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 […]

December Newsletter


Eifion Jones, Head of Strategy and Operations   We’ve made a great deal of progress this year in a challenging and rewarding twelve months for Heart of the South West. We’ve made good progress towards making the area better for business by investing in schemes and initiatives that help to generate growth. We’ve still much […]

Enterprise Adviser Network Celebrates Continued Funding


The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is celebrating after being awarded funding of £150,000 which is set to benefit schools and young people across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area. The additional funding means the project can continue in schools for another year. The business project, which has already been running in over 60 […]