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We believe in space that brings growing companies together to innovate, share and inspire.

As a dynamic professional community, the expertise, knowledge and support you need is only a few steps away. With so many visionaries and pioneering businesses all working in one building, there is no better place for your business to progress.


Meet the people that could change your businesses future.

Stephen Deller
Centre Manager
Since joining the company in October 2017, Stephen has already taken the lead in enhancing the daily operations and performance at OVIC. He has started to build strong relationships with the current portfolio of customers whilst gaining an understanding of what each business has to offer. Stephen has already set about increasing the occupancy of the centre with a number of new businesses joining OVIC over the coming months.
Michael Gordeev
Business Growth Manager
Michael has 14 years of brand marketing and management experience at Fortune 100 companies, like Johnson & Johnson, BAT and Nestle and over 6 years running a digital marketing consultancy, helping small businesses grow. He is a motivated team player with can-do attitude and a passion for innovation. Michael has recently moved to Hampshire from London with his family and a dog, and in his spare time enjoys outdoor activities and exploring local towns and villages.
Jess Williams
Assistant Centre Manager
Jess joined the Ocean Village Innovation Centre team in September 2012. Wishing to work closer to her home on the south coast, Jess joined the management team at OVIC and has brought her own style and personality to the expansion of the Centre.Outside of work, Jess loves to dance and you will find Jess travelling with friends, attending festivals and generally "Loving Life".
Anita Beck
Customer Experience Assistant
Anita joined the team in November 2021 and brings with her a wealth of experience in customer service and marketing roles. Anita's experience as an owner director of a small business gives her a unique insight into to the needs of our clients and she will always be at-hand to welcome your visitors or help you out with any requirements you or your visitors may have. In her spare time Anita enjoys eating out, gardening and visiting new places.
Caroline O’Neill
Customer Experience Assistant
Caroline joined the team in August 2014 and brings with her a wealth of experience in customer service and administration roles. Caroline will always be at-hand to welcome your visitors or help you out with any administration work you need completed.
Hannah Fray
Centre Support Assistant
Hannah previously worked for us on a temporary basis and jumped at the chance to join the team at OVIC permanently in August 2014. Hannah's lively personality and friendly smile at our front desk will be sure to welcome you and your visitors to the centre.

Work among our many inspiring companies at the forefront of business.


Academics is a leading national academic jobs agency, specialising in the recruitment of permanent, long term and daily supply teacher jobs and education support staff for vacancies in Children’s Nurseries, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Further Education establishments. We also have a dedicated team who work with both Mainstream and Specialist schools for Special Educational Needs.

The Southampton teaching agency office is one of the newest in the whole of Academics and covers Southampton and West Hampshire, as well as other surrounding areas in the South West. The education recruitment team work closely with Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Children’s Nurseries, Colleges and Pupil Referral Units across the regions. The whole office take great pride and satisfaction in the relationships they have developed with teaching establishments, teachers and other support staff. The Academics teacher agency in Southampton is included on the Preferred Supplier List for schools for Hampshire. Their reputation for teacher recruitment and supply in Southampton and the surrounding areas continues to go from strength to strength because of the dedication that they all put into the work that they do.

A creative interior design consultancy exclusively within the care sector since 1999, working with you to achieve your desired finish.

Access 21 Interiors can create the look you desire within budget, on time, and to order. We’re a customer-focused, friendly service, that delivers anything from a single chair to a full fit-out with design and project management services. We put your individual needs first and make your rooms easier to market to potential new residents and their families.

AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)

AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) is a global company that helps everyone navigate and learn about the exciting field of AI. Headquartered in Australia, with offices in the UK and New Zealand, AiLab furthers awareness and the ethical development of AI solutions via Artificial Intelligence education programs and workshops, research, strategy, and events. Connecting and growing the AI ecosystem, AiLab has assisted thousands of people within industry, government, academia, and community to develop AI skills, capability, and knowledge. Passionate about inclusion and diversity, AiLab are champions of collaboration and responsible AI.

Aspen Wealth Management

We provide personal guidance on retirement, investment and wealth management for private individuals.

