A Joint Committee made up of leaders and lead representatives from each authority
Since August 2015 authorities and organisations in Somerset and Devon have been working together on ways to increase productivity and economic prosperity across the area. This has included discussions with Government about potentially devolving extra funding and decision-making powers to the local level.
The Heart of the South West (HotSW) partnership is made up of 23 organisations: 17 local authorities, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Its leaders are committed to improving productivity regardless of any devolution of powers or funding – their aim being to bring real benefits to residents in the form of better wages, jobs, stronger business and public services.
The partners have established a HotSW Joint Committee made up of Leaders and lead representatives from each authority. It will oversee the delivery of a Productivity Strategy and be the vehicle for continued discussions with government across a range of policy areas, including devolution.
Meeting dates and agendas for the Joint Committee
The Heart of the South West Technical Assistance Project supports implementation of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme for England across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
It aims to
The project runs from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2019 and is receiving up to £101,495 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
Activity is led by a local consortium including
For more information about ERDF and ESF in the Heart of the South West, including activity through the Heart of the South West Technical Assistance Project, please visit the Heart of the South West website.
Delivering growth and prosperity across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (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. Our objectives are to create new jobs, raise productivity levels and increase our average wages.
The group has been working on the plans since November last year, and has been consulting with the business community, public sector, political figures as well as charity and social enterprise organisations.
The Heart of the South West Enterprise Partnership has recently submitted a bid to Government for a Low Carbon Energy Enterprise Zone. Enterprise Zones are intended to create new jobs and strengthen local economies. To assist them the Government will provide a range of benefits including business rate discounts and a simplified planning process.
The Low Carbon Energy Enterprise Zone bid focuses on opportunities from nuclear power in Somerset, Solar PV in Torbay and the Atlantic Array offshore windfarm in northern Devon. In Somerset, the Puriton site near Bridgwater will provide a focus for inward investment in the nuclear power supply chain and kickstart the regeneration of a major brownfield site. The proposals could create up to 3,200 jobs by April 2017 in Puriton alone.
Further information about the proposals are available from the HoSW website or within the bid submission which can be downloaded from the resources section to the right of this page. Further general information on Enterprise Zones is available from the BIS website – www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/leps/lep-toolbox/enterprise-zones.
With a diverse economy, our area has many strengths, including: outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries. We have an exceptional landscape and coastline, including two National Parks, providing an unrivalled tourism experience and quality of life.
We also have two world class universities and excellent further education colleges helping to provide a skilled workforce and a growing knowledge base. For example, our area has the highest concentration of climate change and environmental researchers and experts in Europe. Small and micro businesses make up a significant part of our business sector and demonstrate the depth of our entrepreneurial spirit.
Our economy does face a number of challenges however, in terms of lower than average wages, productivity levels and distance from market.
Our dispersed economic geography, with few, but important, urban centres increases our reliance on critical infrastructure and key services. Overcoming significant transport and logistic issues, as well as planning constraints is vital for businesses to thrive and attract new investment. Rapidly accelerating the roll out of superfast broadband is crucial to our future economic success. We have a high dependence on the public sector for employment so there is a very real need for our LEP to address the rebalancing of our economy.
Harnessing the expertise from across the private and public sector in our LEP will create a focused and effective strategic body that will tackle these issues. We will work in tandem with our partners, other LEPs and Government to achieve the best for businesses and residents of Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
Heart of the South West Prospectus
Further information on the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
HotSW Low Carbon Energy Enterprise Zone Application 29 June 2011
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