About Us

Invest in Gloucestershire was created with a simple yet ambitious goal in mind – to showcase the best that our county has to offer to the international business community and encourage growth through inward investment.

When it comes to finding a UK home for your business, why choose Gloucestershire? Our county demonstrates a diverse approach to business, is home to the Cotswolds – one of the country’s most beloved tourist destinations – and offers a high quality of life for those who wish to settle here. We actively seek companies interested in expanding their horizons – after all, your success is ours, too. 

A thriving economy

Not only is Gloucestershire home to global brands, but we also have thousands of thriving early-stage businesses located within our borders.

The region is the base of operations for world-class businesses including GCHQ, Superdry, Safran, Unilever, GE Aviation, Mira Showers, UCAS, Renishaw, Moog and many more. Gloucestershire also offers unrivalled business support via The Growth Hub – a single point of contact for over 26,000 businesses and new start-ups that provides key support services. So no matter where your business is located in the supply chain, you’ll find a great network of local and international companies to grow with in Gloucestershire.

Our skilled workforce

We know that people are crucial to your business’ success, and we’re proud of ours. Gloucestershire has one of the highest rates of employment in the South West, and the highest proportion of employees in export-intensive sectors outside of London.

A university population of over 11,000 students and quick links to major research institutions in Oxford, Bath and Bristol make Gloucestershire a sought-after destination for companies looking for highly qualified employees and top-notch R&D facilities. We’ve put skills development at the top of our strategic agenda, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

A gateway to the world

Served by excellent rail and road transportation links, Gloucestershire is a gateway to the urban hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford, Cardiff and London.  The ‘Growth Zone’ project in the M5 motorway corridor will increase the availability of land for commercial, industrial and residential uses, providing unparalleled transport links in the North-South axis and excellent opportunities for business expansion. Major regeneration schemes worth £220 million are also taking place throughout the county, fuelling economic growth.

628,139
Population

£51,664
GVA

327,100
People in employment

34,025
Number of businesses

91%
One-year business survival rate

132,472
International flights per year

(one-hour radius)

Top educational facilities

Gloucestershire is home to a number of leading universities and schools, providing education opportunities for both local and international students. The University of Gloucestershire provides cutting edge facilities, and over 95% of its graduates are in employment or further education within six months of graduating. We’re also proud to be the home of numerous specialist facilities, including Royal Agricultural University, the world’s oldest agricultural university, Hartpury University and Hartpury College, which specialises in equine education, and SGS Berkeley Green, a specialist engineering, digital technologies and cyber security college. 

A beautiful place to visit

Our county is a cultural haven and one of the most picturesque locations in Europe. Over half of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found in Gloucestershire, and plenty of bustling market towns, picture-perfect villages and Britain's most complete regency town are nestled within our borders. We also host world-renowned festivals, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and are home to one of the world’s most famous racecourses.

A great place to live

With average house prices in Gloucestershire around 50% cheaper than the London average, our county offers an affordable, inspiring place to live for everybody. Gloucestershire’s mixture of modern entertainment complexes, new exciting developments and breathtaking rural landscapes makes it the perfect county to call home.

Our team

Chris Lau
Head of Inward InvestmentLinkedIn

Sarah Danson
Director of Strategic GrowthLinkedIn

Iñaki Ruiz
Marketing CoordinatorLinkedIn

James Barlow
Inward Investment OfficerLinkedIn

Paul Woodhouse
Inward Investment ExecutiveLinkedIn

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