The UK has a network of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that work together on national shared interests to engage and lead economic growth and job creation within their local areas.

LEP’s can be a useful source for the latest funding streams and projects available for submission.

Please note that in view of the changes in Local government & LEP Ecosystem across South West WEAF Will be updating this page in April 2024 when everything is confirmed.

G First

G First LEP is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Gloucestershire, they work to promote economic growth in the county, create jobs and provide real opportunity for businesses in the region.

G first help to develop infrastructure throughout the region, launching organisations like The Growth Hub that offer invaluable business advice and opportunities, with funding opportunities for cutting-edge projects, innovation and change, laying solid foundations for Gloucestershire’s next steps to economic growth.

G First LEP

West of England Combined Authorities

WECA is made up Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils and supports the Local Enterprise Partnership, aiming is to deliver economic growth for the region and address key challenges.

The West of England LEP works to bring funding to the West of England region to support economic growth, either by bidding to government on behalf of the area or supporting other organisations’ bids.

WECA Funding & Projects

Heart of the South West

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership cover Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. They are a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges.

HOSW LEP work with the local growth hub and the European Regional Development Fund to provide access to available funding opportunities.

Heart of the SW Funding Support


Dorset LEP is a private sector-led organisation responsible for speaking on behalf of businesses, championing important issues with government, securing funding and investment for the region and ultimately driving the economic growth of Dorset.

Dorset Finance Support

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is private sector-led, it is a partnership between the private and public sectors and is driving the economic strategy for the area, determining local priorities and undertaking activities to drive growth and the creation of local jobs.

CIOS Funding Support

Swindon & Wiltshire

The SWLEP is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Swindon and Wiltshire, it’s a private sector led partnership between local businesses, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council, the military and the education sector. They aim for Swindon and Wiltshire to be renowned for innovation, entrepreneurialism and great quality of life.

The SWLEP Local Growth Fund Deals are funds provided by the government to LEPs in response to their bids for investment that could help unlock growth and development within a local economy.

Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Support



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