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Solent Young Entrepreneurs


To date, the Solent LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Young Entrepreneur Fund has awarded 10 young people with a share of £39,000. These business leaders of the future, all aged 16 to 24, were given a head start by the fund. …

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Solent LEP on the search for 16 of the best


Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is calling for the most driven and knowledgeable business and voluntary sector leaders in the region to join its panels and have their say on key issues in the Solent.…

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Solent LEP unveils ambitious plans to stop the region falling behind on inward investment


Ambitious plans to dramatically boost UK and overseas investment in the Solent were announced today as Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) unveiled its new Inward Investment Strategy. …

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Minister for Portsmouth Signs Solent Local Growth Deal


A deal that will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes in the Solent was signed in Portsmouth yesterday (October 13) by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Portsmouth.…

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Young Solent entrepreneurs get £39,000 head start in business


Fitness clubs, mobile vet nursing and handwritten marketing letters…just some of the money spinning ideas that have resulted in young entrepreneurs in the Solent awarded a share of £39,000.…

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Funding news


Local businesses receive grant funding support from Solent LEP

Business men and women from across the Solent region flocked to Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday (20 October) to hear about grant funding and business support available in the area.

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Local businesses invited to learn about grant funding support

Businesses from across the Solent are being urged to take advantage of a ‘business support pit-stop’ taking place in Portsmouth later this month.

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Bridging the Gap Fund

£1.85m grant funding competition for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and new start-ups in the Solent.

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Solent Employer Ownership of Skills Programme

A new £1.5m fund that could help marine and maritime, advanced manufacturing and defence employers plug the skills gap and grow their businesses was launched at the PSP Southampton Boat Show today.

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Solent Enterprise Zone Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Fund

The Solent Enterprise Zone Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Fund has been established to support businesses based on or moving to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.

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