Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, a ground-breaking partnership between local communities and a motorway services business
The idea of creating a motorway services on the M5 which would not only create local jobs but provide a sustainable income to help local communities thrive, first came to Mark Gale, chief executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, in 1994.“We had 28 million vehicles a year carrying over 40 million people into Gloucestershire at one end and going out the other on the M5. No-one in the communities it passed by got any benefit; it was just seen as a problem bringing pollution, congestion and noise.”
Now, twenty years later, Mark’s vision has become a reality thanks to a unique partnership with the Westmorland Family business in developing the new Gloucester Services on the M5.
Over the next 20 years, the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust will plough an estimated £10m income generated by the new Services into sustainable community projects through its local charity partners.
More than 300 jobs have already been created – with at least half going to people living in the Trust’s target communities of Matson, Tuffley, Podsmead and White City and the Stonehouse/GL10 area and two community support hubs have been opened.“Now we’ve turned the M5 into a community asset.”
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust is the charity partner in the new M5 Gloucester Services, working alongside the Westmorland Family, pioneers of building motorway services ‘with a difference’; focusing on local suppliers and high quality food.
Gloucester Services’ partnership with the Trust is not just about charitable donations, it is a more fundamental way of connecting business and community for the benefit of both.
Timeline – the journey from Mark Gale’s initial 'lightbulb' idea in 1994 to the opening of the full Gloucester Services M5 northbound and southbound in 2015
Working with local colleges to give local people the confidence and skills to successfully apply for jobs at Gloucester Services and elsewhere
Help and support for local people at our community hubs in Matson and Stonehouse
More about the Trust and why Gloucester Services is unique