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Solent LEP News Update

04 April 2022

Internationalisation Fund

Are you looking for funding support to help your business prepare for export? The Department for International Trade has launched a new Internationalisation Fund (IF) for eligible SMEs based in England. The Internationalisation Fund provides match-funded grants between £1,000 and £9,000 to use for future business activities. This fund aims to help UK SMEs grow in new international markets - join DITís upcoming IF virtual event.

To learn more, see the next IF event date and find out if your business is eligible.
Maritime UK Solent Breakfast Meetings to be in person

Maritime UK Solent is building on the hugely successful virtual Breakfast Network Sessions, which flourished throughout the pandemic, by announcing a programme of monthly face-to-face Breakfast Network Briefings. These will be held in high profile maritime venues across the Solent, where attendees will be able to meet in person.

Moving to meeting in person will help embed the networking and collaboration ethos initiated in the virtual world. Everyone who is associated with the Solent's marine or maritime sector is invited to take part in this wider, ongoing conversation among the region's maritime sector.

The next Maritime UK Solent's Breakfast Network meetings are:

21 April at the CEMAST campus, Fareham College's Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training
19 May at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
16 June at Seawork, Southampton
The meetings are open to all businesses involved in any way with the maritime sector in the Solent; people wishing to attend simply need to book online in advance.

Championing the Solentís Creative Industries - Watch again

Last month Solent ran an event for those involved in the creative industries in the Solent in partnership with the Southampton 2025 UK City of Culture bid team. The event brought many creative businesses and organisations together and had speakers from many different backgrounds and business types, sharing ideas, thoughts and different perspectives.

The event was live-streamed, and in doing so were able to record each of the sessions that took place on the day. On this link you will find the suite of films from the day, which you can view and share with anyone who was unable to attend, or who would simply like to listen again.

Events Calendar

The calendar of events contains information on all Solent LEP events and meetings, as well as other events in the Solent that may be of interest to you. Please note that events in pink are run by local partners and you will therefore need to contact the relevant organisation if you are interested in attending.

Find out more