Construction and Regeneration
Building a Major Reputation
How Business South Works with Developers, the Construction Industry and Local Authorities
Major developments are taking place across the Business South region with a multi-million pound facelift of Bournemouth coming out of the ground, Southampton’s City Centre Master Plan, which will generate £3 billion of investment and reinforce Southampton’s position as the economic powerhouse of the South Coast, and a major transformation of Portsmouth is also taking root.
Business South has supported and promoted these major development schemes and continues to take an active role in promoting the region as a great place to bring new businesses, develop existing ones and ensure everyone realises what a great place this is to live.
The Future Southampton Action Group lobbied hard for a City Centre Master Plan to be developed for Southampton and Business South is keen to play its part in helping to ensure the ambitious vision within the Master Plan becomes a reality.
“When we want to speak to the business leaders of the city, we turn to Business South,"
Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Southampton City Council.
When we first had the idea of promoting our region at the inaugural MIPIM UK, it was simply that –an idea.
We got Champions from the construction sector around the table along with partners from the public sector and before we knew it we had a private sector led consortium with a £60k budget to promote significant development opportunities on a national and international scale.
Building on the success of 2014, we had a £100k budget to go to MIPIM UK in 2015 and took part in the business showcase events as well as hosting two off-site lunches at the Belvedere in Holland Park.
Plans are underway for 2016 and we are investigating:
- Building on the success of our Regen South conference to establish it as a major event for constructors and investors
- Hosting an off-site event in London during MIPIM UK to promote our region
- Taking a consortium to MIPIM 2017 in Cannes
“Lambert Smith Hampton is passionate about The Solent Region and proud to be a partner of Business South.
“We were delighted to play a part in attracting inward investment and driving economic prosperity for the region.
“An outstanding measure of the success of the collaboration has been to witness the old rivalries of Portsmouth & Southampton put to one side for the greater good, resulting in greater opportunities for both cities.
“We welcome the positive outcomes that the Business South collaboration has achieved and look forward to continuing our involvement to drive further growth.”
Andrew Hodgkinson, Associate Director at Lambert Smith Hampton
BBC South Today coverage of MIPIM 2015
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Why become a champion?
Business South should be seen as an extra resource for your business to draw on in terms of circulating your business messaging, making important contacts and using our well established communication channels.
We aim to put businesses in the driving seat and to tell the story of a region that is the best place to do business that offers so much in terms of investment potential, innovation and growth - in short it is a great place to do business, to live and to learn, rest and relax.
We want to showcase the employers who are investing in their community and shout about the responsible business leaders who, for example, demonstrate a corporate conscience by engaging in the talent and skills agendas. By doing so, they support the work of Business South in Championing the economy – and boost the number of jobs and opportunities.