Economy dashboard

Economic Growth dashboard

The Heart of the South West LEP mission is raising productivity and ensuring prosperity for all, and the area has some long-standing structural challenges to overcome, as well as some fantastic opportunities to address them.

Whilst productivity has grown slightly stronger in recent years, it’s not enough to close the ‘productivity gap’. A notable characteristic remains significant differences in performance across different parts of HotSW, with new data confirming the picture of underperformance in many rural and coastal towns.

Our economy dashboard analyses data across key issues including productivity, innovation, digital connectivity, business, and employment, to give a picture of the area’s economic performance and productivity, and to inform priorities going forward.

This dashboard provides analysis of the Heart of the South West’s economic performance. Use the links within this interactive document to navigate and view external data sources.

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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.