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Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

The ideal location for advanced engineering in the aerospace, marine and technology sectors

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Top 3 reasons to invest


Almost 60,000 people are employed in manufacturing in the region, with the international companies and supply chains to meet the needs of investors.


A strong offering in the marine sector, with shipping and marine financial services, boatbuilding and composite manufacturing activity in the area.


Up to 100,000 square metres of space available on plots with new infrastructure, where businesses can develop their own facilities.

The Opportunity

The Solent area is renowned for its marine sector and is home to 1,750 marine-related businesses. This represents around 18% of the Solent economy, accounting for around 48,000 jobs and adding £14 billion to the local economy.

The Enterprise Zone occupies a stunning coastal location in southern England overlooking the Solent estuary. Central London and its two biggest airports are less than 2 hours away. The two major Solent cities are Portsmouth and Southampton, both of which have international universities.

There is an operational airfield in the Enterprise Zone which is suitable for small aircraft, including business jets. The nearby coastal cities also provide access to excellent recreational sailing, as well as international competition at Cowes.

The nearest port at Southampton is Britain’s 2nd largest deep sea container port and the largest cruise port in the UK, handling 450 calls by cruise liners in the last year. Portsmouth also has an extensive and thriving commercial port which acts as a major base for the Royal Navy.

Our areas of expertise

Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering



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