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Invest in the Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean has always been 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 and technical, business support, construction, logistics, information and communication businesses. Each of these employs more full-time employees than the visitor economy.

Bounded by the Severn and the Wye, historically travel by road was restricted. Cancelling the Severn Bridge tolls removes one barrier to access the Southern Forest. It shares 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.

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

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.

Vibrant Economy

We will work to develop a vibrant economy that is resilient and future proofed. More details are available in our Corporate Plan.