The West Country Region

 Name
Denise

 Position
Regional Director

We have more than 150 Advisors available for clients

Meet some of our Advisors local to the West Country Region below

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 Name
Bill

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Mark

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Patrick

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Nick

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Adrian

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Angus

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Jonathan

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

Hugh Photo

 Name
Hugh

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

 Name
Karl

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

Tina Headshot

 Name
Tina

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

Rachael 272 Headshot

 Name
Rachel

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

Barry Picture

 Name
Barry

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

Adrian Photo

 Name
Adrian

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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 Name
Matt

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

 Name
Simon

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Stuart

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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James

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Keith

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Karen

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Mike

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Paul

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Monika

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

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Helen

 Position
Boardroom Advisor

The West Country Region (including Cheltenham, Gloucester, Hereford & Worcester)

Introduction to Cheltenham

Cheltenham has an estimated population of 117,100 residents, of whom 63% are of a working age. It is world famous for it’s horse racing course at Prestbury Park and it boasts to be one of the most fashionable health resorts in England.

Many business start-ups choose Cheltenham because there is a great pool of talent already living, working and studying here. 

Cheltenham provides opportunities ranging from quality of life to a highly skilled labour population and good job opportunities. It offers a unique combination of culture, transport links, higher and further education and a diverse, skilled workforce.

With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, its festivals of horse racing, music and literature, plus some of the best Regency town houses anywhere, Cheltenham is one of the most outstanding places in the UK to live, work and invest in your company’s future.

Introduction to Gloucester

Gloucester is home to an estimated 150,000 residents, 59% of whom are of working age. Gloucester has shown significant increase of 7% in the working age group from 70,200 for 2007 to 76,000 for 2017 and is seen to continue to do so in the next decade.

Gloucester was the host city for the Rugby World Cup for 2015 and has welcomed thousands of passionate rugby visitors around the globe. It is widely known as the cathedral city of the Cotswolds. It’s roots, strategic location and layout stretch back to Roman times and boasts of 2,000 years of history.

Gloucester Cathedral, major attraction of the city, attracts tourists globally as it features the burial place of King Edward II and Walter de Lacy. The cathedral has been popularly featured in many films including Harry Potter.

Gloucester is dominated by the service industry. One of the UK’s leading service provider, Mears Group PLC, for the public and private sector is located in Gloucester.. The city also boasts of its strong financial, distribution, research and light industrial sectors.

Many business start-ups choose Gloucester because there is a great pool of talent already living, working and studying here.

Gloucester provides a high percentage of qualified population and a greater proportion of occupation and job opportunities. It offers accessibility provided by the M5 motorway, great culture, notable schools, diverse culture with 60 reported languages spoken as a mother tongue in the city and a relatively young and growing population with 1.1% annual growth.

With its rich culture and fascinating heritage dating back to many centuries of Roman occupation and higher quality of life, Gloucester is one of the outstanding cities in the UK to live, work and invest in your company’s future.

Introduction to Hereford

Hereford is home to an estimated 76,722 residents, with 74% of whom are of working age. The city has relatively high proportions of young adults. Hereford is a prosperous, healthy and accessible city, located Herefordshire, an entrepreneurial county rich in culture in heritage, ideally located at the heart of England.

Hereford’s iconic attraction is the Hereford Cathedral a place of Christian worship since the 8th century. It is also home to the oldest medieval map in the world, Hereford Mappa Mundi, dates back to around 128AD; with Jerusalem being featured at it’s centre.

Hereford’s core business sectors are distribution, trading, manufacturing, food and drink production, construction and business service industries. The city also boasts of its agriculture, forestry, fishing, real estate, financial and information and communication industries.

Many business start-ups choose Hereford because there is a great pool of talent already living, working and studying here.

Whether you are a business start-up or scaling, Hereford allows you to indulge yourself to enjoy the sceneries of its unspoiled countryside and stunning natural backdrop, varying festivals featuring their culture and heritage, and explore the hospitality of the people of the city from a number of their bustling market towns.

Introduction to Worcester

Worcester is home to 102,000 residents, 76% of whom are working age – similar to England and higher than in the West Midlands. It is a cathedral city situated at the heart of Worcestershire, a beautiful county and one of the fast-growing economies in the country.

Worcester boasts of its 3.4 million trips yearly made by tourists. It is widely known for the Edward Elgar Statue – the internationally esteemed composer and musical genius, located next to the Cathedral square, it is positioned looking at the cathedral that he loved where he would conduct the Three Choirs Festival. Worcester is also the place where the famous Worcestershire sauce of Lea and Perrins began.

Worcester is the diverse city center within Worcestershire. The core businesses of Worcester are banking, finance and Insurance, distribution, hotels and restaurants, public administration, education, health, manufacturing and construction. Some of the industries based here are Worcester Bosch, Yamazaki Mazak, Npower, CryoService and Royal Mail.

Many business start-ups choose Worcester because there is a great pool of talent already living, working and studying here.

Be enchanted with the city’s interesting architecture, world class sports venues and teams. Feast your eyes with Worcesters’ independent boutiques, vibrant events and high street names.

Business trips are accessible by travelling the country from Worcester with its excellent access links via the M5.

