Hampshire is home to some outstanding business locations, including the major towns of Basingstoke, Farnborough, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Andover is a fast-growing town with opportunities for new and existing businesses. It’s location on the A303 and close to the A34 makes it very accessible to western England and a corridor between the midlands and south coast. Andover’s population is forecast to grow from 40 to 60,000 as major new developments at Augusta Park and Picket Twenty take shape. The recent consent for a second 500,000 square foot distribution centre on Andover Business Park also demonstrates that the town’s employment base is growing. Major names such as Stannah, Lloyds Banking Group, Twinings Tea, Simplyhealth and Be Wiser are among the thousands of businesses sit alongside thousands of thriving businesses.
Well connected and with a good range of business properties Basingstoke is home to many world class companies. The town is located just 30 minutes from the M25 London Orbital Motorway, 45 minutes from Heathrow airport and has excellent rail connections to London, the south coast, and the rest of the country. Companies in Basingstoke include Sony, Motorola, Automobile Association (AA), Barclays, Boeing, Lilly, AXA Winterthur Life, De La Rue, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Thales and URS.
When the UK’s very first sustained powered flight took place at Farnborough in 1908, it was inevitable that the north Hampshire town would become a leading location for the aerospace sector. Today Farnborough is home to a huge cluster of aerospace companies, Europe’s fastest growing business airport and largest aviation trade show.
Farnborough is home to the national headquarters of the UK’s largest aerospace company BAE Systems, US firm Flight Safety International’s Flight Training Centre, Boeing’s state-of-the-art network-enabled centre for collaboration and experimentation and QinetiQ’s Cody Technology Park, Europe's largest science and technology solutions company.
Only 34 minutes from London by train and with high quality business and technology parks, Farnborough is home to both aerospace companies and more including IBM, AON Consulting, Hogg Robinson Zurich and Lockheed Martin.
Just over an hour from London, located on England’s sunny south coast, Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city. Over £1.8 billion is being invested in commercial and residential developments, and infrastructure projects for the city. This includes the Lakeside North Harbour business campus which is an excellent business location with first class facilities to match, and is home to some major companies. Companies located in Portsmouth include IBM UK, Handelsbanken, Capita, Babcock, Pall Europe and Astrium.
Only an hour from London, home to the UK’s second largest container terminal at Port of Southampton, and four state of the art cruise terminals with over 1m passengers choosing Southampton as their preferred choice of port for cruise holidays, the city is a major hub for both business and leisure. With Southampton airport serving over 50 European destinations for both business and pleasure, and a master plan for the city centre creating significant city centre grade A office space in the near future, it is one of Hampshire’s premier business locations. Companies in Southampton include Skandia, Ageas, Aviva, HSBC, Ordnance Survey, Grant Thornton, PWC, ABP, Carnival and DP World.