Enterprise and Innovation

The Place Leadership Group is one of the LEP Board's sub-groups. It leads on all Place-themed agendas within the Heart of the South West Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).It requires appropriate expertise, capacity and governance to oversee its ambitious agenda.  

The business group is one of the LEP's sub-groups and aims to support the Business theme for the HotSW LEP. It provides the strategic lead in the delivery of all business elements of the Heart of South West’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), Growth Deal and European Union Structural Investment Fund (ESIF), and deliver the HotSW LEP’s vision to businesses throughout the South West and beyond.



The Heart of the South West LEP is a strong and dynamic partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education across Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Our purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.


Devon Business Finance Network (DBFN) has been set up to offer an effective brokering system that improves co-ordination and communication between the providers of finance and business support, and the enterprises in Devon. The partnership organises regular meetings and seminars and invitations to attend will be posted on this site.

The Rural Growth Network (RGN) has launched its latest initiative, the ‘RGN Community & Schools Entrepreneurship Pilot scheme’, which aims to; encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the wider rural community, establish a programme that promotes entrepreneurship within the schools, linking primary, secondary and tertiary phases and encourage a whole community approach to the development of innovative and sustainable businesses.

GAIN is the Growth, Acceleration and Investment Network. It was founded by Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council and Tamar Science Park to accelerate the creation, growth and investment in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the South West.

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