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Invest in the Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean has always been a working forest home to enterprising people known for all sorts of businesses.

Manufacturing is strong employing a quarter of the local workforce in business parks and bespoke manufacturing sites. Other significant sectors include professional scientific & technical; business admin & support; construction; logistics; and information & communication businesses. Each of these employs more full-time employees than the visitor economy but are often hidden from view.

Bounded by the Severn and the Wye, historically travel by road was restricted. The abolition of the Severn Bridge tolls removes one barrier to access to the Southern Forest. It can now share motorway connectivity south to the M4 and north to the M50. Significant investment has been made laying fibre for digital communications making fast office and home-working a realistic choice for the new economy.

Our County

Visit Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Invest in Gloucestershire’ website. 

It showcases the best that our county has to offer to the international business community and encourages growth through inward investment.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Capital Investment Pipeline (CIP)

The Gloucestershire Economic Growth Capital Investment Pipeline (CIP) has been created to highlight where GFirst are prioritising economic investment. This interactive map sets out Gloucestershire’s current priorities in broad ‘infrastructure’ terms. It allows you to look at the existing and proposed investment in the county and understand the type of projects and investments that are planned or being delivered . Gloucestershire Economic Growth Capital Investment Pipeline (CIP)

Vibrant Economy

A vibrant economy is one of the our key areas of focus. We will work to develop a vibrant economy that is resilient and future proofed.

More details are available in our Corporate Plan.