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 (or for only 5% of the cost, with the Government funding the rest)? Find out more about how you can boost the skills of your existing workforce, so you can futureproof your business, all with a slice of cake and a cup of tea/coffee at our free event, hosted at, and partnered with, the Forest of Dean Growth Hub.

As a local degree apprenticeship provider, the University of Gloucestershire want to help your staff, and therefore your business, reach their full potential, by helping you make the most of the Government's Apprenticeship Levy.

The Apprenticeship Levy exists to help businesses prosper. If your business’ annual salary bill is over £3 million, you will pay into the levy, meaning you can benefit from full government funding for any degree apprenticeships your staff complete. If your business’ annual salary bill is less than £3 million, you will qualify for 95% funding.

At this free event, held at the Forest of Dean Growth Hub, businesses will hear from the University of Gloucestershire’s Head of Client Relations, Leonie Burton who will share more on the degree apprenticeships that we offer, and how these can help your business thrive. You will also hear from the Forest of Dean Growth Hub Manager and Business Navigator, Tom El-Shawk, who will be talking about how the Growth Hub works and how it can help your business flourish in the Forest.

There will be time for questions and networking while enjoying a tea/coffee and a slice (or two) of cake.

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About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire is OfSTED rated ‘Good’ and has consistently created stars in all sorts of fields, with notable alumni ranging from BAFTA winners to Olympic gold medal winners, and everything in between.

Committed to making a significant contribution to meeting local and national skills needs, the University has bought the Debenhams building in Gloucester, with ambitious plans to create a new city campus dedicated to training the next generation of Nursing and Education professionals. Over the lifetime of the project, it is estimated that the City Campus project will add over £700 million of direct and indirect value to the economy.

The university is also a pioneer and leader of sustainability in higher education and the region, and was named the UK’s most sustainable university in the People and Planet League 2019.

Find out more about the University of Gloucestershire

Find out more about the new City Campus or watch the architect’s fly-through of the building

About the Growth Hub

The Growth Hub offers fully funded business support for every growing Gloucestershire business. With a network of 6 Hubs throughout the county you can receive support from teams in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud or Tewkesbury, along with Hub access points in every county library. Having helped more than 10,000 businesses since 2014, the Growth Hub’s team of experts are on hand to help your business grow through a blend of one-to-one expert support, training, events and more.

Find out more about the Growth Hub