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Working with our business community – some new tools


As you know the LEP is a public/private partnership and we often tell you about the things that we are doing with our public sector partners – as they lead on the strategic infrastructure projects for us.  However, we may not be as good as we could be about sharing the work that we do […]

Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth – 15th 17th November


Plymouth Startup Weekend is back! Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the Techstars Startup Weekend movement, it is the place to meet like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals and be immersed in a weekend of creativity and collaboration. This event is part of a series of Startup Weekends to be delivered by the University as […]

Get Ready for Brexit


Businesses are advised to check out how you should prepare by going to the Get Ready for Brexit pages at The Growth Hub team have searched out relevant Brexit related information and guidance available from HM Government and from a range of organisations from both the public and private sector. Businesses can use this resource […]

Out now: Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19


Dozens of extra flood works across Somerset are described in the Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19. Works funded by Somerset Rivers Authority fall into five main categories. They are Dredging and River Management, Land Management including Natural Flood Management, Urban Water Management, Resilient Infrastructure, and Building Local Resilience. In practice, activities in 2018-19 included: shifting 37,500 cubic […]

Nuclear South West Conference Cannington and Bridgwater 2-3 October 2019


The 4th Nuclear South West Conference was held in Somerset this year, over two days with the aim  of showcasing the capability and capacity of the regional supply chain, and providing further visibility of the opportunities currently available on the HPC project or in other areas of the nuclear life cycle, not just now but […]

Funding secured for North Devon Enterprise Centre


Funding has been secured by Devon County Council for an exciting new Enterprise Centre to be located at its emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple. Grant funding is being provided by the European Regional Development Fund and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal, in addition to the County […]

Brexit Business Readiness Event: Plymouth On Thursday 3 October


The UK is leaving the EU on the 31 October Do you run a business? Are you Brexit ready? Find out what you need to do to prepare by attending your free, local Brexit Business Readiness Event at the Jurys Inn on Thursday 3 October Get direct advice and support from government advisors to help […]

New Digital Momentum initiative provides free digital skills training to under-represented groups in the Digital Sector


The new Digital Momentum initiative was launched by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership following a successful bid for a £255 thousand share of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) £1 million national Digital Skills Innovation Fund.  Running until spring 2020, the 12 month pilot scheme will provide free digital training and support for up to 150 people from Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Somerset, and targets groups which […]

What is “clean growth” and what could it mean for the Heart of the South West area? Find out at our Annual Conference and AGM


This FREE event is aimed at the private, public, education and third sectors. Regularly attracting around 300 delegates and 40 stands, the Conference is an opportunity to meet with the wider LEP partnership and to network with other stakeholders. This year’s theme of “Clean Growth” is at the forefront of the HotSW Local Industrial Strategy […]