Welcome

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges.

The Heart of the South West

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About the LEP

Our purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West area covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

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Doing Business in our area

Businesses thrive in the Heart of the South West with its excellent value, quality development sites and premises with a highly skilled workforce with a lower than the national average salary, business support and advice from the Growth Hub and strong private, public, education and third sector partnership; driving the economy forward.

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Projects in the Heart of the South West

Projects where the LEP has secured Growth Deal funding, the LEP is working with a wide range of partners to deliver investment. For other sources of funding, such as EU monies, the LEP plays a key role in ensuring that funding allocated by government departments is meeting local needs.

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The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is available for all businesses, whatever size or sector. The Growth Hub is a single point of contact – completely free at the point of access – for all businesses seeking advice and support on any issues relating to the operations and aspirations of their business; signposting to international, national or local resources.

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The Heart of the South West has a diverse economy of over 78,000 businesses within strong and growing clusters, particularly in precision engineering and advanced manufacturing, including in the aerospace, nuclear, marine and agri-tech sectors. The area boasts a number of Primes and a vast array of SMEs and entrepreneurs, which make up a strong supply chain.

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