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Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Wednesday, 8th September 2010

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is a business-led proposal for a Local Enterprise Partnership in the Solent area (Solent LEP). It is driven by the business community and is supported by four university partners, the further education sector, three upper tier authorities, eight district councils and the voluntary and community sector, all of whom are actively working together to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent area.

Our vision is to create an environment that will better facilitate economic growth and private sector investment in the Solent area, allow businesses to grow, become more profitable, greener and enable new businesses to form and prosper. As a result there is a need to make the best use of the assets that the area already possesses (highly skilled people, world class businesses, outstanding further and higher education, the natural environment and high quality of life) and achieve sustainable economic growth.

The Solent LEP partners are determined to put business at the heart of economic growth in the Solent area, enabling this recognised globally competitive area to realise its full potential. The Solent LEP will be output driven, delivering real and substantial improvements in the co-ordination of private and public investment in key areas of sustainable economic development including skills, business support, regeneration, transport, housing and inward investment. It will focus on: rebalancing the local economy in favour of the private sector; reindustrialising the economic base, supporting the development of knowledge based industries and high value added manufacturing; and providing a catalyst for regeneration.

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