The Central South, from Weymouth to Chichester and encompassing south Hampshire and Dorset plus the Isle of Wight, harbours a diverse business ecosystem. This broad industry base has generally helped the region successfully weather any economic disruption and provides a strong platform for local businesses as they seek growth in the new reality.

With two ports and Southampton and Bournemouth airports, the region has always been seen as a ‘gateway to Europe’. This will be reinforced by the creation of the Solent Freeport area next year, bringing opportunities for infrastructure investment and wider regeneration.


Our latest Rethinking the Economy survey, found that mid-market businesses in the Central South fear increased fuel prices, recruitment shortages and rising energy prices will impact their ability to offer the usual range of products and services and derail end of year trading.

Despite these pressures, more than half (53%) of companies in the region expect to see their revenues return to pre-pandemic levels within a year.

Over a third of those surveyed believed that underpinning the levelling up agenda will be one of the biggest benefits of Freeports to the UK. While a quarter cite job creation, new innovation hubs and increased international trade.

Access to private growth capital for regional businesses is thought to be the most important aspect of the Government's concept of levelling up.

Read more on the latest findings in our latest blog.


The Central South mid-market pledge investment in talent and global growth to keep recovery on track

December 2021
Business leaders in the Central South fear increased fuel costs, staff shortages and rising energy prices will impact their end of year trading, according to our latest research.

Looking ahead


Staff may be in short supply due to Brexit, but Central South businesses remain optimistic about recovery

October 2021
Our latest Rethinking the Economy survey of 500 mid-sized businesses, makes it very clear the profound effect Brexit and the global pandemic are having on the ability of businesses to recruit.

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Rethinking the region post Brexit: The ongoing impact in Central South

August 2021
In the past 18 months the Central South has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of many challenges. In our most recent Rethinking the Economy research.

How is the region fairing?

Is a ‘super deduction’ the boost your business needs? - a view from the Central South

May 2021
The answer appears to be a resounding yes from the 73% of Central South respondents to our recent survey.

What is this 'super deduction'?

Government incentives invigorate investment intentions in Central South

April 2021
Extended support measures, tax initiatives to reinvigorate investment, incentives to trigger growth - there was plenty for the region to digest in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget.

Budget Review

Where will we be working in the Central South?

June 2021
More than a third of Central South businesses (37%) plan to create permanent remote roles, as companies make a major shift towards new ways of working.

What will the future hold for agile working?

Podcast: PE in the wake of COVID-19

Jason Deign talks to Jonathan Caswell at LDC and Ben Knowles at BDO, on COVID-19’s impact on the regional private equity scene.

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BDO stalwart retires with some sound advice

Senior partner Kim Hayward offers his opinions on why local business leaders should do more to influence regional government decision making, the value of networking, & supporting entrepreneurial businesses.

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Can Central South businesses see a bright future for international trade?

February 2021
Rewind four months and 80% of Central South business leaders told us that a no-deal Brexit posed a bigger threat than a domestic second wave of COVID-19.

Future of International Trade

The Central South Private Equity Perspective

The implementation of relief measures and changes in valuations means now is an excellent time for private equity-backed businesses to be looking at incentive plans.

Private Equity

Mid Market Finance Director of the Year announced

Find out who has been named as the Central South Mid Market FD of the Year 2020.

Top FD of 2020


Finance Function of the Future

Helping you maximise productivity from your finance function.

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