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. However, 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 we’ve turned the M5 into a community asset.”Mark Gale, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
A first for the UK
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and the Westmorland Family are a partnership between a family business and a local regeneration charity, each with a stake in the business and its impact on local people and communities. This project is a first for the UK, demonstrating how charities and businesses can unite around a common interest to generate substantial benefit for both.
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. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust aim to generate long-term community benefit and sustainable income for charitable partners working in our target communities in Gloucester and Stroud.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust know that successful long-term regeneration in target neighbourhoods needs the creation of accessible local employment opportunities and new community investment. Working together will deliver these essential elements.