The Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have jointly announced today, an investment of £950m to “Create and safeguard more than 200,000 jobs across England”.
But none of that investment is targeted at Eastleigh.
The bids that have been successful in the South East Region are:
- Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust
- Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
- Southampton City Council
- The East Kent districts of Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet
- Vestas Technology UK Ltd,
- Luton Borough Council
- Lotus Cars Ltd
Those bids will now progress to a process of “due diligence” before funds are released next year.
Eastleigh Borough Council, via its membership of PUSH (Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) supports the business-driven Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, but the funds that have been allocated to that organisation today are for further development of the Solent Enterprise Zone at the Daedalus site in Gosport, rather than more generally across the Solent area.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said;
I am delighted to be able to announce this boost to business, which will jump start growth and create jobs that last in the places that really need it.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has said;
We need to be doing all we can to enable businesses and organisations to create much needed jobs and inject private investment into the economy.
Lord Heseltine has added;
I’m confident that the exciting projects the Government is supporting today will help re-balance the economy and help local areas thrive.
The unemployed claimant count for Eastleigh can be seen, compared and monitored on the BBC’s Economy Tracker.