June 2018 Newsletter


David Ralph, Chief Executive Thank you for a warm and friendly welcome – it’s been a busy, eventful and exciting first month. We’ve launched the second pilot Digital Skills Partnership in the country and our chair, Steve Hindley, was part of a delegation of LEP leaders who met with the Prime Minister and other senior […]

Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot


Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset are urged to take advantage of a £2.5m skills training pot for their workforce, as a result of a contract extension. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business […]

Heart of the South West Launched Digital Skills Partnership


Digital Skills Partnership Launched – 13 June – Plymouth Science Park The Heart of the South West has been selected as one of two areas in the country to benefit from being designated as a Digital Skills Pilot Area, with the establishment of the new Digital Skills Partnership, set up by the Department for Digital, […]

£25 million South West Institute of Technology plan reaches funding bid final


  £25 million South West Institute of Technology plan reaches funding bid final A multimillion pound bid to revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has reached the final phase of competition. The Department for Education (DfE) is awarding £170 million to establish a network of Institutes of Technology across the country. They will […]

Appointment of new Chief Executive


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce its new chief executive, David Ralph, who will be starting on 4 June, taking over from the outgoing Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, who is retiring after leading the LEP for the last five years. David brings high calibre expertise to this role, […]

March 2018 Newsletter


Chris Garcia, Chief Executive This week, our LEP Chair, Steve Hindley, our Chief Operating Officer, Eifion Jones and I went to Westminster to meet ten of our South West MPs to update them on LEP business and to ask for their support in drawing up a delivery and action plan for the new HotSW Productivity […]