Work kicks off on the Wells and Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centres


Work is now underway on the Wells and Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centres, the latest additions to a network of Enterprise Centres in the South West.  Jointly funded by Somerset County Council and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Unlocking Growth Fund, these new spaces will provide modern, accessible spaces for small and growing […]

Exit Import and Export Helpline launched this week


The Government’s Exit Import and Export Helpline (0300 3301 331) has been launched to support business in their preparations for Brexit. The helpline will provide up-to-date signposting and guidance to help businesses prepare for Brexit – and to continue to operate afterwards – through a single point of enquiry. The helpline will primarily support traders and hauliers […]

First stage submission for the Great South West prospectus


The first stage submission for the Great South West prospectus has been sent to the Minister of State Jake Berry, along with the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretaries of State for BEIS and HCLG.  It will be followed by a more detailed prospectus in October.   Click here to download the latest […]

Building Sustainable Towns and Cities Conference – London, 18th September


Building Sustainable Towns and Cities will bring together local authorities, planning consultants, architects, house builders, EIA consultants and contractors. The conference aims to provide solutions to many housing and development issues and will discuss best practice with those charged with planning and building the cities of the future. Organised by Environmentanalyst Ltd the conference takes […]

High Potential Opportunity in the Heart of the South West


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership with support from partners at TDA have won a competitive bid to promote the area’s High Potential Opportunity in Photonics & Microelectronics, working as part of UK wide programme with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the area. Already […]

***Job Opportunity***


    Heart of the South West LEP Lead for Inward Investment Full time: £46,122 pa closing date 1 August

***Job Opportunities***


Economic Development Assistant – Skills Marketing and Communications Devon County Council is seeking a new Economic Development Assistant to join its Skills and Employment Service, which is delivered in partnership with HotSW LEP through its Skills Advisory Panel. Permanent, full time: £23,369 pa. Closing date for applications 2 August 2019. More information and application link […]

Green Light for growth as Yeovil’s Western Corridor opens for business


A multi-million pound road improvement scheme in Yeovil – partly funded with £6.6m from the LEP’s Growth Deal –  is now complete – supporting the town’s growth and unlocking more than 1,500 homes and 20 hectares of employment land. The Western Corridor scheme has seen several key junctions upgraded to increase capacity and help them cope with […]

Inspire take pole position in South West after launch


Businesses that want to be in the fast lane to growth took a trip to Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil to find out how they can do just that. Inspire have been selected by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to pilot a scale up programme for fast growing SMEs across Somerset and […]



Last week in Parliament, the Great South West grouping of MPs called for an ambitious strategy to improve connectivity for the South West Region as a whole, covering road, rail and broadband. The inaugural meeting of the Great South West All-Party Parliamentary Group was held in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 25 June. MPs […]