Being a Champion not only puts you at the heart of the Business South network, a high-profile network of the region’s biggest employers and senior business leaders – but you’re also become part of something much bigger…

Champions play a pivotal role in driving the growth and success of the Central South region. By supporting Business South’s range of activities and projects – you are part of the Central South story. You will not only be helping to grow your own business through our network, but you’ll also be raising the profile of the region, both nationally and internationally.

Leadership and Influence

As a Champion, your organisation steps into a leadership role that allows you to shape the direction of regional business growth. Your insights and expertise contribute to strategic decisions that have a lasting impact on the community.

By actively participating in shaping policies and advocating for favourable business conditions, you become a driving force in guiding the Central South region towards economic prosperity.

Networking and Collaboration

Champions gain unparalleled opportunities to connect with a diverse array of industry leaders, decision-makers, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Through Business South’s exclusive networking events, workshops, forums and Action Groups, you expand your circle of influence and forge meaningful collaborations. These connections can lead to potential partnerships and new business opportunities that enhance your business’s growth, reach and capabilities.

Thought Leadership and Visibility

Business South Champions are recognised as thought leaders and experts in their respective fields and industries.

Your involvement in seminars, panels, and knowledge-sharing sessions elevates your profile and establishes your business as a go-to resource. This increased visibility not only benefits your personal brand but also enhances your company’s reputation, opening doors to new opportunities and markets.

Innovation and Growth

Champions actively engage in fostering an environment of innovation.

By participating in innovation-focused projects and activities, you contribute to the development of cutting-edge ideas and solutions that can disrupt industries and drive growth. These initiatives can spark new business ventures, technological advancements, and novel approaches to challenges, positioning you at the forefront of industry evolution.

Community Engagement

Being a Champion aligns you with Business South’s commitment to community development. Your involvement in philanthropic and community-oriented initiatives demonstrates corporate social responsibility, fostering a positive impact beyond business.

By giving back and investing in the community, you help create a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient region.

Access to Resources

Champions gain exclusive access to a wealth of resources, from market insights and research reports to business development tools.

These resources provide you with valuable information and data-driven strategies to make informed decisions, seize emerging opportunities, and stay ahead of industry trends.

Advocacy and Influence

Your role as a Champion enables you to advocate for policies and initiatives that support business growth, economic development, and regulatory frameworks that foster a conducive business environment in the Central South.

By working alongside other Champions and Business South stakeholders, you collectively amplify your voice, effecting positive change on regional and even national levels.


Hear directly from our Champions about the transformative impact of being part of Business South’s influential network.

Mark Forster

“With BAT having a large employee footprint in Southampton, it’s important that we stay connected to the developments in our region and see how we can best contribute to the efforts being led by Business South.”

Mike Elwell
Ward Williams Associates

“We believe that where there are issues that affect us or others, the places or communities we live or work in, or that are compromising the planet on which we all depend, it is right that we should campaign individually, as a business, or with others in an effort to drive change. Becoming a Business South Champion will enable us to collaborate with other regional leaders to create positive impacts.”

Natalie Madden

At #BeeWell we are delighted to be a Business South Champion, connecting with leading employers and partners across the region to make young people’s wellbeing everybody’s business.”

Become a Champion

Designed for major employers, this membership offers elite networking opportunities for business leaders and the platform to strategise for better business outcomes. You’ll also gain recognition through your CSR initiatives and benefit from our extensive marketing and PR resources. Engage in our Action Groups and projects and connect with over 100 fellow Champions and access a wider network of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Bespoke packages are also available.

Latest Champion News

Stay in the loop with our Champion News section, where we regularly feature updates, success stories, and insights that showcase the collective impact of our Champions on regional business growth and innovation.

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Ready to amplify your influence and drive regional growth? Become a Business South Champion today! Enjoy exclusive networking, gain recognition through your CSR objectives, and leverage our marketing platforms for heightened visibility.

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

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