Coast to Capital boasts an export figure of £9.1bn per year. Coupled with a tourist income of £3.6bn, the area is well-known on the international stage for its business capability and willingness to trade across borders as well as accommodate visitors. There remains a large amount of potential for growth, however, which is why a key strategic aim of Coast to Capital is to increase international trade. With the UK's second-largest airport, a highly-skilled and diverse workforce, and a variety of different sectors spread out across the region, the area already has the foundations in place to make this happen.

According to the Department for International Trade (DIT) firms new to exporting experience on average a 34% increase in productivity in the first year, and are 11% more likely to survive. The current thrust of Government growth policy has a heavy focus on trade and exporting. Coast to Capital reflects this in our strategy to increase International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and International Business Tourism.


Coast to Capital has a number of advantages in relation to these three aspects of our strategy:


  • The UK's second international airport, with ambitions to develop new routes, many of them in growth markets, and to build business traffic
  • Other excellent transport and access routes including two international ports linked to Northern Europe
  • International location brands such as Brighton and Gatwick Airport
  • Through Croydon, a close tie to London, a world capital city
  • Some very high quality locations and venues
  • Excellent visitor attractions, including heritage, sports, culture, coast and the natural landscape
Boosting international trade and investment

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

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