Southern Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is a private, not-for-profit company.
SEA is the holding company of a small group with a mission to develop the local economy by providing services and support to businesses and collaborating with partners to deliver enterprise and economic development projects.
To be an innovation catalyst energising and enabling customers to realise their success and promoting progressive economic growth and prosperity.
SEA is a membership company limited by guarantee that does not pay any dividends, but invests any surpluses it generates back into its principal activity of supporting small and medium sized businesses through its operating companies.
The companies that make up SEA have some 25 employees with the majority employed in customer facing roles business support, enterprise start up development, design and innovation services for SMEs and skills/mentoring activities.
The Board of SEA has 9 non-executive directors elected from and by the membership of SEA.
50% of the members are drawn from key representatives of organisations that are active in supporting the local economy or in providing business support. 50% are private business people.
SEA was formed in 2001 to take on the management of the Business Link service across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (formerly Business Link Wessex). Since then it has managed and developed a wide range of support services for businesses across the South of England.
Over the past nine years SEA has designed and successfully delivered a range of contracts and services, each operated under its own separate brand to reflect the different services.