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Heart of the South West will rise to the challenge as Government strengthens the role of LEPs


The Government’s Review of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) published yesterday, will enable LEPs to continue to build on their strengths as unique business led local organisations, brokering business partnerships to deliver projects at pace, setting the strategic economic direction that shapes their region, generating private sector investment, pitching for government funds, and helping local businesses […]

June 2018 Newsletter


David Ralph, Chief Executive Thank you for a warm and friendly welcome – it’s been a busy, eventful and exciting first month. We’ve launched the second pilot Digital Skills Partnership in the country and our chair, Steve Hindley, was part of a delegation of LEP leaders who met with the Prime Minister and other senior […]

South West partners welcome Nuclear Sector Deal with government


Partners have welcomed a £200m agreement between the nuclear industry and government which paves the way for major new investment and further job creation in the South West. The government has set out the details of its Nuclear Sector Deal, which contains measures to unlock productivity and put the UK and the South West at […]

Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot


Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset are urged to take advantage of a £2.5m skills training pot for their workforce, as a result of a contract extension. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business […]