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October 2014

Business Survey - Businesses on Dartmoor and in South Hams, Teignbridge and West Devon are invited to get involved in a business survey. To take part and find out more click here. 

ESIF Committee - as reported in the last newsletter, HotSW is currently forming a Heart of the South West LEP Area Strategic European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Area Committee. The Committee will be responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the HotSW ESIF strategy and programme. We'd like to thank all the people who applied for this opportunity and will provide an update in due course.

Skills Newsletter - please take a look at the October edition here.  You can also sign up for future editions.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is a strong and dynamic partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay with the purpose of leading and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.

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Exciting Progress for the Heart of the South West

This month we’ve seen some real progress in the delivery of our Strategic Economic Plan.

Wednesday 8th October was a momentous day for the LEP with the signing of the Growth Deal which secured £270m investment for the area. This happened on the same day as the government announced the go-ahead for Hinkley Point C, the first of 10 new power stations in the UK.

The new public/private sector funded power station is the first in the country of the new wave of energy providers.  It gives us the opportunity to be a UK leader and develop a robust legacy for improving skills and job opportunities on the back of this £17bn investment.

The LEP’s role in this scheme is to make sure that before the moment the shovels hit the ground, we have plans in place that will deliver real benefits to local businesses and people.

The Hinkley scheme will create jobs in the construction industry and related supply chains, as well as boosting the infrastructure and community amenities in the wider area as never before.

The Growth Deal, which was signed off by Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark brings £130.3m of government funding and a further £140m from local partners and the public sector to create up to 13,000 jobs, 8,000 new homes and improvements to skills and connectivity.

These announcements are the latest successes in the LEP’s mission to reposition the Heart of the South West as a leading location for business and growth.

To read the full press release on the Growth Deal signing, please click here.

Employment and Skills Conference

The Heart of the South West LEP People Group is hosting a conference which will take place next month (14th November).

The event aims to:
  • provide an update on the People Group's work so far
  • explain the opportunities that will become available through the ESIF funding
  • engage with stakeholders and gain feedback on proposed activities.
The Employment and Skills event will include workshops, the chance to ask questions and an opportunity to provide input and ideas into the future commissioning of work in this area.

The conference is aimed at organisations, businesses and individuals in the Heart of the South West area with an interest in the LEP’s ‘People’ theme – Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion.

Places are limited and restricted to two per organisation.  They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and as demand is likely to be high, early booking is recommended.

Details are as follows:

HotSW appoints Communications Manager

The Heart of the South West LEP has appointed a Communications Manager, Helena Davison, who joins us from one of our partner authorities, Torbay Council, and has worked in regeneration marketing in the south west and Manchester.

Helena is working with Chief Executive Chris Garcia, the management team and the board to promote the Heart of the South West as a business location, promote LEP initiatives to local businesses, and raise the profile of the LEP amongst its stakeholders to widen its influence and effectiveness. 

If you have any ideas for news stories or communications please contact Helena at
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