Chris Garcia, Chief Executive
Following the general election the HotSW LEP is geared up for our engagement with the new and returning MPs to ensure the new government and our contacts in Whitehall are aware of the unprecedented opportunities for growth in our area.
In this regard we were encouraged by the Chancellor’s visit to Appledore last week where he pledged commitment to ensuring that the South West is not to be overlooked given its potential for growth.
We’ve been working with our partners to develop enhanced communications tools to help us make our case for transformational growth. A short prospectus is available here
and is the first in a new portfolio of materials that we are producing (with a new logo!) to promote the Heart of the South West as a business location and its services and initiatives.
In this newsletter I highlight that the LEP CIC Board has decided to recruit two additional private sector (non-executive) Directors, given the recent retirement of one of the private sector board members and the increased levels of activity of the LEP. We’ll be advertising these vacancies shortly.
This month we’ve also commenced the re-commissioning of the Growth Hub - an open tender is currently out - to put in place an interim service in advance of the Hub being completely redeveloped for next year as part of an EU-wide procurement. We’ve got a full update about the Growth Hub below.
Also, I want to take this opportunity to remind partners and businesses throughout the Heart of the South West of the commercial opportunities presented by the Hinkley Supply Chain – it’s not just for adjacent businesses near to the Somerset site – companies from all over the South West of England and Wales can register on the supply chain portal.
Lastly, just a quick reminder about the European Structural Investment Fund national programme which has a number of calls open for our area. The Heart of the South West LEP’s role has been now confirmed as advisory to the England ESIF programmes run by the relevant government departments (we use our ESIF Strategy – copy on our website - as our template for this advice). Additionally ‘Technical Assistance funding’ through DCLG should shortly be coming on stream to help you be aware of and win contracts through future ESIF calls.