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Creating Social Value

Creating Social Value

Gravity has an Environmental
and Social Governance
policy and is committed to working with local
communities and businesses to create social value locally

We are at the start of our journey to transform and regenerate the site and will provide a ESG report annually to summarise and communicate our progress.

This will set out our response to our commitments in the Gravity Skills and Business Charters.

Gravity is proud of its ongoing commitment to provide opportunities to local communities; Gravity actively recruits and retains local people from Sedgemoor, Somerset and the wider South West, as well as utilises the knowledge and experience of locally-based businesses.

Gravity Operations

Alison Barnes
Administration Support

Our first direct new recruit Alison was welcomed to the site team in 2020. Alison, a Sedgemoor resident provides administrative support for Gravity’s on-site operations.

Clifford Pearce
Security Officer

Stuart has been working on-site since 1986, working for the Royal Ordnance Factory when Clifford is the Security officer for Gravity. He has spent the last 40 years working on-site for the previous owners of the site including; the Ministry of defiance and BAE Systems across various clerical roles, payroll and shift leader. Cliff has been retained by Gravity.

Claire Pearce
Director of Planning & Economic Development

In October 2019, Claire Pearce, Somerset Resident for 20 years joined Gravity as the Director of Planning & Economic Development.

Paul Lowndes
Programme Director

Paul, a South West resident has been Gravity’s Programme Director based on-site since site acquisition in 2017.

Stuart Stone
Estate Manager

Stuart has been working on-site since 1986, working for the Royal Ordnance Factory when BAE systems acquired the sure, working on the process plan until closure in 2008. In 2019 Stuart was retained by Gravity and became our Estate Manager.

Jonathan Davis
Project Development Advisor

In 2020, Jonathan Davis, based in the South West became Gravity’s Project Development Advisor.

Business Charter

Through our work to secure occupiers, Gravity is championing the South West as a host to international business. Our invest micro-site summarises key assets in the region and we have been delighted with the support of key business organisations including:

Promoting Innovation

Gravity forms part of the 5G Logistics project which will demonstrate the benefits of the technology through the development of 5G products and services supporting operations and between Bristol Port and Gravity.

The 5G Logistics project is being delivered by a consortium led by West of England Combined Authority (WECA) which was one of thirty three such projects funded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS).

Gravity is proud to of collaborated with a host innovative companies from across the South West on this project.

Local Businesses & Organisations

A project with scale of Gravity would not be feasible without the incredible insights and support provided by local businesses as part of the wider Gravity family. From cleaning services and catering to tree surgeons and site management, Gravity has and continues to utilise and champion local businesses.

Chris Groves Associates

Professional Tree Surgeons

Ian Morgan

Fencing

JD Pope & Sons Ltd

Earthworks

Somerset Larder

Catering

Mike Morgan

Electrical Services

Towens

Waste Management

Burnham Toilet Hire

Montana Scaffolding Ltd

HOST Somerset

Hospitality

Tiacor

Cleaning

Lewis Brown

Surveyors

GT Engineering

Steel Fabrication

The Somerset Travel Company

Transport

Blackmore Farm

Hospitality

LDA Design (Exeter)

Site Master-planning

Stantec (Taunton)

Planning

JJP Holdings Ltd

Transport

Sedgemoor Council

Regulatory Services

Ibis Bridgwater

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Local People

Behind every local business are the dedicated individuals that help it to succeed and grow. We are proud to name just some of the faces that form part of that wider Gravity family.

Andy Berry
Bridgwater & Taunton College: Principal & CEO

Based in Bridgwater, Andy Berry leads the development of the skills pipeline, securing funding to train and develop a local skills pool to support employers at Gravity.

Matt Tudor
Bridgwater & Taunton College: Director of Commercial Development
David Brown
Bristol Port: Chief Executive

Based in Bristol, David Brown has provided support for Gravity's tenant enquiries.

Frazer Osment
LDA Design: Chair

Frazer Osment, based in Exeter is LDA’s Chair and the Project Lead for Gravity. LDA Design developed the site master plan..

Oliver Kiddle
LDA Design: Principal Consultant

Frazer Osment, based in Exeter is LDA’s Chair and the Project Lead for Gravity. LDA Design developed the site master plan.

Luke Towler
Principal Site Contractor

In 2019, Luke joined JP Popes and Sons on site at Gravity.

Sam Harper
Stantec: Senior Associate Planner

Based in Taunton, Sam coordinates the planning team to support Gravity.

Richard Smith
Stantec: Senior Associate Engineer

Based in Taunton, Sam coordinates the planning team to support Gravity. Based in Bristol, Richard advises Gravity on key engineering solutions indulging in surface water management.

James Durie
Business West: Executive Director

Based in Bristol, James is working alongside Gravity to promote the South West as a region primed for inward investment.

Emma Rathbone
IBIS Bridgwater: Cluster Director of Sales

Based in Bridgwater Emma supports Gravity and their partners with accommodation and meeting bookings at the ibis Bridgwater.

Mark Flinton
HOST Somerset: Campus Operations Director

Based in Bridgwater, Mark Flinton and the HOST team have and continue to support Gravity's tenant. enquiries.

Steven Braithwaite
Somerset Larder: Managing Director

Based in Somerset, Steven and his team have supported Gravity's tenant enquiries, provding F&B for site visits.

Since Gravity acquired The 37 Club with the site in 2017, we have ensured that the Club continues to operate as hub for the local communities of Puriton and Woolavington. 

Supporting local communities

Stephen Brice

Stephen Brice or ‘‘Billy Blue Hat’’ as he was affectionately known by the residents of Woolavington, was Alun Griffiths Gateman.

Stationed at the entrance to the site he regularly interacted with local residents and made a positive difference in the daily lives of those who passed by the Gravity Link Road while under construction. Steve’s positivity led to recognition from the local communities who organised a collective gift for him.

Rita Todd

Rita Todd is a Brigdwater local and was a valued member of the Alun Griffiths site team.

Rita operated forward-tipping dumpers and worked as a vehicle marshal during a key earthworks phase.

Rita received a variety of on-site learning during the scheme, including her vehicle marshal training which helped her to become a greater asset to the construction industry and the Gravity Link Road.

Work Experience

Gravity are hosting work experience opportunities for University of the West of England students in Planning, as will our sister project Wildfox Resorts.

Inspiring and equipping young people

Gravity is working closely with Bounce Forward. A charity specialising in building psychological fitness in children, young people, and the adults around them. They work with schools, teachers and parents across the UK, providing the tools and training to build a young persons mental resilience and emotional intelligence so they thrive in life.

Bounce Forward collaborated with MOBIE in delivering Gravity’s ‘Young persons’ design challenge for schools in and around Bridgwater.

The challenge asked young people to let their imaginations run free by designing an innovative and inspirational green place with jobs and homes that meets the changing needs of future generations, including promoting well-being, quality of life and healthy ageing. See the overall winner across, click this link to view the full list of winners.

With funding and support from Gravity, Bounce Forward is working in partnership with schools in the local area and responding to local need, including their evidence-based “Healthy Minds” programme for secondary schools which is being implemented by both Bridgwater College Academy and Haygrove School.

They have trained a number of teachers who are now certified Psychological Fitness Teachers as well as delivering a Raise Resilience course for parents in the area.

Feedack: 

The overwhelming response from teachers has been extremely positive with a consensus that their training was useful and that the skills gained will be of significant help in the future.

Businesses Opportunities

As Gravity progresses, new opportunities will present themselves to local and regional businesses.

Please fill in the form to register your interest and we will be in touch when an opportunity arises.

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