Call Open for Digital Coverage Providers


The LEP aims to extend digital coverage to homes and businesses in the area which do not yet have or will not have Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband coverage (download speeds of less than 30 Mbps) from commercial or publicly subsidised programmes – i.e. the hardest-to-reach areas. The aim of the funding is to improve […]

Heart of the South West 2020 Employer Skills Survey


The Heart of the South West 2020 Employer Skills Survey has been launched to gather information on the skills gaps and training needs facing SMEs now and as we work to cohesively tackle challenges to skills provision and delivery over the next few years. It’s an opportunity for employers across the Heart of the South […]

Work starts on A382 upgrade


Work starts on improvements to the A382 in Newton Abbot. The first phase of the £13million Devon County Council scheme will upgrade the link from Newton Abbot to the A38 at Drumbridges roundabout. The route is being realigned and widened between Forches Cross and Whitehill Cross, and a new roundabout will be developed at Ringslade […]

Chancellor Urged to Back The Great South West


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, is being urged to back the Great South West in the Budget and help kick start ambitious plans to create the UK’s first clean energy powerhouse. A powerful alliance of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships, business leaders, local government, universities and colleges have written a joint letter to […]

Work Starts on Enterprise Centre for Northern Devon


A turf cutting ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the new Enterprise Centre development for northern Devon.   The Enterprise Centre is the “gateway building” at Devon County Council’s emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple. The centre, which will offer high quality office and collaboration space, is expected […]

HotSW Welcomes Flybe Announcement


In a joint statement, council leaders together with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSWLEP) have welcomed the news regarding the future of Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline. Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “This will be an immense relief to the hundreds of Devon people who work for Flybe directly, […]

Great South West partners target £45 billion economic boost


A powerful coalition of South West businesses, education leaders and local authorities has pledged to work in partnership with Government to make the Great South West the latest growth alliance to rebalance the UK economy. The Great South West partners are publishing a local growth prospectus today (Monday, January 13) that aims to deliver £45 […]