Partners in the Solent area have a strong history of working together to support economic growth. The Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) was set up in 2003 to tackle the economic challenges facing urban South Hampshire. Local businesses, local authorities, universities and the voluntary sector have joined together more recently to establish the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help determine and address local economic priorities.
City Deals, which are being negotiated on a case-by-case basis with cities, offer partners additional powers and freedoms to help unlock economic growth. The Solent LEP and PUSH are keen to build on their economic evidence base to inform negotiations with the Government on a City Deal for Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as future economic strategies. This report looks at how the Solent LEP and PUSH can support economic growth in light of both the City Deal negotiations and their commitment to develop a new strategic plan for local growth for the Solent area.
Policy and Research Manager