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Heart of the South West launches new Digital Skills Partnership to drive growth and skills in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay


The Heart of the South West Digital Skills Partnership was launched this week, to bring together businesses, charities, the education sector and public-sector organisations to tackle local digital skills challenges to build thriving and inclusive local economies. The Heart of the South West is one of two areas in the country to benefit from being […]

Heart of the South West Launched Digital Skills Partnership


Digital Skills Partnership Launched – 13 June – Plymouth Science Park The Heart of the South West has been selected as one of two areas in the country to benefit from being designated as a Digital Skills Pilot Area, with the establishment of the new Digital Skills Partnership, set up by the Department for Digital, […]

£25 million South West Institute of Technology plan reaches funding bid final


  £25 million South West Institute of Technology plan reaches funding bid final A multimillion pound bid to revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has reached the final phase of competition. The Department for Education (DfE) is awarding £170 million to establish a network of Institutes of Technology across the country. They will […]

Joint Committee Talks Productivity and Transport


  Delivering productivity and cross-authority transport planning will top the agenda when the Heart of South West (HotSW) Joint Committee meets again this week. Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset meet for the second time as the HotSW Joint Committee this Friday (25 May) at Devon County Council offices in Exeter. Agenda items […]

Successful Bid for £83.1m for North Devon Link Road


Motorists in Devon are set to benefit from better journeys after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling approved a series of improvements to the North Devon Link Road to better connect the area to the rest of the country. Today (May 17 2018) more than £83 million of government funding was confirmed to pay for upgrades on […]

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 […]