September 2012

South Devon Link Road - a series of presentations took place earlier this month to publicise the latest developments on the South Devon Link Road.  Download a copy of the latest newsletter to view the plans read more >

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

Sustainable enterprise network - a new network is being planned for businesses who are committed to Sustainable Enterprise in the South West - contact the organisers to find out more.

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 website

We have just unveiled our new website which features information on current bids, projects and news.

You can also sign up to the Business Forum and find out about forthcoming events.

The new website has a fresh new look and includes the latest updates and information on the aims and vision of the LEP, the work of the board and useful documents.

Please take a look and let us know what you think:

Local Transport Body

We have formally responded to the consultation regarding setting up Local Transport Bodies.

HotSW responded in support of the proposals and outlined how it will collaborate with neighbouring LEPs and their associated Local Transport Boards as appropriate.

Traditionally, local major transport schemes have been individually approved and funded by central Government.

In the future funding will be allocated locally, allowing priorities to be decided by newly established Local Transport Bodies which will be made up of local transport authorities, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and others with a key interest - click here to download the response >

Market visit to 'Emerging Europe'

UK Trade & Investement (UKTI) are organising a trade visit to the Czech Republic and Slovakia to potential businesses

The visit is aimed at ambitious businesses interested in exporting to these countries.

The visit will explore some of the most interesting export opportunities currently available in Europe.

Application deadline: Friday 5 October 2012. Visit the Business West website for further details.

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