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.

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

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership seeking new chief to head the Board of Directors

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Business leaders are encouraged to apply for the role as Chair of the Solent LEP

Friday, 10th January, 2020 5:17pm

By Hannah Bergman-Brown

Maritime UK Solent aims to bring together marine-related businesses in the Solent region

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Maritime UK Solent is a new business-led body that will bring together the array of maritime assets based in the Solent region, to promote and strengthen them

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 8:24am

By Bex Pearce

Solent LEP announces new funding to back business and productivity

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Grants of between £5,000 and £5m are being offered by the Solent LEP in a new fund announced to by Minister of State for Trade Policy, Conor Burns MP.

Thursday, 8th August, 2019 4:00pm

By Hannah Bergman-Brown

Solent LEP’s Careers Summit sets out vision for support

Rachael Randall, Solent LEP Business Director and education lead

The latest Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Summer Careers Summit has been hailed a success.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 5:48pm

By Stuart Hunt with one comment

Solent LEP say they are ‘committed to consulting’ over Cowes floating bridge

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The Solent LEP respond to harsh criticism leveled at them over the floating bridge consultation by East Cowes councillor, Karl Love.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 12:57pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Solent LEP consultation a ‘spectacular catastrophic failure’, says councillor

Karl Love

The Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes says the Solent LEP consultation for the floating bridge was a "shockingly poor example of community engagement".

Friday, 12th April, 2019 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership announces year of success for the region


As well as some national firsts, Solent LEP investment in the area has reached more than £130m.

Monday, 8th April, 2019 1:15pm

By Lara Orija with one comment

Solent LEP wants your views on a Local Industrial Strategy

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The Solent LEP would like to hear from anyone who could be affected by the survey, including younger and older generations, the general public, private, academic and voluntary sectors and all areas of the Solent.

Friday, 5th April, 2019 12:04pm

By Richard Jones

Solent LEP launches Brexit tool for businesses

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The Solent BREXIT Toolkit will take about 15 minutes to complete and will highlight resources and events available to your business’s specific requirements.

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 2:32pm

By Stuart Hunt

‘Floating Bridge 6 should be scrapped’, say stakeholders

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The Floating Bridge Stakeholders group argue Floating Bridge 6 "would never be fit for purpose", and "should be scrapped and replaced entirely".

Thursday, 7th February, 2019 3:21pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Solent LEP Floating Bridge consultation is live – Why was nobody told? (Updated)

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The Solent LEP have been criticised for failing to notify residents, businesses, councillors or other floating bridge stakeholders of the consultation that was launched three weeks ago. OnTheWight has the details, including how you can respond.

Thursday, 25th October, 2018 12:02pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments