Stroud District Open for Business
The meeting was aimed at local businesses in the Stroud area, to boost investment in the Stroud District and encourage councils to work together to support business. The event was organised by Stroud Business Voice, whose chairman is Steve Dechan, managing director of P14 Medical and Ian Mean, director of Business West Gloucestershire.
Speakers at the meeting included Steve Dechan, chairman of Stroud Business Voice, Kathy O'Leary, chief executive of Stroud District Council, Kevin Hamblin, principal of SGS College, David Owen, chief executive officer of GFirst LEP, Mark Dransfield, managing director of Dransfield Properties, Dr Simon Pickering, of Ecotricity and Stroud District Council, Matt Griffith, policy director for Business West and Andrew Callard, chairman of the Forest Economic Partnership.
Topics included SGS College's ambitions for its Stroud site, including its engagements with business and apprenticeships, GFirst LEP's new draft industrial strategy - particularly the young people survey and Stroud Growth HUB, the future of the high street, how business can improve the environment and a Brexit update discussion.
The event saw a near full-house as well over 50 business people and interested parties attended to listen to the topics covered.