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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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 LEPWe're excited to announce the appointment of a new Chair and Board Members. The Board unanimously appointed Karl Tucker as Chair, and Sarah Cook has been selected to take up a vacant position on the Board. Find out more about the new appointments here: https://t.co/Dz6wfxeoiz https://t.co/UwGAWkcUGB,
  • HotSW LEPKeep up to date woth all our latest #news on #funding, #skills, #business in your area and whole load more here>> https://t.co/VoXn7L6UES https://t.co/1eMyWpca8e,
  • HotSW LEPWe've been listening to you talk about skills shortages in the #welding and #fabrication sector in the South West and we want to make a change. We need sector support to do this so please help us by completing the following survey: https://t.co/e9pfQmcJV4 #skillsgap https://t.co/nB3ZJAlLzQ,
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