Southampton is the major city on the South coast of England and is also one of the region’s fastest growing, with a population of over 250,000 and a catchment area of over two million people.
The city offers top 20 UK university education, a shopping experience ranked in the UK’s top 20 and employment for 33,000 people in the city centre alone.
Southampton’s port is the UK’s number 1 vehicle handling port, and Europe’s leading cruise turnaround terminal, while Southampton has recently joined the UK’s top 20 cities by number of visitors staying overnight.
However Southampton’s City Centre has much room for improvement if Southampton is to maintain and build on this position, and if its businesses are to continue to thrive. We are going through a period of unprecedented opportunity. Soon we will have completed major landmark developments such as WestQuay Watermark and the Cultural Quarter. Following this there are other developments in the pipeline such as Bargate, East Street and waterfront developments. Go! Southampton, Southampton’s proposed Business Improvement District, will ensure that the city centre’s businesses are positioned to capitalise on these new opportunities and create an outstanding reputation for Southampton’s City Centre, to compete at a regional, national and international level.
By setting up Go! Southampton as an independent nonprofit Business Improvement District, businesses can influence the future of our City Centre and take the initiative on specific issues that businesses face.