With half a job per working adult on the Gosport peninsula, Caroline has made economic regeneration an absolute priority. In addition to her work to bring an Enterprise Zone to the disused military airfield at Daedalus, she's been part of a number of successful Regional Growth Fund bids across the area including the 'Bridging the Gap' fund for small and medium businesses which has secured over £4 million for businesses in the Gosport area. She regularly meets with local employers – from major companies such as BAE to micro-businesses and has been a keen advocate of apprenticeships, supporting schemes at the CEMAST Skills Centre, Blackball Media and Vector Aerospace among others. You can read more about Caroline's #GetInGoFar campaign here.
Caroline has campaigned for the regeneration of Gosport High Street and waterfront, having met with the British Retail Consortium, backed the Council's submission to the Portas Review, and helped secure £100,000 of funding from the Government.
She's keen to build on Gosport's fantastic location as a world-class yacht destination. In 2011, Caroline was instrumental in the formation of the Gosport Marine Scene, bringing local marine businesses & individuals together to promote the interests of Gosport as a major maritime hub on the south coast. You can find out more about them here.
Caroline has worked closely alongside the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since its establishment in 2011 with the aim of supporting them to create an environment that will bring about sustainable economic growth and private sector investment in the Solent. She continues to work with the Solent LEP to ensure that the Gosport constituency is at the forefront of regeneration plans and consistently seeks updates on their progress and future plans.
Caroline has also been working alongside Berkeley Homes and the Royal Clarence Marina Residents Association to encourage businesses to open in Royal Clarence Yard. New businesses including The Victualler, the Wendy House, The Flour Mill Emporium and Arty's have recently opened at the location. You can find the latest commercial brochure here.
Caroline has hosted various events for local entrepreneurs and businesses including a Disability Confident event and an annual Enterprise Fair which is hosted during Enterprise Week. Caroline has also hosted many events for senior school pupils surrounding business, one which welcomed Karren Brady for a business and entrepreneurship workshop at Bay House School and more recently another event at Bridgemary School which welcomed Jacqueline Gold CBE and a cohort of successful local businesswomen from the local area to help host an Enterprising Women event.