Culture, tourism, leisure and sport helps to create places where people want to live, work and visit. Small companies play a major role in the employment of more than 30,587 people in the visitor economy in East Sussex, covering a huge range of businesses from accommodation to wine and cultural tourism.
Our stunning countryside and coast provide a wide range of sporting and leisure opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Whether it's walking, cycling, paragliding, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing or culinary experiences, East Sussex is packed with adventures, and many of them are easily reached by rail.
Technology is transforming our lives and enabling professionals and entrepreneurs to choose where they work. Many are relocating their businesses to rural locations and developing new projects and businesses based on their passions, lifestyle pursuits and the local economy.
Work and leisure are merging and in East Sussex, companies and individuals are using nature as a vehicle for reconnecting with ourselves and boosting our businesses and mixing technology and tradition to revitalise our towns and villages.
Nature is a trigger for wellbeing, health and wealth. It increases or focus, creativity and productivity. But with people eager to travel to some of most beautiful countryside just an hour from London, the rise in visitors to East Sussex is also leading to a bigger impact on the environment.
Aware of the responsibility of each individual – and business – to preserve the natural environment, East Sussex promotes sustainability and the circular economy. The Woodland Enterprise Centre in Flimwell, East Sussex is an innovative (and award-winning) demonstration of what can be achieved with sustainable local resources.