High Sheriff of Gloucestershire visits to support the Forest of Dean economy
The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Charles Martell met with District Councillors and representatives of the recently formed Forest Economic Partnership last month.
As the founder of ‘Stinking Bishop’ cheese brand and a proven business man with an interest in economic regeneration, he was delighted to meet the Leader of the District Council, Cllr Tim Gwilliam, the Cabinet Members and the new Chairman, Councillor Marrilyn Smart OBE.
Charles was the first High Sheriff to come from within the Forest of Dean district since 2010. Living right on the border, the High Sheriff considers himself to be part of the district and is keen to show his support for the area’s economic growth.
During informal discussions the High Sheriff heard about plans to regenerate the district’s economy from the Chairman of the Forest Economic Partnership (FEP), Andrew Callard.
Charles passed on that he was impressed with the progressive approach of the council and the Forest Economic Partnership to their challenges and praised the talent and opportunity that the district offers.
Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council said: “We were delighted to host a visit by the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. It was encouraging to receive Charles’s support for our plans for the economic growth of the district, particularly from a man with such a successful business background. We hope that Charles will be able to pass on our positive plans for the regeneration of the Forest of Dean economy and inform others during future discussions about the district.”
Andrew Callard, Chairman of the Forest Economic Partnership added: “It was interesting to hear that The High Sheriff’s office do not receive many nominations for the Queens Awards for Enterprise from Forest businesses. This is a missed opportunity for recognition that FEP would hope to address over the coming year through greater awareness and practical help.”
For more information about the Forest Economic Partnership visit: http://www.fdean.gov.uk/business/business-support/forest-economic-partnership-fep/