Forest Economic Partnership (FEP)

FEP is a voluntary community partnership with the vision of making the Forest of Dean a vibrant and thriving place to live, work and do business. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, plays or studies in the Forest of Dean District or is interested in participating in FEP’s activities.

FEP’s mission is to deliver a thriving economy in the Forest of Dean District by connecting business, Councils, people, ideas and resources.

Already over 200 organisations/individuals participate in its quarterly stakeholder group or 3 sub-group meetings. Key to its success is the need to maximise future economic opportunities for employment and leisure whilst maintaining the district’s heritage and distinctiveness as a national landscape. More about FEP

Blog

Folk2Folk Lending Opportunities

Can the Council fund your business? 

The economic recovery following COVID-19 requires local authorities to dig deep and support their local... Read more

Unemployment: What Help Is Out There

The StatisticsIn August 2020, the unemployment rate in the Forest of Dean grew from a pre-covid rate of 2. Read more

High Street Recovery

How is the High Street doing?2020 has been a challenging year for many people and businesses across the District, with... Read more

FoDDC Business Start Up Grants

This week, Forest of Dean District Council launched their new grant scheme aimed at new businesses and social enterprise start-ups. Read more

Subgroups

Open to all, FEP subgroups include Digital Connectivity; Education & Skills; and Bridges & Borders, Infrastructure & Transport .

These groups discuss opportunities, problems and issues from a District perspective to gain consensus. This is used to inform policy-makers or to develop projects. Read more

Projects

Find out more about the current 9 approved projects that are started or planned which will have a real impact on aspirations, digital connectivity, transport, Biosphere Reserve, infrastructure and the realities of rural life in the Forest of Dean District and beyond. Read more

Events

FEP Events include quarterly stakeholder meetings and monthly sub-group meetings. We don’t include Action Group Meetings.

We also show in our events calendar when FEP is participating in events such as Inspiring Forest and other projects. Read more

Papers

Papers sounds boring and formal; it’s not! Our projects often have research outputs or inform policy-makers and other publications.

As an open organisation, this section contains all that information in one place. Read more