Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

Companies looking for technological expertise in advanced manufacturing and engineering processes will find Coast to Capital an advantageous location. The mix of high profile advanced engineering businesses provides a strong supply of highly skilled labour locally and scope for innovative new businesses to enter the local supply chain.


Select examples include the Rolls Royce facilities in Chichester, Fender Musical Instruments in Horsham, Varian UK in Crawley, and ExxonMobil in Leatherhead.


Creative, Digital & IT

The region's creative culture fosters an innovative approach. Brighton & Hove, sometimes called 'Silicon Beach', is recognised as a digital media cluster. The rich supply of local university graduates, excellent digital media business networks, and an enviable quality of life make this area a magnet for new investors and talented individuals.


Select examples include the Postgraduate Digital Media Arts and Digital Media Production at the University of Brighton, The Centre for Material Digital Culture based at the University of Sussex, the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom,Surrey, and Wired Sussex, the industry's voice and a business support organisation with 2,300 members.


Energy and Environmental Technologies

Coast to Capital is leading the uptake of renewable energy and waste minimising technologies in the UK. This presents a range of exciting opportunities in renewable energy – particularly for solar, bio-energy, wave and wind technologies. Alternative fuel and energy sources e.g. biomass, photovoltaics, wave power and wind power are the fastest growing sectors, along with carbon finance and building technologies.


Select examples include the Veolia biomass facility in Newhaven, the Rampion Windfarm off the Sussex coast, National Academy Hubs for the Renewable Energy sector in Worthing and Crawley, The Sussex Energy Group which researches the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems, the University of Brighton which has a research focus on Sustainable Construction and Environmental Planning.


Healthcare and Life Sciences

Companies come to the region to develop R&D and manufacturing facilities, tapping into our skills base and universities. The future for these companies in these fields is excellent, with innovative start-ups accessing first class laboratory and R&D facilities, while partner/suppliers gain from the success of world-class global corporates. Historically, the region has had strengths in pharmaceuticals, but is also a market leader in medical instruments and devices.


Medical technology companies located in Coast to Capital include Novo Nordisk Ltd, CSL Behring UK Ltd, Elekta Ltd, Varian Medical Systems UK Ltd, Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd, Roche Diagnostics, Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Pfizer UK.


Financial & Business Services

Many major international financial and business organisations located in the region enjoy the benefits of being on the doorstep of the international finance markets of the City of London, but with lower operational costs than the central London area. The serviced offices, land for development and competitive pricing in many areas of Coast to Capital has influenced the relocation of many world-leading financial services companies, along with the skilled, flexible, and diverse local workforce.


Select examples include Zurich Insurance and Chartis/AIG in Croydon, American Express in Brighton & Hove, Carlton Asset Management and Equip Asset Management in Redhill, and major accountancy firms such as KPMG, PwC, Grant Thornton, and Deloitte in Crawley.


Food and Horticulture

With more than 460 companies, West Sussex possesses a high value of horticultural activity, growing produce worth £500 million at retail value. Nationally, the sector adds £1.2 billion to the UK economy. New technologies coupled with West Sussex's natural environment means that land management and land-based industries thrive locally, and whilst its agricultural land provides outstanding local produce the mild climate and high sunlight levels place the region as one of the UK's leading glasshouse areas.


Select examples include Tangmere Airfield Nurseries, Fargro Ltd, VHB Herbs, The West Sussex Growers' Association, Unilever, Nestle, and Pasta Reale Ltd.



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