Business groups and networks

Helping the Business Community to Connect

If you would like to find out about business groups and networks in your area, please click below.

If you are a business group or network in our area, you can also add yourself to this list by clicking here. Once your request has been received there will be a small time delay, while your entry is being processed for inclusion within the database.


This database is intended as a tool to enable potential business partners to find out about each other. It is a free resource provided by the LEP, and business groups and networks are entering their own details. Inclusion onto this list does not imply LEP recommendation. By adding your details to this database you are agreeing for your information to be in the public domain through this medium. The LEP is not responsible for any actions or activity resulting from you using this database or any related connections that you may make.

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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.