The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides independent diagnosis and referrals to business support schemes and sources of further support. 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.

Heart of the SW LEP area mapThe 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
  • Somerset West and Taunton
  • South Hams
  • South Somerset
  • Torridge
  • Torbay
  • Teignbridge
  • Torbay
  • West Devon
  • We do not cover the BANES area


growth hub team

We’re Small But Mighty…

  • David Hynd, Programme and Partnerships Manager
  • Caz Kennedy, Online Business Adviser
  • Lynsey Riddett, Online Business Adviser
  • Jill Beglan, Online Business Adviser
  • Tim Hamilton, Marketing Officer
  • Roger Bonaparte, Project Officer

Get in touch

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

03456 047 047

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