October 2019 Newsletter

Read the latest round-up from
David Ralph, HotSW LEP CEO

As we make the final preparations for this year’s Annual Conference and AGM on 4 November, we look forward to sharing with our stakeholders the year’s achievements and the impact that the LEP is making on the economy. Over 150 delegates have already registered, and there’s still time to do so at the link here. […]


What is “clean growth” and what could it mean for the Heart of the South West area? Find out at our Annual Conference and AGM

Once again it’s almost time for our Annual Conference and AGM, with a theme this year of “clean growth”.

Booking is essential for this popular free event, which takes place on the 4th November […]


New Digital Momentum initiative provides free digital skills training to under-represented groups in the Digital Sector

The new Digital Momentum initiative was launched by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership following a successful bid for a  share of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) £1 million national Digital Skills Innovation Fund.  The 12 month pilot scheme provides free digital training and support for people from Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Somerset, and targets groups which are underrepresented in the digital sector […]


Get Ready for Brexit

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub team have searched out relevant Brexit related information and guidance available from HM Government and from a range of organisations from both the public and private sector. Businesses can use this resource to quickly get to the information that is most relevant for them […]


First stage submission for the
Great South West prospectus

The first stage submission for the Great South West prospectus has been sent to the Minister of State Jake Berry, along with the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretaries of State for BEIS and HCLG […]


Nuclear South West Conference Cannington and Bridgwater 2-3 October 2019

The 4th Nuclear South West Conference was held in Somerset this year, over two days with the aim  of showcasing the capability and capacity of the regional supply chain, and providing further visibility of the opportunities currently available on the HPC project or in other areas of the nuclear life cycle, not just now but in the medium term future as well. […]


Double business boost as
Enterprise Centres have lift off

Two business-boosting enterprise centres for Somerset have taken a great leap forward with work now underway at the sites in Wells and Wiveliscombe.

The aim is for both centres to be open next Spring, bringing the total number of centres in the Somerset network up to seven. Enterprise centres provide modern, accessible space for small and growing businesses – something that can be hard to find in rural areas […]


Funding secured for
North Devon Enterprise Centre

Funding has been secured by Devon County Council for an exciting new Enterprise Centre to be located at its emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple.

The centre will be the flagship of the business park, providing high quality office and collaboration space with tailored support for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses which have potential for high growth and innovation […]


CSW Group Awarded to Deliver Apprenticeship Support Services in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay

CSW Group will from this month be delivering the Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) Programme in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay. The programme supports the government objective to improve awareness and uptake of apprenticeships […]


Out now: Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19

Dozens of extra flood works across Somerset are described in the Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19.

Works funded by Somerset Rivers Authority fall into five main categories. They are Dredging and River Management, Land Management including Natural Flood Management, Urban Water Management, Resilient Infrastructure, and Building Local Resilience […]


Working with our business community – some new tools

As you know the LEP is a public / private partnership and we often tell you about the things that we are doing with our public sector partners – as they lead on the strategic infrastructure projects for us.  However, we may not be as good as we could be about sharing the work that we do with the wider business community, so we’ve introduced a couple of new tools for businesses to use […]


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 […]


About HotSW
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is a strong and dynamic partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay with the purpose of leading and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
Increasing productivity and prosperity for all.


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