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THE Partnership of Urban South Hampshire has swelled its ranks with the addition of four members.

They have joined the Push Employment and Skills Board.

It is a collaboration that brings together public and private organisations which hope to transform the Solent region’s economy by investing in training and anticipating employers’ needs.

Abigail Thomson, client manager for the global HR services group Penna Plc; Brian Luff, chairman of Critical Software Technologies; Heidi Southwell HR and communications director for Warings; and Ken Moon, chairman of the Wessex Federation of Small Businesses were formally welcomed by Professor Debra Humphris, chair of the ESB and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education at the University of Southampton.

She said: ‘I am delighted to welcome my new colleagues on the board and I look forward to working together with them to ensure that the Solent region fulfils its potential for securing sustainable growth, and within this, ensure that local residents are equipped to take up the jobs that are created.’