“Incredibly proud” of Southampton reaching City of Culture finals

“We’re so incredibly proud of being part of the team which took Southampton to the finals of the UK City of Culture 2025 competition.”

That’s the view of Lee Peck, founder and MD of Lee Peck Media, in supporting the Southampton 2025 Trust which led the bid process.

Founder and Managing Director Lee Peck said: “Without doubt delivering such a strategic and sustained PR campaign has been one of the highlights of my media career and cemented the agency’s credentials as one of the country’s leading independent communications consultancies.  The campaign galvanised the city like never before bringing together business, the arts, entertainment and the community as a whole.”

Lee Peck Media delivered high impact coverage across digital, TV, radio, and print media which culminated in film profiles on the city on The One Show on BBC1.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “For us the bidding process has unlocked a scale of ambition, vision and financial commitment that is unprecedented, with over 150 businesses, cultural and community organisations and 11 neighbouring local authorities committed to transforming the city and wider region through culture. Southampton City Council, Solent University and the University of Southampton have committed to continue investing in the Southampton 2025 Trust to deliver against an agreed programme putting culture at its heart.”

Claire Whitaker OBE, Director of Southampton2025 Trust said: “I want to personally thank the people of Southampton, our friends and neighbours and our myriad of local, regional, national and international partners who have given their unwavering support.  We are naturally very disappointed but know that we gave the process everything we could have and that the bid has brought us together like never before.  I would like to thank Southampton City Council, Solent University and the University of Southampton for continuing to support the Southampton2025 Trust and ensuring that culture remains at the centre of our city and wider region.”