December 2012

Funding Seminar - Environmental iNet is organising ‘Meet the Funders’ events with the Technology Strategy Board and Enterprise Europe Network - read more>

Business In You - This website helps make business ideas happen. It provides lots of advice and key support tools for new and existing businesses - read more>

Innovation Voucher scheme launched to support South West SMEs - Small to medium sized companies across the South West can get support to access expertise within universities, colleges and public research establishments to innovate and grow - read more>

LEP Network - the LEP Network is the hub for LEPs throughout the country - to find out the latest news visit

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.

Plea for transition funding for Devon, Torbay and Plymouth

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP visited Westminster last week to lobby for Transition Funding.

HotSW delivered the plea to Downing Street and held a series of briefings with MPs, to build support for jobs and growth in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

A Transition Zone classification would mean a share in £2.6 billion of EU funding.

The funds would be targetted at the most important local priorities, which could have huge economic and growth potential.

The visit was arranged as part of the LEP commitment to a fairer share of EU funds - to find out more click here.

£100k fund launched to increase value of woodlands and trees

An exciting £100k package of business support opportunities that could increase the value of the South West forestry and timber industry is being offered to businesses through the SW Timber Business Development Programme.

HotSW is working with the Woodland Renaissance Partnership and the Forestry Commission to help businesses make better use of the region’s large area of underutilised and under managed woodlands.

Click here to view the full article.

LEP calls for Government flooding assistance

HotSW is pressing its case for emergency funding following the recent extreme weather conditions.

We have renewed the call for urgent Government assistance after flooding closed most rail services and caused significant damage to rail infrastructure throughout the area.

In a letter to Transport Minister Norman Baker we have highlighted the serious economic cost the flooding will have upon businesses and communities.

To find out more, visit the HotSW website.

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