'Invest in Hampshire' will encourage building firms to branch out

Published:  25 March, 2011

SOUTH COAST: Merchants may be able to capitalise on Hampshire County Council's new service to encourage businesses to 'Invest in Hampshire'.

The Hampshire Economic Area is home to 1.7 million people - of whom one million are of working age. Collectively, the area has around 69 000 businesses which provide approximately 780 000 jobs. Overall, the economic output is around £35bn and on most indicators accounts for 20% of the total South East Economy.

Councillor Ray Ellis, executive member for economic development, said: "We will be working to help companies discover what Hampshire has to offer, in terms of location, skills and business environment, that will meet their specific needs and make it an ideal location for them to base their organisation."

The 'Invest in Hampshire' service offers bespoke information for potential new investors/employers about the area and offers advice and guidance to potential investors on information, research, funding, and other agency support.

Councillor Ellis added: "The County offers a well-connected transport infrastructure, world-class research facilities, a highly skilled workforce and an outstanding quality of life - a very attractive and competitive offer for any business."

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