New brochure shouts about forest business opportunities

With 203 square miles of opportunity the Forest of Dean is very much open for business. That’s the message from the Forest Economic Partnership as this week it launches its first ever brochure.

The new 32 page brochure, which has been designed and printed in the forest, features an A-Z directory of 92 social enterprises and non-for-profit organisations, 14 business features and seven business support features.

It includes information about all seven local high schools and academies, Forest Sports Education, Gloucestershire College and Hartpury University.

The brochure is a new way for businesses in the Forest of Dean to promote who they are and what they are doing right now. It shows how educators, businesses and business support agencies are working together to raise awareness of the area and the great things that are happening locally.

Cllr Tim Gwilliam, Leader of Forest of Dean District Council said, “I’m so pleased to be a part of the Forest Economic Partnership’s brochure launch today. It’s a great way to demonstrate what an amazing place the forest is to live, work, study and invest in.  

“A sample of our 4000 strong business base is featured, to give people a feel for the variety of employers we have here.  Our wonderful schools and colleges are included to help inform people looking to make the Forest of Dean their home.  I’d like to wish FEP members every success and hope this will encourage more people to get involved with their activity this year.”     

Andrew Callard, Chair of the Forest Economic Partnership said, “2019 is a time of opportunity and discovery for business. The removal of the Severn bridge tolls makes it easier to reach the forest from the South and helps more people benefit from working with, and in, district businesses. This brochure will help employers consider how they can share in the forest's proud tradition of being a place of work, invention and opportunity."

A free digital download of the brochure is available at: and hard copies will be available at all participating schools, colleges and business support agencies.

This year the Forest Economic Partnership is inviting more people to join the 150 members it has so far. It meets regularly throughout the year and it open to anyone who is interested in the Forest’s economic future.

To find out more call 01594 810000, email or visit


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