Blue Arrow

Blue Arrow is one of the UK’s largest recruitment consultancies, placing candidates into fulfilling temporary roles within transport, logistics, call centres, hospitality, catering, manufacturing, production and public sector roles. Blue Arrow’s mission is to enhance people’s lives through the provision of fulfilling temporary work, promising to take a stand against temporary staff being commoditised.

Business Insurance Solutions (Business Compare)

Specialist insurance broker serving the UK SME Insurance needs of tradesmen, local businesses, couriers and van owners.

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Investing with Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management gives you access to a broad range of wealth management solutions. Our core wealth management services include portfolio management, broking services and wealth planning. We have enough size and scale to deliver experience and expertise, combined with a highly developed and up-to-date technical infrastructure. At the same time we are small enough to provide a personal relationship-led service with direct access to our people and knowledge.

DHI Group

DHI is a water technology company working across the water environment. With a history in excess of 50 years, we believe our experience in water allows us to develop for clients. Smarter Data, Integrated Software and Considered Solutions.

Echoview Hydroaccoustics UK Ltd

Echoview Software is the global leader in the development of hydroacoustic data processing, visualization and analysis software. The company’s “Echoview” product has become the standard for advanced hydroacoustic studies in marine and freshwater environments.


Evolve Block & Estate Management was set up in 2016 following a growing need for a residential leasehold and estate management that hadn’t lost their way. Failed customers, awful communication and poor value for money were just a few of the common themes we’ve encountered when approached to take over the management of sites all over the South.

We started with literally a handful of sites and since then we have expanded to now manage 60+ blocks & estates, with some of our biggest sites consisting of up to 100 units. We’ve grown mainly due to word of mouth, we’re the South’s best kept secret!

We currently manage a growing portfolio for multiple freehold clients, management companies, RTM companies & share-of-freehold management companies throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset.

Foresight Data

Foresight enable companies in the subscriptions industry to streamline their subscription models and optimize their marketing strategies.

Working with industry leading companies including Dennis Publishing, Hearst Media, The Financial Times, our team possess over 15 years’ experience working with subscriptions data.

We transform data through forecasting, reporting, and analysis, following up with in depth marketing strategy consultations, providing actionable context to our solutions. We also offer ad-hoc services, tailoring solutions to the specific data needs of our clients.

Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc

Building on around 160 years of marine manufacturing experience, Harland & Wolff offers a unique combination of vast facilities and technical capability. From initial consultancy through detailed engineering, fabrication and through-life support, Harland & Wolff is perfectly positioned to support the needs of the offshore and maritime industries.

Hill Robinson Elite

HREliteRecruit is a division of Hill Robinson that specialises in land-based staff recruitment for the luxury private estates of our clients worldwide.

Over the years, Hill Robinson has maintained a level of service that exceeds our clients’ expectations.

Our pioneering concepts in yacht management and the rapidly changing requirements of our clients have resulted in some of the most exciting projects in the industry. This, in turn, led us to extend our services from our clients’ superyacht(s) to their unique properties all around the world.


We’re a housing association, social enterprise and charity with a turnover of over £420m and one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and integrated housing, health and social care.

James Fisher Prolec

James Fisher Prolec is a global leader in the design and development of innovative safety solutions for excavators. For more than 30 years’ we have been delivering next-generation solutions for the construction equipment market to improve onsite safety, enhance fleet performance and reduce costs. Our systems are compatible with all major manufacturers.


Krysteline Technologies is an innovative manufacturing company with over 20 years’ experience providing bespoke solutions for the waste processing industry. Designing and building a wide range of processing systems from simple stand-alone glass resizing units to multi-functional purification plants, centred around our unique patented Implosion technology systems; developed for the quick, efficient and cost effective size reduction of a wide range of materials including glass, ceramics, minerals, ores and furnace slags.

Krysteline’s strategy is to provide processing solutions for all collected glass no matter its size or quality. Krysteline’s unique patented technology can make use of 100% of the waste glass stream.

Lee Peck Media
Lee Peck Media is a PR-led communications agency based in Southampton, one of the UK’s fastest growing cities.
We operate on a regional, national and international level and have been delivering outstanding results for clients for more than 30 years.
You can rely on our know-how, experience, creativity and commitment to deliver your objectives, whether a one-off project or an integrated campaign. What sets us apart from other agencies, though, is our commercial awareness.
We recognise you’re in business ultimately to make a profit and it is this which underpins all our work and gives our clients return time and time again.

