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Stroud District: The Natural Place to do business and invest

Published: Thursday, 27 April, 2023

Leaders from across the business sector are joining up with Stroud District Council in a new venture to help stimulate more investment in Stroud district.

Stroud District: The Natural Place was launched today (Thursday 27 April 2023). Led by Stroud District Council, the online prospectus aims to stimulate investment in the district by helping people find out what makes our place, our people and our businesses so special. It helps enterprises which want to establish themselves in the Stroud district, as well as existing businesses which want to expand or diversify.

The online prospectus showcases the district’s green economy, innovation, workforce, work-life balance, infrastructure, investment opportunities, tourism, climate and ecology commitments, culture and heritage, and case studies featuring some of the great businesses and projects already based here.

It also explains more about green and agricultural technologies, advanced manufacturing, distribution and logistics, microbusinesses and SME, and creative industries.

“Our ambition for economic development is to support a sustainable, thriving and resilient economy for businesses communities and visitors.  We set ourselves the task of promoting the Stroud district to attract more investment, focusing on environmental technologies, engineering and manufacturing and creative industries.  The Natural Place prospectus does just this and we are excited to see who will choose our district as the place for innovation,” said Council Leader Catherine Braun, at the launch of The Natural Place, at Stroud Brewery today.

“Stroud district has an energy unlike any other place. It’s green and dynamic, climate conscious and motivated, creative and collaborative, rural and urban, and ambitious. We know that and The Natural Place aims to showcase this to the rest of the world.”

Integral to The Natural Place online prospectus are the Changemakers – leaders across business, environment and community enterprise who share their views about the district and why it so important for their venture.  Current Changemakers include Ecotricity’s Dale Vince, GL11’s Indigo Redfern, Fiona Shiner of Woodchester Valley Vineyard, Stroud Brewery’s Greg Pilley, Pete Barrett of Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, and more. The Natural Place will feature new changemakers as time moves on, building an ever richer picture of the enterprise and innovation that lives and breathes throughout Stroud District.

Stroud Brewery Managing Director Greg Pilley said: Stroud punches way above its weight and is blessed with many resources, yet it is small enough to be able to build a network and a personal community. We have an ambition to be recognised as an Organic beer brand across the UK and we and feel our provenance is an important part of our story and integrity of our brand.”

Deputy Council Leader Natalie Bennett, added: “This project pulls together some of Stroud district’s most well-known businesses who, in their own words, have become amazing ambassadors. Through these partnerships, we can realise the true potential of our district.”

The Natural Place also highlights The Great Eight – the local areas each with their own identity, and signposts business premises available.

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