Business Leadership Group

The HotSW Business Leadership Group

The business group is one of the LEP’s sub-groups and aims to support the Business theme for the HotSW LEP. It provides the strategic lead in the delivery of all business elements of the Heart of South West’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), Growth Deal and European Union Structural Investment Fund (ESIF), and deliver the HotSW LEP’s vision to businesses throughout the South West and beyond.

The purpose and role of the group is:

Create a simpler, more accessible business support system; Improving access to finance; Stimulate enterprise and growth; reach new markets, including on-line, supply chain and public sector; globalisation, including exporting and inward investment; innovation through Smart Specialisation; Build capacity for business innovation.

In delivering the above areas of work, the Business Leadership Group informs what is commissioned by determining business priorities for Growth Deals and ESIF Implementation Plans, and making recommendations to the HotSW LEP Management Team and Board.

The group links with the People Leadership Group and Place Leadership Group on business issues such as workforce skills, and the LEP Special Interest Groups as well as private, public and voluntary partners where appropriate cross cutting initiatives arise.

Membership is derived from representatives from the Heart of the South West LEP area. It is open is individuals and organisations from the private, public and voluntary sector, with a private sector chair, currently Richard Stevens of Citybus.

Terms of Reference

To find out more about the group, please take a look at the Terms of Reference document (updated 06/06/17).

Declarations of Interest

The Business Leadership Group Declarations of Interest are available here.

Meeting documentation

Minutes of meetings are published at the links below.

Dates of forthcoming meetings

Monday 14th November