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New to the Waterfront City of Southampton
- West Quay Watermark
Construction of Southampton's new dining and leisure destination, WestQuay Watermark is well underway. In December 2015, the development reached a key construction milestone with works on the structural steel frame beginning. Works on the Bargate Subway, creating a wider pavement in order to help improve pedestrian flow within the city, are now complete and the area has also been fully landscaped with trees, the first of many improvements made to the public space as part of the overall scheme.   

The £80m development will transform the leisure offer in Southampton, bringing luxury cinema brand, Showcase Cinema de Lux to the South Coast, along with a host of new restaurants, most of which will be making their debut in the city. Those secured so far include; Wahaca, Byron, Five Guys, Zizzi, Nandos, Bill's, Jamie's Italian, Cabana, COSMO, Cau and Red Dog Saloon, with more announcements to follow in the coming months. 

Due to open later this year, the development will receive £7m from the government's Regional Growth Fund to support the transformation of the public realm into a new and vibrant plaza.
Play on the Pitch at St. Mary’s 

John Cleese stated "If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play".  Team Building exercises increases the trust and creativity factor among the employees.  By taking employees out of a work based environment, relationships will be built outside and increase within.  Also, the productivity increases when individuals work as a team and they feel more positive and confident at the work place.

With this in mind, Halo has devised the perfect team building activity or corporate day out in the setting of the impressive St. Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club. The opportunity to play football on one of the premier pitches in the country; we are delighted to confirm available slots from the 16th of May to the 5th of June 2016.

Due to the success of previous years, we have not only extended the dates available but also provided more slots, with prices starting from £4000.00:
• 09:00-12:30
• 14:00-17:30
• 19:00-22:30

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Complimentary Drinks Reception at Rhinefield House 

Rhinefield House is set in the heart of The New Forest National Park and is the perfect location and venue for off-site meetings, training, team building days, board meetings and much more.
Book your residential meeting at Rhinefield House Hotel to take place in February or March 2016 and you will receive a complimentary pre-dinner  drinks reception of mini bottles of Prosecco for each delegate and a selection of homemade canapes prepared  by our award winning chefs.

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South Coast Business Awards

Destination Southampton is a proud partner of the South Coast Business Awards. 

Hampshire businesses are invited to join us at the South Coast Business Awards Launch event on Wednesday 2nd March from 18:00-20:00 at the Grand Cafe.

Join us for drinks and canapes as the Southern Daily Echo reveal details of this year's competition celebrating the best of business across Hampshire. 

Meet the sponsors, learn about the categories and be part of this fantastic event, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony in July.

Please click here to register to attend this free event. 
Business Breakfast Networking 

The UK's largest theatre outside of London, The Mayflower Theatre are hosting a special Breakfast Business Networking Event on 16th March. Your visit will comprise of breakfast (pastries & muffins), exclusive talk from guest speaker Chris Rees, Managing Director of Rees Leisure, partner in the Southampton Half Marathon and supporter of Mayflower Theatre followed by networking opportunities. 

Regional event organisers are invited to attend. This promises to be an exciting opportunity to learn about the theatre's future plans and meet with like-minded people. Spaces are limited so we encourage you to book early!  

For more information please click here
Brand new Venue Guide 
We are very excited to announce that the brand new Destination Southampton Venue Guide is out now! 

Please let us know if you would like us to post you a copy, alternatively you can download a copy here
Review Destination Southampton 
Have you recently used the services of Destination Southampton? We would love to increase our Reviews on Google and would really appreciate you sparing a couple of minutes to write us a review. 

Thank you for your support. 
Ideal Collection support fantastic local Charity
Ideal Collection, is beginning 2016 with a pledge to support the work of The Murray Parish Trust. The company, which boasts six venues in the region, is teaming up with Hampshire companies, New Forest Spring Water and Harvest Fine Foods, to donate 50p from every litre of New Forest Spring Water sold at their restaurants to the charity. 

Ideal Collection has already donated £30,000 to a local allotment scheme project working with disadvantaged members of the community. Its support for The Murray Parish Trust is the next phase in its commitment to the local community. As well donating money from water sales, children will eat for just £2 during January and the entire £2 will be passed on to TMPT. During the remainder of the year £1 from every children’s meal will be donated to the trust. 
Discounted Day Delegate Rates at De Vere New Place 
From the moment you arrive at New Place you know you’ve chosen the perfect Hampshire meeting, training and conference venue to inspire your team. 

Book your next meeting to take place before 31st March and take advantage of the special offer rate of £25 + VAT per person for Day Delegate Rate and £115 + VAT per person for 24 Hour Rate. 

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New look for Holiday Inn Southampton 
Holiday Inn Southampton are very excited to let you know that from the 11th January 2016 the hotel commenced a full ground floor refurbishment.  During this time the hotel will operate normally from our Conference and Meetings area. There is a temporary Restaurant providing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. A temporary Bar and Lounge is also available. A separate entrance will be created along with a temporary reception. Noise works will be contained between the hours of 9.30am to 5.30pm.
From the 22nd February the hotel will commence in a bedroom refurbishment of 2 floors to create brand new Executive Bedrooms. During this time there will be noise works between the hours of 9.30am to 5.30pm. On occasion’s i.e. less busy times during the day there will be only one guest lift in operation.
Please click here to view the new open lobby concept.

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Linking the Isle of Wight with Southampton & the Region 
Red Funnel’s relocation to Trafalgar Dock at the end of 2017 is one of the transformative strategic projects being supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). £15 million of central government funding is being secured through the Solent Growth Deal to pay for the public realm infrastructure required for Red Funnel’s new terminal facilities in Southampton and a similar scheme being considered by planners in East Cowes.

The significant benefits which will be realised through this investment are:
• Journey times between Southampton and the Isle of Wight will be reduced
• Existing capacity constraints will be removed for embarking and disembarking traffic
• State of the art facilities for ferry customers

Red Funnel will move its existing Southampton terminals (1 and 2) and its head office in Bugle Street into a brand new purpose built building which will be built on the site of the old Trafalgar Dry Dock pump house. 
Visit us at The Meetings Show  
Destination Southampton will be exhibiting at The Meetings Show on 14-16th June 2016 at Olympia, London. We are excited to announce we will be exhibiting on the MIA stand (J200) with Hampshire Conference Bureau. 

To register to attend this event please click here
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