High profile businesses and world-leading academic research form the foundations on which Southampton is becoming a magnet for innovation and talent.
A diverse range of companies in the Southampton region are playing leading roles in the development of new products and services. They are acting as the catalyst for action based upon green principles.
Renewable energy, fuel efficient propulsion systems, waste and water management and the development and application of advanced materials are just some of the areas in which the region has leading expertise.
Award Winning Southampton company Bowman Power Group Ltd is a world leader in advanced exhaust energy recovery technologies and has been responsible for major advances in the areas of electrical turbo compounding and electric turbocharging.
Toby King, CEO of Bowman Power Group Ltd said, “Bowman has undertaken pioneering research and development in a number of energy recovery and related technologies. Our expertise is currently helping businesses around the world in the areas of fuel consumption savings, increased fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.”
Bowman’s success has been recognised by winning a place in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 2012, which ranks Britain’s 100 private tech companies with the fastest growing sales over the last three years. It was placed 18th overall, was the fastest growing company south of London, and the 4th fastest growing manufacturing company nationwide. Toby says, “An achievement like this would not be possible without the loyalty and hard work of the dedicated and talented people in our organisation.”
Green Breakfasts in Southampton
Three of the region’s leading businesses, Blake Lapthorn, KPMG and B&Q have joined forces to respond to the growing interest in sustainability and climate change from businesses, universities, local authorities and community groups by offering a series of “Green Breakfasts” in Southampton.
The spring programme attracted high profile speakers including Craig Symonds of Best Foot Forward who was responsible for carbon management for the London Olympics, David Adams, Technical Director at Willmot Dixon, and Jamie Butterworth Chief Executive of the Ellen McArthur Foundation.
Nicola McConville, corporate finance partner and head of the Climate Change sector group said, “Companies need to respond to the demands of stakeholders, consumers, suppliers and employees. A number of studies have shown that after salaries, environmental impact is the second consideration for a graduate when seeking job opportunities. We are finding that businesses are putting sustainability issues at the top of their agenda.”
Sustainable Product Centre
Regional builders merchants Elliotts have made substantial investment in the creation of a Sustainable Product Centre at their head office in Southampton.
Stuart Mason-Elliott, Managing Director said, “Our aim is to help our customers build sustainable buildings and improve the energy efficiency of existing properties. At our HQ we have a team of product specialists, so locating the Product Centre in Southampton was an obvious choice for us.”
Elliotts run a number of events throughout the year to help architects, builders, landlords, landscapers and self-builders to understand legislation, and new technologies available. Stuart adds, “With the launch of the Green Deal, home owners will also begin to understand how they can improve the running costs of their homes by improving the energy efficiency of the property. We are already able to offer Domestic Energy Assessments and will shortly be able to offer Green Deal Assessments.”
The University of Southampton’s worldleading expertise in the environmental sector and cutting-edge research is helping to deliver the full potential of a low carbon lifestyle.
Researchers are working on projects as varied as designing the world’s first 100% fossil-free sailing cargo ships, to devising a novel method for forming virtual power plants to support renewable energy production in the UK. Two research teams from the university are working with the Carbon Trust as part of a UK ‘dream team’ of top scientists to find a world-beating formula for algal biofuels.