Boasting an enviable southern coastline and excellent natural landscapes, a rich heritage and a growing business community, Worthing in West Sussex is firmly on the map for entrepreneurs, growth businesses and established enterprises eye up exciting locations in the South East.
Long in the shadow of its East Sussex neighbour Brighton just 10 miles to the East, all that has changed thanks to the combination of cheaper house prices – the average Worthing house price stands at £322,261, according to Zoopla, half the average London house price – great transport links and an enviable location by the sea and at the foot of the South Downs National Park, which have piqued interest in Worthing as a place to both live and do business.
Worthing offers the magical combination of a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of opportunities to succeed professionally
With the South Downs on its doorstep and easy travel links to the rest of the UK, Worthing offers the magical combination of a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of opportunities to succeed professionally. A popular town for commuters, the area boasts five train stations with direct trains to London Victoria and London Bridge in under 1 hour and 30 minutes. Meanwhile, excellent connections to the A27, A24 and A23 offer convenient access to Shoreham, Brighton and London by car.
Worthing’s economy is dominated by the service sector, particularly financial services. Major employers in the area include GlaxoSmithKline, pensions provider Canada Life and Southern Water, which has its headquarters in the seaside town. Meanwhile HMRC is on track to relocate around 800 staff to a new office in Worthing from its current base in Durrington by 2021.
The Greater Brighton City Deal in 2014 outlined plans to enable the area to fulfil its economic potential thanks to its skilled workforce, its innovative businesses and its universities to become one of the highest performing urban economies in the UK. Greater Brighton refers to the area that covers the coastal urban areas of Brighton and Hove, Shoreham, Worthing and Newhaven, as well as part of the South Downs National Park and the market towns of Lewes and Mid Sussex.
Meanwhile, the five-year Adur and Worthing Growth Deal 2017-2022 is an ambitious programme of regeneration committed to creating hundreds of new homes and new jobs across the area to stimulate more investment and benefit both Worthing and the surrounding community. The JetSpace serviced offices based at Shoreham Airport are just 5 miles or 15 minutes’ drive from Worthing, making it a practical and attractive base for your business. Based at Hangar 4 on the airport, a popular hub for growing and established businesses on the South Coast, JetSpace delivers flexible serviced office space at competitive and all-inclusive rates.