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Gloucestershire Libraries launches growth hubs

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Coleford Network Centre opening

The first of 31 Tier 3 Growth Hubs was launched this week by Gloucestershire in partnership with GFirst LEP.

Located in Coleford and Cinderford libraries initially, the Growth Hubs will provide local business with the information, support, and knowledge they need to grow.

Growth Hubs aim to grow the Gloucestershire economy by providing support for businesses, enabling them to reach their full potential, as well as creating opportunities for businesses to meet, network and promote their services to each other.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “Growing Gloucestershire’s economy is vital and we need to ensure that we are accessible to businesses with ambition to grow – wherever in the county they might be.

Growth Hubs are a great way to help businesses scale up, boost performance and find new ways of working.”

Sarah Danson, Growth Hub manager said “We’re delighted the Growth Hub Library Network roll out is now underway. The planned roll out of the libraries network is instrumental in helping The Growth Hub achieve its objective to help businesses throughout Gloucestershire grow and thrive.”

Growth Hubs in both Cinderford and Coleford libraries are already open with the formal launch taking place on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 1pm.

Both Growth Hubs are open during library opening hours with details available at

Using funding allocated from government in the Gloucestershire Growth Deal, the council has been working with the GFirst LEP to extend Growth Hubs across the county, making them more accessible for local businesses.

Growth Hubs in the remaining 29 libraries across Gloucestershire will be opening in the coming months. Lydney library will be to opening it’s Growth Hub on 25 September, closely followed by Charlton Kings, Up Hatherley, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Fairford, Tetbury, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Libraries in early October.

The aim is to have Growth Hubs in all Gloucestershire libraries by mid 2018.

For more information on the growth hubs in Gloucestershire Libraries, visit and