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Read full article Solent Freeport seeks Chief Executive to take the helm

Solent Freeport seeks Chief Executive to take the helm

Hot on the heels of the Solent Freeport’s hugely successful launch last week in Southampton, the role of its Chief Executive is being advertised, and promises to be an incredibly exciting and important role, not just within the region, but nationally. Brian Johnson, Chair of the Solent Freeport, who spoke at last week’s launch event, […]

Read full article First Chair of the Solent Freeport announced

First Chair of the Solent Freeport announced

Brian Johnson has been formally appointed to the role of Chair of the Solent Freeport for the next three years following a Government approved open recruitment process. Speaking about his appointment, Brian said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Chair of the Solent Freeport at this exciting time. We have recently reached […]

Read full article Solent Freeport update from New Forest District Council

Solent Freeport update from New Forest District Council

We have confirmed our support to the next phase of the Solent Freeport at our Extraordinary Council meeting on 21 March 2022, ahead of the full business case going to government for final sign-off. The Solent Freeport is one of 8 announced by the government at the March 2021 Budget. A Freeport is an area […]

Read full article Dunsbury Park is a Freeport tax site

Dunsbury Park is a Freeport tax site

Dunsbury Park is now a live tax site. Part of the Portsmouth Gateway Cluster, Dunsbury Park is a key location within the Solent Freeport. Tax incentives include 100% business rate relief for 5 years, enhanced capital allowances, leasehold stamp duty tax reliefs and 3 years employers NI relief. Dunsbury Park is an award-winning business park next […]

Read full article Demolition of the Fawley Power Station Chimney

Demolition of the Fawley Power Station Chimney

On Sunday 31st October at 07.00am Fawley Power Station’s 650ft (198m) chimney and remaining southern end of the Turbine Hall were demolished by contractor Brown and Mason by the controlled use of explosives. From 05.30am an exclusion zone was enforced around the site and surrounding area. Sentries and the police marked the exclusion zone boundary […]

Read full article Portsmouth Secures over £11m in Levelling Up Funding to Transform Port

Portsmouth Secures over £11m in Levelling Up Funding to Transform Port

Portsmouth International Port’s crucial terminal transformation will officially get underway after an announcement today by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that the scheme has been awarded £11.25m Levelling Up Funding. The port was part of a successful £20m bid called Transforming the Visitor Economy, which also includes funding for Hilsea Lido and […]

Read full article Solent Freeport seeks first permanent Chair of the Board

Solent Freeport seeks first permanent Chair of the Board

The Solent Freeport Consortium is recruiting for a Chair of the Board to lead the Solent Freeport. Alastair Welch, Solent Freeport Consortium Ltd Director, said: “We believe the Solent Freeport is a once in a lifetime opportunity to maximize the UK’s geographic advantage in a highly competitive global market and forge new trading relationships with […]

Read full article £40m investment to meet growing customer demand (source: DP World Southampton)

£40m investment to meet growing customer demand (source: DP World Southampton)

DP WORLD today announces that Southampton, Britain’s second largest container terminal, will benefit from a major programme of investment in 2021 designed to take it up to the next level as a premier international freight and logistics hub. The dredging and widening of the berths to ensure that DP World Southampton will be able to […]

Read full article Success for the Solent’s ambitious £2billion Freeport bid

Success for the Solent’s ambitious £2billion Freeport bid

The Solent’s ambitious bid for Freeport status has been shortlisted by Government in the 2021 budget. The Solent LEP believe the proposal has the potential to attract £2billion investment and create 52,000 jobs; through opening the potential to bring tax reliefs, simplified customs procedures and streamlined planning processes to promote regeneration and innovation. Focused on […]

Read full article £2billion Solent Freeport bid submitted

£2billion Solent Freeport bid submitted

The Solent has a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to level-up local communities, turbocharge post-Brexit trade and invest in a net zero future, say partners behind an ambitious bid for Freeport status. We have submitted a Freeport proposal to government on behalf of a coalition of businesses, local authorities and other partner organisations. The bid is in response […]