About Us

Sandy Hopkins 2019
Sandy Hopkins
Chief Executive, 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

  • Mike Harris Deputy Chief Executive
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  • Denise Edghill Service Director, Growth
    Denise Edghill
  • Jeff Walters Economic Development Manager
  • Pete Boustred Service Manager, Strategic Transport
    Pete 2019
  • Tina Dyer Slade Interim Service Lead Capital Assets
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  • Matthew Hill Economic Development Operations Manager
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  • Wendy Bennett City Development Manager
  • Paulina Piotrowski Economic Development Officer
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  • Tracey Tizard Economic Development Officer
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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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