What does the Western Gateway mean for the Forest of Dean?

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On the 24 May 2021 at 10am, Join FEP Chair, Neill Ricketts and Director, Andrew Callard as they are welcomed to the Gloucestershire Business & Economy panel to discuss "What the Western Gateway means for the Forest of Dean". 

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Panel Member, Tim Gwilliam and leader of Forest of Dean District Council, says:

“This meeting comes at an exciting time for the Forest of Dean which has seen its business economy really expand and its communities working well together during the Covid pandemic.

“We have supported our tourism and it is now going through the roof. At one point, I believe we were up 400 per cent.

“The Forest is the gateway between two nations and a number of counties. I think it should be at the very epicentre of the Western Gateway”.


The Panel


  • Ian Mean, Gloucestershire director, Business West

Panel members:

  • Katherine Bennett, CBE, Chair, Western Gateway
  • Tim Gwilliam, Leader of Forest of Dean District Council
  • Neill Ricketts, Chair of the Forest Economic Partnership(FEP)& Chief Executive of Versarien
  • Andrew Callard, Managing Director of Rural Technologies Ltd & Chair of an FEP sub-group
  • Mark Owen, Owner & Editor of Punchline