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Local schoolchildren get hands on at high-flying career day


Hundreds of Solent youngsters learnt about career opportunities in aviation and aerospace at the Farnborough International Airshow today (18 July).…

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LEP appoint Solent Marine and Maritime Steering Group Chair


Brian Johnson, UK Business Development Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, has been named as the new Chairman of the Solent Marine and Maritime Steering Group.…

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Minister sees government investment in action at Solent Enterprise Zone


Minister for Housing and Local Growth at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Kris Hopkins MP, saw how government investment was making a difference on a visit to the Solent Enterprise Zone’s flagship developments today (Tuesday 8 July 2014).…

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Solent LEP Secures £124.8m for First Phase of Strategic Economic Plan


The Solent LEP has welcomed the announcement from Government of £124.8m towards delivering the Solent Strategic Economic Plan.…

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LEP seeking potential Solent sites for National Large Structures Composites Centre


Following the publication of the Stevens' Report 'Transforming Solent', the National Composites Centre, working with the University of Southampton and University of Bristol, have been tasked by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills to undertake a feasibility study for a Solent Large Structures Composites Centre. …

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Funding news


Solent Defence Growth Partnership SME Fund

One million pounds is up for grabs for Solent SMEs developing unmanned marine systems such as autonomous boats and submarines.

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Solent Advanced Manufacturing SME Fund

A £3.7m fund to help businesses in the Solent has opened today (June 16), giving SMEs in the region access to money to help them create jobs and grow.

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Isle of Wight Expansion Fund

The Isle of Wight Expansion Fund has been established to support businesses that operate in the marine, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors including those involved in composites engineering.

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Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

The Solent LEP has been successful in securing Enterprise Zone Status for former military airfield Daedalus on the Gosport peninsular.

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Solent Growing Places Fund

The Solent Growing Places Fund is a £16,739,000 fund to support infrastructure projects that unlock new jobs and homes in the Solent.

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