Working in partnership to deliver sustainable income
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust was formed in 2007 bringing together a group of leading local business people and social entrepreneurs. The Trust secured its charitable status in 2011. We aim to generate charitable benefit and create sustainable income for charities in our target communities in Gloucester and Stroud.
Our commercial partnership with Westmorland Limited for the operation of a Motorway Service Area on the M5 between Junctions 11a and 12 is the engine that drives the generation of our local charitable opportunities. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Westmorland Ltd have set up Gloucestershire Gateway Ltd to take on the development of the motorways services project.
A first for the UK, it demonstrates how charities and businesses can unite around a common interest to generate substantial benefit.
We know that successful long term regeneration in our target neighbourhoods needs the creation of accessible local employment opportunities and new community investment. Our work together will deliver these essential elements.
Why is the M5 Motorway Services unique?
The new M5 Services is the first of it's kind in the UK as a partnership between a family business and charity. Gloucester Services will:
- Support or create over 300 jobs in construction, catering and retail targeted at local people
- Showcase over 140 local and regional food and craft producers in its farm shop, butcher’s counter and craft section
- Raise awareness of 6 local charity partners who we have been working with for several years
- Provide a ‘growing communities’ community planting area and beehives
In addition, as many of the construction materials as possible have been sourced locally and are natural or recycled.
Northbound services now open, Southbound due in Summer 2015. The Northbound entrance which welcomes travellers: