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Paper  5 -  22 March 2002 Meeting


22 March 2002


Report by the Chairman of the HEP Executive and the Policy Manager


That Members consider the Hampshire and Isle of Wight priorities for the Regional Economic Strategy

1. The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) is revising the Regional Economic Strategy (RES). Paul Lovejoy of SEEDA will explain the process for preparing and publishing the draft Strategy, which started on 6 February with a Hampshire/Isle of Wight consultation event which over 150 local representatives attended.

2. The Hampshire Economic Partnership (HEP) is preparing a series of proposals to put into these early discussions about the RES. Alan Stevens, HEP Executive Manager, will discuss these preliminary ideas and seek Membersí comments. They will then be developed further with the HEP Executive and Board in the coming weeks.

3. The Isle of Wight Partnership priorities as expressed at the 6 February seminar are:

Cowes - pursue marina upgrades, development opportunities, attracting the America's Cup

Ryde - secure urban renaissance and economic inclusion for this important urban centre

Enterprise Hub - raise awareness among Island businesses of the importance of innovation, and continue building composites Centre of Excellence

Skills - address shortfalls in retention rates and skill levels; support for the Isle of Wight College is needed both as a physical statement of confidence in the Island and to secure quality 16+ education and training provision; improve links to Higher Education (both to existing institutions in Southampton and Portsmouth and internationally)

Rural - extend the Island's existing competitive advantage in horticulture (for example through promoting hydroponics), and recognise the particular needs of small family-owned farms.

4. The aim of the discussion under this item will be to seek Membersí views on the Regional Economic Strategy at this preliminary stage.

Chairman, HEP Executive

Date: 12 March 2002
Annex: 0
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

Last update: 13/03/2002
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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