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With a population of more than 1.25 million and over 42,000 businesses, the Solent area is an internationally-recognised key economic hub anchored around the Isle of Wight, the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the New Forest, the M27 corridor and the Solent waterway.

Our position also means we are the UK's gateway to European and global markets, with direct highway and rail links to London and the strategic national corridor, and international connections through our airport and two ports, which lie just 20 miles from the worlds busiest shipping route from Shanghai to Rotterdam.

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The Solent LEP strongly recommend that potential funding applicants check that they are situated in the area eligible for funding before applying. The Solent LEP Growth Hub can assist with this, and any other business support enquiry, so please refer to the website at: www.solentgrowthhub.co.uk

Prosperity Loan and SME Priority Sectors Loan Funds

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.

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