YOUR LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP

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.

NEWS

  •  24/07/17

    Businesses on board with plans for Solent Metro

    Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Southampton City Council Leaders united this month (10th July) to listen to key businesses on their priorities for Solent Metro: a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the region’s transport infrastructure and improve the quality of life of residents, commuters and visitors.
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  •  18/07/17

    Solent LEP Opens £5m Innovation Fund

    The Solent LEP has today opened a call for companies and organisations with innovative investment proposals in the Solent to apply for up to £5 million under a new round of its Innovation Fund.
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  •  17/07/17

    BAE Systems Awarded £457,000 to Launch UK's First Maritime Autonomous Systems Testing Service

    The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded BAE Systems a grant of £457,000 to design and deliver the UK’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.
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EVENTS & MEETINGS

  •  14/09/17

    Solent LEP Business Support Investment Panel Meeting - September 2017

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  •  19/09/17

    Solent LEP/Highways England Smart Motorway Business Engagement Event - Portsmouth

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  •  19/09/17

    Solent LEP/Highways England Smart Motorway Business Engagement Event - Portsmouth

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  •  06/10/17

    Solent LEP Board Meeting - October 2017

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  •  11/10/17

    Solent LEP Employment & Skills Board Meeting - October 2017

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PUBLICATIONS

  •  Posted 19/07/17

    Assurance Framework

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  •  Posted 19/07/17

    Enterprise Solent

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  •  Posted 18/07/17

    Innovation Fund Guidance Document

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  •  Posted 31/03/17

    Solent Productivity Investment Fund Guidance - Skills

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The Solent Area

Business Support and Innovation

People and Skills

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