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EU Funding in the Solent

27 February 2015

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is urging organisations to attend an update in Portsmouth next month on around €40m European Union funding which will be made available across the Solent region.

European Structural and Investment FundsThe funding is expected to build on the considerable strengths of the Solent area, with the marine and maritime sector a key target for investment. The LEP has also highlighted the importance of investing in emerging high growth sectors, whilst recognising the importance of employment-rich sectors and the need to link local people to local growth and jobs.

The meeting will provide an update on the Solent European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, along with information on what the Solent LEP has been doing to develop its ESIF programme implementation plans. Attendees will be able to find out about funding opportunities that will soon be available, as well as priorities, forthcoming milestones and actions for each fund.

Organisations will also be able to get information directly from Government departments administering European funding in the Solent, including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chief Executive of the Solent LEP, said:

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for local stakeholders to find out about funding from the EU and the ways it can benefit them. We have had huge interest in this session already, with over 140 bookings received, and we’re delighted those attending will also be able to hear directly from the Government Departments managing the funding in the Solent. This event will be invaluable for anyone that is interested in European Funding and I would strongly encourage them to come along and find out more."

The meeting will be held on 10 March from 9.00-11.30am in the Mary Rose Suite at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel. To book a place email events@solentlep.org.uk by Friday 6th February 2015 with your name, title and organisation. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of two places per organisation.