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Solent LEP Members

 The Solent LEP has 4 categories of members: Business, Public Sector, Higher Education and Associated Members.  

Business Members

Type of Business: Port Operator

Website: www.abports.co.uk

We are an award winning organisation providing around 21,000 affordable homes across the South of England and aiming for excellence in all of the affordable housing and support that we offer. We strive to create conditions where our residents and communities flourish.  Our staff are our key ambassadors and drive our business successes through innovation, flexibility and commitment to customer satisfaction.   



Type of Business: Business Coaching and Training

Website: www.abc-solent.co.uk

Type of Business: Quantity Surveying Services to Local Construction Companies

Website: https://www.ago-consulting.co.uk/

Type of Business: Design, develop and manufacturer of equipment, instruments and systems relating to satellites for use on the ground or for launch into orbit.

Website: https://www.airbus.com/

Type of Business: Work Board Manufacturer and Designers

Website: www.aluminium-boats.com

Type of Business: Empowers children and young people through arts and culture to find their voice, become skilled leaders and achieve their aspirations.

Website: https://artswork.org.uk/

Type of Business: Provides key resources to the Defence Maritime Sector

Website: www.baesystems.com 

Type of Business: Local Authority Infrastructure Service Provider

Website: www.balfourbeatty.com

Type of Business: Law firm with expertise in corporate & commercial; employment; pensions; real estate and individuals, as well as advising on the law, associated public policy, strategy and communications relating to ports, harbours and marinas in the South.

Website: https://www.bdbpitmans.com/

BDO is a national, leading accountancy and business advisory firm and has had a significant presence in Southampton and the central south region for a number of years. BDO has more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, bringing real leadership across the mid-market. Put simply, we are advisers to ambitious businesses, providing exceptional service worldwide through our international network. Whether you're a private client, an owner managed business, an ambitious AIM company or an established member of the FTSE 350, we're confident we have the right people and the right experience to deliver tangible value. 



Type of Business: Legal Services

Website: www.blakemorgan.co.uk

Type of Business: Groundsworks and Civil Engineering Contractor

Website: www.blanchardwells.co.uk 

Type of Business: Aircraft Manufacturer carrying out aircraft manufacturer, operation, repair and maintenance for the domestic and international civilian and defence markets.

Website: www.britten-norman.com

Type of Business: College based in the New Forest National Park, including providing Apprenticeships and working with business for Apprenticeships and Traineeship opportunities to enable students to gain practical work experience whilst studying to gain a recognised framework of qualifications which can lead to career advancement or further study at a higher level.

Website: www.brock.ac.uk

Type of Business: Professional and support service organisation, providing an integrated range of services to both public and private sector clients.

Website: www.capita.com

Type of Business: Cruise

Website: www.carnival.com

Type of Business: Integrated Marketing and Communications Agency

Website: www.carswellgould.co.uk

Type of Business: Award-winning commercial photographers supplying corporate, advertising, PR and product photography throughout the LEP.

Website: https://www.cpphoto.com/pages/home/

Type of Business: Legal Services

Website: www.coffinmew.co.uk

Type of Business: Construction, Engineering and Services

Website: www.colas.co.uk

Smoke control, Climate control, Louvre & Shading and Service

Website: www.coltinfo.co.uk

Type of Business: Communities First Wessex (trading as Community First is a registered Charity). Building capacity and capability in the 'not for profit' sector and delivering services in transport, training, health and social care and community development.

Website: https://www.cfirst.org.uk

Type of Business: Consultancy support to marine developers

Website: www.CooperMarineAdvisors.co.uk

Type of Business: Training and safety specialising in construction sector; training centre in Southampton and Portsmouth.

Website: https://corpsconstruct.co.uk/

Type of Business: Oil and Gas

Website: www.corrotherm.co.uk

Type of Business: Statutory and Trust Harbour authority to support and facilitate investment into sustainable development of the harbour, its facilities and services in the interests of stakeholders. 

Website: https://www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/

Gift and Souvenir Shops, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK – Cowes Town Central

Website: https://cowestowncentral.co.uk 



Type of Business: Operates the container terminal in Southampton (the second largest in the UK)

Website: https://www.dpworld.com/

Type of Business: Retail and wellbeing

Website: www.dragonflywellbeing.co.uk

Type of Business: Management Consultancy - a learning and development consultancy, and online learning developer

Website: https://www.eidosconsulting.co.uk/

Surveying, Architectural and Estate Management services from offices in Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Salisbury. Registered with RICS and CIAT.

