Business South to Host 2019 Annual Regenerate South Conference in Winchester

Aug 2, 2019

Business South, an influential economic champion in the South of England, is holding its annual Regenerate South Conference on 4 June at The Stripe Building, University of Winchester from 9:30am – 2:00pm with headline sponsors Winchester City Council, Coffin Mew, Ridge and Hampshire County Council. This is the 5th year the conference has been held and has annually attracted over 200 investors and developers.

Business South is working closely with both the public and private sector to attract more stakeholders into the area and to showcase its current offer. The conference will provide opportunities for potential investors, developers, agents, businesses and consultants to meet and debate the ambition for the future of the Central South region.

This year the conference includes a variety of speakers from Hotel Solutions, Hammerson and the Southern Policy Centre, to name a few. John Denham from the Southern Policy Centre will be providing an update on their research project which looks into the economic strategies for the Central South region.

John Denham adds: “Our research is asking whether the strategies published by LEPs and local authorities identify and promote regional strengths, such as strong transport connections and three strong complementary and ambitious waterside cities, as fully as they might.

“The work of Business South, Regen South and our own project all reflect the growing demand for a stronger regional identity. By working together we can help forge a message that strengthens both business and the crucial work of LEPs and local councils.”

Keynote speaker this year is Ben Smith from ARUP and Trustee at National Park City, who will be discussing London being the first city to receive National Park City status, what that means and the likely economic benefits that it will bring. Is there an opportunity for the Central South due to our proximity between the New Forest & South Downs National Parks?

The event will finish with an interactive panel session chaired by Robin Shepherd of Barton Willmore. It will focus on “What is blocking investment in the South?” with talking points around the commercial property sector, skills shortage, infrastructure & connectivity, regional perspective, place making and planning. And panel members include representatives from Coffin Mew, University of Winchester, Centre 4 Cities, Hampshire County Council, and Winchester City Council.

Tim Hancock, Chair of Regenerate South and MD of Terence O’Rourke, said: “The South of England represents one of the most significant and successful economic regions in the UK. Regenerate South firmly believes there is a great deal to gain from business, LEPs, MPs and local Councillors working together to maintain and grow the area.

“The conference provides an opportunity for groups and individuals to come together and help shape the vision for the future of the region and continue to demonstrate the benefits of living, working and investing here.”

As well as speakers and a panel of thought and opinion, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with local authorities, landowners and businesses to develop local connections and valuable working relationships.

To book your place at the Regenerate South conference and for more information, visit