Solent LEP

Solent LEP logoThe Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed after the Government offered local areas the opportunity to take control of their future economic development.

It is a locally-owned partnership between businesses and local authorities and plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

Below are the articles that OnTheWight has written about them.

Solent LEP launches loan fund to help Solent businesses ‘Restart, Restore and Recover’

The Solent with boat crossing

If you know a business that would benefit from the new loan funding pass this one to them

Friday, 5th June, 2020 11:00am

By Hannah Bergman-Brown

World first project powering railways with renewable energy being developed on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight solar panels

Colin Palmer from Wight Community Energy says a radical approach is needed if we are to be successful in achieving a shift to 100% renewable energy

Monday, 1st June, 2020 12:26pm

By Bex Pearce with 6 readers' comments

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership announces support for businesses after Coronavirus pandemic

coronavirus spelled out with scrabble pieces

The Solent LEP make a commitment to support businesses beyond the short-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Friday, 1st May, 2020 11:04am

By Bex Pearce with 7 readers' comments

Still time to set up Pay it Forward Crowdfunder and be match-funded by Solent LEP

money and calculator

If you are a micro or small business you could access to up to £2,000 in match funding through the Solent LEP's Crowdfunder’s Pay it Forward scheme. Details within

Tuesday, 21st April, 2020 9:21am

By Sally Perry

Solent LEP supports call for PPE supplies from businesses not using them

PPE mask and gloves

If you're a company which currently has saleable stock of PPE equipment which would normally be used in the operation of your business but is currently sitting idle, are you able to sell this to public organisations in great need?

Monday, 6th April, 2020 2:33pm

By Bex Pearce

Solent LEP launches Isle of Wight business resilience fund in response to Coronavirus

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The fund is for rural small SMEs looking to develop alternative ways of working, delivering products and services to the marketplace, marketing expenditure and other resilience initiatives

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 2:47pm

By Bex Pearce

Solent LEP assembles Solent Task Force to tackle Coronavirus and help businesses

woman using a laptop computer

The Solent LEP say the Task Force has been set up to share best practice and intelligence, particularly related to business rates relief and administering the small grants programme

Monday, 30th March, 2020 3:01pm

By Sally Perry

Can Isle of Wight companies help with production of 30,000 new ventilators?


Isle of Wight businesses are being asked whether they can step up and help with the production of 30,000 new ventilators - whether that be as a medical device company or manufacturer of components

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 1:05pm

By Sophie Taylor with 2 readers' comments

Southsea’s new flood defences could be a step closer with £5m funding boost (updated)

Southsea coastline with kites flying from the beach

Islanders who travel to the mainland via Southsea could see changes to the landscape once full funding is achieved for the coastal flood defences

Monday, 2nd March, 2020 1:53pm

By Sally Perry

£3.5m boost for new Portsmouth University eXtended Realities research centre

woman using a VR headset

A fantastic opportunity for Isle of Wight students wanting to pursue a career in cutting-edge creative and immersive technologies

Monday, 2nd March, 2020 8:36am

By Sally Perry

First of its kind – shore power for cruise ships ‘will eliminate emissions’ when docked

Aerial shot of the Port of Southampton

The Solent LEP has just awarded a grant of £4.4m to the project which could have a huge impact on the reduction of emissions from cruise ships when they're docked in Southampton

Friday, 28th February, 2020 5:03pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Innovators and investors: Don’t miss VentureFest South 2020

venturefest south conference

This interactive, one-day conference features great speakers, seminars, workshops, and demonstrations of the latest technology and innovations

Monday, 27th January, 2020 12:51pm

By Richard Jones