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Blueprint for economic growth in Gloucestershire

Published
04.11.2019

Gloucestershire County Council is set to give its support to a key document that will promote economic growth opportunities in the county.

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The Gloucestershire Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) is being co-written by GFirst LEP and the government and is due to be published in March 2020.

The county council, as a key stakeholder, has been asked for its views on the draft strategy and its proposed formal response will be considered at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Wednesday 13 November.

A report says the LIS will guide future action and investment to improve productivity and realise potential. It has been put together following engagement with Gloucestershire’s local authorities, other key stakeholders and a survey of more than 5,000 young people aged 16 to 24.

The key focus for Gloucestershire’s LIS is:

  • Ensuring people have the skills to keep pace with technological change
  • Positioning the county to maximise economic opportunities through the digital revolution, fighting climate change and protecting nature
  • Attraction/retention of young people
  • Exploiting opportunities in growth sectors such as advanced engineering, agri tech and cyber tech

The document notes the strengths of the county, such as its well connected location, attractive natural environment and diversity, while acknowledging its challenges, including an ageing population, the need for young talent and greater business growth and productivity.

It says that the economic development opportunities associated with the formation of the Great Western Powerhouse need to be explored, while ambitions set out in GCC’s Vision 2050 are also included in the LIS, such as Gloucestershire being a ‘magnet county’ able to attract more young people with high qualifications who want to live and work here.

The report being put to cabinet says the LIS has been well received and members are pleased to see how GCC plans and policies are included.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: “It is pleasing to see many of the county council’s aims and ambitions included in this document. It will help shape future economic growth in our county to ensure we are digitally connected and can provide affordable homes, jobs and opportunities. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver these objectives.”

If the council’s cabinet endorses the response, it will be sent to GFirst LEP to help shape the final version of the strategy. The report being put to cabinet can be viewed here.

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