Future is bright for local economy

PLANS The airfield at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent
PLANS The airfield at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent
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HE is leading an initiative which aims to create thousands of new jobs.

Now Gary Jeffries, director of Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will give people more of an insight into the development of the Solent Enterprise Zone at an open evening next month.

The zone will be a business park taking up 82 hectares of Daedalus Airfield, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

It aims to create 10,000 new jobs in the area by 2026 and have a marine, aviation and aerospace focus.

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Mr Jeffries will also encourage students to work hard and achieve their goals at the event, which is being held at Portsmouth Business School at the University of Portsmouth.

Jeff Channing, who is working with Mr Jeffries on the development of the zone, said: ‘It is important that we continue to publicise our plans.

‘We want to attract a cluster of advanced manufacturers.

‘The zone will not be completed for some time as the infrastructure of the site is quite poor. But our aim is to create a world-class premises.’

As previously reported, LEP helped to win a £2.1m pot of cash from the government’s Regional Growth Fund which is available to small and medium sized businesses that need help. The fund – called Bridging the Gap – was also won thanks to work by The News, the University of Portsmouth and local authorities.

The open evening is between 5pm and 7.30pm at the business school, in Richmond Building, in Portland Street, Portsea, on September 5.

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