Portsmouth Business Leaders' Group - September 2019

Shaping Portsmouth brought together business leaders yesterday morning over at St Luke & St Peter’s Church to talk about our cities latest news. After refreshments and registration Stef Neinaltowski from Shaping Portsmouth gave a warm welcome to everyone.


Shortly after Rev Annie McCabe provided everyone with an update on the St Luke’s collaborative working co working space project which sounds exciting. Having viewed their website we’re certainly keen to find out more about this and how we can get involved. Not to mention how good the Church would look from a drone’s eye view!

You can visit their website here.

Coming from a surveying background naturally we’re super interested in the Economic Development Strategy and Regeneration Projects in Portsmouth. It was great to see the James Sharp from Sharp Films produced Portsmouth film being shown and we’re super proud to have exclusively provided aerials for the film along with Jamie Hancock. Check it out here!

Mark Pembleton and Natascha McIntyre Hall from Portsmouth City Council passionately delivered a talk on the regeneration of Tipner West. A 'CAR-FREE community' of more than 4,000 homes is planned to be built on part-reclaimed land in the north of Portsmouth in a project costing upwards of £1bn.


Wow… what an exciting project. It could almost be like a Center Parcs in Portsmouth. We love Center Parcs.

Drones will play a big part in this project be it for filming, photography, site progress reporting or surveying works. What stood out to us was their overall aim of the strategy.

“Make Portsmouth - Britain’s Premier waterfront technology and innovation city - a great place to invest, learn, live, work and visit and the most attractive place to start, grow and move your business to.”

After this Ursula Tavender gave an inspiring talk about her Agile Working Project specifically aimed at working around family and life commitments. You can find out more about Ursula and what she does over here.

Following on from Ursula was Malcolm Little from City of Sanctuary. City of Sanctuary hold the vision that the UK will be welcoming places of safety for all and are proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. Did you know Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ - a city that takes pride in the welcome if offers to people in need of safety.

One of their current goals in Portsmouth is to work with all of the local schools to engage them in their vision and for them to become part of the City of Sanctuary network. You can find out more about their work over here.