August 1st, 2016
The West Sussex coast is known for its beauty and high quality of life, but it is also gaining a high reputation as a business location. Shoreham-by-Sea and the surrounding area are within easy reach of London, and also have great communications with Europe by both sea and air. An increasing number of small companies are choosing to move into office space in Shoreham because of these advantages, and others.
Being located near to Shoreham Port is ideal for businesses exporting goods, while a major regeneration project around the harbour is set to boost the port further. Many businesses also benefit from the large numbers of tourists visiting this popular stretch of coast.
Business Advantages of Shoreham
The town of Shoreham itself has a population of more than 48,000, but is just a few miles from the city of Brighton and Hove, with more than 270,000 residents. It is also part of the larger Coastal West Sussex area, which is home to in excess of 430,000 people. The area has a reputation for advanced engineering and marine businesses, while a growing number of small businesses are setting up here or moving into the area.
Major global engineering, scientific and software company Ricardo was founded in Shoreham and its head office and technical centre are major employers in the town. West Sussex County Council is working to promote the Shoreham area as a business location and attract further investment.
Sea: Shoreham Port offers a full range of cargo services for both import and export, and is served by vessels from a number of European ports, including ships from Spain, Scandinavia, Belgium and the Baltic countries. It is also used by many fishing vessels and leisure sailors. The port has a Masterplan for expansion and job creation over the coming years. Meanwhile, there is also a long-term plan to regenerate the harbour area, with a mix of development including housing, retail and leisure provision.
Air: The oldest airport in the UK, Brighton City Airport is based in Lancing, Shoreham, and a number of aeronautical businesses are associated with it. Although the airport does not have any scheduled flights, it is used by light aircraft for business and leisure. Shoreham is also only 32 miles from the major international airport Gatwick, which can be reached by both the M23 and A23.
Road and Rail: Major roads serving Shoreham and the Adur district include the M23, M25, A23 and A27. The town has a rail station on the West Coastway line, linking it with both Brighton and Southampton as well as London. The shortest journeys to London Victoria take around 70 minutes.
The proportion of adults of working age in West Sussex with level NVQ4 skills or higher has been estimated at around 35%, which is higher than the national average. Shoreham is close to the university city of Brighton and Hove, which has more than 21,000 students at a number of campuses on the Sussex coast, bringing a high level of skills into the local workforce.
Office Space in Shoreham
Companies wanting to move into office space in Shoreham and the surrounding area may face a difficult search. There have been warnings that there is a shortage of office accommodation in the Brighton and Hove area, with many offices having recently been converted into housing, exacerbating the problem.
If you are looking for a serviced office to let on the West Sussex coast, within easy reach of Brighton, the Basepoint business centre in Shoreham is likely to be the answer. Our purpose-built, modern centre has an excellent central location in the town’s High Street, and offers a range of units for businesses of different sizes. Companies based here can benefit from a variety of services, including break-out areas and the option to rent serviced meeting rooms. You can also arrange to use a virtual office via the centre.
Office Space in Shoreham – Contact Basepoint now for details of our offices on the West Sussex coast close to Brighton and Hove.