Choose Hastings for your business

In the last twenty years, significant investment and renewal has enabled Hastings to rival larger cities with a better work/life balance.

With easy train connections to London and Brighton, plus Gatwick we have such an amazing quality of life, and we’re within easy reach of decision-makers
Rukhsana Mosam
Ten66 Television
Honestly, Hastings has been fantastic and everyone really came out to support us through when we started up through to now
Ned Braxton
Brewing Brothers
We have been here (St. Leonards on Sea) for three years already and absolutely love it. It’s such a vibrant area with a huge a mix of people
Kate O'Norum
Heist Market

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Creative Hub of the South East

Culture is playing an increasingly important role in the regeneration of Hastings and is positively impacting the lives of communities and the economy.

The area’s reputation as a cultural centre continues to strengthen with flagship projects such as the RIBA award-winning Pier and Hastings Contemporary, stimulating new cultural economic activity. 

Its iconic cultural heritage has always been a source of local pride and passion, with a vibrant annual calendar of cultural, arts and heritage festivals. It is known for its events regionally and nationally, involving and attracting many people that live here and enticing people to visit. Hastings is a creative hotspot at the epicentre of England's Creative Coast stretching from Brighton to Margate. It punches way above its size creatively.

Hastings people are unstoppably creative, and this is a major attraction to living and working in the town. The creative sector now employs around 800 Hastings residents across approximately 260 organisations and accounts for 9.4% of businesses in Hastings which involves interactive, performing, visual and fine arts, gaming, digital, story-telling and more.

Edgy and alluring, many artists, writers and musicians continue to be drawn here by the light, the air, the food, the music, its atmospheric narrow streets and its radicalism, each adding another layer to its rich cultural roots.

The innovation charity Nesta named Hastings a creative hotspot with a high percentage of firms and potential for further growth in this sector. The creative community is a hotbed of creative talent and networked in ways usually only seen in larger cities.

It is impossible to ignore a burgeoning new generation of talent and migrating artists…happening right now.

Daniel Hardiker
Zenoh Design

Manufacturing hotspot

Hastings has one of the most thriving manufacturing bases in the South East with innovative industrial businesses in aerospace, defence, precision optics and hi-tech electronics. The manufacturing industry makes up 14 per cent of GVA (gross value added).

Hastings is home to a specialist and world-renowned ultra-high vacuum/photonics and optics cluster.

As an established centre for vacuum technology, innovation and invention, Hastings has attracted a wide variety of tech businesses including a significant group of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) and supply chain businesses. 11% of the working population works within the manufacturing sector which makes up 14% of the county's GVA and is higher than the South East average.

Supported by East Sussex College Group, Bexhill College, the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, the sector is supported by a future talent pipeline that allows Hastings to host advanced research facilities for a wide variety of sectors including aerospace and phontonics.

Space to expand

North Queensway Innovation Park

B1/B2 uses, properties can be developed to bespoke specifications. Premises from 25,000 sq ft – 120,000 sq ft with ample parking.

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Churchfields Business Centre, Sidney Little Road

New 2 storey Business Centre containing 29 small business incubator unit, coming in 2022.

Rock House

Ideal for creative startups looking for incubation space, or an established business looking for a home that fits their ethos.

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Hastings Observer Building

A social enterprise project, the Observer building will combine office and coworking space with shop space, housing, and a cafe.

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North Queensway Innovation Park

B1/B2 uses, properties can be developed to bespoke specifications. Premises from 25,000 sq ft – 120,000 sq ft with ample parking.

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The Yard

A community of creative spaces.

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Who's here?

Ten66 Television

Independent TV Production company founded 25 years ago by Executive Producer, Rukhsana Mosam. Committed to promoting and developing local, diverse talent, both on & off screen.

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AAK BD Foods

Food manufacturer employs over 100 people with a turnover of over £7m. Supplies an extensive range of sauces, dressings, dips and soups to an impressive client list including Nandos.

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Curve Pusher

Leading vinyl mastering, cutting & recording studio relocated from Hackney to Hastings in 2018. Owner, engineer Lawrie Dunster (pictured) & engineer Keith Tenniswood.

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Brewing Brothers

Popular craft beer brewhouse, serving beers brewed on site and traditionally made wood-fired pizzas, and just opened up The Courtyard.

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Marshall Tufflex

UK’s leading manufacturer of cable solutions for industrial, healthcare & domestic markets. Eco-conscious, 100% of their materials are recycled.

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Kurt Lesker

Kurt J. Lesker is the leading global provider of high-tech vacuum products and systems. Its world-class manufacturing and logistics facilities span the globe.

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Little Mashers

Shop & online retailer founded by Clare & Andrew Tomlinson. Utilising their graphic & product design backgrounds, they create unique printed t-shirts and ‘create your own’ design packs for adults and children.

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Dyke and Dean

Product designers Ed Jackson Lloyd-Dyke and Oliver Dean met at Central Saint Martins, launching their lighting and homeware shop and online retail store in 2013.

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Grays International

Grays International have been manufacturing some of the best-known sporting products for over 160 years. A family run business, they produce a portfolio of brand names, familiar throughout the sporting world.

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Booyah Vitality

Booyah Vitality is a craft-drinks company with a range of delicious kombucha, Turmeric Shots and Dandelion Coffee. The difference with our premium kombucha is that it’s raw and unpasteurised, and because it retains all the healthy bacteria and antioxidants that boost immunity, it packs a probiotic punch that you won’t find in supermarket brands.

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Photek

Photek is a specialist manufacturer and global supplier of vacuum-based tubes and camera systems for charged particle detection and imaging.

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Source Park

Marc & Rich Moore, owners of the world’s largest BMX specialist retailer and the world’s biggest underground skatepark. The source has continued to grow, now creating a social hotspot called ‘The Courtyard’ containing restaurant and drink outlets

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Focus SB

Attracting considerable media attention, Focus SB is the first & only British luxury electrical wiring accessories brand licensed to manufacture & export wiring accessories to China.

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Half Man! Half Burger!

From pop up restaurant to street food events & festivals, Matt Woodhouse & Rory Myers now own two of the most popular burger restaurants in Hastings, employing 40 staff.

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Hastings Observer Building

Once 35-years derelict, the building is being transformed into a vibrant hub for Hastings town centre and a beacon of community-led regeneration.

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Heist Market, Hastings

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