Future Solent
Generating Business Growth and New Sustainable
Jobs from a Low Carbon Economy
Who we are
In 2012 the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, the Partnership for Urban
Who we are
South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce agreed a Strategy
What we have achieved
for generating business growth and jobs from the development of a Solent Low Carbon
Economy. In order to help drive the delivery of the Strategy it was agreed to establish a
Our 5 year goals
Low Carbon Solent Board with membership drawn from across the Solent area, including
representatives from businesses and universities. The Board and initiative were branded
Resources - the Team
“Future Solent”.
How we can help the Solent LEP
The task of the Future Solent Partnership and
Board is to drive the development and delivery
of a programme of actions and projects to
advance the green economy including business
growth and new employment, as well as
securing external resources to assist the delivery
of that programme.
The Future Solent Board recruited key
individuals to the Board from the Universities
of Southampton and Portsmouth and large
companies such as IBM, Southern Water, SSE
Power Distribution and Bouygues (profiles of
Whilst our mission is to define and deliver a
the Board are contained in section 4 of this
low carbon economy in the Solent region, our
Prospectus). However, our partnership extends to
goal has been that this will be on the basis of
many businesses and other organisations across
a successful and growing business sector in the
the Solent as well as partners in other regions of
Solent. That is why all of our projects not only
the UK and Europe.
identify how they will deliver at least one of our
Since the establishment of Future Solent we have
strategic priorities but also will deliver business
come a long way. Together, the organisations’
growth, sustainable jobs, improved skills and
members have developed a strong partnership
carbon savings.
based on shared goals, a commitment to deliver,
and trust and openness between all those
Partners have committed resources, principally
in the form of time but also financial resources
to move the partnership from the planning to
delivery stage.
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the support of Future Solent and their network
Some of our
What have we achieved?
partners this project would not have succeeded.
Their partners helped us to shape our proposal
successful clients:
and ultimately led to a successful grant
Future Solent now has a strong track record of delivery, as recognised by government
application and six disadvantaged people are
Gemma Lighting of
and other funding partners. Since our inception in late 2012 we have:
now employed as a result”
Built an outstanding team of talented
“Wireless Technology” hub created
Gemma Lighting, a Portsmouth based LED
creative well connected individuals
for the Universities of Portsmouth and
lighting company applied for and succeeded
in winning a Green growth Grant. Initially this
Secured £30 million of new investment in
helped to create five new jobs in engineering
the Solent’s low carbon economy
Started to create a Regional Bank for
and research and development. These roles
Hampshire lending exclusively to SMEs.
Supported 65 SMEs to develop innovative
will help complete the development of a new,
new low carbon products and solutions
Organised four conferences attracting 800
leading edge technology, solar LED light. In
representatives of businesses and other key
addition, the creation of a further fifteen jobs
Created 150 new jobs in the Solent Region
in the manufacturing sector is planned over the
with an average salary of £30,000
next three years.
“Environmental Technology” Hub created
MD Craig Manuel says “We are proud to be a
at the University of Portsmouth
British manufacturer and we are glad the team
Global Pollution Solutions
at Future Solent have supported our proposal.”
Winners of the Innovation Award at this year’s
Mark Major and Ian Thomas
Seawork Expo received a £100,000 Green
growth Grant having convinced the Future
Solent Investment panel that their innovative oil
spill recovery boat has a commercial future and
that twenty new jobs will result.
Owner and inventor Paul Jauncey said the
project would have failed if the Future Solent
team had not awarded a grant. GPS now have
orders for their boat from the US Coast Guard
and Gulf states.
Recycled Assets Company
This innovative company has developed a
sustainable biomass fuel product which can
be used in both domestic and commercial
boilers, stoves and open fires. The fuel is
derived from several waste streams including
shredded confidential waste paper and wood
waste. Owner Jason Bentley (pictured) “Without
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Bowman Power
Sustainable Marine Energy
Five year goals for Future Solent
Bowman Power Group of Southampton design,
manufacture and sell waste heat recovery
The Isle of Wight’s innovative tidal energy firm,
systems for reciprocating engines using a
Sustainable Marine Energy (SME), created
Work is underway to achieve these goals. Join
Greentech South - The
technique called electric turbocompounding
new jobs as it developed a unique sustainable
us to see how your organisation would benefit
Technology and Innovation
and a unique micro turbogenerator product.
