Organisations invited to the launch of a new Forest Economic Partnership

Local businesses, business clubs, schools, colleges and public sector organisations are invited to join a new Forest Economic Partnership.

The launch event for the partnership will take place at 10am on Monday 8 January in the Boardroom, Carlson Suite, Vantage Point Business Park, Mitcheldean.

The hosts will be encouraging attendees to join forces and think about the journey needed to get to a sustainable economic future for the district.

Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council encourages organisations to get involved as the new partnership comes together.

Tim 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 will be speaking at the event and added: “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Forest employers, education and training providers and other public and voluntary sector partners 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 will also be attending the launch to promote the arrival of the Forest Growth Hub facility that will be opening 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.”


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