The Solent LEP is the key interface and lead for economic development in the Solent. It is a partnership organisation between the business community, the Further Education and Higher Education sector, three unitary authorities, eight district councils and one county council, all of whom are actively working together to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent area.

Our vision is to create an environment that will bring about sustainable economic growth and private sector investment in the Solent. It will assist this globally competitive area reach its full potential, enabling existing businesses to grow, become more profitable and to be greener; enabling the creation of new businesses and attracting new businesses to the region.

The Solent LEP area is anchored around the Isle of Wight, the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the M27 corridor and the Solent waterway. 

We have six priority areas for investment, these are Skills, Business Support, Innovation, Infrastructure, Strategic Sectors and Inward Investment & International Trade. 

For more information please take a look at our Productivity and Growth Strategy Update.


  •  21/09/17

    Science and Innovation Audit confirms UK digital economy is driven by the southern England

    A new government sponsored Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) has revealed that the South of England – Innovation South, is the backbone of UK’s digital economy. Stretching from Dorset to Kent and from Berkshire to the Isle of Wight, Innovation South covers eight counties across southern England, with a total economic output of £225.3 billion, accounting for 13.7% of UK’s economic output.
  •  08/09/17

    Solent: The UK Naval Centre of Innovation and Excellence

    The HMS Prince of Wales has today, Friday 8th September 2017, been officially named at a ceremony in Rosyth attended by Solent LEP Director and Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Donna Jones, and Solent LEP Chief Executive, Anne-Marie Mountifield.
  •  07/09/17

    Help us transform the Solent economy

    The Solent LEP takes responsibility for shaping economic strategy in the region, including the development of a Strategic Economic Plan for the area and delivery of a growth programme valued at over £1.8bn supported by a £183m Local Growth Deal with Government to create new jobs and enable new homes to be built.
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  •  02/10/17

    Test Valley Business Support Event

  •  06/10/17

    Solent LEP Board Meeting - October 2017

  •  11/10/17

    Solent LEP Employment & Skills Board Meeting - October 2017

  •  11/10/17

    Composites UK Marine Sector Showcase Event

  •  16/10/17

    Solent LEP Solent Growth Forum Meeting - October 2017

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  •  Posted 19/07/17

    Assurance Framework

  •  Posted 19/07/17

    Enterprise Solent

  •  Posted 18/07/17

    Innovation Fund Guidance Document

  •  Posted 31/03/17

    Solent Productivity Investment Fund Guidance - Skills


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