Southampton was ranked the second highest city in England in the “Good Growth Index 2013” (produced by PwC and think tank Demos). Steeped in history, the city has ambitions for a prosperous future.

The City Centre Master Plan has a vision to deliver £3bn of investment and 7,000 jobs by 2030. With £1bn of development already underway or about to start, this vision is already becoming a reality.

The city is an important international gateway, boasting excellent transport links by road, rail, sea and air. The Port of Southampton is one of the UK’s largest ports handling over 42m tonnes of cargo per year and is the global import and export hub for the UK motor industry. Southampton Airport provides routes to a variety of European destinations and worldwide connections.

The city has a retail population catchment of 1.4m with an annual spend of over £4.9bn. The city is also set to become a major cultural destination with the completion of a new £30m arts complex in 2015. This development forms part of a £175m investment in the Cultural Quarter which saw the opening of the SeaCity Museum in 2012.

Southampton and Portsmouth have sealed a joint City Deal that will bring millions in public and private sector investment into the area, creating more than 17,000 jobs.  It is particularly aimed at the area's marine and advanced manufacturing sectors. 

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