MarineSpace provides a full range of consultancy services focusing on the needs of marine industries and developers.  Additionally, our personnel plan and manage marine surveys and interpret data concerning the marine environment, its physical character, habitats and ecology. Our staff have a broad range of skills and experience which enable us to provide an integrated view of the marine environment, a pragmatic view of the potential effects of marine developments and practical advice regarding mitigation, monitoring and management of coastal and offshore projects.

Mitchell & Stones

The outsourced digital marketing solution for forward-thinking businesses.

Napier Property Management Services Limited

Napier Property Management Services Limited was inaugurated in 1994 when it took over an existing property management business started by Ian Napier, a well-known surveyor based in the Westbourne / Canford Cliffs area.

The business has expanded considerably in recent years mainly through recommendation.

Our clients include residential management company directors, right-to-manage company directors, freeholders and developers.

Our portfolio of properties covers a wide range including small freeholder owned conversions, new builds and large purpose built blocks run in conjunction with the Management Company Directors.

NorthStar Wealth Management

At NorthStar, we bring a fresh perspective and innovative approach to wealth management. Our team of chartered financial planners combine their expertise with the latest technology to provide the highest quality independent financial planning and advice.


Payflow help suppliers of temporary staff with their cash flow, they know your temporary workers expect to be paid on time whilst you’re waiting for clients to pay you. They manage your staff payments and customer invoicing with one integrated solution.

Prospero Teaching

Founded in 2000, Prospero Teaching is an award-winning supply teaching recruitment agency with offices throughout the UK, Canada, the UAE, Australia and New Zealand. With over two decades of experience, our education consultants work hard to find you the most suitable role, from a wide range of teaching jobs.

REDCAT Hospitality Technology Ltd

Redcat is a specialist provider of fully integrated Point of Sale (POS) and business management solutions that cater to the needs of the many different businesses within the hospitality industry.

From small single terminal sites through to large multi-location and franchise operations.

Reflect Group

The Reflect Group is a privately owned, multi-sector real estate development and investment business with construction as its core business.

We work collaboratively to identify the very best strategic development, investment and joint-venture opportunities for our business; across the commercial and residential real estate sectors.

With in-house end-to-end expertise pertaining to acquisition, design, asset management and disposal.


Rheinmetall Electronics UK (formerly RFEL Ltd) is a UK based Technology Company providing high specification signal, image and video processing solutions to government, defence, security and industrial customers.

REUK deliver cutting-edge expertise in the field of extreme real-time video processing and video analytics at the source, from consultancy to soft IP level and full sub-system hardware products.

As world leaders in high performance software defined digital receiver designs for Electronic Warfare systems, REUK offer rapid and flexible design services based on an extensive library of multi-award winning, patented FPGA IP-Cores.

Customers benefit from complete access to REUK’s world leading intellectual property and FPGA expertise that can make the difference in a competitive market.

REUK’s unique, easy-to-integrate products, and proven designs, developed for a technically demanding environment, give customers a route to reliable product development at low-risk, with a short time to market, to meet tomorrow’s requirements today. REUK operate with a total customer support philosophy.

Sandler Training

Sandler Training are the world’s leading business development consultancy.

Providing sales training and leadership coaching to businesses of all sizes, across all industries.

We develop and deliver training programmes that drive consistent, winning sales processes into a business, that improve Prospecting techniques, reduce wasted time in Qualification and transform the effectiveness of sales organisations

SNG Healthcare

S.N.G Healthcare is a specialist agency in Southampton. We work with clients locally in Hampshire and across the south east of England. All our staff are professional and well trained to support those with Mental Health issues, Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour, Dementia, Epilepsy, Substance / Alcohol Abuse issues and much more. Our services are into Residential/ Nursing Homes, Supported Living Accommodation and organisation that specialise in supporting young people aged 16-21 to transition back into the community.

Snowflake Healthcare

Snowflake Healthcare aims to provide extraordinary care that is effective, safe, responsive and well-led, to clients in their own homes within the UK.

We aim to create a holistic service that empowers our clients to make decisions and retain independence wherever possible. We know the importance of compassionate, respectful care, and we treat every client as an individual, building personalised care packages to meet their needs, as well as updating them when the need arises.