Website: https://ermc.co.uk 

Type of Business: Professional Services

Website: www.ey.com

Type of Business: Marine, Maritime, Tourism, Visitor Economy. Skippered Charter on Solent and Overseas from Lymington Yacht Haven.

Website: https://escapeyachting.com/

Type of Business: UXO Rick Management Specialists

Website: https://www.fellowsint.com/

Type of Business: Part of First Group PLC, which is one of the largest surface transportation companies to transform travel, providing public transport services that are safe, reliable, high quality, personal and accessible.

Website: www.firstgroup.com/southamptonwww.firstgroup.com/portsmouth

Type of Business: Aircraft Hire and Private Pilot training school

Website: www.phoenixaviation.co.uk

Type of Business: Full service law firm providing exceptional services to our clients in the legal sector.

Website: https://www.footanstey.com/

Contact Centre Services and Customer Fulfilment.

Website: https://www.gfm.co.uk 

Type of Business: Bus Operator and Vehicle engineering

Website: www.bluestarbus.co.uk; http://www.islandbuses.info/

Type of Business: Business and Financial Services

Website: www.grantthornton.co.uk

Type of Business: Developed in 2000, WestQuay is the South Coast’s premier retail destination.

Website: www.west-quay.co.uk

Type of Business: Property Development

Website: www.hrpg.co.uk

Type of Business: Construction & Design

Type of Business: Private Training Provider, HIT offers hotel and catering apprenticeships across all sectors.

Website: www.hittraining.co.uk

Type of Business: Commercial Agency

Website: www.hose-rhodes-dickson.co.uk

Type of Business: Education and Skills; apprenticeship provider

Website: www.htp.ac.uk

Merged with Vail Williams July 2018.

Type of Business: Commercial Real Estate Advisors to property companies, developers, institutional and investors and businesses with property interests. Advises business with interests in the industrial, office, retail, leisure and medical property sectors. 

Website: https://www.vailwilliams.com/

Type of Business: IT Services Industry

Website: www.ibm.com

Type of Business: Highway Service

Website: www.islandroads.com

Type of Business: Business Growth and Training

Website: www.leantrainingonline.co.uk

Type of Business: Chartered Accountants

Website: www.jamescopwerkreston.co.uk

Type of Business: Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is a national commercial property consultancy, working with investors, developers and occupiers across the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland property markets.

Website: www.lsh.co.uk 

Type of Business: Defence electronics - design, manufacture and support high performance cooled IR detectors.

Website: https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home

Type of Business: Hardware and software systems for major mass retailers in the UK and overseas.

Website: www.livelinktechnology.net

Type of Business: A boutique Learning and Development Consultancy from Hampshire, UK which specialise in co-crafting & delivering inspirational learning adventures and change programmes for Leaders, Teams & Students.

Website: www.lloydlearning.co.uk

Type of Business: PR, design, branding and digital agency specialising in the Marine market.

Website: www.marineadagency.com

Type of Business: Hotel hospitality

Website: www.marriott.co.uk

Type of Business: Marine publishing & events company.

Website: www.mercatormedia.com

Type of Business: Private Assistive Technology. Microlink’s vision is to support an inclusive society - embracing diversity and releasing human potential - by providing the necessary tools to overcome nearly all special needs and health issues. Microlink can assess, advise, supply, and train anyone looking to breakdown barriers caused by their circumstances, supporting them to participate in education and employment on a level playing field with their peers.

Website: www.microlinkpc.com

Type of Business: Maritime Consultancy


Type of Business: Contractor, Investor, Developer. Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) provides project development and funding solutions through a one-stop service, allowing private and public sector partners to implement sustainable change in order to improve long-term prospects and well-being of local communities. It is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc.

Website: www.msinvestments.co.uk

Type of Business: Construction and Maintenance company for Local Authorities and Universities across Hampshire and the Isle if Wight.

Website: https://www.mountjoy.co.uk/

Type of Business: Sustainable transport through cycle retail and repair mobile workshop; sustainable delivery services with E-bikes/trike and E-vans; dockless bike fleet operator.

Website: https://www.zedify.co.uk/southampton

 Type of Business: Provides cloud-based managed services to organisations in the UK and Ireland, and builds and distributes software components globally.

