2nd February 2017
Dear SPA Members
I am honored to have been reinstalled as Chairwoman for a second year, I must have done something right.
So what an exciting roller coaster of 12 months we have had. Despite Brexit, confidence in the market has been fairly buoyant, allowing many of you to not be chained to your desks! We listened to our members and try Thirsty Thursday for half of the year and then resided that people preferred to have the whole of Friday afternoon off, instead of going back to work, so after popular demand we reverted back to Friday.
We hosted 36 events from skiing, gin tasting, quiz, cricket, football, clay pigeon shooting to name a few. Due to the success of the Property Fight, we decided to host yet another talent evening with strictly come dancing. The evening was a great success and offered a different vibe to many repetitive black tie dinner evenings raising almost £6,500 for Wessex Heartbeat and Countess Mountbatten
So we have had a lot of fun along the way and most of these event have raised monies for local charities throughout Southampton.
We are very lucky to be in a fortunate position, so I would like to personally thank you all for your support. But I would also like to thank the committee for what has been a very productive year and for all their efforts.
Now for 2017, I hope it is going to be yet another exciting year and we have more or less the same planned;
First will be the annual ski trip leaving Southampton on Thursday 23 February returning on Sunday we still have places so if you are interested please let me know.
We will be hosting Southampton Sailing Property Cup on Friday 26th May during Southampton Sailing week, where there will be events throughout the city.
The clay pigeon shoot is set for the 19th May 2016.
Following on from two successful alternative dinner galas, we will be carrying on the talent theme at the next gala dinner with ‘Southampton has Talent’.
As promised we are working alongside BPA and PPA to create more collaborative events; with BPA & SPA networking breakfast at Chewton Glenn, BPA & SPA summer dinner at Beaulieu motor museum on Friday 16th June and the South Coast Property Awards on Thursday 13th July.
Southampton City Centre continues to undergo significant and ambitious transformation. The City Centre master plan was launched in 2012, highlighting potential development – which appeared to be bold and unrealistic but 5 years on and the VIP sites identified for redevelopment are now becoming a part of Southampton’s new landscape and contributing to the creation of a vibrant and energetic city.
Hammersons opens the doors to the next phase at West Quay this month, the iconic 5* hotel opens in September, Centenary Quay are making massive headway in Woolston, the Cultural Quarters and the public realm have complete regenerated that whole area.
With many VIP developments completed or underway, voted 4th highest ranking English city for good growth, voted no.9 of one of the happiest places to live - there has never been such a good time to live, work or invest in Southampton.
With so much investment for alternative uses in the City Centre, this can only lead to more investment and I hope will aid some developers to bring forward new build offices, in order to help retain occupiers within our City.
There is a huge amount going on in our City’s and we really need to highlight the work we are undertaken to attract more investors to our city. So send us your news, sponsor the organized events and help us, help you.
For more information on what is happening in Southampton visit; www.investinsouthampton.co.uk
If you have any suggestions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Chairwoman of Southampton Property Association