Invest in Hampshire

Success Stories

Developing Mobile First Innovative Technology - Benefex

Benefex launched in Southampton in 2003 on the basis of a single ideal: Nobody goes to work to do a bad job. 13 years later, Benefex have developed industry-leading reward and benefits technology, allowing some of the country’s largest employers to offer their employees unbeatable reward and benefits schemes, all via one, easy-to-use, mobile-first platform.

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Gateway to the World - ABP Southampton

The Port of Southampton is one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep water ports, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Managed by Associated British Ports (ABP), its natural deep water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels from deep sea container ships to cruise giants.

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A Healthy Investment - Lilly UK

Lilly and Company Limited, the UK affiliate of major American pharmaceutical manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company of Indianapolis, first came to Hampshire in 1939.

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A Sound Investment – Old Mutual Wealth in Southampton

Old Mutual Wealth launched in the UK in 1979, and chose the coastal city of Southampton as its headquarters. Old Mutual House, located in the centre of the city, is today a business hub for the company employing more than 1500 staff and managing £31.9 billion on behalf of its customers.

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Innovative Waste Management - HIPPOWASTE

In September 2002, HIPPOWASTE chose Hampshire soil as the location from which to develop their innovative product in waste collection, the pioneering HIPPOBAG, an innovative waste disposal solution based around an incredibly tough skip bag, which is available UK wide to both retail and trade customers.

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Developing New Technologies in Hampshire – A Collaboration Between BAE Systems and the University of Southampton

When Farnborough-based BAE Systems was looking to solve challenges relating to disaster recovery a partnership formed between the UK’s largest aerospace company and the University of Southampton, one of the top 15 research universities in the UK.

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Route to Success - Garmin

Garmin, the world’s leading mobile navigation device company, started it’s routes in Hampshire and has expanded it’s base in the county since its foundation in 1989.

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A Growing Brand – Vitacress Salads

In 1951, starting with one acre of watercress beds in Hampshire, Malcolm Isaac laid the foundations of what is today Europe’s leading grower and packer of watercress, rocket and baby leaf salads and speciality vegetables.

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Clear Skies Ahead - NATS

NATS’ Swanwick Centre, near Fareham in Hampshire, is one of the largest and most advanced air traffic control centres in the world. It entered operational service on 27 January 2002 when it began handling aircraft flying over England and Wales.

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Going Up - The Stannah Group

Originally a company which made lifts to move ships' cargo, Stannah is now a leading household name selling stairlifts in over 40 countries worldwide.

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Firm Foundations for the Future – Barclays Asset Finance in Basingstoke

Barclays is a familiar feature of the business landscape in Basingstoke. It first established its Asset & Sales Finance team in the town in 1989. More recently it decided to merge two other offices into the Basingstoke one, increasing staff numbers from 600 to 1,000.

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Research and Development Collaboration - Sony

For Sony, an organisation operating at the forefront of technology and innovation, one of Basingstoke’s key strengths is its proximity to three high calibre universities – Reading, Southampton and Surrey – all located within 20 miles. This has enabled Sony to create beneficial collaborations in research and development with these high ranking academic institutions.

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Thriving in a Healthy Environment - Shire Pharmaceuticals

Following rapid expansion over the last 20 years, Shire is now a force to be reckoned with in the biopharmaceuticals sector, employing 4,000 staff worldwide.

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A Truly Global Operation - Gist

Gist employs 5,000 people in the UK and Europe with its board of directors and 200 staff based at the Chineham Business Park head office.

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