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Government publishes Enterprise M3 chair’s insightful blog
16 January 2019

Government publishes Enterprise M3 chair’s insightful blog

Enterprise M3 is gaining a reputation for influential opinion with the Government selecting to publish a blog from the LEP's website. The incisive argument by chair Dave Axam, discusses the need to improve the UK's ‘skills agenda' and overhaul the technical and vocational training system, giving these qualifications the credit they deserve. Dave, a Farnborough College of Technology graduate, says: "There needs to be aspiration for our school-leavers; 16-18 is a crucial age when our young talent is making choices. We should be inspiring them to step up to step on by providing a better, more motivational education and a range of pathways to achieve their ambitions. "These routes to work shouldn't be mutually exclusive but interlinking. So you can start as an apprentice, acquire a degree-equivalent or post-grad qualification while in work or do it the other way round, or start on an arts or technical degree and acquire the extra skills you need in business management or new...

£20m Growth Fund deadline approaching – register your interest before 21 February
16 January 2019

£20m Growth Fund deadline approaching – register your interest before 21 February

Would you like a share of £20 million to develop your business? The first deadline to submit expressions of interest for Enterprise M3's Growth Fund is 21 February. ‘The Capital Funding to Support the Enterprise M3 Economy Prospectus for 2019-2021', highlights in detail how the LEP will support innovators and entrepreneurs who can deliver projects driving clean growth, enhancing productivity and creating jobs across the digital, aerospace, defence, space, transport and med-tech industries.         We want to grow our economy by 4 per cent every year, adding £39bn of GVA to the UK economy and we want to support businesses and entrepreneurs who can contribute to this vision.   Please get in touch with us submitting expressions of interest. Full contact details are available on page 15 of the prospectus. You can read it here.   

Major new investment agreed for EZ3 site at Basing View, Basingstoke
16 January 2019

Major new investment agreed for EZ3 site at Basing View, Basingstoke

Sovereign Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations in southern England, agreed a 20 years lease to move into the Florence building at Basing View creating a new Head Office for staff in this part of their region. Sovereign is one of the largest housing associations in the country, providing over 57,000 affordable homes across the south and south west of England and the Isle of Wight. They currently have offices from Exeter to Bristol in the South West, through to Newbury and Basingstoke as well as the Isle of Wight. As part of its new, five-year strategy Sovereign has revealed the first step in its plans is to rethink how it delivers its services, replacing 20 offices and depots with seven new, modern hubs as well as building 1,600 new homes per year. The Head Office and customer contact team will move to the Florence building in Basingstoke from late summer with a bespoke new operational hub will be built in Newbury, West Berkshire. All housing, property,...

First fleet of Surrey zero emission buses takes to the road in Guildford
14 January 2019

First fleet of Surrey zero emission buses takes to the road in Guildford

Guildford is leading the clean growth, transport revolution in becoming the first town in Surrey to have electric buses. The nine electric buses will serve the park-and-ride route, connecting three car parks and the Spectrum leisure centre, with the town centre, operating six days a week, with service frequencies of between 10 and 15 minutes. The zero-emission fleet were provided by the UK's leading supplier of electric buses, the BYD ADL partnership and made by Alexander Dennis in Guildford. They will be operated by Stagecoach Group, one of the largest public transport operators in the UK. Enterprise M3 LEP Head of Transport, Kevin Travers, attended the launch, and said: "This pioneering, clean growth solution for public transport is a great step forward and complements the new mobility element of our emerging Local Industrial Strategy. Enterprise M3 is actively seeking to support extraordinary innovation that will change the future of mobility, positioning our region at the...

RHS plan for Wisley centre of excellence receives £1 million boost from Enterprise M3 LEP
10 January 2019

RHS plan for Wisley centre of excellence receives £1 million boost from Enterprise M3 LEP

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has secured a grant of £1 million from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership to invest in the future of horticulture at its flagship RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. The award will go towards the development of the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, a centre of excellence promoting innovation and world-leading research to support the science, art and practice of horticulture. This major investment will fund infrastructure and enabling works beginning in early 2019, and upon opening in 2020 the public will be able to visit the Centre, view exhibitions and see RHS scientists at work for the first time in the Society's 214-year history. The new Centre will be home to around 70 scientists, advisors and PhD students, and will enable the RHS to continue and augment its ground-breaking scientific research into issues affecting gardeners everywhere, such as climate change and the pests and diseases that threaten our...

Gateway opened to new green & prosperous Hampshire town
07 January 2019

Gateway opened to new green & prosperous Hampshire town

A new relief road opens in East Hampshire this morning as part of a major regeneration project to transform a former garrison town into a prosperous and sustainable new town with more than 3 thousand new homes, 5 and a half thousand new jobs, opportunities for apprenticeships and growing businesses as well as an Enterprise Zone.  The new A325 Relief Road provides a free-flowing alternative to the A325 around the village of Bordon, easing congestion and unlocking the longer-term sustainable regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon. Enterprise M3 LEP, the major investor in the road project, contributed £17.5 million of the £23 million cost the single largest investment the LEP has made to date.  Whitehill & Bordon is also home to one of three Enterprise M3 Enterprise Zones, a Future Skills Centre and an Innovation Centre which supports high-potential businesses. The town's transformation is being developed with a strong focus on sustainable and high environmental standards. Dave...

Marwell Zoo showcased as outstanding example of Government’s ideal innovation of the future
19 December 2018

Marwell Zoo showcased as outstanding example of Government’s ideal innovation of the future

The Government has hailed Marwell Zoo's excellence in innovation to mark the anniversary of the Industrial Strategy white paper.

Highlighted in an interactive map profiling 100 businesses and projects that demonstrate a modern industrial strategy in action, Marwell and IBM's use of artificial intelligence -one of the Government's Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future - was particularly noted.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has also acknowledged Marwell's innovation with a £1.5 million investment in its Energy for Life project which comprises a low carbon energy and waste management centre, as well as a Tropical House visitor attraction with public engagement space.

The map was published alongside the announcement that all local enterprise partnerships will deliver their own Local Industrial Strategies by 2020 at the latest. These will incorporate the Government's Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges - artificial

Get Inspired comes to Basingstoke
19 December 2018

Get Inspired comes to Basingstoke

Basingstoke Consortium is bringing the hugely successful event ‘Get Inspired’ to Basingstoke for the first time on 29th January 2019 at the Apollo Hotel.

Government plan for M25 involves investment in Enterprise M3 roads and sustainable transport
19 December 2018

Government plan for M25 involves investment in Enterprise M3 roads and sustainable transport

Enterprise M3 has backed Government plans to invest in the region's roads and sustainable transport to "open up new labour markets and increase employment", and to benefit the entire country's economy.

The Local Enterprise Partnership's Head of Transport, Kevin Travers, commented after Highways England said that to take traffic off the M25, it would look to improve local road networks and public transport solutions around the motorway. 

Speaking at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association conference in London on December 4, Highways England network planning director, Jeremy Bloom, said a High Wycombe to Guildford corridor was of particular interest.

Kevin Travers, Head of Transport, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "We are pleased that Highways England are looking at ways in which congestion in the M25 SW quadrant can be eased as a number of studies, including our own joint study with neighbouring LEPs, have provided irrefutable evidence that 

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