Nick Gross is appointed to the board of Solent LEP

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has made two new appointments to its board following a competitive round of applications. Nick Gross of Coffin Mew is one of those to have joined the board of directors after being elected independently by member businesses.

Nick has worked at Coffin Mew for over 30 years, and as well as his role as a corporate lawyer, he is Chairman of the firm, a position which he has held for over five years. Nick’s experience in business over many years has enabled him to develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of businesses – as diverse as schools, IT businesses, charities and manufacturers.

In addition, Nick heads up Coffin Mew’s Transport & Logistics sector group. His experience in that sector has demonstrated to him that the Solent LEP is an essential vehicle to drive and fund change to the region’s ageing and inadequate road and rail networks, and a skills deficit in the sector – issues which are a common concern for many businesses across the region.

Gary Jeffries, Solent LEP chairman, said:

Our members have elected two top business people with outstanding and wide ranging experience. They will add to what is already an exceptionally strong business voice at the LEP and position the Solent in a very positive position when it comes to securing further funding for the area.

The Solent LEP board takes responsibility for shaping economic strategy in the region, including the development of a Strategic Economic Plan for the area and delivery of a growth programme valued at over £1 billion and supported by a £151.9 million Local Growth Deal with government to create up to 600 new jobs and enable 11,000 new homes to be built. It is made up of business, education and local authority directors and was the first LEP in the country to have a fully-elected board.

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