electricity project thanks to a grant from Future
from being involved in this vibrant community
Their systems increase engine efficiency
of businesses, academics and local authorities
significantly and therefore save significant
SME’s PLAT-O system uses the flow of the tide
CO2 and other emissions.
to generate electricity for local communities
Energising the Solent - a Low
David Lamb Financial Director (pictured with
and is capable of producing sustainable
Carbon Strategy
Ellie Bain). We currently do not have a very
and predictable carbon-free electricity with
high power test facility in house to test these
zero emissions throughout the year. It is also
Our aim: Establish a thriving, self-
new products (which is about twice the power
unobtrusive as it sits underneath the sea surface.
sustaining and Internationally recognised
output of our largest system) and we are
Jason Hayman Managing Director of SME said
Environmental and Clean technologies
therefore investing c£600k in developing our
“We are very excited to receive this funding,
Cluster for the Solent and the South of
facilities (we currently have to outsource testing
and extremely grateful to the Isle of Wight
Our 5 year strategy to Energise the Solent
of these prototype larger products to Cranfield
Council and Future Solent for their vision
is based upon independent research
University but they cannot support volume
Greentech South, The Technology and
and support which ensure we can deliver
commissioned by Future Solent and PUSH
Innovation Cluster, the first Energy and
key projects and employ more staff for the
from Arup and an experienced independent
Environment sector Cluster in the UK to
Future Solent helped with a Green grant and a
development of PLAT-O. We are proud of
consultant. This has been agreed with
achieve Bronze accreditation under the EU
loan from the lending team responsible for the
the part we already play in the Isle of Wight’s
the Solent LEP Board and the PUSH Chief
Cluster Excellence Programme. More than
creation of Hampshire Community Bank. This
thriving marine engineering industry as
100 Members have joined the cluster after
helped speed up the project and will lead to
PLAT-O is being designed, built and tested on
seeing what we have delivered and how we can
The strategy will identify the key low carbon
the creation of up to forty jobs in the
the Island. We also created five new jobs with
support their business grow.
energy priorities and opportunities for LEP and
Solent area.”
more to come.”
ESIF spend over the next five years, together
Our Goals for the next 5 years:
with the medium-long term priorities, a Risks
We have set ourselves challenging goals for
• We will establish a minimum £4 million
and Issues Registers for the identified priorities
the next five years and two in particular are
grant scheme for Innovative SMEs in
and opportunities. This will bring;
detailed here;
commercialising ideas
£2.38 billion new investment into the
• Find new markets for export
• Facilitate 200 Greentech apprentices into
2,000 new sustainable jobs - many in rural
SMEs within 2 years
• Build a strong network of active companies
8% Carbon savings
with clear areas of specialist interest
• Create a pipeline of renewable energy
• Create a thriving and world class Cluster,
projects that will create 10% of the region’s
eligible for EU Gold Level accreditation
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• Support for a vehicle to drive renewable
Other plans include:
In addition, our other membership programmes
Hursley Park laboratories near Winchester, and
and low carbon energy production in the
include a busy and vibrant events programme,
specialises in Internet of Things technologies,
• the expansion of UoS Science Park /
Solent with increase in GVA and retention
training and marketing support.
particularly applied to the energy industry. He
Science Park phase 2 with a focus on
of spending in the Solent economy
has interests in home energy monitoring
Greentech and advanced manufacturing
Stewart has extensive business knowledge
and home automation. Andy has a BSc in
• Support for a vehicle (our own energy
following a long career in Regional Newspapers
• creation of similar innovation space and
Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in
company perhaps) to drive renewable and
at Senior Management level that included
support in the East of the Solent and the
Computer Science. He is an honorary professor
low carbon energy production in the Solent
management buy outs and development of a
of the University of East Anglia, a visiting
with increase in GVA and retention of
£35M move to a Greenfield site.
professor at the University of Newcastle and a
spending in the Solent economy
• Support for skills and supply chain
Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Stewart became Chair of Future Solent in 2015.
