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Appointment of new Chief Executive


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce its new chief executive, David Ralph, who will be starting on 4 June, taking over from the outgoing Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, who is retiring after leading the LEP for the last five years. David brings high calibre expertise to this role, […]

March 2018 Newsletter


Chris Garcia, Chief Executive This week, our LEP Chair, Steve Hindley, our Chief Operating Officer, Eifion Jones and I went to Westminster to meet ten of our South West MPs to update them on LEP business and to ask for their support in drawing up a delivery and action plan for the new HotSW Productivity […]

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 […]