European Regional Development Fund

Districts and boroughs

Eastbourne has a broad economic base and is home to companies in a wide range of industries.

There is an established advanced engineering sector, with a cluster of companies in the industrial pump sector that design, engineer and manufacture precision–engineered machinery.

There are opportunities for new and large investments and for existing companies to grow. Over 400 new businesses started up in the town in 2013. Eastbourne offers a variety of high specification offices and industrial sites for accommodation covering all sectors of the market. An additional large business park and Innovation Mall at Sovereign Harbour has been built to the east of the town centre.

Commercial rents are competitive, which, when combined with a well–educated and skilled workforce, a lively cultural location and close proximity to London and mainland Europe, makes Eastbourne an exceptionally competitive business location.

Eastbourne Borough Council and its partners are positive about supporting business in the town and are delivering an ambitious regeneration programme to retain Eastbourne’s position as a premier seaside destination – new contemporary business centre; faster broadband; expanding the shopping and leisure offer and developing new public spaces in the town centre; and transforming Devonshire Park into a leading conference and cultural destination. Eastbourne also benefits from an active Education Business Partnership that supports learning links between local employers and local learners.

The Eastbourne business community is well connected and mutually supportive. The Chamber of Commerce is strong with around 600 members and holds many networking events to facilitate local B2B links. There are many business events for local entrepreneurs to promote their goods and services and a healthy ‘buy local’ ethic.

A popular seaside resort, more than 4.8 million people visit every year, and tourism is worth over £336million to the local business economy. Eastbourne has the biggest economy out of the East Sussex towns and boasts the largest man–made marina in northern Europe, Sovereign Harbour Marina.

It is a growing, exciting town ready to welcome you, your business and your investment. Thanks to its stunning natural environment, Eastbourne offers a superb work life balance.

Eastbourne had the highest percentage of female director appointments in the UK last year.

£85 million is being invested in a scheme to regenerate and transform the town centre.

Second fastest growing seaside resort in the UK.