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Business Solent Champion of the Year Award contenders

THEY work together to promote the Solent region as a great place to work, invest, study, live and enjoy.

Business Solent’s 200- plus champions joined forces with the aim of driving economic prosperity.

The Business Solent Champion of the Year Award will recognise the organisation most dedicated to that vision.

Judges are looking for outstanding commitment to promoting the region on a regional, national and international basis.

And the winner will also have demonstrated pride in the region through its involvement in projects and events that attract businesses and people to the Solent, as well as key involvement in Business Solent action groups, projects and events, and a partnership that has benefited the region.

Sally Lynskey, pictured left, CEO of Business Solent, said: “Our worthy winner last year was Southampton-based LHC, who specialise in architecture and urban design.

“Their support for the Future Southampton Group – through the chairmanship of Richard Summers – was second to none.

“The Future Southampton Group was instrumental in encouraging Southampton City Council to go ahead with the masterplan and this incredible action group will continue to play a key role in its delivery.

“Judging this year will focus on a champion’s dedication to enhancing and promoting the Solent region as a great place to work, invest, study, live and enjoy as well as their support for Business Solent in its role as a connector and enabler,” she said.


PSP, based in Segensworth, is one of the leading global freight forwarding firms and is highly dedicated to the Solent region.

An active and dedicated member of Business Solent, it is renowned for its inward investment in the region through its sponsorship of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, which helps to promote the Solent on a national and international basis.

PSP is actively involved in Business Solent groups and events and managing director Frank Dixie has passed on his experience of doing business internationally to help other companies in the area.


CAPITA is the UK’s leading professional and support services organisation. In October 2007, Southampton City Council began a 10-year strategic partnership with Capita.

It is working with the council to deliver property consultancy services, customer services, HR and Payroll, IT and print, procurement operations and revenues and benefits. The partnership aims to support the council in providing excellent services that achieve high levels of satisfaction for the residents and council.

Southampton has proved an exceptional location for Capita to nurture the skills and talent that is available in the Solent region.

In recognition of that Capita has invested its own resources and time in supporting the work of Business Solent and the ambitious programme of events and projects it has developed.

City College Southampton

CITY College Southampton is committed to changing lives through education and arming the Solent’s businesses with the relevant skills to drive economic prosperity.

Its work helps raise a new generation of highly-skilled workers, which makes the region an attractive place to do business.

With its campus redevelopment the college has secured investment in the city (£25m external funding) that now benefits not only students but businesses and the community.

Its principal and CEO, who has spearheaded the dramatic turnaround of the college, is tirelessly committed to the region and contributes actively to many of the Solent area’s boards and networks.

The Southampton Hoteliers Association

THE Southampton and Region Hoteliers Association comprises all the main hotels in the city and covers an area to Winchester in the north, the New Forest in the west and the Meon Valley in the east.

The Association works collaboratively with Business Solent, Southampton City Council and other bodies to actively promote the region and visitor economy.

Strong links have also been forged with numerous local schools and the region’s education and business partnership to host educational visits and competitions aimed at encouraging students to consider a career in the hospitality industry.

The association is a not for profit organisation. A modest subscription fee is charged to each hotel annually and is then used to put on various events throughout the year and to support promotional activity such as a stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.