The Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges.

The Heart of the South West


About the LEP

Our purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West area covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

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Doing Business in our area

Businesses thrive in the Heart of the South West with its excellent value, quality development sites and premises with a highly skilled workforce with a lower than the national average salary, business support and advice from the Growth Hub and strong private, public, education and third sector partnership; driving the economy forward.

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Businesses wanting to find business groups & networks

If you would like to find out about business groups & / or networks in your area, please check out the list.  And if you would like more information about any of the groups / networks listed here; or would like to join one, please click on icon below to reveal the list, then click on the name in the list and contact them using the details provided in the popup.

Projects in the Heart of the South West

Projects where the LEP has secured Growth Deal funding, the LEP is working with a wide range of partners to deliver investment. For other sources of funding, such as EU monies, the LEP plays a key role in ensuring that funding allocated by government departments is meeting local needs.


The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is available for all businesses, whatever size or sector. The Growth Hub is a single point of contact – completely free at the point of access – for all businesses seeking advice and support on any issues relating to the operations and aspirations of their business; signposting to international, national or local resources.

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The Heart of the South West has a diverse economy of over 78,000 businesses within strong and growing clusters, particularly in precision engineering and advanced manufacturing, including in the aerospace, nuclear, marine and agri-tech sectors. The area boasts a number of Primes and a vast array of SMEs and entrepreneurs, which make up a strong supply chain.

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Latest News

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  • HotSW LEPRT @BIPCDevon: Do you have a business and wish that you could access a quick and informative legal library? COBRA (Complete Online Business Reference Adviser) has a FREE Business Legal Library, with fact sheets that you can access with your library card. https://t.co/oYVgDENny9 @HeartofSWLEP https://t.co/lrzBPFNVY2,
  • HotSW LEPRT @ERDF_Enhance: Attend the Going Local event on Tues 29 Oct 10am to 2pm at @execornexchange in Exeter to learn how to access opportunities to bid for public sector contracts and understand how to use the Supplying the South West procurement portal. Register at ECCprocurement@exeter.gov.uk https://t.co/qwxlOSwh7u,
  • HotSW LEPRT @GrowthHubHOTSW: Reboot your online presence... for Tourism Businesses / Accommodation Providers. 28th Nov - Riviera Intl Conference Centre 9.30 – 12.45 - find out how to use digital tech and online marketing to boost your sales and manage bookings. More info: https://t.co/hcDookqqx2 https://t.co/fpW9H4kD9A,
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