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Business support organisations

Organisations that provide advice, information and support in the Stroud District.

Business is Great

The Business is Great website brings together all the support from across Government, making it easy for businesses to access services and products they need to grow.  


Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties, with funding from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK matched by the local authorities.

Phase 1 of the project, in partnership with BT, will see around 90% of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire having access to fibre broadband, with all premises in the project area being able to access a minimum of 2Mbps.

Phase 2 of the project will extend fibre coverage further across the county. The Cotswolds is the first area to move into phase 2, with a contract awarded to Gigaclear which will make ultrafast speeds available to over 6,500 of the most difficult to reach rural homes and businesses. 

The ultimate aim is that by 2018 there will be access to fast broadband for all who need it.

For further information please visit:

Do More Online

The Do More Online campaign aims to help micro businesses and sole traders find customers, be more efficient, and sell their goods and services online.


Festomane is an annual celebration of the current vibrancy, the long heritage and the plentiful career opportunities of Stroud district’s manufacturing and engineering industries.

The district has been a powerhouse of innovation and cutting edge technology for hundreds of years and the sector continues to flourish, employing twenty-four percent of the local workforce. To help maintain this position, Festomane organises special support and advice workshops during its annual festival to help local manufacturing and engineering businesses grow and thrive. Plus its website provides a snapshot of the latest sector news, highlights local business success stories, and directs companies to sources of expertise, training and guidance on all aspects of running a manufacturing and engineering company.

Take a look at Festomane’s information for

Fredericks Gloucestershire

Fredericks Gloucestershire, part of the Fredericks Foundation, provide loans and business support for those that have failed to secure funding, for all or part of their requirement, from mainstream lenders, such as banks and building societies.

Businesses can be at any stage: you may require money to start-up; capital to expand your business; or funds to bridge a gap. Whether you are a sole trader, in a partnership or have a limited company you may be eligible for a loan. For start-up businesses Fredericks offer loans up to a maximum of £10,000. For established businesses with a financial track record the maximum loan is £20,000.

For further information, case studies of businesses Fredericks has supported and contact details please visit

Gloucestershire Enterprise

Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd (GEL) provide high quality training and business support services to individuals and businesses in Gloucestershire. A member of the National Enterprise Network, GEL provide a comprehensive range of affordable and accessible support with high levels of customer service. Support includes business advice sessions, mentoring and a range of business start up programmes.

Stroud District based individuals and businesses can currently access subsidised support from GEL through funding provided by Stroud District Council. For more information please visit

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK 's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Non-profit making and non-party political the FSB was formed in 1974 and now has 215,000 members across 33 regions and 230 branches.

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At the local level the Cotswold branch of the FSB is under the chairmanship of Russell Warner. Email: for further information.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)

UKTI is a government organisation working with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

UKTI offer advice, events and support programmes for those new to exporting and experienced exporters.

Open to Export

A not for profit social enterprise backed by Government and business, Open to Export is the online community helping UK businesses get ready to sell overseas, helping UK companies grow through export.


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