New innovation boost for the South West


Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, and Heart of the South West LEP have signed a new joint agreement with Innovate UK to help boost innovation across the South West. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make […]

Heart of the South West Chief Executive Retiring in July


Today at the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership Board meeting, it was announced that Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, is taking up his statutory retirement this summer, therefore the LEP has started the recruitment process for his replacement. Chris has been the chief executive of the HotSW LEP – one of the […]

South West Nuclear Sector Worth £1.6bn in 2016


The Nuclear South West Partnership has welcomed a new study released this week which shows that the impact of the nuclear sector on the economy in the south west was worth £1.6bn in 2016, second only to the north west of England. This new study, compiled by experts Oxford Economics, commissioned by the Nuclear Industry […]

Register Now For Our Free ERDF Info Event on 13th December in Bridgwater


In anticipation of the potential launch in December of a new ERDF funding opportunity for business support services / facilities to promote entrepreneurship and/or growth of SMEs in Somerset, the Heart of the South West LEP is organising a free ERDF Info Event from 14.00 to 16.30 (refreshments and registration from 13.30) on 13th December […]

Heart of the South West LEP Disappointed with Budget but not Disheartened


The Heart of the South West is primed with potential to help create the “global Britain” that the Chancellor referred to in the opening lines of his budget speech, when he confirmed the importance of investment in skills and infrastructure in raising productivity and reversing the downward trend. However, the Heart of the South West […]



The Heart of the South West LEP held its conference and annual general meeting on 10 November at Somerset Cricket Club, and welcomed over 300 delegates from across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.  Productivity was the theme of the day, is the key to prosperity in the 21st century economy. Taunton MP Rebecca Pow opened […]

Consultation open for Heart of the South West Productivity Strategy


Business, organisations and residents are being asked for their views on plans to drive up productivity in Somerset and across the Heart of the South West area. All councils in Somerset and Devon, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership to […]

Nuclear South West Conference Success


The second annual Nuclear South West conference was held last month, when the Nuclear South West consortium and the South West Nuclear Hub joined together to offer the conference, which is a great chance to hear the latest news, network with potential partners and find out more about business openings. This year’s event had more […]