Go Southampton

YOUR BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT
DISTRICT

Our Vision

Southampton is the major city on the South coast of England and is also one of the region’s fastest growing, with a population of over 250,000 and a catchment area of over two million people.

The city offers top 20 UK university education, a shopping experience ranked in the UK’s top 20 and employment for 33,000 people in the city centre alone.

Southampton’s port is the UK’s number 1 vehicle handling port, and Europe’s leading cruise turnaround terminal, while Southampton has recently joined the UK’s top 20 cities by number of visitors staying overnight.

However Southampton’s City Centre has much room for improvement if Southampton is to maintain and build on this position, and if its businesses are to continue to thrive. We are going through a period of unprecedented opportunity. Soon we will have completed major landmark developments such as WestQuay Watermark and the Cultural Quarter. Following this there are other developments in the pipeline such as Bargate, East Street and waterfront developments. Go! Southampton, Southampton’s proposed Business Improvement District, will ensure that the city centre’s businesses are positioned to capitalise on these new opportunities and create an outstanding reputation for Southampton’s City Centre, to compete at a regional, national and international level.

By setting up Go! Southampton as an independent nonprofit Business Improvement District, businesses can influence the future of our City Centre and take the initiative on specific issues that businesses face.

GO! SOUTHAMPTON WILL DELIVER A GREAT CITY CENTRE EXPERIENCE

A better experience for those that live, work or visit here; encouraging people to visit, explore and spend, and making it more attractive and convenient for current and potential staff.

  • Ensuring a cleaner City Centre and improved streets and pavements
  • Working with the police and Council for a measurable reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Enhancing the current programme of City Centre events into a better marketed annual programme
  • Championing improvements to traffic management, parking and transport infrastructure; improving links from the port, train station and car parks

 

GO! SOUTHAMPTON WILL DELIVER BETTER MARKETING AND STRONGER BUSINESS

Ensuring Southampton fosters loyalty amongst our hundreds of thousands of local employees, residents and visiting seafarers and extends a welcome that reaches from people’s online experience, through their travel, to the time they actually spend here. 

  • Raising Southampton’s profile for business and leisure
  • Ensuring every visitor has high-quality information on where to go and what to do; encouraging people to stay longer, spend more and explore a more permeable City Centre
  • Encouraging local employees, residents and maritime crews to explore and use City Centre businesses, and actively promoting the evening and night-time economy
  • Sharing key metrics on City Centre activity


GO! SOUTHAMPTON WILL DELIVER A STRONGER BUSINESS COMMUNITY 

 

Creating a better place to be a business. Go! Southampton will advocate for businesses, identify joint savings, create opportunities for sharing skills and services, make Southampton more attractive for staff, help develop our workforce and support innovation and new business.

  • Securing savings for businesses and increasing business-to-business activity
  • Advocating for businesses in the City Centre
  • Helping deliver a more skilled and committed workforce
  • Actively supporting new investment and business in the City

 

 

Download our BID brochure and read more about Go! Southampton's obectives