At the heart of the UK’s Global Gateway, the Central South hinges its future prosperity on robust connectivity. Business South actively collaborates with regional businesses, public authorities, and policymakers to safeguard and enhance connections by road, rail, air and sea.

Through concerted efforts, we strive to position the Central South as a pivotal hub, not only ensuring seamless logistics but also enabling opportunities and fostering sustained economic growth. Our commitment lies in creating a network that not only connects physical infrastructure but also serves as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and international engagement.

Action Group

Maritime & Transport South

The Maritime and Transport South Action Group (MTAG) actively links the Central South via sea, air, land, and rail, influencing policy for industry, workforce, and local economic growth. Committed to measurable actions, the group aims to attract investment, talent, and establish the Central South as the UK’s Global Gateway for sustained development and success.


Southampton Airport Runway Extension

This important £17-million investment will allow Southampton Airport to attract more airlines than was previously possible due to the runway’s original length and help deliver new routes and services for the people of Southampton and the wider region.

Business South Champions helped make the case for the 164-metre extension to the northern end of the runway. They could see the work was vital to help deliver improved connectivity and unlock opportunities for business and leisure travel to thrive in the area, while guaranteeing the airport’s viability for the future.

Economic Growth

Solent Freeport

Solent Freeport is a major opportunity for the UK as it seeks to strengthen its trading position and develop new trading relationships. The Solent’s location makes it the UK’s most important gateway to European and global markets.

It will accelerate the creation of high-quality employment space, with investment specifically targeted at state-of-the-art growth sectors and ground-breaking approaches to decarbonisation and green innovation.

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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