HAVANT is open for business. That was the message sent out when every mayor in Hampshire was invited to the town for a business open day.
The Civic Business Day presented Havant as a centre for skills training, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.
It was organised by the Mayor of Havant, Gerald Shimbart, who said: ‘It has been an absolutely good idea.
‘The borough needs to sell itself to others and this helps us promote the area.’
The guests included Portsmouth Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Eastleigh Malcolm Cross and Sue Cross; Fareham Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s Consort Susan Bayford and Brian Bayford; Chairman and Consort of New Forest Alexis McEvoy and Mick McEvoy; Mayor and Consort of Test Valley, Dorothy Baverstock and Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s Consort of Winchester, Ernie Jeffs and Barbara Jeffs.
The mayors were given a tour of the business hubs in Havant, starting with Basepoint business centre, which also has hubs in Gosport and Waterlooville.
Basepoint’s executive director, Brian Andrews, said: ‘Days like this are so important because we can show what we do in the community.
‘We support a lot of local events and charities in the borough.’
The mayors were then shown around the Peta training agency’s engineering training centre, spending around an hour talking to the apprentices there.
The tour finished at the Langstone Technology Park, a former IBM building which is now home to a vast range of businesses, including global data storage giant Xyratex, as well as SSE, formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy.
Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, which runs the park, gave a presentation on the park’s history and its continued success and significance in the area
Havant councillor Yvonne Weeks said: ‘It’s a brilliant set-up to encourage new businesses in the borough. It’s a great idea to show other boroughs what we do in Havant.’