Gloucester Services

Gloucestershire Gateway Limited and Gloucestershire Gateway Trust

 

Over 20 years ago, conversations began between residents in the community of Matson, Gloucester, about how to make the nearby M5 motorway an asset that would create local jobs and sustainable income, and the idea of a new motorway services was born.

A unique partnership between a family business, Westmorland, and a small local charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, have brought this to life with a pioneering model of social investment through the creation of Gloucester Services - a service station like no other. Amid its success, it has exceeded its charitable goals and created over 400 jobs, employed over 80 people specifically from 'target' local communities, and supported over 130 local producers within a 30 mile radius. In the last 18 months over £250,000 has been reinvested back into community projects in the target communities to support regeneration. Local residents help decide how future funding is spent through an annual Community Survey and an additional £1million has been committed to these communities over the next five years.

The delivery of Gloucester Services has realised a long-standing aspiration by local people to create positive social change and regeneration within their communities. 

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