HotSWLEP proposition to be delivered to Government

13/12/2019

Now we’ve had the General Election we have already written to all HOtSW MPs and the Government to highlight our priorities for the area and to secure commitment to our Local Industrial Strategy and the Great South West Partnership. This letter on behalf of all HOtSW Local Authorities and the LEP highlights the importance of […]

Heart of the South West LEP Newsletter – December 2019

13/12/2019

    Latest News December 2019 Read the latest round-up from David Ralph, HotSW LEP CEO Now we’ve had the General Election we have already written to all HOtSW MPs and the Government to highlight our priorities for the area and to secure commitment to our Local Industrial Strategy and the Great South West Partnership. […]

Heart of the South West LEP Appoints New Chair and Board Member

13/12/2019

Following six years of dedicated service as LEP Chair by Steve Hindley CBE DL, the LEP Board has unanimously appointed Karl Tucker, Executive Chairman of Yeo Valley Production Ltd to take up the next term of office. Karl Tucker has been with Yeo Valley since 1996 having joined from the quarrying industry and before that […]

New Funding Opportunities from European Regional Fund for Rural Development

11/12/2019

EAFRD funding through the RDPE Growth Programme supports projects that increase rural jobs, growth and productivity in the Heart of the South West. Funding is split across three specific strands – business development, food processing and rural tourism infrastructure. There are currently three live calls for all of the three strands, and HotSW businesses are […]

Maritime UK SW Business Forum 31 January – Met Office, Exeter

11/12/2019

A one-stop-shop for skills, trade, innovation, finance and supply chain opportunities in the ocean economy. This free all-day event is managed by the South Coast Marine Cluster with event partners the Marine Business Technology Centre and the Met Office. The event will provide information on a wide range of support and commercial opportunities for your […]

Rural Enterprise Exmoor Survey

10/12/2019

A major new survey into the views of businesses in Exmoor has launched as the next step in the Rural Enterprise Exmoor initiative. It aims to better understand the types of business activity undertaken across the National Park as well as the challenges and opportunities of doing business on Exmoor. The 5-minute online survey is […]

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

05/11/2019

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

15/10/2019

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

15/10/2019

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 […]