The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, here to help your business realise its potential and grow.
It is the focal point for ambitious businesses who are seeking the relevant information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience they need to grow. We can help you scale up, boost performance and find new ways of working.
We are here to help all businesses in Gloucestershire, regardless of sector or size.
However we offer a more in depth service for businesses with high growth potential who are considering, for example innovating new products and services, recruiting new staff, upskilling or exporting.
We can help you develop and refine your strategy, become more competitive, grow your people and skills, access finance, innovate, improve efficiency and identify new markets.
We offer tailored advice, training, networking and much more. If you’re a business in Gloucestershire and you have ambitions for growth, talk to us today.
Help the Growth Hub and GFirst LEP understand what contribution Social Enterprise is making to the Gloucestershire economy and what extra support it might need. Continue reading
In January 2017, as Insider Media celebrates a decade in the South West, The Growth Hub is co-sponsoring an event looking at the past, present and future of business in Gloucestershire. Continue reading
Growing Gloucestershire 2017 will be held at The Growth Hub, University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus on 21st June. Early bird tickets are now on sale. Continue reading
From April 2017, businesses with a salary bill of more than £3m will be required to pay a levy to fund new UK apprenticeships. The University of Gloucestershire is working with local employers to help them understand how the levy will work, and to maximise the opportunities that it will bring. Continue reading
Last week we played host to our final University of Gloucestershire Business Breakfast of the year – which yet again proved to be hugely popular with local businesses. Participants explored the topic ‘Retail – Manipulation or Management?’ throughout the morning, led by researchers from three different schools from the University of Gloucestershire. Continue reading
In September 2015, the University of Gloucestershire announced £3.2m of SEED funding, available for local businesses undertaking projects of innovation and job creation. As part of the overall Regional Growth Fund, this money has been dispensed to more than 40 businesses over the past 12 months, in grants ranging from £7,500 to £200,000. 300+ jobs are projected to be […] Continue reading
The Growth Hub incubates a small number of growing businesses at facilities around Gloucestershire, giving them heightened access to mentoring and business support. One of these, ContractsWise Ltd, narrowly missed out on the top spot at IACCM’s recent Americas Conference in San Diego. The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management considered ContractsWise founder Noel Green for the […] Continue reading
Congratulations to the 36 businesses through to the final round of the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016. We’re pleased to see that more than half of the nominees are high-growth clients of The Growth Hub and we look forward to engaging with the rest. Continue reading
The Growth Hub is a great social point, good for meetings and the right business atmosphere. The Growth Hub has directly benefitted Join in China, particularly with regard to networking and with their provision of knowledge and support
Renishaw needs to continue to develop its existing staff and bring in a pipeline of ‘up and coming’ talent to the business. We’re working with the University of Gloucestershire and The Growth Hub to support our pipeline for commercial roles, through placements, work experience and other initiatives, to ensure we have the workforce we need in the future.
We’re about to unveil ourselves to the world, and what we’re unveiling wouldn’t be so impressive if it wasn’t for the input from The Growth Hub and the access to resources that it gave us.
The Growth Hub is great as a meeting place and the seminars and masterclasses are really valuable.
While most people would have taken our details and emailed us the forms to complete; with The Growth Hub, the help was instant. I didn’t expect them to be so supportive - we received some great advice and left having got the ball well and truly rolling.
The Growth Hub team are extremely good connectors. Their experience at all levels of business means that they can see the opportunities that we sometimes can’t.
The passion for growing Gloucestershire businesses was extremely obvious during our day at The Growth Hub. The team have all come from different backgrounds and professions but they all share a common goal to inspire, motivate and help local businesses grow. We want everybody in the county to know that there is somewhere they can go for friendly expertise, great service and a cracking cup of tea!
I just wanted to thank you for all your help and support in setting up our two-day leadership training for social entrepreneurs. It exceeded our expectations. The group bonded very quickly and the peer support provided and received over the two days was very impressive. Jocelyne was fantastic and provided the expertise and flexibility that this group of business people needed. The Hub and staff were fabulous as always. The group is currently deciding how it would like to spend a further £500 Spark funding to continue the peer support so I will let you know what happens.
The team at the Growth Hub are excellent, from the highly professional reception you receive to the information and contacts made available and may I add, very promptly! My recent visit helped our small business in many ways, a meeting with the UKTI to discuss supporting our expansion, an Intellectual Property Expert and free funding advice – what more can a small business ask for, keep up the great work! You are invaluable.
We approached the funding clinic to understand more about the opportunities available for financing and what the risks and rewards are. The session was very informal, informative and interesting with a good spread of knowledge and expertise. We have left with a clear idea on how we need to implement a plan to get us "investment ready". The Growth Hub have again delivered an excellent forum!