A Place to Prosper

A region of innovation and opportunity

The Central South is home to some of the largest national and international companies ranging from aerospace to finance, advanced engineering and manufacturing, creative industries to digital, and media to marine.

When you start listing who is based here, it starts reading like a “who’s who” of leading firms at the cutting edge of design, innovation, technology, and skills.

They include Airbus, Arqiva, BAE Systems, Boeing Defence, Carnival, Curtiss-Wright, De La Rue, DP World, Garmin, GE Aviation, GKN, Griffon Hoverwork, HSBC Bank, IBM, JP Morgan, LUSH, Lockheed Martin, Merlin Entertainments, Old Mutual Wealth, Pall Europe Limited, QinetiQ, REIDSteel, Sunseeker, Sony, Virgin Media, and many others.

In fact, you can say almost everyone is here, from ABP to Zurich Insurance Group.

The region is also open to new enterprise and fresh ideas – tens of thousands of SMEs are based in the Central South, both enriching and diversifying the area’s economy.

These include a host of independent retailers and other traders who make the area’s retail districts come to life and offer customers something they cannot find on the internet.

The region also benefits from having four Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) which invest significant sums in making the area more competitive and keeping it open for business. The LEPs are Solent, Enterprise M3, Dorset, and Coast 2 Capital.

The interests of commerce are also represented by Business South, which strives to promote the local economy,
build relationships, and stimulate growth.