European Regional Development Fund

Industry sectors

East Sussex is home to some of the best and brightest minds in the country, the most innovative companies and a wealth of creative talent.

Clusters of advanced engineering and manufacturing companies in Hastings, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Uckfield and other parts of the county, are supported by suppliers of high quality components and a skilled workforce. These businesses are active in a wide range of areas including low carbon technologies, aerospace, electronics, measurement and testing, industrial pumps, vacuum technology, precision optics and pharmaceuticals.

Tourism, conferences and linguistics are major industries, as is the production and sale of food and drink. The rural parts of East Sussex are utilised by land based industries and companies producing quality food produce, real ale and growing quantities of high quality wine.

The county’s infrastructure and close connections to the capital and major ports and airports are behind a number of large, multinational companies choosing to locate in East Sussex. Wholesalers too find the county offers a great location and allows for easy distribution throughout the country.

The abundance of creative talent in East Sussex is employed in areas which include publishing, graphic design, web design, app design and events management. The excellent connectivity in East Sussex is an advantage to these companies that communicate digitally and have clients across the world.

Affordable commercial property minimises overheads for e-commerce businesses, which are able to find a ready and available workforce and suitable business accommodation to house their operations.

In the service sector, East Sussex provides a headquarters to a variety of companies dealing with transmission of money, loans, mortgages, pensions, insurance, as well as more complex forms of investments. The sector is fast growing in the county’s larger towns, where there is a high demand for private healthcare as well as long term care.

Coastal East Sussex provides access to a wealth of resources and the marine sector is expanding too. Among the commercial operations in this sector are boat building companies, fishing fleets and off-shore energy providers, many of which are serviced from the port of Newhaven.

Industry sectors


  • Manufacturing
  • Creative industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Financial and business services
  • Tourism