Solent has champions

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A SMALL pocket of businesses in the Solent area are playing a huge role in boosting the economy.

Figures compiled by Santander Corporate Banking have shown 254 firms in the region have together created 6,509 jobs between 2007 and 2010, and have grown faster than any other small or medium-sized enterprise.

The firms are known as growth champions, and have a turnover of between £500,000 and £10m, and are

Most of them are found in the social work, complementary medicine and architectural and engineering industries.

The research was compiled by Experian.