About Us

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Mike Harris
Director of Growth , Southampton City Council

Southampton is an exciting place to be. We have great ambition and our track record shows that we can deliver on that ambition.

Southampton is recognised as a city that is really going places: a city of opportunity. The PwC report places us in the top three cities in England in terms of growth, we’ve been in the top 5 for many years and we are one of the fastest growing cities.

If you want to be part of a successful city, come and talk to our team of experts and we will help you be part of a very successful future


A comprehensive service for businesses considering relocating, expanding or investors seeking commercial development opportunities:

  • Work with developers, investors and occupiers to unlock development sites and opportunities
  • Identify suitable business premises or sites and arrange viewings with commercial agents
  • Provide tailored information on skills, industry strengths, the local economy and living in Southampton and the surrounding area
  • Identify grants and funding and provide support with recruitment and training
  • Organise tours showcasing the city’s offer to investors and businesses

Meet the team

  • Councillor Simon Letts Leader of the Council
  • Richard Crouch Interim Chief Executive Officer
    Richard Crouch
  • Mike Harris Service Director - Growth
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  • Denise Edghill Associate Director, Economic Development & Skills
    Denise Edghill
  • Mark Bradbury Associate Director, Capital Assets
    Mark Bradbury
  • Jeff Walters Economic Development Manager
  • Samuel Fox Service Lead, Planning, Infrastructure & Development
    Sam Fox
  • David Swieton Employment & Skills Plan Manager
    David Swieton
  • Wendy Bennett City Development Manager


If you would like to be part of Southampton’s success story, discover more about our ambitions and the opportunities available please get in touch:

Jeff Walters
Economic Development Manager

Tel: 023 8083 2256
Email: jeff.walters@southampton.gov.uk
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