Why choose East Sussex?

Why choose East Sussex?

East Sussex has a lot to offer businesses, with an eclectic mixture of bustling towns, quaint villages, rolling countryside and long stretches of coastline, it has something for everyone, drawing together an excellent work-life balance and opportunities for success. Choose East Sussex for your business and you will be on your way to success.

Welcome to East Sussex

There are 5 districts and boroughs within the county, each providing its own unique characteristics, but each working together to create a county where businesses can grow and thrive. 

So why should YOU choose East Sussex?

Exciting space to grow

Not only physical space for growth but room for new ideas, for development for innovation, and entrepreneurship.

East Sussex offers space for breathing both literally and metaphorically. Larger living and commercial property and studio space are surprisingly affordable compared to many parts of the South East. This is attracting enterprises looking to create jobs, not just for themselves, but for others too, helping to support jobs in local communities and grow our economy. 

East Sussex offers a wide range of commercial property from Industrial and Retail units to business centres and coworking space, ideal for SME’s looking for future development and growth. The county has also benefited from an increase in creative workspace. 

Exciting Space to Grow - Why Choose East Sussex
Unbeatable Work-Life Balance - Why Choose East Sussex

Unbeatable work-life balance

There is a breath of fresh air for businesses in East Sussex. With a vibrant cultural scene and being surrounded by nature, we know quite a bit about balancing work and life. Here you can escape life’s stresses and make work fit around your lifestyle and commitments or balance family and your career – all are possibilities in East Sussex. 

East Sussex is also a part of England’s Creative Coast – a dynamic ecosystem stretching from Brighton to Margate, showcasing some of the best arts and culture in the world. The Coastal Culture Trail links three award-winning art galleries; Hastings Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Towner in Eastbourne, along eighteen miles of the beautiful East Sussex coastline.


We are urban, coastal and rural. Close enough to London and Brighton to enjoy all the benefits but far enough away to escape the city. The whole of East Sussex is less than two hours from London, and the north of the county is less than an hour. Access global markets via Gatwick, the Channel Tunnel, and Newhaven Port.

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Skilled Workforce and Excellent Education and Training Offering

East Sussex businesses have access to a workforce of over 4 million, with a wide skillset across a range of industries. 

Our internationally renowned universities and colleges provide a rich supply of apprentices and graduates across a range of disciplines. Connect with ground-breaking researchers impacting real-world problems such as the ageing-population, disease and climate change and access the next generation of talent.

A powerful business community and networks

East Sussex is teeming with entrepreneurs and professional networks. Be part of a supportive community of independent businesses and our ongoing contribution to British manufacturing, science, and engineering, contemporary art, literature, music, and culture. Gain a competitive edge by connecting your business to highly skilled, imaginative designers, filmmakers, artists, and producers.

Business and creative networks work collaboratively to inspire progression and change, strengthening the position of the county as a great place to do business.

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Innovation and Digital Connection - Why Choose East Sussex

Innovation and Digital Connection

Our most exciting businesses are visionary and innovative, daring and original. New industries are supporting the old; technology is reconnecting our communities and the next pioneering generation of innovators are finding fresh relevance for our seaside towns. Access a deep pool of knowledge. Immerse yourself in a rapidly growing digital culture, access funding and test out your ideas with a sophisticated set of customers on your doorstep.

Technology is transforming our lives and enabling professionals and entrepreneurs to choose where they work. Superfast broadband makes working remotely and commuting to the city for client meetings, more than feasible. Work from a café, home, a co-working space, or even on your laptop by the beach.

Our dedicated team is ready to support your move

We have a wealth of experience in assisting companies to move into or expand in East Sussex and can you fulfil your plans as smoothly and productively as possible. East Sussex has a rich variety of business organisations and industry support groups that we can introduce you to as well as a range of professional service providers who can offer a bespoke package of support to help with your legal, financial and recruitment requirements. If you choose East Sussex for your business, a personal business manager will be dedicated to your project at every step of the way helping you to explore all opportunities in East Sussex and help you identify, secure, and fund the right solutions to ensure your business continues to grow.

We can help you access business funding for your future growth, as we deliver economic development funds from the EU and East Sussex County Council to help accelerate growth, plus a whole host of alternative finance options for you to explore. A major advantage of choosing East Sussex for your business is the county’s ability and willingness to provide access to further funding as your company continues to grow, helping to build the large businesses of tomorrow.

And the best bit…Our services are completely free of charge!

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For support and advice on how to progress with your business goals get in touch and one of our team will contact you to discuss you needs.