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


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.


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.

We want to know how businesses in our region are managing during the run up to Brexit. If your business will be affected by Brexit, you can share your concerns and experiences by contacting Hattie Winter (Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group) on Hattie.Winter@heartofswlep.co.uk


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.

Latest News

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  • HotSW LEPRT @DigitalPlymouth: The sponsor for our November Meetup is Digital Momentum, a new digital skills programme run by the Heart of the South West @HeartofSWLEP . This is a really great initiative offering free training, so come along on the 7th November to hear more https://t.co/3K7FgyaZWH https://t.co/46uollVzxk,
  • HotSW LEPRT @serco_ssw: Great to see our network of training delivery partners located in the @HeartofSWLEP @DorsetLEP and @WestofEnglandCA. Great work being done on the ground to deliver funded skills training across the region https://t.co/dGWB7mth6p,
  • HotSW LEPRT @stevecaunter1: Thanks to all partners who attend @SDCHiTech illuminations switch on! @HeartofSWLEP #GrowthDeal @HEFCE @WestonFdn @LHCArchitecture @martinhsimpson @MidasGroupUk @TorbayTDA @EffectPhotonics @ghphotonics @iiviinc Bay Photonics, @ABBgroupnews @intel @CreativeHutEdu @LaurenceFrewin https://t.co/ks501dwmoH,
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