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Solent LEP seeks Business Leaders to shape economic future for the region

12 April 2022

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced it is looking for local business leaders to join its Board of Directors, and is welcoming applications from all parts of the region, and from all backgrounds.

The LEP is a business-led partnership tasked with driving the economic success of the Solent area and those joining the Board will play a key role in supporting the Solent economy to grow.

Rachael Randall, Solent LEP Chair, said: “Strong business leadership has never been more important for our local economy. LEP Business Directors play a critical role in developing the immediate programme of support provided by the Solent LEP, as well as shaping the region's longer-term strategy to unleash our area's distinctive strengths that can power our economy to increase productivity and support our communities to prosper in a fast-changing world. We are committed to driving green growth in the area and establishing the Solent as a globally leading decarbonisation cluster and I would encourage any business leader with a passion for supporting our local economy to apply."

Alongside strategy development, the LEP is a major investor in the Solent economy and is delivering a growth programme valued at over £1.8bn supported by a LEP investment of more than £270m.

The Board of Directors is made up of business, education and local authority Directors and they are the first LEP in the country to have a fully elected Board. Solent LEP Business Director positions are undertaken on a voluntary basis.

Rachael said: "The future of our economy in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic looks very different and we have a unique opportunity as an area to shape this. We want to ensure the Solent can benefit from a diverse range of views and experience on this journey and are committed to having a Board which embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity within our economy. We are therefore particularly keen to encourage applications from female business leaders and business leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds. If you’re willing to play a key role in enhancing economic prospects within the area we would love to hear from you.”

The application process for Solent businesses to join the LEP as Business Members is also now open. Membership of the LEP is free and Business Members are integral to shaping the work of the organisation. There are many ways members can get involved with the LEP and Business Members have the opportunity to vote to elect Business Directors to the Board.

The Solent LEP will also shortly be opening an application process for business leaders and representatives from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors to join the LEP's Business Support Investment Panel and Skills Advisory Panel. Any individuals interested in these opportunities are also encouraged to register their interest now.

The closing date for Business Director candidate and new Business Member applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 17 May 2022.

The full Board Director Information and Application pack is available here

Further information on how to apply to join the LEP as a Business Member is available here

To register your interest in joining one of the LEP Panels, find out more here