About Southern Policy Centre

Meet the Team

Meet the team Southern Policy Centre (SPC) was established in 2014 as the only independent...

Public participation

Public participation The SPC organises and runs events for policymakers, businesses, community groups and members...

Important announcement 20th July 2023

After nearly ten years Southern Policy Centre is to cease trading from July 20, 2023, and formally wind up its operations as an independent ‘think tank’ in the South.

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Southern Policy Centre

The Southern Policy Centre (SPC) was established in 2014. It is the only independent think tank and policy forum for the central South. Our focus is on Hampshire, the cities of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) and the Isle of Wight but often extends to include Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The central South has distinct challenges and opportunities. Areas of genuine wealth sit close to some of the poorest communities in England. World leading industries and higher education are accompanied by areas of low skills and low productivity. Regional growth needs to respect the sensitivities of our countryside, coastal areas and marine environment which are themselves, rich regional assets. SPC offers a non-partisan and neutral space for challenging debate, driven by the belief that the central South has yet to fulfil its full potential either for the people who live here or for our contribution to England and the UK.