Our Local Enterprise Partnership apes the East Devon Business Forum!

Supacat, based at Dunkeswell, whose MD is leader of this group, specialises in armed military vehicles and is branching out into the nuclear industry.

“Business Leadership Group

The HotSW Business Leadership Group

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 purpose and role of the group is:

Create a simpler, more accessible business support system; Improving access to finance; Stimulate enterprise and growth; reach new markets, including on-line, supply chain and public sector; globalisation, including exporting and inward investment; innovation through Smart Specialisation; Build capacity for business innovation.

In delivering the above areas of work, the Business Leadership Group informs what is commissioned by determining business priorities for Growth Deals and ESIF Implementation Plans, and making recommendations to the HotSW LEP Management Team and Board.

The group links with the People Leadership Group and Place Leadership Group on business issues such as workforce skills, and the LEP Special Interest Groups as well as private, public and voluntary partners where appropriate cross cutting initiatives arise.

Membership is derived from representatives from the Heart of the South West LEP area. It is open is individuals and organisations from the private, public and voluntary sector, with a private sector chair, currently Nick Ames of Supacat.”


A list of its members:


Note that Devon’s biggest industries – tourism and agriculture are NOT represented.