Manufacturing, innovation and technology

Innovative and world-leading technologies are developed each day in the Solent region. The region is home to several centres of research excellence providing an unrivalled competitive edge to the companies affiliated with them.

There are local, regional and national schemes that will help the growth of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.


EEF is the manufacturers' organisation, helping its members in the sector to evolve and compete.

Royal Academy of Engineering's Enterprise Hub harnessesthe expertise, insight and networks of Academy Fellows, who include some of theUK's most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, to support thecountry's most promising engineering entrepreneurs.

Semta is the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. Semta addresses the sectors' skills needs, providing expert support to improve performance and growth.

The Institute of Industrial Research is a University of Portsmouth research centre that conducts applied research into the analysis of complex data-sets on a large scale that leads to the discovery of solutions and opportunities of strategic importance to industry and research.

Catapults - technology and innovation centres

Over the last 9 years Innovate UK have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses. Catapults help businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise traditional academic research. The Catapult for the Manufacturing sector is the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The HVM and Digital Catapults will lead on upgrading UK digital manufacturing capability.