Welcome to ABP Southampton – our latest City Partner to back the bid! 


19 Jul, 2021

We are delighted to confirm our partnership with ABP Southampton. 

The Port has always been an integral part of Southampton’s rich maritime heritage. It is the second largest in the country and now designated as one of the UK’s new Freeports, linking the UK to vital shipping routes to the world, providing opportunities not just for Southampton, but across the wider Solent region. It not only employs many city’s residents but is the arrival point for many of the diverse communities who have made Southampton their home.


Alastair Welch, Director of ABP Southampton, said “The Port of Southampton is proud to partner Southampton 2025 and put our support behind the bid for City of Culture. Our city is rich in history and thriving with opportunity and potential. As one of the city’s key employers and a hub for so much national and global activity, we recognise the role we can play in this initiative, and we are thrilled to be part of it.”