June 2013

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The Heart of the South West LEP has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay to create a powerful economic alliance.

Produced monthly, this newsletter aims to keep people informed of current news and activity.


New Chief Executive appointed

Chris Garcia has been named as the Heart of the South West's (HotSW) new Chief Executive.
Chris brings a combination of public and private sector leadership, people and financial management experience.

His previous roles have including establishing a SW based family business; taking forward a £1b public and private investment programme for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and the role of Director of Enterprise and Skills for the South West Regional Development Agency.

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'Building Business in the Heart of the South West'

Your chance to influence the EU funding and business support agenda

A series of events are being held later this month, aimed at businesses and organisations throughout Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay.
The consultation events will provide an opportunity to influence the partnership’s EU funding and business support agenda.
The dates of the events are as follows:
  • Thursday 20th June - SW Innovation Centre, Paignton 16.00-18.00
  • Tuesday 25th June – The Exchange, Bridgwater 08.00 -10.00
  • Tuesday 25th June – North Devon+, Caddsdown Business Support Centre, Bideford, 16.00-18.00
  • Wednesday 26th June - Holiday Inn, Plymouth 08.00-10.00
  • Thursday 27th June - Taunton, (venue tbc) 08.00-10.00
  • Friday 28th June - Devon Hotel, Exeter 08.00-10.00
To find out more and to book your place, please take a look at our website.

Consultation launched by Local Transport Board

The new transport board for Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay, which will manage around £40m funding for major local transport schemes throughout the area, has launched a consultation on the schemes which will be considered for funding.

Local Transport Boards (LTB) are being introduced to provide greater local involvement in the prioritisation, planning and implementation of the delivery of major local transport projects, following a decision by Government in 2012 to devolve this funding from the Department for Transport.

17 potential major transport schemes have been identified by the Local Transport Authorities as candidates for this funding and views are being sought before the Board meets in July to define a prioritised programme.  

The Board would like to hear views on the potential composition of the programme, and also to hear if there are any additional schemes which stakeholders believe should have been considered.

Read further information on this and find out about the schemes on the HotSW website.

Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes station funding announcement

The LEP has welcomed the announcement made by Transport Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin, that Government funding has been approved for a brand new station in Devon.

The Government’s backing for the £1.44 million Newcourt Station, which will be situated just outside Exeter, was revealed when he visited the region last month.

Liz Waugh, interim Chief Executive for the HotSW said: “We’d like to thank the Minister for the welcome news that Newcourt Station is to go ahead: we’ve been lobbying hard to get funding for Newcourt Station and for other key rail sites in the area.

“Improving our infrastructure is fundamental to driving economic growth and this announcement is a key milestone towards this aim.”

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