December Newsletter


Eifion Jones, Head of Strategy and Operations   We’ve made a great deal of progress this year in a challenging and rewarding twelve months for Heart of the South West. We’ve made good progress towards making the area better for business by investing in schemes and initiatives that help to generate growth. We’ve still much […]

Enterprise Adviser Network Celebrates Continued Funding


The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is celebrating after being awarded funding of £150,000 which is set to benefit schools and young people across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area. The additional funding means the project can continue in schools for another year. The business project, which has already been running in over 60 […]

Yeovil Innovation Centre Is Growing!


Work to expand the Yeovil Innovation Centre (YIC) has commenced following funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP). South Somerset District Council (SSDC) bid to the HotSW LEP for £442,000 from the Growth Deal funding, which has enabled Phase 2 development works to commence at the YIC site. Phase […]

South West Nuclear Sector Worth £1.6bn in 2016


The Nuclear South West Partnership has welcomed a new study released this week which shows that the impact of the nuclear sector on the economy in the south west was worth £1.6bn in 2016, second only to the north west of England. This new study, compiled by experts Oxford Economics, commissioned by the Nuclear Industry […]

November Newsletter


Chris Garcia Chief Executive It’s been an eventful month for the LEP, starting off with our conference and AGM in which we outlined our achievements over the last 12 months, which have been significant, and can be read about in detail in our Annual Report; followed by the Chancellor’s Budget, then this week’s Government Industrial […]

Register Now For Our Free ERDF Info Event on 13th December in Bridgwater


In anticipation of the potential launch in December of a new ERDF funding opportunity for business support services / facilities to promote entrepreneurship and/or growth of SMEs in Somerset, the Heart of the South West LEP is organising a free ERDF Info Event from 14.00 to 16.30 (refreshments and registration from 13.30) on 13th December […]

Heart of the South West LEP Disappointed with Budget but not Disheartened


The Heart of the South West is primed with potential to help create the “global Britain” that the Chancellor referred to in the opening lines of his budget speech, when he confirmed the importance of investment in skills and infrastructure in raising productivity and reversing the downward trend. However, the Heart of the South West […]



The Heart of the South West LEP held its conference and annual general meeting on 10 November at Somerset Cricket Club, and welcomed over 300 delegates from across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.  Productivity was the theme of the day, is the key to prosperity in the 21st century economy. Taunton MP Rebecca Pow opened […]