Launch of £12m fund

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A £12m fund has been launched to support building work with the aim of creating thousands of new jobs in the area.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting applications to the Solent Business Fund as part of a commitment to create 10,000 new jobs in the region by 2026.

Types of projects which could be supported with loans include early development of strategic link roads and access work, provision of flood storage capacity to enable development and works to improve local connectivity and reduce congestion.

Successful bidders will need a public sector organisation to act as an accountable body, administer funding and ensure repayments are made to the Solent Growing Places Fund on schedule. Visit solentlep.org.uk