When it comes to finding the perfect blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and a harmonious work-life balance for your business, look no further – choose Rother.
This sprawling district encompasses a vast expanse of picturesque countryside and captivating coastline, creating an idyllic setting that promises an exceptional quality of life.
Situated on the eastern edge of East Sussex, right on the border with Kent, Rother is a region brimming with diverse landscapes and enchanting towns. While it embraces the surrounding areas, it stands distinct from the bustling energy of Hastings. What truly sets Rother apart is its collection of medieval market towns, each adorned with charming cobbled streets that echo with the footsteps of history. Moreover, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the breathtaking stretches of sandy shoreline, notably the renowned Camber Sands – an exquisite haven for beach lovers.
While Rother boasts an array of towns and villages that offer a warm embrace, it’s Bexhill-on-Sea that serves as the vibrant heart of its coastal community. Around half of Rother’s population has chosen Bexhill-on-Sea as their haven, drawn by its alluring coastal allure and the tranquil rhythm of life by the sea. However, Rother has even more to offer, with historic Battle – the very site of the transformative Battle of Hastings – standing as a testament to the district’s rich heritage. And then there’s the captivating medieval treasure, Rye, a Cinque Port that weaves tales of maritime adventures from times gone by. But let’s not forget the hidden gems scattered throughout Rother – the charming villages of Bodiam, Robertsbridge, Burwash, and Northiam, where time seems to slow down and old-world charm prevails.
It’s no surprise that businesses seeking the ideal work-life equilibrium are opting to choose Rother as their base of operations. With its scenic landscapes inspiring creativity and a serene ambiance encouraging productivity, Rother presents an inviting environment that supports both personal and professional aspirations. Whether you’re dreaming of gazing at the sea during your lunch break or finding inspiration amidst the historical streets of Battle, Rother offers the perfect backdrop for your success.
In conclusion, as you contemplate your next move – be it a change of scenery, a place to call home, or a strategic business location – remember to choose Rother. This district encapsulates the essence of an enriched life, where nature’s beauty harmonizes with cultural heritage and fosters a thriving community. Don’t just settle – choose Rother, and embark on a journey towards a truly fulfilling experience.
Rother District is home to High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The customer base here is so diverse, from young families visiting the beach to the older generation... the thing I love about Rye, is it’s unspoilt. It maintains its medieval feel and has a community who are proud of their heritage and still want to preserve it.
Bexhill on Sea
Stylish coastal resort with an iconic Modernist pavilion. The De La Warr is a creative hotspot for contemporary culture, the arts and music on Bexhill’s elegant seafront.
Named after the most famous battle on English soil, this compact market town grew up alongside the 1066 battle site, tranquil medieval Abbey and surrounding woodlands.
Picturesque medieval cobbled town of Rye, now a myriad of art, artifacts, curiosities, and cosy pubs. Rye Harbour salt marsh and shingle shore is a wildlife haven
Nowhere on the south coast is quite like Camber. Wide open stretches of sandy beach and dunes, popular throughout the year for leisure and location filming.
Bodiam is famed for its majestic moated castle and rural valley setting. Its nostalgic history and gentle landscape come in quintessentially English form.
Growth across industry sectors of creative, digital, media, and tech is mirrored by the positioning of the county as a cultural centre with a full calendar of events, a dynamic café culture, a buzzing evening economy, and exciting flagship venues.
Established in 1935 and based in Bexhill on Sea, The De La Warr Pavilion continues to be an iconic modernist pavilion that acts as a creative hotspot for contemporary culture, with a world-class gallery and entertainment venue.
Rother is also home to several creative clusters and has seen Businesses in the creative sector rise 20% in the last 10 years*.
Creative centres include
Rye Creative Centre - A centre of creative excellence, home to 37 artists, designer-makers and creative companies.
Space to Make - A creative workspace just outside Tunbridge Wells offering a range of collaborative spaces. Space2make’s leafy, semi-rural location makes it a perfect setting for the creative industry, with good road and rail links.
Beeching Road Studios - Coming soon, These Six industrial units comprising 1,599 square metres have been transformed into artists studios and creative workspaces.
Food and Drink Production
East Sussex is a county rich in artisan food and drink and the last few years have seen an unprecedented interest in our wine industry as well as wine and culinary tourism.
Rother is an area where these businesses are in abundance and thriving, from growers to manufacturers, to retailers.
Rother's coastline has a rich fishing heritage, acquired over many generations, whilst inland the varied soils are ideal for growing grapes for wine production.
Eighty-five percent of adults in East Sussex regularly enjoy an alcoholic drink. The drinks sector contributes significantly to our social and economic landscape, through not only wine production but that of Gin, and Beer as well.
Space to expand
Bexhill Enterprise Park North industrial scheme
Westcott Leach has begun developing over 84,000 sq ft of light industrial floorspace, with development of an access road and utilities for the site ongoing this Winter/Spring 2021/2022.
Beeching Road Studios
Six industrial units comprising 1,599 square metres at Beeching Road Industrial Estate in Bexhill, transformed into artists studios and creative workspaces in the heart of Bexhill, East Sussex.
These woodland workspaces offer a unique office space or workshop facilities that have been designed to promote a healthy working environment. Perfect for artisan makers and other enterprises at all stages.
Space to Make
A brand new creative workspace just outside Tunbridge Wells offering a range of collaborative spaces for wood and metalwork, painting, CNC routing, laser cutting, and 3D printing.
Independent cinema in the heart of Rye run by Kino Digital opened in 2015, boasting a two-screen cinema, a cafe-bar and function rooms.
Skinners of Rye
One of the longest established and growing businesses in Rye, trading for over 100 years, offers vehicle sales and repair services.
Merchant & Mills
1940s-inspired sewing emporium filled with high-quality fabrics & accoutrements. Owners Carolyn Denham & Roderick Field Began.
Eggs to Apples
Award-winning farm shop and café, selling the best, affordable local produce in Sussex and Kent. Founded by Susannah and Craig Hewett
Park Holidays UK
With over 43 holiday parks in the UK, Park Holidays UK is one of the largest holiday park operators in the UK, offering holidays, breaks as well as caravan and lodge ownership.
Tillingham Winery offers natural wine, seasonal food, and stylish rooms near Rye in East Sussex.
One of the biggest employers in the South East, contrary to what the name suggests, the insurance giant’s national HQ is in Bexhill.
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