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.


  •  12/10/17

    Maritime sector discuss new trade and customs papers with parliamentary Brexit select committee chair, Hilary Benn

    Maritime UK members met with Hilary Benn MP, chair of the parliamentary Exiting the European Union Committee on Wednesday. The meeting followed government’s publication of its papers on customs and trade on Monday.
  •  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.
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  • Solent LEP Board Meetings

  • Funding Panel Meetings

  •  20/10/17

    Solent LEP Innovation and Business Support Delivery Panel - Oct 2017

  •  09/11/17

    Solent LEP Land Property & Infrastructure Delivery Panel Meeting - Nov 2017

  •  16/11/17

    Solent LEP Employment & Skills Board - November 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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