Business, Southampton

Business Southampton

Business and Investment in Southampton

The Southampton region is home to some of the most famous household names in the UK, such as Cunard, P&O, Ordnance Survey, Garmin and B&Q. There are over 7,400 businesses operating in the city, employing around 127,000 people.  It is the cruise capital of Northern Europe with a world-class port which can handle the largest container vessels in the world.  The Port of Southampton is Europe’s most productive port, the second largest container terminal in the UK and the UK’s leading port for automotive trade.  
 
Southampton is positioning itself as a leading city of innovation where cutting edge research underway is truly changing the world.  The city has been named as one of 11 designated Genomic Medicine Centres in the UK, is leading the world in finding medical solutions to major diseases such as cancer, heart disease and strokes and is in the world’s top 4 of oceanographic research institutions.  
 
With such statistics, it’s easy to see why Southampton is such a boost to the British economy.
 
With a population of 245,300, Southampton is recognised as the commercial, cultural and retail capital of the south coast. Its diverse and thriving economy, along with its mild climate, wealth of countryside and proximity to the sea, makes Southampton one of the best places in the UK to live and work. 
 
The region has excellent schools and further education establishments, and two universities, University of Southampton, which is in the top 1% of universities world-wide and a ‘Russell Group’ University and Southampton Solent University, voted as one of the top 5 creative universities in the UK in a recent WHICH? Survey.