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Invest Portsmouth – A great place
to invest, learn, live, work and visit

Portsmouth is a proud and historic maritime city recognised as a global centre for marine, technology, aerospace, defence and advanced manufacturing and engineering. With exciting multi-million pound development schemes, now is the time to be part of Portsmouth’s story.

Find out more about our great waterfront city and why it is the place to invest, learn, live, work and visit.

Portsmouth the great waterfront city

As a historic and proud maritime city, Portsmouth has been named as the UK’s second coolest city to live according to Nomads Nation (2023). It has been praised for its ‘cool up and coming areas,’ it’s connectivity with London and inspired regeneration projects such as Gunwharf Quays providing designer shopping and harbour restaurant dining.

Commerce

As home to the Royal Navy since 1194, Portsmouth is a global centre for marine, aerospace, and defence industries. Almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface ships, including the flagship aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales are based in the city alongside global heavyweights Airbus Defence and Space, Babcock, BAE Systems, and the UK’s largest space industry cluster Space South Central.

Portsmouth is the top city in the region for net growth. Growth sectors are health and social care.

Transport

Portsmouth has excellent transport links, just 70 miles from London and 30 minutes from the nearest airport. Portsmouth International Port is the UK’s best connected and second busiest port with frequent services to mainland Europe and Freeport status strengthening international trade.

Tourism

The city also attracts 11.4M visitors a year to its world class museums including Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose and the award-winning D-Day Story, alongside seafront attractions and a prestigious event programme which includes one of the UK’s top growing music festivals, Victorious.

Inward investment

Ambitious regeneration projects are transforming Portsmouth and playing a key role in driving economic growth and prosperity, strengthening communities, celebrating the city’s skills and heritage, and drawing on new innovations and technology.

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