Future South is a partnership of the Hampshire Chamber, the universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, IBM, Southern Water, Scottish and Southern Energy, Bouygues and 12 Local Authorities
There is a growing “low carbon economy” in Hampshire with many strengths emerging in research & development, environmental technologies, energy, waste and construction.
Future South aims to capitalise on these strengths to promote further development of the green economy, and with it, economic growth and jobs. We have set up two subsidiaries to maximise the opportunities from these strengths:
Greentech South – the Technology and Innovation Cluster – the UK’s first accredited cleantech cluster with over 100 business members working together to win funds and create innovative low carbon products and solutions. (www.greentechsouth.com)
Energise Solent – the team pulling together the renewable energy projects in the Solent area to reduce our reliance on energy bought in from outside Hampshire (which currently stands at 98%).
£3 million has been won from the Regional Growth Fund to support SMEs in Hampshire wishing to develop new low carbon products and services by utilising the local world class research facilities. We are now bidding for a further £5 million and will have news in the Spring of 2017 on how much has been won for business in the area.
Our third project is the creation of the Hampshire Community Bank which will start trading later in 2017 (subject to licence) to add support for the Green Economy.
Go to www.futuresouth.org for more information and how to apply for funds and support or contact our Future South Programme Manager, Richard Hall on 07770 60 56 64.