The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides independent diagnosis and referrals to existing business support services. We are the first point of contact for businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area wishing to develop and grow. Our service works in partnership with existing local and national business support services and will help businesses access the right support for them without duplicating existing provision.

Our Advisers are aware of the unique business landscape within Devon and Somerset. Each adviser has local knowledge and advisory skills to guide, refer and introduce you to the most appropriate level of support for your business needs.

The Growth Hub is the HotSW LEP’s main mechanism of engaging with businesses across the area. We are keen to promote local training, workshops or services which can assist local businesses on our Events pages.

We understand the challenges that you face whilst building and growing a business in the region. The team is here to help you overcome these and to enjoy the incomparable reward of living in the heart of the South West.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub service is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Plymouth City Council are the Managing Authority on behalf of Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. Somerset County Council is the Accountable Body. The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service is delivered by Devon County Council.

Our Advisers are armed with information about local and national business support schemes, services and events. The Growth Hub team will refer you, or introduce you, to the relevant organisation that delivers the schemes that you will to take up to meet your needs.


The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Growth Hub covers the Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay geographic area.

We can help businesses at any stage of operation, of any size and from any sector. You can easily check whether your business sits within a Local Authority area that we cover below:

  • Dartmoor
  • East Devon
  • Exeter
  • Exmoor (Devon & Somerset)
  • Mendip
  • Mid Devon
  • North Devon
  • Plymouth
  • Sedgemoor
  • South Hams
  • South Somerset
  • Torridge
  • Taunton Deane
  • Torbay
  • Teignbridge
  • Torbay
  • West Devon
  • West Somerset
  • We do not cover the BANES area


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  • Caz Kennedy, Online Business Adviser
  • Lynsey Riddett, Online Business Adviser

Get in touch

Contact the Growth Hub team to find out about support available locally.

03456 047 047

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