The Solent Summit was an event that took place on 8 June to launch the Solent Freeport, and presenting the vision and ambitions of the Solent 2050 Strategy, positioning the Solent region's aspirations for the future. The objective was to engage with stakeholders and communities who live and work in and outside of the Solent, from across the United Kingdom and the globe, to illustrate the advantages of this collaboration. We looked at how innovation and skills are being vastly augmented by this strategy and how it is supporting a faster route to net zero.
Click here to see an agenda for the Solent Summit event.
Click here to see a series of videos, showing each speaker from the event.
The Solent Freeport - a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our region which will benefit the whole of the UK. It will unlock billions of pounds' worth of investment, create tens of thousands of new jobs and level up our important coastal communities.
Click here to go to the Solent Freeport website
The benefits that the Solent Freeport will bring are closely aligned to the Solent LEP's long term economic strategy - Solent 2050, designed to level up the Solent economically, creating jobs and driving innovation, and outlining a vision of building a more prosperous and productive regional economy where our communities can thrive.
Click here to read the Solent 2050 Strategy.
Hosted by the BBC's Peter Henley, the Solent Summit event commenced at 10 am on 8 June at the Horizon Cruise Terminal in Southampton.
The inspirational Dee Caffari OBE gave a keynote speech, about her love for the Solent region, and how her awe-inspiring sailing achievements are comparative to the major ambitions for the region.
During the event delegates will be able to meet the partner organisations that make up the Solent Freeport and who work in partnership with the Solent LEP to deliver the vision of the Solent 2050 Strategy.
After lunch, a stimulating set of seminars for business leaders, considered key operational elements that support the Solent 2050 strategy. In these, delegates found out more about:
Click on the title of each seminar to watch a video of the recorded session:
Loans for large projects, and for SMEs and entrepreneurs, that will support our 2050 vision, ambitions and aspirations of those working and living in the region. Click on this link where you will find a tab for each of the Loans.