Website: http://mycrmgroup.com



Type of Business: Facilities Management - contract services and front line public service provider. The company is a supplier of grounds maintenance, trade waste and street cleansing services to the public and private sectors and to residential clients across the south east of England. 

Website: www.norsesoutheast.co.uk

Type of Business: Defence & Security Systems

Website: www.northropgrumman.com

Type of Business: Information Technology

Website: www.novatech.co.uk

Type of Business: Marina Owner and operator and Dry dock owner and operator

Website: http://www.ocean-quay.com/

Type of Business: One Community is an independent charity providing voluntary sector support and community development in Eastleigh & Fareham. The organisation provides care services, information and community transport in the Borough of Eastleigh and helps children, families, disadvantaged, disabled and/or older people remain independent and engaged in their local community directly, or through signposting to the right service. If they don’t know the answer they help you find it: view their full project and services directory here: Projects-and-Services.pdf.

Website: www.1community.org.uk 

Type of Business: Government-owned Limited Company. Ordnance Survey (OS) is the world’s most experienced geospatial intelligence organisation, reliably collecting accurate data about our nation for over 225 years. Today, we curate the details of over 500,000,000 physical objects in Great Britain, making thousands of updates to our database every day.

Website: www.os.uk

Oxford Innovation provides innovation centre space for a community of innovative companies. Our centres in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton supply The Solent with flexible packages that suit start-up and growing businesses. Whether you are looking for an office, meeting room, virtual office or business support package, our centres give your business the opportunity to grow and succeed.  


Parity Trust is an affordable finance charity:   Specialising in mortgage finance for those that are unable to access mainstream finance providers, or wishing to purchase a property through alternative tenures. Parity Trust also offers Home Improvement loans to help vulnerable customers bring their property up to decent home standards.


Established in 1959 our offices are in central Southampton. As Independent Financial Advisers we have being providing Informed, Impartial and Independent Advice to Private and Corporate Clients alike for over 50 years. 


NatWest is delighted to part of the Solent LEP because we want to work with organisations which share our aims which, in this case are to help our customers, the communities they operate in and the local Solent economy to prosper. We take a holistic approach to each and every one of our customers, making sure the bank’s products are right for them, but also being able to point them in the direction of support and help outside of the bank.  

At NatWest we are also helping young people to explore enterprise, develop their skills and start up in business, whatever their background. We want to encourage more people, in more communities, to embrace an entrepreneurial culture as we aim to help close the generational enterprise gap.  


Specialising in Commercial Property, Realest are a multi-disciplined general practice surveying firm with four main areas of expertise: Agency, Professional Services, Building Consultancy and Consulting.


Royal Haskoning DHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with 135 years of experience.   Our 6,500 colleagues across the world are guided by a common principle – to enhance society together.  We combine global expertise with local knowledge to deliver a multidisciplinary range of consultancy services for public and private clients in more than 150 countries, in the fields of aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, transport, urban and rural development and water.  


Shoosmiths LLP is a major UK law firm with a local office at Whiteley, off J11 of the M27. Our lawyers act for a broad range of organisations in both the private and public sector, including some of the country's leading financial institutions, local authorities, residential developers and corporates, as well as the UK subsidiaries of many global brands.


Southampton Airport is a leading regional airport serving the whole of central Southern England including the Solent region.  The Airport serves 40 UK and European destinations as well as worldwide connectivity via Amsterdam, Paris and Munich Airports.


Hythe Ferry travels between Town Quay and Hythe Pier carrying foot passengers and cyclists. Crossing time is approximately 10-15 minutes departing every 30 minutes. Your journey from Hythe Pier to Town Quay will take you past berths 37 to 45 giving you spectacular close up views of the Luxury Ocean Super Liners when in port.  Arriving at Hythe Pier, board the World’s Oldest Pier Train (official Guinness World record). Hythe Pier stretches 700 yards (640 m) from the centre of Hythe to the deep water channel of Southampton Water, one of the ten longest piers in the British Isles.


WightFibre is the only independent cable network operator in the UK.  WightFibre serves the Isle of Wight with a combination of fibre, cable and high speed wireless broadband offering businesses speeds of up to 1,000Mbps and higher speeds on request. WightFibre also offers state of the art VoIP phone systems.



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