Hampshire bid for £38m EU jobs boost

AMBITION: Solent Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Gary Jeffries.

AMBITION: Solent Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Gary Jeffries.

First published in Hampshire Business Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

BUSINESS chiefs in Hampshire hope to create thousands of jobs by bidding for a £38million pot of funding.

They say their bid will provide a shot in the arm to the local economy that will be felt by thousands of businesses and residents.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a union of business bosses and council leaders, has formally handed in a bid to the European Union for a €46 million (£38 million) grant.

It is part of the LEP’s £2.4billion long-term strategy, which runs until 2020, to create 15,500 jobs in the Solent area as well as funding research and technology for businesses via the region’s colleges and universities.

Following consultation last year, the marine and maritime sectors will get priority for the cash if the Solent application is accepted.

Solent LEP chairman Gary Jeffries said: “We are ambitious for the Solent and keen to see the area deliver on its huge potential. This strategy is a key part of our vision for unlocking that potential and driving growth in the Solent economy.

“This strategy would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of local people and our collaborative approach to tap into it.

“This has been a pioneering process where local people who best understand the area and its needs have been put at the forefront of the process of deciding where to spend public funds to best effect.”

The LEP’s draft strategy was handed in to Government ministers last year, and it has already been given €2.9m from the European Union.

They will find out whether they have been successful in their bid for the £38million later this year.

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2:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

The best of luck to Solent LEP. I can't help but wonder, though, if our chances of success would be that much greater were it not for the anti-EU outpourings of some of the region's more exotic political creations. It seems silly to me to expect the EU to provide us with much needed investment for jobs and growth while at the same time electing candidates to the European Parliament who are vehemently against the whole fandango.
The best of luck to Solent LEP. I can't help but wonder, though, if our chances of success would be that much greater were it not for the anti-EU outpourings of some of the region's more exotic political creations. It seems silly to me to expect the EU to provide us with much needed investment for jobs and growth while at the same time electing candidates to the European Parliament who are vehemently against the whole fandango. FoysCornerBoy
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9:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Datarater says...

Why do we have to ask the EU for our money back?
Why do we have to ask the EU for our money back? Datarater
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10:01pm Tue 25 Feb 14

derek james says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
The best of luck to Solent LEP. I can't help but wonder, though, if our chances of success would be that much greater were it not for the anti-EU outpourings of some of the region's more exotic political creations. It seems silly to me to expect the EU to provide us with much needed investment for jobs and growth while at the same time electing candidates to the European Parliament who are vehemently against the whole fandango.
seeing as we pay about £50 million a day into the eu this is just us getting a fraction of our money back, it's no coincendence that two of the world's richest countries norway and switzerland enjoy the same trading rights with the single market as us but pay nothing in.i would suspect this money will be available chiefly to anti carbon industries
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: The best of luck to Solent LEP. I can't help but wonder, though, if our chances of success would be that much greater were it not for the anti-EU outpourings of some of the region's more exotic political creations. It seems silly to me to expect the EU to provide us with much needed investment for jobs and growth while at the same time electing candidates to the European Parliament who are vehemently against the whole fandango.[/p][/quote]seeing as we pay about £50 million a day into the eu this is just us getting a fraction of our money back, it's no coincendence that two of the world's richest countries norway and switzerland enjoy the same trading rights with the single market as us but pay nothing in.i would suspect this money will be available chiefly to anti carbon industries derek james
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