The UK’s Global Gateway

The Solent Freeport is a major opportunity for the UK as it seeks to strengthen its trading position and develop new trading relationships. The Solent’s location makes it the UK’s most important gateway to European and global markets.

It will accelerate the creation of high-quality employment space, with investment specifically targeted at state-of-the-art growth sectors and ground-breaking approaches to decarbonisation and green innovation.

The Solent has a track record in translating innovation and new technologies into commercial success, and there is an appetite for innovation and building sustainable, long-term opportunities now and in the future.

32K

Jobs

The Solent has always been our nation’s global gateway. Establishing the Solent Freeport will create 32,000 jobs across the UK and enable the UK and our region to capitalise on the Solent’s geographic advantage in the highly competitive global market as the UK establishes new trading relationships with the world.

£3.57bn

GVA Uplift

Deprived coastal communities in the Solent will be levelled up while, at the same time supporting those in the Midlands and North who rely on connectivity to international markets through Solent ports. By backing the universally supported proposal, Solent productivity will be transformed and the UK will receive an additional £3.57 billion GVA uplift.

Innovation

Revolution

Through links to three world-class universities and a host of national research assets, Solent Freeport will catalyse an innovation revolution in maritime, autonomy and green growth. It will provide a centre of excellence in green skills and jobs to ensure local communities, and in particular our young people, can benefit from opportunities created.

The Solent Freeport will unlock billions of pounds' worth of investment, create tens of thousands of new jobs and level up our important coastal communities. Establishing the Solent Freeport will enable us to create 32,000 new skilled and semi-skilled jobs including 16,000 direct jobs in the Solent and 16,000 in the wider UK supply chain.

The Solent Freeport will enable us to capitalise on our strengths in a highly competitive global market post-Brexit and ensure the unique geographic advantage of the region is maximised for UK plc.
A strong track record of international trade through the Solent already evidences our credentials as the Nation’s global gateway.

Reaching far beyond the South Coast of England, it will also benefit those in the Midlands and North that rely on connectivity to international markets through Solent port; and UK plc will receive an additional £3.57 billion GVA uplift.

Over £77.5 billion worth of goods pass through the ports of Southampton, the UK’s number one export port for vehicles, and Portsmouth, including £42.8 billion worth of exports.

Our ports provide UK businesses with the closest direct access to over 70 ports globally. With its unrivalled geographic proximity to the shipping lanes into Europe and unique tides, the Solent is in the strongest possible position to expand the UK’s trade with new markets and be a best in class Freeport.

Strategic national connectivity of the Solent by rail, highway and air provide a geographic advantage stronger than any other UK region seeking to trade.

The Solent Freeport will enable us to capitalise on our strengths in a highly competitive global market post-Brexit and ensure the unique geographic advantage of the region is maximised for UK plc.

A strong track record of international trade through the Solent already evidences our credentials as the Nation’s global gateway.

Reaching far beyond the South Coast of England, it will also benefit those in the Midlands and North that rely on connectivity to international markets through Solent port; and UK plc will receive an additional £3.57 billion GVA uplift.

Over £77.5 billion worth of goods pass through the ports of Southampton, the UK’s number one export port for vehicles, and Portsmouth, including £42.8 billion worth of exports.

Our ports provide UK businesses with the closest direct access to over 70 ports globally. With its unrivalled geographic proximity to the shipping lanes into Europe and unique tides, the Solent is in the strongest possible position to expand the UK’s trade with new markets and be a best in class Freeport.

Strategic national connectivity of the Solent by rail, highway and air provide a geographic advantage stronger than any other UK region seeking to trade.

The Solent Freeport is an investment in our future, providing both instant impact and long-term benefits.

The Solent already contributes £31billion to the UK economy per annum. Freeport status will add an additional £3.57 billion to UK plc through the GVA uplift, including £1.97 billion in direct GVA in the Solent and £1.6 billion in the wider UK supply chain.

It will act as a magnet for an estimated £2 billion of extra investment comprising £1.4 billion from the private sector and £600 million in complementary public sector investment.

While recognising our proud maritime heritage, we don’t live in the past. We have an appetite for innovation and building sustainable, long-term opportunities now and in the future.

The Solent has a track record in translating innovation and new technologies into commercial success. Building on long-standing relationships with our three universities and world-class research assets, the Solent Freeport will support increased R&D funding and innovation in our ports and growth sectors such as Artificial Intelligence.

Building on existing strengths in environmental innovation, the Solent Freeport will support national and local ambitions for net zero by growing capacity for sustainable energy production, improving efficiencies to raise productivity, and investing in environmental mitigation to the impacts of climate change on our communities.

A dedicated Solent Freeport Green Growth Institute (SFGGI) will provide a centre of excellence in green skills and jobs to ensure local communities can benefit from the opportunities created through environmental innovation.

Location of Solent Freeport Sites

Solent Freeport Location Navigator Quarter Dunsbury Park
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Dunsbury Park

Tax Site

Dunsbury Park is an award-winning business park next to the A3(M) on the London/Solent corridor just 8 miles north of Portsmouth. Set in natural parkland, Dunsbury offers 43 hectares of un-developed land much of which is shovel ready and has planning permission for 665,000 sq. ft.

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Southampton Water

Fawley Waterside

Tax Site

Set in The New Forest National Park on 3km of pristine coastline, besides the thriving economic hub of Southampton and the Solent, one of Europe’s premier leisure waterways.

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Southampton Water

ExxonMobil

Tax Site

Strategically located on the Solent and close to Southampton economic hub, ExxonMobil Fawley, at over 3000 acres, is the largest complex of its kind in the UK and supports the economies of the South of England and beyond.

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Solent Gateway

Tax & Custom Site

As a 225 acre port, Solent Gateway offers a range of services and facilities including a dedicated rail connection direct to berth, two jetties with RoRo capabilities, four linkspans, extensive warehousing and storage space, and a national rail network connection for forward chain logistics.

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Southampton Water

ABP-Redbridge

Tax Site

Redbridge is a prime development site located in the heart of the Port of Southampton’s thriving Western Docks. This 12-hectare, 30-acre site offers businesses a brilliant opportunity to create bespoke facilities of up to 600,000 sq ft.

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Southampton Water

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Tax Site

Portsmouth International Port
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Portsmouth International Port

Custom Site

Portsmouth International Port’s 66 acre site, which includes major cargo operator Portico, is located directly off the M27 benefitting from being based in the north of the city.

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"Solent Freeport is critical to ensuring that the UK can remain competitive on an international stage in the years ahead."

- Chair, Solent Freeport Consortium Ltd, Brian Johnson

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