Working in partnership
Creating opportunities in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay
The Heart of the South West (HotSW) is a partnership of private, public, education and third sectors. Our Vision for Growth is to reposition the Heart of the South West’s profile and reputation, nationally and globally. Connecting people, places, businesses and ideas to transform our economy, securing investment in infrastructure and skills to create better jobs and enable rewarding careers.
We recognise we will see greater strength by working together – to help our businesses become more profitable and our area more prosperous. Partnership therefore pervades all aspects of how we work.
For example, the LEP is led by a Board of directors drawn from public and private sectors and supported by a range of sub-groups – these drive forward our work on the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). And the three Leadership Groups of People, Place and Business also reflect this ethos, you can find out more about them here.
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The HotSW is a large geographical area, which includes 19 Local Authorities (2 Unitary, 2 County, 13 Districts and 2 National Parks), 9 Colleges and 4 Universities. We are also home to a diverse range of businesses & social enterprises, as well as having a variety of business groups and other important stakeholders / funders.Our stakeholders are important to us and we have a plan for how we can better work together, which includes a number of events and how you can engage with your LEP. Our Business & Stakeholder Engagement Plan is summarised in a table here.
The LEP’s Partnerships Manager leads on this workand supports partners to take forward the Strategic Economic Plan and other key programmes.
The focus is on supporting the LEP’s priorities of Creating the Conditions for Growth; Maximising Productivity and Employment Opportunities; & Building on our Distinctiveness. In times when funding is tight, sometimes it’s more effective to achieve the shared goal by working together and differently, rather than through specific funding, and that’s what the LEP aims to do.
As part of our Business & Stakeholder Engagement Plan, we run a number of events each year and this includes an Annual Conference. A summary of last year’s conference is available here:
2018 Conference & AGM, held on the 12th November
The LEP has been holding an Annual Conference & AGM since 2015 and we regularly get over 250 delegates joining us on the day, representing a broad variety of stakeholders – private, public, education and third sector.
This year, we split the day into two parts with the morning session led by the HotSW LEP’s Growth Hub and aimed at the wider business community and with the opportunity to meet with many of our business support providers in the “market place” exhibition area. The afternoon, was a chance to find out more about the LEP and the Chair of the LEP (Steve Hindley, CBE DL) outlined our achievements over the last twelve months and David Ralph (our CEX), gave an overview of the LEP’s priorities and ambitions for the coming year. All the slides and links can be found here on our website including the information shared at our AGM.
The majority of people told us (using voting devices) that they were attending “To find out more about the Heart of the South West’s economy and opportunities for growth” and “To meet like-minded businesses and do some networking”. And all the results from the voting activities undertaken on the day, can be be found using the link above to the presentations and documents that were shared.
Three important announcements / reports were presented at the Conference: the HotSW LEP Annual Report summarising the achievements in 2017/18; the HotSW LEP and HotSW Joint Committee Prospectus #LivingBetter, which showcases the opportunities in key sectors that are primed for raising productivity; and presentations on the plans for the Local Industrial Strategy.
Getting in contact
The LEP’s Partnership Manager can help to connect stakeholders with the most suitable person for their agendas – be they inside the LEP or from another organisation. To help with this, we have developed a “Partner Database” where you can search for potential partners for bids / projects and also register your details. The link to the Partner Database is here.
The best way to contact the Partnerships Manager is via email at Heidi.Coombe@heartofswlep.co.uk. And you can register to receive regular updates from the LEP by signing up for our newsletter and through other links on this website.
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