Southampton Magazine out now31st March 2014
Southampton’s creative, innovative and ambition showcased in Southampton magazine 2014 and at capital convention
The new issue of Southampton Magazine, published in partnership with Business South, is now available. It focuses on the demand for more high quality restaurants, cafes and bars to satisfy the appetite of the seven million day-visits a year to Southampton, and the growing number of people choosing to live and work in the city.
Southampton Magazine features the views of major names in the hospitality industry such as Nicolas Roach and Robin Hutson on the opportunities for Southampton and how it is fulfilling its potential.
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Southampton is actively promoting opportunities to restaurant, café and bar brands that are currently not represented in the city, including an event, sponsored by Savills, in London in May, promoting the city and its opportunities to potential occupiers.
There are over 50 occupier opportunities available in new developments in waterfront, city centre and cultural quarter destinations, including:
- Allied Developments’ Admirals Quay, Ocean Village
- Crest Nicholson’s Centenary Quay, Woolston
- Grosvenor’s Arts Complex, Cultural Quarter
- Hammerson’s Watermark WestQuay
- Nicolas James Group’s Southampton Harbour Hotel, Ocean Village, and;
- Lucent Group/Morgan Sindall’s, Royal Pier Waterfront.
Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) recently ranked Southampton as the second highest city for good growth in England, the most improved of any other city between 2012 and 2013, and fourth overall out of 39 UK cities.
With 3.5 million people within a 60 minute drive time, 1.5 million cruise passengers, 6 million journeys through Southampton Central Station and 37,000 students at two leading universities; Southampton has an existing profile that will be attractive to many in the hospitality sector. Confidence in the city continues to grow and is exemplified by Southampton’s ambitious City Centre Master Plan which, once realised, will create over 24,000 new jobs, 5,000 new homes and generate £3 billion of investment.
Councillor Matt Tucker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services at Southampton City Council, said: “There are a number of big names and brands not yet represented in Southampton and they will find a welcome home here. The variety of offers available in the city and customer demand is sure to provide an attractive proposition for a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.”
Sally Lynskey, CEO of Business South, said: "This edition of the Southampton Magazine illustrates in the best possible way, the abundance of exciting new occupier opportunities Southampton has quite literally coming out of the ground.
"The number of new restaurants, cafes and bars we will be welcoming to the city is quite unprecedented and will help to ensure visitors and locals stay longer in the city centre enjoying their time in Southampton."
Commenting on the partnership working between Southampton City Council and Business South to produce the Southampton Magazine, Sally added: " This is a great example of public and private sector working together to create a quality magazine that showcases the inward investment opportunities taking shape in Southampton."
Kevin Marsh, Head of Licensed Leisure at Savills, said: "The timing of the new developments around Southampton has coincided with the resurgence in demand from most of the major restaurant operators, and really exciting expansion plans for some local and regional bar and restaurant businesses.
"This is going to give local residents, the wider populace and visitors to the city a much wider choice of venues to eat, drink and socialise. The developments around the waterfront area in particular, at Centenary Quay, Town Quay and Ocean Village, will bring a much greater opportunity to enjoy one of the city’s key attractions, the water.
"The final piece of the jigsaw in the redevelopment of the Cultural Quarter around the Guildhall is now underway and occupier demand has been very strong. This development is likely to bring another new line up of occupiers to the city. Altogether, a really encouraging picture of demand and development for Southampton."
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