Paris Smith LLP
The journey made in 1620 by The Pilgrims to the ‘New World’ in America is one of the most pivotal moments of the last 500 years and made Southampton known on a global scale. And the 400th anniversary commemorations for 2020 have been given a major boost with headline sponsorship in Southampton from leading regional law firm Paris Smith LLP.
The firm, which is currently celebrating its 200th anniversary and has landmark offices in Southampton and Winchester, is a keen supporter of the arts, local producers and community events. It’s well known for its long standing relationship with the arts, demonstrated by what is considered one of the longest running art and business sponsorships in the UK with The Mayflower Theatre, which is now in its 30th year.
The landmark deal sees the firm commit support over three years and will help deliver a programme of activity for the city during 2020 that will attract and entertain international visitors and well as locals.
The Mayflower 400 UK national visitor project promises a year long programme of events aiming to attract the descendants and other ancestral tourists to visit England and be a part of the anniversary year. The calendar in Southampton will highlight the city’s unique culture and heritage offering, and hopes for a significant increase in visitors particularly from the United States - many of whom were descended from those who sailed from Southampton.