March 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.

HotSW welcomes budget announcement

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) has welcomed last week's announcement by the Chancellor in his budget, outlining how recommendations from the Heseltine Local Enterprise Partnership report will be implemented.

Tim Jones, Chair of HotSW said: “We are encouraged and pleased to see a move towards the single pot funding system. This will enable us to enable us to adopt a much more focused approach, targeting investment at a local level in greatest areas of opportunity, and of course need.

“Understanding the local picture and nuances across our four authorities has been one of the key tasks for the LEP and we are proud of our achievements in securing transition funding, rural growth network investment and other funds that are specifically targeted at tackling local issues.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Business support services sought for RGN

Organisations throughout Devon and Somerset are being invited to tender to provide a range of rural business support services.

HotSW has launched a procurement process, which will use funds from the Rural Growth Network (RGN) pilot initiative.

Just under £1m is being invested into the business support programme across Devon and Somerset.

Read further information on this and find out how to apply on the HotSW website.

Special Interest Groups

The first meetings of the Low Carbon Group and Transport took place earlier this month and were well attended.

The first Planning group meeting is now being arranged and will be publicised shortly.
There's still time to get involved in the groups; please email to register your interest.

To find out more about the new groups, click here.
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