86,000 businesses

have made their home here

6,760 businesses

working in the digital sector

sector strengths

in aerospace, marine and digital

Higher incomes

than the UK average

Quality and variety of work

Hampshire is one of the most successful economies in the UK and is the preferred location for over 86,000 businesses, including much loved global brands including Virgin, IBM, Sony, Zurich, Twinings, and many others.


The region is a hub of activity for a number of key sectors – including aerospace and defence, marine and maritime, and the digital sector. Southampton and Basingstoke are recognised as leading tech hubs in the South East.

In comparison with the rest of the UK, Hampshire also has relative employment strengths in construction, education, human health, social work, transportation, storage sectors, science, and technology.

Hampshire diverse business landscape provides opportunities across a range of businesses, from corporates to new high growth SMEs, across a range of nationally important sectors.


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