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GFirst LEP launches new 'Made in Gloucestershire' initiative

Made in Gloucestershire is a new initiative from GFirst LEP - Gloucestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership and is backed by an impressive array of partner organisations.

Gloucestershire is home to rolling hills, stunning villages, exhilarating sporting events, quirky traditions, and experiences you won't find anywhere else.

The county has also got a grand tradition for getting stuck in and making things by hand, so it's lucky enough to be home to hundreds of outstanding local food and drink producers, who put their heart into everything that's made in the county.

There's plenty to celebrate about Gloucestershire food and drink - that's why Made in Gloucestershire was formed.

David Owen, CEO of GFirst LEP said: "From globally recognised brands like Wall's Ice Cream and Ribena to fast-growing start-ups like Tubby Tom's and Non Solo Pasta, we want to show local people, visitors and the world everything that's great about food and drink in Gloucestershire.

"Through the Made in Gloucestershire initiative, we want to champion our producers, increase local procurement, and encourage residents and tourists to buy local.

"When customers see the Made in Gloucestershire mark, they know that they're supporting our diverse, world-leading community of producers and helping to put money back in the local economy, securing jobs and income."

The Made in Gloucestershire website is now live where local food and drink producers can sign up to become members. The first two years of the Made in Gloucestershire scheme are fully funded, so all businesses who join before 31 August 2022 will receive free membership for two years.

As a member, you'll be able to display the Made in Gloucestershire logo on your products and website, and you'll receive a directory listing with links to your social media channels and website.

Tom Hughes, founder of Tubby Tom's said: "We've always had amazing support from local people from ever since we first started to now. To me, Made in Gloucestershire means home. It also means opportunities. We have so many hidden gems here, whether that's events, street food, artisan makers and small businesses. The Made in Gloucestershire website means you can find these incredible businesses all in one place and support them."

To be eligible for membership, you must have a registered business postcode in Gloucestershire, and your final product must be produced in Gloucestershire. If your business is part of a chain or franchise, the original outlet would need to have been based in Gloucestershire.

If that sounds like your business, and you'd like to become a member of Made in Gloucestershire, download the registration form and send it back to madeinglos@gfirstlep.com.

Visit the new website here: www.madeingloucestershire.com

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