Our highly motivated team is be made up of skilled, experienced, qualified staff who understand that it is a privilege to deliver care to our clients in their own homes. Snowflake Healthcare is a place that people love to come to work, with development opportunities and fair pay.

St Dominic Healthcare

St Dominic Healthcare was founded with a passion for providing high-quality home health Live in care services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Our founder, who has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, recognized the need for personalized, compassionate care that is tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

At St Dominic Healthcare, our mission is to provide compassionate and reliable live in health care services to our clients in their own home. We strive to improve their quality of life and help them maintain independence in the comfort of their own homes.


Svitzer has provided safety and support at sea since 1833. Doing difficult things in difficult places is our passion and your business is at the heart of what we do. As world leading towage operator, our 4,000 employees and our fleet of 440 vessels stand ready to meet your needs for safe and efficient marine solution services, anywhere in the world.

30th April 2024  9am Copenhagen time, Svitzer (Nasdaq Copenhagen: SVITZR) was admitted to trading and officially listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

The demerger from Maersk and listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen reflects a natural next chapter for Svitzer, which has established itself as a globally recognised leader in the towage and marine services sector after 45 years as part of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

TC SEM Limited

To put it simply, we’re business advisors and accountants.

With over 40 years of experience and a decade of that as part of a top 20 accountancy firm, we’ve honed our skills and developed our service offering to deliver a much wider range of bespoke support and advice to ambitious business owners and their businesses.

TC Group’s wider network as a ‘Top 30’ firm in Accountancy Age, with offices across the UK.

Tennyson Chambers

The Barristers Chambers of Susan Brown located in Southampton United Kingdom. We provide chancery and commercial legal expertise and representation within in all civil courts of England and Wales. Our Barristers can represent overseas clients in the jurisdictions of Jersey, Guernsey, BVI, Middle East, and Commonwealth Countries, when authorised, on matters of English chancery and commercial law.

Timeplan Education

Our goal is to streamline the recruitment process, to get talented teachers and support staff where they are needed – in the classroom, inspiring the next generation. Established in 1989, we are the most experienced teaching agency in the UK.

As well as recruiting from across the UK, our dedicated team has offices in Australia and Canada, and representatives in New Zealand and South Africa, meaning we have access to the best teaching talent the world has to offer.

Vision for Education

Created in 2008, we’re a well-established, market-leading education recruitment agency with industry experience and expertise.

With branches across the country, we work with primary, secondary and SEND schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, colleges and other alternative provision to recruit and supply the best teachers, support and leadership staff for temporary and permanent positions.


YA Logistics

We are a freight forwarding company handling imports and exports of goods around the world along with providing UK customs clearance services, IVA and registration assistance for vehicles and loading and unloading handling for containers.


Yotspot has been a successful online yachting community since launching in 2010, bringing Captains, Crew and employers together for jobs, sailing opportunities, courses and so much more…Find Crew, Jobs and Courses from a database of over 38,000 registered crew, hundreds of jobs and thousands of maritime training courses.

Connect and share with the greatest innovators in your area.

Leilah Woods
Director at Purple Marketing
Roger Davenport
Director at Purple Marketing
Lisa Gardner
Director at Purple Marketing
Edward Snape
Director at Purple Marketing
Daniel Aldridge
Director at Purple Marketing
Susan Bradgate
Director at Purple Marketing
Steve Mayer
Director at Purple Marketing
Mark Fielding
Director at Purple Marketing

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Case studies

Wired for Growth

A former Royal Marines Commando has signed up to workspace at Ocean Village Innovation Centre in Southampton due to strong demand from companies for his electrical contracting services. Luke Tanner spent 11 years in Royal Marines service before incorporating Empire Electrical & Mechanical Solutions in August 2020 at Companies House. […]

Full throttle for Yotspot as ‘below deck’ jobs board expands

Yotspot matches luxury yachts – chartered and owned – with crew, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and the South Pacific archipelago to the USA.

Fortus Forges Future with South Expansion

Fortus, an expanding firm of business advisors and accountants in the UK, has signed up to an initial 970sq ft at Ocean Village Innovation Centre. From left, OVIC centre manager Stephen Deller and Fortus’s Fraser Akehurst – Director and Richard Gillespie – Associate Director.