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Gloucester at the Crossroads webinar event

Punchline is partnering Business West in an important webinar debate on: "Gloucester at the Crossroads".

This latest Gloucestershire Business West business and economy event on Thursday July 29 comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the city of Gloucester.

The city has come a long way since the foundation of the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC) in 2005.

Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, who will be one of the panellists on the webinar, said:

"I think we are on the cusp of some dynamic growth and massive change in Gloucester.

"There are incredible developments in the city centre and great opportunities."

Councillor Cook, who has been leader for 18 months believes that the sale of the Debenhams building to the University of Gloucestershire will be a real shot in the arm for bringing more life into the city centre.

He added: "It is going to be really great to have so many students in the city centre-a real shot of adrenalin.

"All our businesses will love it because it will be so much more dynamic."

The chair of the panel will be Ian Mean, Gloucestershire director of Business West and board member of GFirstLEP.

He will be joined by Mark Owen, the founder and publisher of the punchline-gloucester.com business-to-business online and in print publication, who said: "Gloucester really is at the crossroads with the next phase of the regeneration taking place.

"The redevelopment of The Forum, and the bus and train station, is the final piece of the GHURC jigsaw puzzle and so we need to discuss what are the plans for the city going forward.

"Over the last 15 years we have seen immense change - now we need to decide: what's next?"

The announcement this week of the sale of Gloucester Quays, and potentially the Gloucester Retail park as well, means more changes are in the air.

The other members of the webinar panel on March 29 (10-11.30am) are:

*The Dean of Gloucester, the Very Revd. Stephen Lake

*Peter Langly-Smith, development director, The Reef Group

*David Jones, managing director-head of planning, Evans Jones

*Jason Pullen, The Peel Group

The webinar debate is free and sponsored by Reef and Evans Jones.

You can join the session  from 9am.

You can register through Eventbrite by going to: https://www.businesswest.co.uk/events/gloucestershire-business-economy-meeting-1 

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