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Growing a business

This page contains details of support services to help you grow your business including specialists on innovation, manufacturing and exporting.

The Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a fully funded business support programme to help growing Gloucestershire businesses. From one-to-one advice and support, to a range of expert-led events and online self-service resources, the Growth Hub provides help for growing companies of all shapes and sizes.

Hub experts are extensively networked both locally and nationally; able to make introductions to key decision makers in other organisations to help yours grow.

Whether it's finding funding, developing your team or breaking into new markets; the Hub team is on hand to consult, connect and collaborate. To find out which Tier of support is most suitable for your business:


Innovation Lab

Whatever the size, scale or scope of your business, the Forest of Dean offers the support you need when and where you need it. Gloucestershire County Council is proud to support the GFirst Tier 1 and 2 Growth Hubs by providing 31 additional Tier 3 Growth Hub contact points throughout Gloucestershire, in Libraries located in the heart of communities.

Trained, professional staff are on hand at each Library to offer support and to provide access to authoritative resources including the Growth Hub Portal, a stock of business focussed literature, and an ‘Ask Us’ reference service for Mint business information. Our larger Libraries also provide free, convenient and professional meeting spaces.

Coleford Library in the Forest of Dean also boasts the Innovation Lab, designed to connect business start ups, SME’s and entrepreneurs with the digital technology of the future. The Lab offers a series of business focussed workshops, from 3D printed prototypes and design support, to the creation of immersive digital marketing content for websites and social media.

Email the Innovation Lab

Follow the Innovation Lab on Twitter and Instagram @ilabnetwork

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is the Government department that helps business to export goods and services overseas. It runs a series of initiatives including trade fairs, missions and the Open to Export scheme for SMEs. For more information:

Innovate UK

Innovate UK gives support and funding to help business develop new products and services. Innovate UK runs a series of schemes including the SMART R & D Grants, Feasibility Studies and Innovation Vouchers. For more information: