About Central South

The Central South in numbers

With three waterfront cities, two National Parks and historic England’s first capital; our coastal location is central to our success, as are our excellent road, rail, and air connections to London and the rest of the UK.

The Central South is the home of HM Royal Navy and critical defence and technology industries as well as being blessed with a superb natural environment from the Isle of Wight to the New Forest and the South Downs.

This is where economic success and social inclusion combine. It is a place where protecting and enhancing the environment go hand in hand with developing our maritime heritage and investing in tourism and hospitality.

2 National Parks

4 Thriving cities

8 Universities and
79,000 students

5 Cathedrals

340 Miles of coastline

7 Miles of golden beaches in the Bournemouth area

3 Major ports with
20,000 jobs

£5.5bn Generated by the maritime economy

More than 10,000 SMEs, along with more than 20% of the FTSE 100 companies.

3 International airports

1 region that has all
these assets