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SWLEP’s Rural Productivity Commission calls for evidence from rural businesses and stakeholders

The South West Rural Productivity Commission has been established as a partnership by four LEPs in the south west of England including The Heart of the South West (HotSW LEP), and Swindon & Wiltshire (SWLEP) to explore the issues around rural productivity and growth.

Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Building on our distinctive assets and valuing the rural economy as a driver for growth is key to the Heart of the South West’s Strategic Economic Plan. As we define our new Productivity Plan over the coming months, we need to gather evidence from rural communities to ensure that our future plans fully recognise the opportunities in this sector.”

John Mortimer, Chairman of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) said: “Swindon and Wiltshire has a vast rural landscape, with an UNESCO world heritage site and Areas of Natural Beauty that offer a great opportunity for rural business growth. The rural economy is vibrant with businesses in agriculture, tourism, food and drink processing to name a few who create skilled jobs, innovative products and also export abroad.”