Business South is an independent representative of businesses in the Central South supporting the region’s prosperity by bringing together business leaders, educators, public bodies and entrepreneurs to create a dominant and powerful force for growth and innovation.

Together we are stronger and in close collaboration with the region’s top employers, business leaders, public bodies and education. We have a shared vision to raise the profile of the Central South.

The Team

Our Work

Discover how our work is shaping the future of the Central South, driving innovation and fostering collaboration across diverse sectors. Delve into our projects and initiatives that are not only setting the agenda for business excellence but also making a lasting impact on the community.

Mission & Vision

Our core mission is centred around fostering collaboration, driving innovation, and promoting economic growth in the Central South region.  This mission guides all of our projects, events, activities and initiatives – this mission is supported by the core values of Business South.


We believe in the power of collaboration and recognise that working together produces better outcomes than working in isolation. We encourage businesses, industry leaders, and stakeholders to come together, share knowledge and expertise, and collaborate on projects and initiatives that benefit the entire region.


We understand the importance of embracing innovation to stay competitive in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. We promote a culture of innovation, encouraging Champions and business leaders to adopt new technologies, explore creative solutions to challenges, and embrace forward-thinking strategies to drive growth and success.


We operate with the utmost integrity and ethical standards. We value transparency, honesty, and accountability. We believe in fostering an environment of trust and respect, ensuring that Champions and stakeholders can rely on us to act in their best interests and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.

Inclusivity and Diversity

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity. We strive to create an inclusive business community that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or social status. It is important to recognise that diversity drives innovation and fosters a rich exchange of ideas, ultimately contributing to the success and growth of the Central South region.


As a representative body for major employers in the Central South, we are committed to advocating for the interests of Champions and the region’s business community. Through the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Central South and Action Groups, we actively engage with policymakers, government entities, and other stakeholders to ensure that the voice of the business community is heard and considered in decision-making processes. We serve as a platform for businesses to collectively address challenges, shape regional strategies, and advocate for policies that promote economic growth and sustainability.

Business Excellence

We are dedicated to delivering high-quality services, projects and events that meet the needs and expectations of our Champions and stakeholders. By maintaining high standards of excellence, Business South aims to provide value, contribute to Champion’s success, and elevate the overall business environment in the Central South.

The Region

The Central South is a hub of innovation and economic prosperity, boasting a diverse array of industries from technology to maritime. As an area rich in talent and resources, it serves as a prime location for business investment, making it a focal point for both national and international growth.

The Business South Team

Tim Hancock


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Leigh-Sara Timberlake

Group CEO

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Kevin Muldoon

Enterprise Manager

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Shirley Wynne-Jones

Event Director

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Kate Pearce

Head of Strategy

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Natalie Hunt

Operations Manager

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Susan George

Business Advisor

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The Business South Board

With expertise across a broad range of industry sectors and specialisms, the Business South Group Board of Directors is made up of some of the region’s top business minds.

As Non-Executive Directors, their role and responsibility is to support and drive the organisation to deliver it’s aims and objectives on behalf of Champions across the Central South.

Meet the Board of Directors

Business South News

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Contact Us

We’re dedicated to boosting the Central South through economic growth, investment, and strong networks.

Reach out to us to grow your business, explore resources, or become a Champion.

  • 02380 518223
  • 0844 332 0131
  • Solent Business Centre,
    343 Millbrook Road West,
    SO15 0HW

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