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Gloucester ranks as one of best places to live and work

PUBLISHED: 10:39 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:39 20 February 2014

Efforts by the City Council to strengthen the local economy and support business has contributed to making Gloucester one of the best places to live and work in the country.

The Centre for Cities 2014 report ranks Gloucester as fourth in the country for life satisfaction

And it ranks Gloucester in the top 10 for other factors covering population, innovation, employment, housing and the environment.

Over the past decade the city has pulled in £700 million worth of inward investment and more major projects are in the planning stages.

And the City Council has supplemented this with an award winning £1.6 million package of practical help for new and existing businesses

The help includes incubator office space for start up businesses and a range of grants to help new and existing businesses start up, move into the city or expand their premises

Council Leader, Paul James, commented: “ We combine our great programme with a package of support including advice and training on the practical skills that are needed to run a business.

“ Having a business-friendly Council is a key factor in why Gloucester is on the destination list for investors, developers and entrepreneurs.

When you add into this mix the wonderful part of the world in which we live and our great transport links then we have an increasingly compelling case to put before decision-makers.”

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