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New innovation boost for the South West


Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, and Heart of the South West LEP have signed a new joint agreement with Innovate UK to help boost innovation across the South West. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make […]

Heart of the South West Chief Executive Retiring in July


Today at the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership Board meeting, it was announced that Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, is taking up his statutory retirement this summer, therefore the LEP has started the recruitment process for his replacement. Chris has been the chief executive of the HotSW LEP – one of the […]

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 […]

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 […]