Science and Innovation


Analysis and Action Plan Presentation ahead of Recommendations


A Final presentation summarising findings from the MIT REAP activities in the LEP


A visual representation of the HotSW LEP’s Innovation Ecosystem (as of December 2019)

The results of qualitative research carried out by the LEP’s Skills Advisory panel with Innovation Driven Enterprises

The results of an online survey with Entrepreneurs and Risk Capitalists

Introductory presentation on the LEP and the team engaged in the MIT REAP work

Presentation from the MIT REAP event help online in the region

Building our Evidence Base Report – a mapping of our innovation potential

A list of existing Research and Development Assets (as of 2020)

SWW-SIA-Summary Report



SME Access to Finance for Innovation in the Heart of the South West, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

This study provides evidence and recommendations to support a joint ambition of the Heart of the South West and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEPs to increase take up of Innovate UK funding by SMEs within the region.

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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.