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

Business Members

ABP Southampton is owned by Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports operator. 

It was crowned the National Transport Awards’ Port of the Year 2015 and is the UK’s number one cruise port, welcoming over 1.8m passengers in 2016. It is also the UK’s number one car-handling port, handling over 915,000 import/export vehicles last year, and is home to the UK’s second largest and most efficient container terminal, capable of handling the largest vessels in the world. 

ABP Southampton makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, contributing over £1bn every year and supporting 15,000 jobs nationally. 


ActionCOACH Solent helps businesses to improve and grow by training and coaching their business owners and executive teams to perform at a higher level.  Using 1:1, group and online training and coaching programmes we help businesses from Start-Ups to Multi Million pound organisations using a business growth systems which has a proven track record over the last 20 years.


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. 



Brock is a high-achieving college set in a friendly 36-acre campus within the beautiful New Forest National Park. They offer a wide range of courses and an exceptional track record for results.

Nationally recognised for excellence and innovation in further education, the college attracts around 3000 students from across the region each year, together with a mix of international students from around the world. 

Its modern facilities, experienced professional staff, and commitment to providing quality education make them uniquely placed to provide excellent support for Apprenticeships. They work with businesses to offer a range of Apprenticeship 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.


Communities First Wessex (trading as Community First is a registered Charity). We aim to be the difference that makes a difference in our local communities. Community led and people powered, we work across sectors with community members to affect positive change and be a force for good. We are passionately committed to creating a strong, influential and thriving voluntary and community sector because we know the difference it makes to people’s lives.


Cooper Marine Advisors is a fully independent consultancy based in the Solent region.  They were formed in November in 2016 to support clients who wish to develop projects at the coast or out at sea and their primary services include: 

  • Metocean – general advice, survey specification, data review and interpretation
  • Modelling – specification and audit for estuary and coastal models
  • Technical reporting - peer review
  • Expert witness
  • Standards, guidance and development of good practice for the marine industry 

www.CooperMarineAdvisors.co.uk / Enquiries@CooperMarineAdvisors.co.uk

Corrotherm are a global supplier of heat and corrosion resistant metals for critical applications in oil, gas, petrochemical, desalination , heat treatment and aerospace in the form of pipes , fittings , flanges , plate and bar. 


First in Hampshire is the leading bus operator in Southern Hampshire, providing local transport links across the area. Our award winning services operate in Portsmouth, Waterlooville, Gosport, Fareham and Southampton. With distinctive brands such as CityRed, BRT Eclipse,. The Star and Solent Rangers, our services enable communities to link together across the area. Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world...keeping people moving and communities prospering. 



Phoenix Aviation is a CAA registered flight training organisation that provides training for EASA and UK private pilot licences.

It also has a thriving members club for qualified pilots providing aircraft for hire. Phoenix has 5 Piper PA28 aircraft and 2 Ikarus C42 micro light aircraft. We are based in the control tower at Lee on Solent airfield with excellent club and training room facilities


Bluestar started life under the Solent Blue Line name, as a subsidiary of Southern Vectis, in 1987. With its striking yellow and blue colour scheme, it offered the people of Southampton a fresh and new alternative in bus travel. We’ve changed a lot since then as we keep on evolving. 

Southern Vectis came into being when the Southern Railway bought the Vectis Bus Company in 1929. From then it was always owned by large national concerns and after 1970 was part of the state-owned National Bus Company. As the principal operator of bus services on the Isle of Wight, Southern Vectis serves the needs of the island’s residents with a really comprehensive network, and we cater for the huge influx of visitors throughout the ever-lengthening tourist season. 

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

Developed in 2000, WestQuay is the South Coast’s premier retail destination, anchored by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. Also home to over 90 leading UK and international brands including Victoria’s Secret, Superdry and White Stuff, the centre welcomes 16 million visitors every year. Work is progressing well on its £85 million leisure and dining extension, WestQuay Watermark, which has attracted new brands to the city including Wahaca, Byron, Hollywood Bowl and Red Dog Saloon amongst others. With the opening of the development expected at the end of the year, WestQuay is set to transform Southampton’s retail, dining and leisure offer. 


Founded by a small group of directors who had successfully established and developed the major training provider ‘Hospitality Plus’, HIT offers hotel and catering apprenticeships across all sectors. With a strong local focus, HIT offers hotel and catering apprenticeships at all levels and in all sectors. They take pride in helping people become the best they can be.


HTP Apprenticeship College, rated by Ofsted as Grade 1, Outstanding is one of the region’s top Apprenticeship providers. 

HTP’s high quality Apprenticeships make a proven positive impact on the businesses with whom they work. Their Apprenticeship success rates are significantly higher than national averages, and a full 96% of  learners remain in employment upon completion of their Apprenticeship.


At James Cowper Kreston we have a simple aim: to use our experience and expertise to help you achieve success. We know the challenges you can face, and sometimes we see opportunities you might not. That’s because we know the ins and outs of things like tax and auditing – but we don’t expect you to. 


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. With offices in Southampton, Winchester and Fareham, the LSH South Coast team provides award winning agency and consultancy services across the office, industrial and retail sectors.


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.


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.


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, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of over £2 billion and which operates through five divisions of construction and infrastructure, fit out, affordable housing, urban regeneration and investments.


Norse South East is a highly successful 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. As part of one of the UK’s most dynamic and fast-growing Facilities Management services providers, Norse South East has the financial strength that helps ensure continuity of service supply and job protection.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.   


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.



Public Sector Members

Higher Education Members

Associate Members 

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