A PLEA has been sent out for business leaders to get involved in the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth’s new workstream, called business and enterprise.
The group was only set up in May, and has a blank sheet to work from.
Its aim is to help local entrepreneurs and start-up companies realise their potential and help establish them, which in turn will help grow and stabilise the local economy.
Stuart Hill, COO for IBM, who is leading the new group, said: ‘We are bringing together a steering group, and already have seven members.
‘The first meeting will be on July 7 where we want to set out our ambition, scope, key activities and quick wins.
‘We need bankers, we need lawyers, we need investment market focus, people from education and the public sector.’
Mr Hill also introduced other new board members of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to the meeting. The LEP will be officially launched next month, and has recently voted in its board – the first LEP in England to do so.
Board members Gary Jeffries, of Hughes Ellard; Philippe Jouy, of Warings; Russell Kew, from Wightlink; and Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council (all pictured above) were introduced as some of the Portsmouth representatives on the board.
There are 14 members in total, eight from the local area.
The LEP’s role is to grow the local economy in the Solent region, realise the potential of towns and cities, supporting enterprise – including bidding for an enterprise zone for the region – and helping to secure funding to deliver innovation.
Mr Hill said: ‘This is not a quango, this is not a talking shop, there is a real sense of determination to get stuff done.’