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High Potential Opportunity in the Heart of the South West


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership with support from partners at TDA have won a competitive bid to promote the area’s High Potential Opportunity in Photonics & Microelectronics, working as part of UK wide programme with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the area. Already […]

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    Heart of the South West LEP Lead for Inward Investment Full time: £46,122 pa closing date 1 August

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Economic Development Assistant – Skills Marketing and Communications Devon County Council is seeking a new Economic Development Assistant to join its Skills and Employment Service, which is delivered in partnership with HotSW LEP through its Skills Advisory Panel. Permanent, full time: £23,369 pa. Closing date for applications 2 August 2019. More information and application link […]

Green Light for growth as Yeovil’s Western Corridor opens for business


A multi-million pound road improvement scheme in Yeovil – partly funded with £6.6m from the LEP’s Growth Deal –  is now complete – supporting the town’s growth and unlocking more than 1,500 homes and 20 hectares of employment land. The Western Corridor scheme has seen several key junctions upgraded to increase capacity and help them cope with […]

Inspire take pole position in South West after launch


Businesses that want to be in the fast lane to growth took a trip to Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil to find out how they can do just that. Inspire have been selected by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to pilot a scale up programme for fast growing SMEs across Somerset and […]



Last week in Parliament, the Great South West grouping of MPs called for an ambitious strategy to improve connectivity for the South West Region as a whole, covering road, rail and broadband. The inaugural meeting of the Great South West All-Party Parliamentary Group was held in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 25 June. MPs […]

LEPs agree to make energy and clean energy a priority for the South West


Three South West Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have pledged to make clean growth and energy a strategic economic priority for the region. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Dorset, and the Heart of the South West LEPs have all agreed to adopt a new South West Energy Strategy with a common vision to create an energy […]

HotSW LEP Seeks New Chair and Non-Executive Board Directors


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is one of the 38 LEPs in England, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. It’s a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges. Its vision is to create a dynamic, highly prosperous region with high living standards and an outstanding […]