LEP submits £2billion Solent Freeport bid

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 the partners behind an ambitious bid for Freeport status. The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region’s lead for economic development, has submitted a Freeport proposal to the government on behalf of a coalition […]

Grant Shapps to speak at UK Chamber of Shipping Virtual Conference

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will be one of the morning speakers at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Virtual Conference, it has been confirmed today (5 February). The Secretary of State will join Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Chamber President John Denholm and Shipping Minister Robert Courts in the morning session of speakers. Following […]

Ambitious freeport for East of England to drive jobs and investment

A new freeport for the East of England could create 13,500 jobs in the region – as part of an investment of more than half-a-billion pounds. The figures were set out in a bid submitted by Freeport East, ahead of the Government’s deadline today as part of its compelling argument for the designation. A decision […]