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

Tea, Cake and How We Can Help Your Business Grow

Did you know that working with the University of Gloucestershire, you can upskill your staff with a degree for free... Read more

Forest of Dean Allocated £1M in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF or the Fund) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up... Read more

Business Without Barriers

Disabled entrepreneurs are an essential part of the UK economy, with disabled-owned small businesses accounting for 8. Read more

Green Growth In the Western Gateway

On 8 March 2022, members of the FEP board attended the Green Growth in the Western Gateway conference at the... 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