Our Partnership

From growing SMEs to global brands, Gloucestershire is a breeding ground of ambitious and innovative business. The Government recognises this and has plans for the county; both to develop its reputation for growing successful businesses and to create a culture of enterprise in education; delivering growth and wealth to the economy.
We are bringing this plan to life.

The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, founded to deliver impactful business support in a new, more accessible way. From our dynamic, purpose-built space at the university’s Oxstalls Campus, we deliver key services for high growth businesses, ranging from diagnostic and consultancy to full business planning.

We offer:

  • Training and development tailored to business need, including professional and work-based programmes
  • Sector-specialist knowledge, research and product development, support with innovation and business development, resourcing and expansion and export advice
  • Specialist assistance specifically designed for start-up businesses, including access to finance, local mentors, training, IP protection and access to incubation centres which nurture businesses in their early years.

The Growth Hub space has been designed with business in mind. Equipped with an open plan working area, individual meeting pods, Skype pods, work-together rooms and networking space; there’s no better place to do business in the county. The Growth Hub is a gateway to the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School, facilitating the opportunity to work closely with academics and students for real business impact.

The Growth Hub is funded by HEFCE; through University and GFirst LEP investment and by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal (secured by GFirst LEP). The Growth Hub has built a network of national business support providers including UKTI and the Business Growth Service and more than 180 local delivery partners and draws on this knowledge bank of businesses to support clients to achieve their ambitions for growth.

Now we want to meet every ambitious, growing business in the county. We want to work with you to accelerate your growth. We want to make Gloucestershire great.