development to support energy efficiency
• Solent Woodfuel project
and renewable energy
Ben Earl
Alex Parmley
• Construction Hub at University of
• Lend £120 million to local SMEs through
Ben Earl is the Water
the creation of the Hampshire Community
Alex Parmley is
Efficiency Manager for
Corporate Director
Southern Water where
at Eastleigh Borough
he is developing future
Council, one of the
strategy, implementing
leading councils
new business models
nationally for tackling
and delivering ambitious
climate change and
Our greatest resource is the strength of our deeply networked, committed, collaborative,
water efficiency targets
supporting the growth of
passionate pragmatic triple helix of people who have achieved extra-ordinary results
as part of its new
the green economy. He
with minimal overheads (a triple helix is a recognised EU model for the collaboration
Business Plan. Ben is
is also Vice Chair of Future Solent and is Lead
between business, academia and the Public sector to deliver sustainable growth).
the Future Solent Board Sponsor for the Solent
for Energy & Green Economy for the Partnership
Energy Strategy.
We have unrivalled knowledge and networks
of Commerce is the ‘Independent Voice of
for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) which has
in energy, construction, project delivery,
Local Business’ across the County and is part
actively supported the development of the Future
Before working for a Utility, Ben was Climate
innovation, local government finance and
of the larger business networks in the UK by
Solent partnership. Alex has a background
Change Advisor and then Environmental Affairs
being an Accredited Member of the British
in economic development, regeneration and
Manager for B&Q where he delivered key
Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
environmental protection.
business sustainability targets and improvements
Our team is made up of the following
to products purchased by customers. Ben’s early
The Chamber is a business support
Professor Andy Stanford Clark
career was spent working for several politicians
organisation that boosts substantial member
before a fundraising and communications role
Stewart Dunn - Chair of
benefits including international trade
Professor Andy Stanford
for the Woodland Trust, and a Director position
Future Solent
documentation, lobbying, Government and
Clark is IBM’s chief
at Oxfordshire based Earth Trust followed.
influencing policy on a wide range of issues
software architect for the
Stewart was
from business rates to skills and taxation.
Internet of Things. He
appointed as CEO of
is an IBM Distinguished
Current projects include promoting export
Hampshire Chamber
Engineer, and “Master
and opening new markets, delivering local
of Commerce in
Inventor” with more
growth through the Solent Growth Hub which
February 2014.
than 40 patents. Andy
signposts business to finance and training
Hampshire Chamber
is based at IBM’s
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AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and
reinsurance of global natural disaster risks. In
Network. The University of Portsmouth
Alex Howison
Climate Change Division at the University of
1987 Charles moved into underwriting and in
Environment Network (UPEN) represents the
Southampton, where he completed his PhD,
1992 he and others floated a sector leading
skills and expertise of over 400 academics
Alex Howison is a
progressing from a researcher to a Personal
Investment Company on the London Stock
from across the University that relate to
Project Manager
Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than
Exchange. In 1995 Charles joined the CEO
Environment and Sustainability. David is
for Scottish and
25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered
of Lloyd’s team that established a significant
driven by the firm belief that the challenges
Southern Energy Power
sustainable energy research and established
specialist reinsurance company, Equitas.
of environmental change require us to work
Distribution, primarily
the energy theme within the University. His
together across disciplines and sectors, in
responsible for the
In 2000 Charles left the City to become a
major research programmes can be found at
order to find real-world relevant solutions.
LCNF Solent Achieving
scientist after all and, in 2004, graduated
www.energy.soton.ac.uk. These include Cities
David is the Future Solent board sponsor
Value through Efficiency
with a Masters in Environmental Science from
and Infrastructure, Data and Modelling, Energy
for Greentech South - The technology and
(SAVE) Project. One of the largest of its kind,
Southampton University. He then co-founded
and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy
innovation cluster.