Denise, Regional Director for Boardroom Advisors manages the West Country Region where we have a team of local Advisors (see links to the left) and a national team of over 150 Advisors.

Boardroom Advisors West Country UK are proud to offer a premium service to help SMEs to scale up.

Our Advisors are all seasoned professionals who have been working with businesses across the West Country region and nationally for many years and possess a diverse range of skills and sector experience. 

Current roles being carried out by the team include:   

Reasons to be proud of The West Country for business & living:

Cheltenham

  • The economic position in Cheltenham is strong, with high earnings reflecting a highly skilled workforce and employment in productive sectors and occupations.
  • Cheltenham is a regional shopping centre, home to department stores, the oldest being Cavendish House.
  • There are a greater proportion (23%) of businesses in professional, scientific and technical activities in Cheltenham than the UK and regional levels.
  • Already a base for international businesses including Spirax Sarco, GE Aviation, Vertex, Ultra Electronics, Kohler Mira (as well as the government GCHQ facility).
  • Cheltenham offers the infrastructure advantages of a progressive and growing urban environment with proximity to some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery.
  • Cheltenham is well-known for its nightlife, with a wide range of pubs, wine bars, clubs and restaurants. It has a Michelin one-star restaurantLe Champignon Sauvage.
  • Considered to be the Festival Town of UK which attracts local and international tourists every year.
  • The tourism economy in Cheltenham during 2016 was worth £158million to the local economy, a £4million or 2% rise on the previous year

Gloucester

  • To date, the city of Gloucester has seen significant business and investment growth and has secured £700 million of private sector investment.
  • Gloucester has been ranked as the 55th best place to live across all 138 statistical regions based from the last Uswitch 2015 ranking results.
  • Gloucester is forecasted to increase Tourism productivity at an annual growth rate of 2 percent from £11.5 billion in 2007 to £14.5 billion in 2025, according to Gfirst LEP Gloucestershire. It is a growth rate of £billion in 18 years.
  • Gloucester is ranked as the 9th fastest growing city in the UK with 1.1 percent annual growth
  • Travel to London, Birmingham and Cardiff using direct high speed rail links. Access a host of European and international destinations via Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol Airports.

Hereford

  • Herefordshire’s GVA has shown a growth rate of 8% since 2016 with £3,878 million
  • Skylon Park, a business hub designed to create a business community that attracts investments from established companies overseas, locally and across Britain which enables future growth and success for investors and businesses alike.
  • Hereford’s City commits to support it’s core businesses by establishing NMIT (New Model in Technology & Engineering) as a new approach to learning – based on real-world problem solving for high quality engineering and design with additional focus on communication and employability as a target.
  • Hereford has been ranked as the 74th best place to live across all 138 statistical regions based from the last Uswitch 2015 ranking results.
  • Hereford is a 10-minute drive to the Hereford Railway Station. You can be in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff using the direct and regular direct rail links, and visit South Wales and West Midlands via the motorway network.
  • Travel an hour and a half to the 3 major airports in Gloucestershire, Birmingham and Bristol.

Worcester

  • The economy in Worcester is diverse, dynamic and growing. There are about 3,190 (ONS 2008) active businesses in the city.
  • Shire Business Park in Worcester, known as the Warndon Industrial Estate, is where the largest city’s employment site is located.
  • To continually attract service industries technological businesses, Worcester covers most of the the city centre with super fast fibre broadband.
  • Worcestershire has been ranked as the 31st  best place to live across all 138 statistical regions based from the last Uswitch 2015 ranking results.
  • Worcester is close to Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon and the Cotswolds. The city is accessible via Gloucestershire and Birmingham Airports

Networking Events for MDs & CEOs

Gloucestershire Business Show (November)

business-shows.co.uk/gloucestershire/

The Gloucestershire Business Show is packed full of events to attend, special sectors to visit, catering to make the most of your networking opportunities. It’s set in an exhibition with over 100 exhibitors of all sizes and across public and private sectors. It’s all there to help you make the most of two days of engagement, business development, understanding, collaboration and more. Time to “meet new people, think new thoughts & do better things”.

Skill Space Networking (Monthly Event)

cheltenhamconnect.co.uk

Skillspace Networking aims to support small businesses in Cheltenham with a talk every month on a topic of interest, from cyber security to social media. There is plenty of time for networking before and after the talk and ’15 seconds of fame’ to introduce yourself and your business to other attendees. The event is free but they ask everyone to contribute £1 to nibbles after the talk.

The South Cheltenham Business Network

  linkedin.com/company/south-cheltenham-business-network

 

Organisations Supporting Businesses in the West Country Region

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce

cheltenhamchamber.org.uk

 @CheltChamber

 linkedin.com/company/the-cheltenham-chamber-of-commerce/

CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham)

cynam.org

 @CyNamHub

 linkedin.com/company/cynam/

Mighty

mightycomms.co.uk

 @mightycomms

 linkedin.com/company/mighty-comms

Circle 2 Success

Circle2Success

 @Circle2Success

 linkedin.com/company/circle2success-ltd

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

hwchamber.co.uk

 @HW_Chamber

 linkedin.com/company/herefordshire-and-worcestershire-chamber-of-commerce

 @GlosChamber

 @BNI_official_pg

 @HfdMeansBiz