Located in the south of England, Hampshire possesses an eclectic mix of city, coast and country. Winchester, the capital of the county was once the capital of England from the 9th century to the eleventh century and still continues to be of historic importance; the city is home to one of Europe’s largest cathedral
Hampshire also houses an area of outstanding natural beauty and two national parks, the North Wessex Downs to the north of the county, a fraction of the South Downs National Park to the east of Winchester and the remarkable New Forest National Park which is south of the county.
The county’s borders stretch out to the sea, which means as well as the lush national parks, Hampshire is also gifted with a beautiful and vast coastline which has given the county an advantage for tourism on its beaches, and international trade for the strategically positioned ports of Southampton and Portsmouth . Southampton’s port is famed for being the largest turnaround cruise port in Europe and handles most of the country’s cargo whilst Portsmouth supplies the county with access to France and Spain with frequent channel crossings provided by Britanny Ferries.
To add to the diversity of the county Hampshire is also home to the major cities of Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke and Farnborough – which are thriving locations for businesses with a prestigious register of world renowned companies that have already settled there. Most companies based in Hampshire specialise and thrive in the county’s five strongest sectors; Marine, aerospace & defence, financial & Business, ICT & digital media and Distribution and Logistics.
To compliment the vigorous growth and success of businesses, Hampshire accommodates the Universities of Southampton, Southampton Solent, Winchester and Portsmouth – which are teeming with students ready to be part of the future workforce.
To find out more about our fantastic county go to Visit Hampshire