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Heart of the South West LEP Newsletter – December 2019


    Latest News December 2019 Read the latest round-up from David Ralph, HotSW LEP CEO Now we’ve had the General Election we have already written to all HOtSW MPs and the Government to highlight our priorities for the area and to secure commitment to our Local Industrial Strategy and the Great South West Partnership. […]

Heart of the South West LEP Appoints New Chair and Board Member


Following six years of dedicated service as LEP Chair by Steve Hindley CBE DL, the LEP Board has unanimously appointed Karl Tucker, Executive Chairman of Yeo Valley Production Ltd to take up the next term of office. Karl Tucker has been with Yeo Valley since 1996 having joined from the quarrying industry and before that […]

New Funding Opportunities from European Regional Fund for Rural Development


EAFRD funding through the RDPE Growth Programme supports projects that increase rural jobs, growth and productivity in the Heart of the South West. Funding is split across three specific strands – business development, food processing and rural tourism infrastructure. There are currently three live calls for all of the three strands, and HotSW businesses are […]

Maritime UK SW Business Forum 31 January – Met Office, Exeter


A one-stop-shop for skills, trade, innovation, finance and supply chain opportunities in the ocean economy. This free all-day event is managed by the South Coast Marine Cluster with event partners the Marine Business Technology Centre and the Met Office. The event will provide information on a wide range of support and commercial opportunities for your […]

Rural Enterprise Exmoor Survey


A major new survey into the views of businesses in Exmoor has launched as the next step in the Rural Enterprise Exmoor initiative. It aims to better understand the types of business activity undertaken across the National Park as well as the challenges and opportunities of doing business on Exmoor. The 5-minute online survey is […]

Welding Skills Survey Launched


Businesses in the Heart of the South West are telling us that they are facing skills gaps in welding and technical training, and that employers need support to: Attract and train new employees Develop a skilled workforce Provide young people with a clear route to technical employment The LEP is considering the availability of training […]

Careers Leader Conference – November 2019


The HotSW Careers Hub recently held their second Careers Leader Conference at Petroc in Tiverton. From talks from training providers and institutions, to the float your boat challenge, and talks from young people about their experiences, the 75 attendees experiences an informative and interactive conference which they can take back to their schools, colleges and […]

Heart of the South West LEP Annual Conference Explores Clean Growth and Inclusive Growth for Devon, Plymouth Somerset and Torbay


A successful Annual Conference with over 300 delegates focussing on clean growth and inclusive growth was held in Torquay on Monday 4 November by the Heart of the South West LEP, which is tasked with raising productivity and prosperity for all across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Clean growth and inclusive growth are the overarching themes […]

Bookings Still Open for Heart of the South West LEP Annual Conference – over 200 delegates registered


The Heart of the South West LEP Annual Conference and AGM takes place at the Riviera International Conference Centre on Monday 4 November. It’s a free event for businesses and stakeholders in the Heart of the South West, and booking is still open until 5pm on Monday 28 October here: Over 200 delegates are […]