Business and Economy

Local Enterprise Partnerships in Hampshire

The Coalition Government is reforming sub-national economic development arrangements by abolishing the Regional Development Agencies and giving businesses and local authorities the opportunity to work together to set economic priorities for their area.  In June 2010, the Government invited proposals for new local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) which will be charged with providing strategic leadership for economic renewal, working across the public and private sectors to tackle economic issues such as transport, skills and enterprise.  

Hampshire is now covered by two Local Enterprise Partnerships:

  • Solent (covering Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight) and
  • Enterprise M3 (covering Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Hart, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester, along with Guildford, Surrey Heath, Waverley and Woking in Surrey.)

For the economy of Hampshire as a whole to prosper, a range of issues will need to be addressed at different levels, working through more local partnerships and linkages. In addition, we will need, at times, to work across the Hampshire Wiltshire Dorset boundaries and with other adjacent areas including West Sussex, Surrey and the Thames Valley.  Flexibility and the recognition of cross-border interdependencies will be key to a prosperous economy for Hampshire.  

For further information on Local Enterprise Partnerships in general, please visit the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills web pages .