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Marine and Maritime Steering Group

The Solent's marine and maritime heritage is quite simply extraordinary. Our success is founded on our unique geographic advantages and physical assets combined with centuries of success in traditional maritime skills.

In April 2014 BIS (The Department for Business Innovation and Skills), published a report, led by Rear Admiral Rob Stevens CB, setting out a strategy for driving the long-term sustainable growth of our marine and maritime sector. A key recommendation of the study was the creation the Solent Marine & Maritime Steering Group (SMMSG) to advise the Solent LEP on the delivery and further development of the Strategy.

The vision of the SMMSG is to drive the long term, sustainable growth of the Solent Marine and Maritime sector to benefit both the Solent and UK plc. By giving a voice to the sector in the Solent area the SMMSG seeks to drive forward a new culture of working together across the Solent to support investment, innovation, and to nurture the skills and talents required to embrace new technologies.

The SMMSG is a dedicated delivery group of the Solent LEP, bringing together a range of partners to take forward progress work focused on the LEPs marine & maritime growth agenda. The group includes representatives from the region’s public, private and educational organisations as well as relevant Government Agencies, in addition to representatives providing a direct link to the main Solent LEP Board of Directors.

Further information on the Solent Marine and Maritime Steering Group is available in the Terms of Reference, published here.