Heart of the South West LEP Annual Conference Explores Clean Growth and Inclusive Growth for Devon, Plymouth Somerset and Torbay


A successful Annual Conference with over 300 delegates focussing on clean growth and inclusive growth was held in Torquay on Monday 4 November by the Heart of the South West LEP, which is tasked with raising productivity and prosperity for all across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Clean growth and inclusive growth are the overarching themes […]

South West IOT


Universities, Colleges and Employer partners sign multi-million pound partnership deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) Partners across the South West have signed a partnership agreement signalling a multi-million pound investment in the region. The SWIOT will train thousands of students in technical subjects across the region, bringing unparalleled skills development and career opportunities […]

Food and farming Brexit briefing to be held in Mendip


Food and farming businesses across Somerset are being given the opportunity to learn more about preparations needed ahead of Brexit at an event later this month. The Government continues to prepare for the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) on October, 31.  To prepare for this, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs […]

October 2019 Newsletter


Read the latest round-up from David Ralph, HotSW LEP CEO As we make the final preparations for this year’s Annual Conference and AGM on 4 November, we look forward to sharing with our stakeholders the year’s achievements and the impact that the LEP is making on the economy. Over 150 delegates have already registered, and […]

Working with our business community – some new tools


As you know the LEP is a public/private partnership and we often tell you about the things that we are doing with our public sector partners – as they lead on the strategic infrastructure projects for us.  However, we may not be as good as we could be about sharing the work that we do […]

Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth – 15th 17th November


Plymouth Startup Weekend is back! Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the Techstars Startup Weekend movement, it is the place to meet like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals and be immersed in a weekend of creativity and collaboration. This event is part of a series of Startup Weekends to be delivered by the University as […]

Get Ready for Brexit


Businesses are advised to check out how you should prepare by going to the Get Ready for Brexit pages at https://www.gov.uk/brexit The Growth Hub team have searched out relevant Brexit related information and guidance available from HM Government and from a range of organisations from both the public and private sector. Businesses can use this resource […]

Out now: Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19


Dozens of extra flood works across Somerset are described in the Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19. Works funded by Somerset Rivers Authority fall into five main categories. They are Dredging and River Management, Land Management including Natural Flood Management, Urban Water Management, Resilient Infrastructure, and Building Local Resilience. In practice, activities in 2018-19 included: shifting 37,500 cubic […]

Nuclear South West Conference Cannington and Bridgwater 2-3 October 2019


The 4th Nuclear South West Conference was held in Somerset this year, over two days with the aim of showcasing the capability and capacity of the regional supply chain, and providing further visibility of the opportunities currently available on the HPC project and other areas of the nuclear life cycle, not just now but in the […]

Funding secured for North Devon Enterprise Centre


Funding has been secured by Devon County Council for an exciting new Enterprise Centre to be located at its emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple. Grant funding is being provided by the European Regional Development Fund and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal, in addition to the County […]