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November Newsletter


Chris Garcia Chief Executive It’s been an eventful month for the LEP, starting off with our conference and AGM in which we outlined our achievements over the last 12 months, which have been significant, and can be read about in detail in our Annual Report; followed by the Chancellor’s Budget, then this week’s Government Industrial […]

Register Now For Our Free ERDF Info Event on 13th December in Bridgwater


In anticipation of the potential launch in December of a new ERDF funding opportunity for business support services / facilities to promote entrepreneurship and/or growth of SMEs in Somerset, the Heart of the South West LEP is organising a free ERDF Info Event from 14.00 to 16.30 (refreshments and registration from 13.30) on 13th December […]

Heart of the South West LEP Disappointed with Budget but not Disheartened


The Heart of the South West is primed with potential to help create the “global Britain” that the Chancellor referred to in the opening lines of his budget speech, when he confirmed the importance of investment in skills and infrastructure in raising productivity and reversing the downward trend. However, the Heart of the South West […]



The Heart of the South West LEP held its conference and annual general meeting on 10 November at Somerset Cricket Club, and welcomed over 300 delegates from across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.  Productivity was the theme of the day, is the key to prosperity in the 21st century economy. Taunton MP Rebecca Pow opened […]

Inward Investment Lead Opportunity


***14 November Update – Applications Closed*** Do you have the skills and experience to help shape the economic prosperity of our area? Inward Investment Lead Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Circa £42,500 plus benefits Closing date for applications – 5pm 13 November The Heart of the South West LEP is a strong […]

Consultation open for Heart of the South West Productivity Strategy


Business, organisations and residents are being asked for their views on plans to drive up productivity in Somerset and across the Heart of the South West area. All councils in Somerset and Devon, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership to […]