Wates Group, one of the leading privately-owned, construction, development and property services companies in the UK, has joined Business South.

Wates Group, one of the leading privately-owned, construction, development and property services companies in the UK, has become a Business South Champion, joining 150 leading businesses across the Central South region to support economic development and foster growth.

Operating nationwide, Wates Group is committed to the long-term future of the built environment, guided by a purpose of inspiring better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

Founded in 1897, Wates employs around 4,000 people and works with more than 10,000 supply-chain operatives and partners to deliver projects for a range of clients and partners from across the public and private sectors. Projects have included the V&A Museum in London, Daedalus Village in Gosport and the refurbishment of the Southampton Civic Centre.

Business South provides a collective business voice and addresses sector challenges through 5 industry Action Groups; Regenerate South, Workforce South, Digital South, Cruise & Port and Luxury South.

The Regenerate South Action Group focuses on the opportunities, challenges and delivery of promoting the south as an attractive region for investment and the needed infrastructure. The Group supports and promotes major development schemes and potential sites across the region, focusing on opportunities and challenges to promote the South an attractive region for investment.

“At the heart of our purpose is our approach to sustainability and our belief that business done well can be a force for a good” says Sarah Beard, Business Development Manager at Wates Construction. “Our focus on sustainability comprises four key priorities; buildings, communities, environment and people. Each of these areas addresses the issues which impact the most on our people, delivery partners, clients and customers. Joining the Business South Champions Programme reinforces these priorities, we are proud to be joining a network of local businesses with a shared vision for responsible growth.”

“Business South works to bring businesses together to stimulate economic development, but that growth has to be responsible and led by businesses with a corporate conscience and connection and commitment to the local area” says Leigh-Sara Timberlake, Executive Director at Business South.  “Wates Construction has a strong CSR policy as well as expertise in the property and construction industries which will bring industry knowledge and insight to our Regenerate South Action Group that supports development and inward investment across the region.”

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

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