The district that has a thriving economy with a rich heritage, strong community spirit, natural beauty and outstanding opportunities
People and businesses choose Lewes District for its rich and varied heritage, natural beauty, diverse arts, cultural scene and thriving towns. With over half of Lewes District lying in the South Downs National Park, chalk cliffs, unspoilt beaches, tranquil open spaces and beautiful countryside are plentiful.
Most of the District’s 93,900 population live in the four main urban areas Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Lewes. The District is home to iconic buildings such as Lewes Castle, Newhaven Fort (a scheduled ancient monument), and Glyndebourne opera house, as well as brands including Harveys Brewery. A haven for entrepreneurs and large as well as small-scale enterprises.
The District includes varied economies – rural, coastal and urban. Lewes District extends inland from the coast over the South Downs and into the Sussex Weald covering 292 square kilometres. The town of Lewes is known for its radicalism and creativity, evident in its infamous bonfire night festivities – the biggest celebrated event of its kind in the world, which transforms the usually peaceful town into a carnival of energy, colour and celebration. Lewes launched its own currency to support its independent retailers and preserve the distinctive ‘feel’ of this unique town.
Located nearby Gatwick and Brighton, Newhaven Port based in Lewes District acts as the international economic gateway of East Sussex.
Lewes is the perfect place. People are open-minded and willing to try new things.
There was absolutely nothing in Brighton that matched our needs and we heard about potential space in Newhaven Enterprise Zone. It was significantly more affordable and just the right space we needed!
Lewes is the county town of East Sussex, a historic town well connected by rail, road, air and sea. It is a short journey to Gatwick, the UK’s second busiest airport and an hour into London.
Newhaven, the county’s port town, sits between Brighton and Eastbourne and provides a vital trade and tourist link to mainland Europe with outstanding opportunities for economic growth.
Set above the chalk cliffs of the South Downs the town of Peacehaven lies 9.7 km east of Brighton. Population 13,000 people and is located on fairly flat coastal land around 45m above sea level.
Seaford has a bustling town centre with a long stretch of shingle beach and home to 27,000 people. Seaford Head is the best place to enjoy spectacular views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.
Choose Lewes: A Makers Economy
A surging hotbed of makers and crafts, Lewes is home to an international community of artists, designers and makers passionate about sustainable design and architecture, and has the highest number of registered creative businesses in East Sussex.
From blacksmiths to artists, Lewes District hosts a wide variety of multi-disciplinary companies and sole traders who have the skills and talent to create successful, award-winning businesses.
With a specialisation in creative joinery, Lewes District has seen the rise of bespoke builds from furniture to kitchens all the way to modular building construction such as Boutique Modern.
Artwave is the annual festival of artists and makers from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages. Open to all, it makes an inclusive, accessible and diverse experience for those taking part and visiting.
Space to Expand
Atelier Works - Creative Business Space
Atelier will provide up to 18,400 sq.ft. of flexible ‘B1’ creative spaces, suitable for use as studios, offices, making spaces.
Attellier Lewes - Business Space
Offering a wide range of flexible managed office space and workshops, from small units (140sqft) through to 500+sqft.
– Flexible terms
– Competitively priced
– Good transport links
– Free parking on-site
Newhaven Enterprise Zone
With opportunities for bespoke development, business rate relief and no pre-application charges for planning enquiries, Newhaven is a place with great potential for businesses to succeed.
Newhaven offers substantial physical capacity for growth. Comprising eight sites, Newhaven Enterprise Zone covers approximately 79 hectares, offering space to house the region’s expanding high-growth businesses and excellent access to domestic and international markets.
London is just 90-minutes away by train and Brighton is only 30 minutes by car or train.
Newhaven is home to a growing and diverse economy with an emerging specialism in innovative, high-value growth sectors including offshore wind and marine engineering. Alongside this emerging specialism, Newhaven is also home to a large number of creative industries and innovative manufacturers.
The operations and maintenance base for E.ON’s £1.3bn Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is in Newhaven. The wind farm is situated 13km off the Sussex coast.
Perfumers and creators of fragrances for other manufacturers. R&D fragrance design with global clients, producing over 100k kilos of fragrances a month.
A growing independent brewery and taproom. They make everything from hop-forward IPAs and best bitters to Saisons and imperial stouts
Award-winning full-service modular building company. Offering in-house design, manufacture and installation services and specialist consultation.
h3>Burning Sky Brewery
Expert and experimental, Burning Sky offers a variety of unique and refreshing beers.
Publisher and distributor of thousands of books and magazines including Breathe sold in the UK in WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
Earthy Timber is a design-led workshop, producing exquisite, cutting-edge furniture.
Crafted in Lewes
Manufacturers & designers of bespoke residential furniture & architectural joinery, collaborating with high-end residential & corporate clients around the world.
Founded in 2012 by Diana Uprichard. Sustainability is central to everything they do at DOLLY. Each garment is individually made from a small workshop using discarded fabrics & ends-of-rolls.
Carpenter-maker-designer William Hardie, the well-known design presenter – the one with all the hats – on Channel 4;s George Clark’s Amazing Spaces.
Oldest independent brewery in Sussex. Its pubs and beers can be found throughout the south-east.
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