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Regenerate South Conference

Hosted at Lakeside with a great line up of speakers

Lakeside provides the perfect venue…

A major event designed to bring together investors, developers, political representatives, and sector experts to further champion the Central South brand took place at Lakeside in Portsmouth recently.

The Regenerate South Annual Conference draws delegates from across the Central South region including Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and followed the successful promotion of the Central South brand at MIPIM, the world’s largest
property event in Cannes in March.

The business-led consortium drawn together by Business South under its Regenerate South Action Group, successfully launched the Central South branding on a global stage – and delegates heard latest updates and future plans to build on this positive foundation.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon Jackson welcomed delegates and reiterated the city was open to working with investors who were keen to get projects out of the ground.

Tim Hancock, Chair of the Regenerate South Action Group, said:

“Regenerate South brings together a host of regional experts and influencers under one roof, making it an opportunity not to be missed.  We are one of the most significant and successful economic regions in Britain and we firmly believe there is a great deal to gain from businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships, politicians, and investors working together to drive the area forward.”

Keynote speaker, Mark Davy, Founder and CEO of Futurecity, explored the important role placemaking methods have when it comes to creating places that can compete for investment and business. Mark has worked on many major projects across the world, creating a narrative that attracts investment and captures the imagination of people living there.  He argued that ambitious initiatives like the new Central South region, can provide incredible opportunities for a cluster of cities defined by creative expression, taking a
creative approach to the ‘hardware’ of cities such as infrastructure, landscape and architecture, boulevards, squares and parks and in doing so creating the city as a ‘gallery without walls’.  He said:

“Across the UK we are seeing the rise of the idea of ‘cities of culture’ as our cities and regions use arts and culture to define their independence, explore their uniqueness, celebrate and promote local identity in all its forms. We are seeing a unique ‘crosshair’
moment with the growth in the creative industries, a desire for authentic and original experiences, a millennial driven focus on place, belonging and community and the city as a place for creative participation.”

He believes culture is the key to unlocking the seductive power of cities and a catalyst and tool for defining a place’s individuality. Our work, play, home life is merging and a new cultural language is emerging to describe the transition of our cities from places of manufacture to factories for ideas.

Leigh Sara-Timberlake, Group CEO of Business South, said: “Regenerate South is now an established event, and definitely the place to be for those who want to learn more about the Central South and contribute towards its continuing success story.”

Other speakers included Mark Perry, Chief Executive of Vivid Homes based in Portsmouth, along with Alex Challoner, Board Director at Cavendish Advocacy, part of Built Environment Communications Group, which recently launched the Talking Central South website – – to promote the region on the national and international stage.

Lakeside, the region’s premier business park with a thriving community of occupiers, was the ideal venue for this prestigious event, which took place on site in the 250 seater auditorium and purpose built business lounge.

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