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.

To view the Partnership Database  Click here

Working Together

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:

2015 Conference & AGM

The LEP held its first business conference on 21st September 2015, which is set to become an annual feature in the HotSW calendar. The event was a resounding success, with of 250 delegates from the HotSW business and partnership community.

Productivity was the theme of the conference, and delegates took part in a series of break-out seminars on export, employment & skills, innovation and EU funding; with presentations on sector specialisms including nuclear, electronics & photonics, marine, environmental futures and big data. More details and the presentations from the business conference are available here.

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 And you can register to recieve regular updates from the LEP by signing up for our newsletter and through other links on this website.

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