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Solent Freeport Initiative

Practical advice your business needs to know

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There was much fanfare around the government's Solent Freeports announcement back in March. But there has been little detail emerging since until the autumn Budget, which included a £200m pot for Freeport development and announced that the first three Freeports will shortly go live.

So what practical steps should businesses be taking in readiness?

Join BDOShoosmiths, and hosts The Business Magazine for a practical discussion on the following topics:

• The decision-making journey for both local businesses and investors coming into the region

• How do you set up operations within a freeport?

• Investment decisions and how these can align with freeport objectives

What you need to think about in terms of:

• Tax implications and potential benefits

• Structuring the business

• Locating operations within a freeport area

• Planning issues and leases

• Steps you can take now and in the future.

This hour-long session will give you the chance to question our panel of specialists. It is aimed at directors of companies operating across all key sectors in the Central South including manufacturing, technology, wholesale, and retail.


Keynote introduction: Cllr. Daniel FitzhenryLeader of Southampton City Council

Followed by a panel discussion

Chaired by Paula Swain - Board member of Solent Freeport Consortium & Solent LEP

With Panelists:

Glynn WoodhouseVAT regional partner, BDO

Stuart Lisle, Senior Tax Partner, BDO

Steve PorterNational head of Corporate division, Shoosmiths

Kirsten HewsonNational head of Real Estate, Shoosmiths