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, the Civil Engineering Training Centre 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. The Solent LEP are currently formulating a 'Gosport Infrastructure Investment Plan' with input from key stakeholders which is due to be published soon.
Caroline has also been working alongside Berkeley Homes and the Royal Clarence Marina Residents Association to encourage businesses to open in Royal Clarence Yard. She is keen to see new businesses open alongside such as The Victualler, the Wendy House, The Art Pod Studio and Arty's which have opened in the last couple of years.
Caroline has hosted various events for local entrepreneurs and businesses including a Disability Confident conference 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 Baroness Karren Brady for an 'Apprentice' inspired business and entrepreneurship workshop at Bay House School and an 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.
Caroline is an avid supporter of Small Business Saturday and takes part in the event which runs annually, visiting and promoting local small business.