Solent 250 supports region’s dynamic businesses in 2021

The Solent 250 is an annual listing of the top privately-owned businesses in the region, sponsored by HSBC UK, Irwin Mitchell, RSM and CMA Recruitment Group. Despite a turbulent 2020 and uncertain year ahead, the sponsors look forward to recognising the resilience of Solent businesses, as well as their hard work keeping the region strong and moving forward

As well as producing an annual listing (which will be published in the March/April issue), the Solent 250 brings the region’s most dynamic, growing businesses together in a series of networking and recognition events.

Online insights in 2020

Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to the popular annual awards dinner and regular roundtables. Instead, webinars enabled Solent 250 businesses to meet virtually and share their views on handling a radically changed business landscape.

The first webinar discussed the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis on businesses and individuals and ways that the economy can be revived. Next up, sponsors shared their insights on making businesses fit for purpose in a post-lockdown world.

To cap off the series, the sponsors invited double Olympic champion and multiple global medalist Dame Kelly Holmes to host an inspiring virtual event on mental health, where she took questions from an inquisitive Solent 250 audience.

Showcasing top businesses in 2021

The Solent 250 hosts a forum where like-minded business leaders network and share ideas. It showcases and celebrates the Solent business community’s talent, while also recognising the challenges that every business has experienced recently. In 2021, the sponsors hope to revive the programme of face-to- face events and networking. There will also be online webinars and a monthly newsletter showcasing Solent 250 high flyers.

Sponsor commitment

Last year’s sponsors had no hesitation in continuing their support. Here’s why they think the Solent 250 is more important than ever:

“We are all thrilled to be a part of the Solent 250 for another year. The past 12 months have been tough for so many businesses but the resilience, innovation and teamwork we have seen within businesses and among the wider Solent business community has astounded us. While we are not out of the woods yet, we believe that the focus of the Solent 250 will allow our community not only to recognise success stories, but also to learn from each other so that we can all emerge stronger and better from the crisis. We are looking forward to catching up with you all, be it virtually or, hopefully soon, in person.

Hannah Clipston partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell Dame Kelly Holmes



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