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Solent LEP is seeking new director candidates

16 March 2018

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking prominent business leaders to join its Board of Directors.

The Solent LEP board takes responsibility for shaping economic strategy in the region, including the development of the Strategic Economic Plan and Local Industrial Strategy for the area.
Alongside strategy development, the LEP is a major capital investor in the Solent economy and is delivering a growth programme valued at over £1.8bn supported by a £244m LEP investment, working with HM Government to create new jobs and enable new homes to be built in the Solent. In the last year alone, the LEP invested over £51m in key projects within the Solent that will drive economic growth.

The LEP Board is made up of business, education and local authority Directors and was the first LEP in the country to have a fully-elected board.
Gary Jeffries, Chairman of the Solent LEP said:

“Being a Business Director for the LEP is a highly rewarding experience and provides business leaders with the opportunity to power growth in our region. Working in partnership with local stakeholders and Government, we come together to make sure we provide the right environment for all businesses to thrive. I am very proud of the projects we have delivered already recent years but there is still more to do. That is why we need more senior business leaders to roll up their sleeves and get on board.”

This is an open call for new Director candidates and applications from business leaders in all sectors and backgrounds are welcomed. In order to complement the existing balance of expertise and experience on the LEP Board, the LEP would, in particular, welcome applications from Southampton based business leaders, as well as those with demonstrable expertise and knowledge of financial planning, performance management, legal and governance best practice or risk management in the context of significant and complex budgets. However, the LEP is keen to hear from any senior business leaders that feel they can make a valuable contribution to its work in this, or future, roles on the LEP Board.

The Solent LEP is also opening the application process for businesses to become members of the Solent LEP.

Details on how to apply for membership or a role as a Director, or register your interest in future LEP Board roles, are available until Friday 20th April 2018 at the following links:

The Solent LEP is also seeking a new Chairperson for its Business Support Investment Panel. This is an important role leading the panel that determines which SME projects are supported with LEP funding. Over £10m funding has been allocated by the Solent LEP to support local SMEs to date.

Individuals interested in this position can find out more and apply here: