In September 2020, Andrew Callard stood down as the Chair of the Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) after two and half years in post.
Can the Council fund your business? The economic recovery following COVID-19 requires local authorities to dig deep and support their local businesses as best they can.
The StatisticsIn August 2020, the unemployment rate in the Forest of Dean grew from a pre-covid rate of 2. 3% to 5.
How is the High Street doing?2020 has been a challenging year for many people and businesses across the District, with many having to diversify to a new way of life.
The Forest Economic Partnership is dedicated to ensuring that the district's goal of having a vibrant and thriving economy in 2050 is still sustainable regardless of the current climate.
In 2019, FEP ran its first survey on broadband speed in the Forest of Dean. Over 400 people responded giving a really useful picture of the actual situation.
Approach to COVID-19Since the creation of the Forest Economic Partnership in January 2018, we have worked towards the goal of a thriving economy for the District in 2050.
Covid-19 has forced all businesses to live in interesting times. For some like Zoom it has created a massive boost beyond the company’s expectations.
The Forest of Dean has a very mixed economy with 48 business parks providing office, industrial and warehousing space.