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 you can also search by your local council area.  And if you would like more information about any of the groups / networks listed here; or would like to join one, please click on the name in the list opposite 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 @SampsonHall: 💪 Great breakfast this morning on hardiness & resilience @HDV_Exeter Lovely to see @Betterworkspace @C_Lambeth @KateBarton_BH @RyderSladeInfo & Victoria from @HeartofSWLEP https://t.co/q5lyzEpPgB,
  • HotSW LEPRT @SouthWestRRP: 📰 We are running a local drop-in session in #Dawlish to update the community ahead of work restarting on the new sea wall this Sept. 🌊 🗓️ Wednesday 4 Sept ⏰ 3pm to 6pm 📍The Manor House, Old Town Street, Dawlish We’d love to see you there! ⬇️ https://t.co/GGbb1voKfb https://t.co/hVpOocFpx1,
  • HotSW LEPRT @HotswskillsC: Exciting news- we have just launched our Digital Momentum programme! Whether you are a digital 'newbie' or a seasoned technologist you might be eligible for free digital skills training or support… https://t.co/0QOpgZNXNb @Cosmic_UK @bluescreen_it @LearnDevon @SSLcourses https://t.co/uKahn6kClU,
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