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Southampton Solent University was named winner of the Southampton Business Success Award at the recent Mayor Making ceremony.

20th May 2016

Southampton Solent University was named winner of the Southampton Business Success Award at the recent Mayor Making ceremony.

Organised by Southampton City Council and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, the award recognises the contribution that businesses make to the life of the city.

The award and certificate was presented to Solent’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, by the new Mayor, Councillor Cathie McEwing, and Sandeep Sesodia, Chair of the Southampton Business Board at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, for the University’s longstanding contribution to the city.


“Solent University has brought a substantial number of students into the city, which has enhanced the cultural and economic life of the city, and has also significantly contributed to the current new developments in the city centre,” said Mayor McEwing.

“The University has supported the development of a number of media start-ups, and supported the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, enabling the Chamber to now have a presence in the heart of the city; being located within the School of Business and Law at the Sir James Matthews building is enabling the business community to interact fully with the education sector.”

Professor Baldwin adds: “We’re delighted to receive the award in recognition of the work that we do. We’re very much a university for the city, and it’s a great honour to have the significant contributions we have made recognised with this award at the Mayor Making ceremony.

“We’re looking forward to opening our new building, which will not only enhance our students’ experience while studying at Solent, but offers brand new conference facilities available for businesses and the community to hire.”

Sandeep Sesodia, Chair of Southampton Business Board said: "Southampton Solent University richly deserve the award for their tireless work and collaboration with the business community, their engagement with the Southampton community and for their ongoing participation for the development of the City Centre.

“The Chamber of Commerce benefits by being based in the heart of the City within the University premises and this provides an excellent location for businesses to access the Chamber. The University benefits because students can study and experience at first hand the Chamber at work in supporting businesses in many different ways."