The Solent is an area of strong economic growth within the UK. There is a burgeoning “green economy” with many strengths emerging in research & development, environmental technologies, energy, waste and construction. Future Solent aims to capitalise on these strengths to promote further development of the green economy, and with it, economic growth and jobs. Future Solent has been established as a joint approach by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP) together with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in the Solent area to achieve a low carbon, green economy.
Here at Future Solent we have a vision that “the development of a low carbon, green economy in the Solent area will help stimulate sustainable economic growth, create jobs and reduce our carbon footprint. The Solent area will become the national leader and internationally recognised for its low carbon, green economy. Sustainability will be at the heart of the sub-region’s success in generating economic growth, prosperity and improving quality of life.”
Future Solent brings together a variety of projects and actions that will deliver our vision and key priorities. In the process of achieving these we have developed a number of new projects and are catalysing existing ones too. All projects we endorse or support will deliver at least one of our priorities and expected outcomes. In doing so, we aim to utilise the Solent’s resources and bring together working partnerships between businesses, organisations, academia and authorities to achieve a low carbon economy in the Solent region through complimentary actions.
The Programme of Projects
Discover more about our programme of projects and how the Solent area will generate economic and business growth...
Recent News and Events
The Solent area will become the National leader and Internationally recognised for its low carbon green Economy...
Can you help?
The University of Southampton is working in collaboration with Future Solent to investigate the business case for developing the Solent as a low carbon zone. A key part of the study is to understand the structure and needs of local businesses, as well as the interest in various options, to maximise local benefit.
Your participation in the project, by completing the survey is key to success in developing regional economic growth.
Secretary of State announces Government funding to boost local jobs and green business
Rt. Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills announced Government plans to award £3 Million of Regional Growth Funding (RGF) support to the “Future Solent Green Growth Programme” at the borough’s prestigious Ageas Bowl venue.
The exciting programme aims to create at least 315 new jobs in the Solent area over the next three years by supporting business growth in the low carbon or “green economy”. This includes high tech green technology companies and companies involved in renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste & recycling.
For more information on the Green Growth Programme click here
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If you have an interest in Future Solent's vision and priorities we would love you to be a part of it.