the project is based in the Solent and aims
the Olive Consultancy (Olive), a broad based
for Development, Environmental Impacts,
to trial and establish to what extent energy
environmental consultancy serving both public
In addition to his work at Portsmouth, David is
Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable
efficiency measures can be considered as a
and private sectors. After 10 years of running
Environment and Health science coordinator
Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine
cost effective, predictable tool for managing
Olive and establishing an enviable client list,
for two research programmes: Environmental
Energy). Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted
peak demand as an alternative to network
Charles is pleased to have merged Olive’s
Exposure and Health Initiative (EEHI) and
in over 270 articles, published in academic
business with GEP Environmental, a team of
Environmental & Social Ecology of Human
refereed journals and conference series
engineers specialising in energy management,
Infectious Diseases (ESEI). The combined
Experienced in and passionate about the
of international standing. He founded the
low carbon solutions and renewables. Charles
funding for both programmes is ~£17M,
changing energy world, Alex has worked in the
International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME)
continues to work with GEP Environmental
originating from a range of funding partners
electricity industry for 17 years. The majority
which he is the Editor-in-Chief. In 2012, Prof
part time.
from UK research councils and government
of this time has been spent with SSEPD, the
Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to
departments. As Science Coordinator, David
distribution network operator responsible for
Southampton City Council—believed to be the
One of Charles’s current roles is as the lead
works closely with the funded researchers,
central southern England. Following successful
first such appointment in the UK and in 2014,
for one of the four key objectives of the Solent
the funding agencies and end users to
management positions in the Emergency
the UK’s Science Council named him as one
Energy Strategy; “Ensuring focused, integrated
help achieve the programmes vision the
Service Centre and across operational depots,
of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.
delivery and implementation”.
establishment of truly interdisciplinary teams
Alex assumed the position of Stakeholder
of researchers, conducting high quality state-
Engagement Manager for the distribution
Charles Burt
Charles is also Head of Sustainability and the
of-the-art innovative research, feeding into
area in 2012 before moving into the Future
Environment at the Capstone Consultancy.
policy and practice.
Networks division in 2014. He specialises in
Charles Burt is
Capstone specialise in Corporate responsibility
electricity networks, engagement, resilience
an independent
strategies for the property sector.
Don Spalinger
and innovations projects.
Environmental Scientist,
Dr David Hutchinson
an advisor to various
Don Spalinger has had
Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj
private and public
a ten year relationship
David Hutchinson is
organisations and
with the University of
Professor AbuBakr S
Environment Facilitator
a founding member
Southampton and
Bahaj, Professor of
at the University of
of the Future Solent
is currently Director,
Sustainable Energy,
Portsmouth. David
Research and
Southampton University
joined the University in
Innovation Services.
and Future Solent
Despite always wanting to be a scientist, a
2010 to help set up and
Don joined the UoS in
Board Member.
“gap year” job meant that Charles’s career
run the Environment
2007, to foster strategic relationships with
started in the City. In 1976 he became a
Broker at Lloyd’s of London specialising in the
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key corporations and other external partners
Don graduated from the University of Texas,
transport, currently working with the EM3 LEP
Nick Farthing
on a global scale. Driving the activities of
Phi Beta Kappa in Physics, and has an MBA
and the Active Travel Consortium, on a number
UoS to not just do great research, but also get
in Technical Management also from the
of schemes in north Hampshire.
A Chartered Building
the maximum impact from that research for
University of Texas. In addition to his RIS
Surveyor, he is Area
Richard Hall - Future Solent
the good of the economy and society, is his
responsibilities, Don is active in the community,
Director for Sustrans
primary mission.
as a director of the Southampton Chamber
Programme Manager
the Engineering and
of Commerce Policy Board, the Southampton
Cycle Charity, covering
Prior to joining UoS, he had an eight year
Asset Management Board, and the SETsquared
Richard joined Future
Hampshire, the Isle of
relationship with the University, beginning
Partnership, the SE Regional Board of the CBI,
Solent in early 2014
Wight, Surrey and West
with his licensing of technology to form
and Future Solent
having managed an
Sussex. He is also National
Southampton Photonics, Inc. (SPI), SPI’s
SME for 13 years. Prior
Co-Ordinator for Sustrans with the Rail Industry
funding of on-going research programmess
Colin Tedder
to that he worked for the
and is part of the Rail Industry Station Travel
within UoS, and its leveraging of UoS
Woolwich for 24 years. He
Plan, Steering Group.
technology to become a world leader in fibre
has an Economics Degree
lasers. In 2000, Don was a driving force in the
Director, Bouygues UK,
His work involves the implementation of the
from Cardiff and an MBA
founding of SPI, leading the team in defining
Construction Central
National Cycle network, working in partnership
from University of Portsmouth.
the company and its products, hiring the senior
with County, Borough and District Councils.
management and technical teams, and raising
Nick is further engaged in projects such as
Anna Parry - Greentech South
over $50 million in first round venture capital.
