As the bid for Southampton to become the City of Culture in 2025 enters a critical phase, more local businesses are lining up to help bring home this terrific opportunity.
With just eight weeks to go before the next submission is due into the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Gemma Nichols, Commercial & Marketing Director for the Southampton 2025 UK City of Culture bid, said:
“We have had a terrific response from local companies and organisations so far with a roll call of the very best the region has to offer but as ever we need more! The truth is everyone stands to gain as winning the UK City of Culture 2025 will deliver substantial social and economic impacts.”
She added: “It’s vitally important that the local business community demonstrates its support by signing up to the cause. For too long Southampton has been a city that has not realised its full potential. The opportunity is to transform perceptions of the city in the eyes of its residents and the world and to rebuild the community’s confidence in a better future.”
Two of the latest companies to show their commitment are Thomas Miller Creative and PR agency Lee Peck Media, who both have Member status, and will be supporting the Bid with their respective expertise.
Sue Thomas, director of Thomas Miller, said: “It was an easy decision for us to back the bid and step up to help share ideas and create a combined voice, especially because there are so many people who are willing to help, who want us to get together, pull together and stand up for Southampton.
“The impact that a UK City of Culture win would have on the city is immeasurable. A complete game-changer for the whole of the southern central coast and inland too – we want to be able to say we helped and be part of the team which brings in the opportunity to become a city without apology and with every reason to stand up and stand out as City of Culture 2025.”
Lee Peck, founder of Lee Peck Media will be supporting the local public relations push. He said: “Investing in the City of Culture bid was a no brainer. We join a stellar line up of regional organisations like West Quay, Southampton FC, toob, law firm Paris Smith and the city’s two universities: University of Southampton and Solent.
“In short, we’re delighted to be ambassadors for the bid, which in turn will be a key factor in the city’s economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. For my agency, creating prosperity is fundamental to the whole project, and putting our rich and vibrant city into the nation’s consciousness will be beneficial to everyone.”
Pictured L-R: Lucy-Jane Fitzpatrick, Marketing and Communications Manager at Southampton 2025, Sue Thomas, Lee Peck, Gemma Nichols