Business Bulletins

The Heart of the South West produces a regular Business Bulletin, which provides a comprehensive summary of business sentiment across the Heart of the South West, as well as showing the national context. Thanks to the support of business organisations, the Bulletin conveys the views of over 25,000 businesses within Heart of the South West.

It is part of the LEP’s aim to support local and national policy makers in making informed decisions that reflect the challenges and opportunities within the area.

Winter Business Bulletin

Business Bulletin Winter 2021-22


Business Bulletin Autumn 2021


Business Bulletin Spring 2021


Business Bulletin Winter 2020-21

Business Bulletin Summer 2020

Business Bulletin Spring 2020

Local Business Bulletin Summary – Summer 2019

Local Business Bulletin Summary – Autumn 2019

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    David Ralph

    Chief Executive

    David Ralph started as Chief Executive of Heart of South West LEP at the beginning of June 2018. Previously, he had spent 5 years as CEO of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP from 2013 where he oversaw the development of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and sector strategies, 3 Growth Deals with HM Government to deliver a £1billion capital investment programme, securing and implementing £200m ESIF programme, the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone, the D2N2 Skills Deal and Time for Innovation programme, community fund and led the executive team to develop the HS2 East Midlands hub. He was also closely involved in the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal and one of the key architects in establishing the Midlands Engine, chairing the officer steering group. Whilst in this role David was a NED of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, and Marketing NG, the Outer Estates Foundation and a Governor of Nottingham College and on the advisory Board of Nottingham Business School.

    Before the East Midlands, David was CEO of the Have Gateway Partnership working closely with local stakeholders including the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich and BT Adadastral Park across Suffolk and Essex and prior to that was Chief Exec of the Barton Hill New Deal for Communities programme in Bristol and the Nelm Development Trust in Norwich.

    David is a keen sailor, walker and trail runner.