told we live in a digital world. What practical steps can we take to get the speed, reliability and connectivity to support the ways we increasingly work, live, study and play now and in the future?
Bridges & borders - led by Andrew Callard, Aimed Business
The Severn and Wye have preserved the Forest. The best future protection is connection with all those around us to ensure a mutual understanding of economic needs. Looking outwards, if we are to participate in the South Wales-West of England economic powerhouse and be considered in our neighbours plans, what do we need and want to trade for bridges?
FEP is already taking action and has this year submitted responses to:
- Glos2050 Vision consultation
- Cross-Rail Franchise consultation
- Dene Magna Sixth Form consultation
- House of Lords Select committee
- Forest Hospital consultation