Armed Forces

support and advice for Armed Forces personnel and veterans

Partnership working

The Ministry of Defence and Hampshire County Council are working together on projects.

The Civilian and Military Partnership

A Civilian and Military Partnership Board (CMP) has been established. Membership of the CMP includes senior members and chief officers of the County Council, Voluntary sector and representatives of each of the Armed Forces.

The work of the Board is focused on a number of key areas :

  • sharing information and forthcoming policy decisions to enable better service planning such
  • as the funding and provision of transport infrastructure and educational facilities overseeing the Hampshire Armed Forces Community Covenant  
  • develop short term County Council / Military projects
  • the assembly, design and delivery of joint construction projects
  • ensuring County Council services meet the specific needs of the armed forces community throughout their lives

Hampshire Economic Military Partnership

HM Forces have a huge economic impact in Hampshire. The Hampshire Economic Military Partnership was set up in 2009 by Hampshire County Council to help improve the economic prosperity of service personnel, their families, veterans and reservists. This is being achieved through partners collaborating on a number of projects that will provide employment & training opportunities for this community to enhance their future prosperity.

Armed Services employment events

An initiative of the Hampshire Economic Military Partnership has been a series of Armed Services employment events in Hampshire. The first event took place in March 2011 in Farnborough and attracted over 1500 personnel and 100 employers including BAE Systems and 3663 catering. Two subsequent events were held in 2012, an employment fair in September 2012 at the Ageas Bowl and a self-employment event at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth in October. The events have been organised by the Career Transition Partnership with the support and sponsorship of Hampshire County Council.

Approximately 22,000 serving personnel are stationed in Hampshire along with approximately 6,000 civilians directly employed by the Armed Forces.

Following their period of service, a large number of people choose to settle in Hampshire and need to find local employment. The employment events help service leavers, veterans and reservists recognise how their skills could be transferred, identify future career opportunities and provide useful contacts with prospective employers.


Military Economic Assessment

The Armed Forces and defence related industry presence in Hampshire and Oxfordshire constitutes a sizeable part of our respective economies.  Both the MOD and local government have been facing significant change in terms of spending, employment and property; as such, the MOD, and both Hampshire and Oxfordshire County Councils decided to commission a report building a detailed picture of the economic impact of current and future military activity across Hampshire and Oxfordshire (the first of its kind.)

The final reports on ‘The Economic Significance of Military Activity in Oxfordshire and the Hampshire Economic Area’ have now been completed and can be found using the links below:

  • Overview paper Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 2mb: The Economic significance of the military activity in Oxfordshire and the Hampshire economic area
  • Technical report PDF: The Economic significance of the military activity in Oxfordshire and the Hampshire economic area

Enterprise Centre

The Hampshire Economic Military Partnership is working with partners to establish the feasibility of an Enterprise Centre in Aldershot which will offer flexible workspace to encourage new business development, skills training and advice to service leavers and the wider community.

Related links:

Armed Forces Covenant