Welcome to the Central South

Encompassing the counties of Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex and major waterfront cities including Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth – the Central South really is a vibrant region and a fantastic place to live, work, study and invest.

Superb transport connections both nationally and internationally and enviable sector strengths really makes the Central South a standout region. While the many development projects and international regeneration opportunities offer the perfect means to invest in the future prosperity of the Central South.


Strategically well-placed, with excellent transport links to London, other key UK destinations and internationally, the region is not just a hub for tourism but also a burgeoning centre for commerce and industry.

The Central South is a global gateway that truly provides the best of both worlds: a place where quality of life meets business opportunity.

Business Sectors

Aerospace and Defence

The Central South serves as a nexus for renowned aerospace and defence enterprises, complemented by key naval ports and business hubs that create a dynamic industry ecosystem.

Construction and Engineering

Major urban transformations across Bournemouth, Southampton, and Portsmouth are bolstering the Central South’s reputation as a hub for cutting-edge construction and engineering.


A haven for lifelong learners, this region offers an array of educational experiences that span from primary to higher education.

Finance and Law

The Central South stands as a region of financial excellence and legal expertise, attracting top talent and investment.

Health and Life Sciences

The Central South leads in health and life sciences, marrying cutting-edge research with practical applications for improved healthcare and quality of life.

Leisure and Tourism

The Central South is a diverse tourism hub, hosting everything from historical landmarks to thriving night-life, making it a must-visit region for travellers and holidaymakers alike.

Marine and Maritime

The Central South’s marine and maritime sectors are critical economic engines, marked by substantial GVA contributions, job creation, and innovation in areas ranging from tidal power to luxury yacht manufacturing.

Media and Technology

The Central South is a key player in the UK’s media and technology landscape, boasting innovation hubs, leading academic institutions, and a thriving creative community.

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
  • info@businesssouth.org
  • Solent Business Centre,
    343 Millbrook Road West,
    SO15 0HW

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