Colin has worked
Active Travel, Travelsmart, Safe Routes to
Project Manager
Don is the former Managing Vice President of
with Bouygues UK
Schools, Station Travel Plans and has recently
worldwide telecom research and consulting
for over 10 years
completed three multi-million pound schemes
Anna joined the team in
for the GartnerGroup. Before Gartner, Don
based at their Portsmouth regional office.
as part of the national BIG Lottery Connect2
January 2015 with over
was founder and President of On-Stream
He is currently responsible for the full pre-
15 years of experience in
Networking which commercialised the first
construction capability within the business.
the waste management
multi-megabit drop and insert multiplexer.
This includes estimating and project dedicated
He is a Policy Board Member of the Hampshire
and resource efficiency
In the early 1980s, Don started Optical
Pre-construction Managers. In support of
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Vice-Chair
industry. Leading projects
Networking Inc. (ONI) which developed one
Bouygues approach to adding maximum
of the Chamber’s successful and influential
with Local Authorities and
of the first wireless LANs. He also started
value to clients within the pre-construction
Planning & Transport Committee.
Businesses and Charities,
SpanWorks which established IrDA as a global
and delivery process. Colin is also responsible
Anna brought together a leading partnership which
Further work includes Business Travel Planning
communications standard.
for all technical support services for the
was recognised with the national VALPAK Best
advice in partnership with Southampton City
business. This includes: design management,
Partnership Award in 2008.
In addition to founding five companies, Don has
Council, advising the likes of IKEA, Carnival,
building services management and planning
held executive positions with a number of multi-
Southampton Solent University and Old Mutual
& methods. Colin comes from an architectural
She has experience of working in both the
national manufacturing companies. Managing
Wealth on staff travel, Park & Ride and access to
background with significant time spent
public and private sector, as well as running her
Exxon Enterprises’ Advance Techology Group, he
walking, cycling and public transport.
in design management and site project
own company. Anna has a degree in Economics
oversaw the investment of $100s of millions in the
management. This professional history allows
and Geography and a M.Sc. in Environmental
In his role at the Chamber of Commerce,
first semiconductor fabrication facility dedicated to
Colin to manage a multi disciplinary team
Resource Management, both from the University
Nick works in close co-operation with Local
microprocessors, and in the development of new
of professionals providing a co-ordinated,
of Portsmouth.
Enterprise Partnerships, PUSH and Local
data communications and information display
cohesive and collaborative service in this ever
Authorities, to enable joint working between
technologies. Don also held management
challenging industry business sector.
the Organisations in lobbying Government for
positions at Racal, DSC Communications, Texas
improvements in walking, cycling and public
Instruments, and Stanford Research Institute.
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How we can help the Solent LEP
The Solent LEP have asked for projects that can deliver transformational change to the
Solent Region. Future Solent, with partners can help with all six activities:
LEP Priority
Future Solent Activity
Unlocking sites
Create a Greentech science park on a brownfield site working
for housing and
with the University of Southampton. This will support the
innovation efforts of cleantech SMEs.
Improving our
As an EU accredited cluster we are now connected to the
connectivity within the
leading clusters in the EU and are bidding for Horizon H2020
Solent and beyond
Stimulating and
Our green growth projects and our new Greentech South
supporting innovation
cluster are all designed to take innovative ideas through
to commercialisation and job creation. The job creation
aspect has been the high point of our recent Green Growth
Programme where jobs created were typically for PhD and
Master students with an average salary of £30,000.
Improving the skills and
We are committed to creating 200 apprentices in this area
talent of our current
and have forged strong links with the colleges and Universities
and future workforce
to deliver this
Supporting business
We work well with all Business Support partners to ensure
growth through access
SMEs win Innovate UK, EU and other growth funds.
to resources and advice
Supporting our key
We continue to work with companies from the strategic
strategic sectors.
sectors of marine, advanced manufacturing, construction and
renewable energy.
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Contact and Further Information
Richard Hall
07770 60 56 64
Anna Parry
07825 14 41 47
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