Thinking about relocating your business? Choose Eastbourne!
7th November 2019
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Eastbourne, East Sussex, is a dramatically changing town and one of the fastest growing seaside towns in Britain.

Home to 107,000 residents, the town is a tourism hotspot, attracting over five million visitors each year, with a visitor economy worth over £336m.

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Eastbourne is an attractive place to live and visit, with its promenade, parks and scenic Seven Sisters cliff top walks.

But why should you move your business here?

Escape from the heavy workload and breathe in the fresh sea air in the town that famously forms part of ‘The Sunshine Coast’ and is the sunniest place in the UK.

The unbeatable work-life balance is one of the many reasons that increasingly larger numbers of young creatives and businesses (especially in the tech industry) are coming to Eastbourne to set up shop.

Finding somewhere that offers you space to breathe when work gets too much can be a difficult task. Eastbourne offers this and more.

If you live here, you would never be short of dog-walking hotspots as well as the opportunity to get back in touch with nature by seeing the beautiful sights the town has to offer – including a traditionally Victorian pebbled seafront accompanied by the surrounding beauty of the South Downs and nearby white cliffs of the Seven Sisters.

Be inspired

The Little Chelsea area, also named as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the UK, offers up plenty of places to explore if you’re looking for a unique lunch-break adventure.

It doesn’t fall short of quirky boutiques, cafes and galleries – a perfect place for a spot of lunch and an equally great setting to get inspired for your next work project.

The town is a haven for creatives. The innovation charity Nesta has named the town as an important creative cluster in the UK, with 969+ firms in the sector.

Among these are businesses working in graphic and web design, app design, publishing and events management.

High tech and innovative

Over the past five years, Eastbourne has been quietly reinventing itself into an exciting creative hotspot with a reputation as a growing centre for digital technology.

Eastbourne is home to one of the leading software companies and largest software labs in the UK, Zoonou.

A stone’s throw away is Level, a company which works on elaborate exhibitions for the likes of Bombardier, The Telegraph and Universal Pictures, by fabricating bespoke 3D structures for design agencies.

TechResort, a Community Interest Company, is helping to make Eastbourne a great home for digital, tech and creative business by helping to unlock barriers to growth.

Devonshire Quarter

The Devonshire Park Quarter’s recent £54m transformation will put Eastbourne on the map as a top cultural, sporting and conference destination.

The Welcome Building opens up opportunities for international business as a premier conference destination. 

Next door is The Towner Gallery, a hub for art and culture, which remains one of Eastbourne’s most-loved attractions as an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum, presenting major exhibitions of UK and international art.

Affordable property and close travel connections

As a business owner, you’ll probably spend some time travelling for meetings or even arranging the import and export of your goods.

 Eastbourne offers businesses the best of both worlds – affordable property as well as close travel connections to city areas, including a quick 30-minute journey to Brighton and a direct train away from London Victoria and Gatwick Airport too.

Property-wise, Eastbourne is full of family-friendly suburbs, Victorian and Edwardian homes, as well as modern apartment developments including the impressive Sovereign Harbour.

To put the ‘affordable’ part into perspective – standard rent prices in London are approximately 193% higher than Eastbourne whilst this fast-growing town too has a fair amount going for it, including plenty of co-working spaces readily available for entrepreneurs.

Coworking is a vibrant, growing sector for businesses seeking adaptability and community in a dynamic and creative environment.

Cohub, Eastbourne

  • Offers workspace from £30-£210
  • A bright, open-plan co-working space opposite Eastbourne Railway Station.

The Works, Eastbourne

  • Offers workspace from £25-220
  • Coworking and coffee shop in the heart of Eastbourne, just a few minutes’ walk from the station.

Eastbourne Business Hub

  • £160 flat monthly fee
  • Host to a variety of creative and tech companies and is a warm and friendly space for local businesses, situated on Seaside Road in Devonshire Ward.

For companies looking for more substantial premises, Eastbourne offers out of town business parks and estates with ready access to the main roads and to the A26 and A27 and direct links to the M25, London and Brighton. For more about co-working, see here.

We’re prepared to help you move

The Locate East Sussex team has a wealth of experience in assisting companies to move into and within East Sussex. Our services are completely free of charge and we have access to economic development funds to help accelerate growth.

Whether you’re looking to expand your existing operations or a full-scale business relocation, help is available. 

Contact us

Visit our website for more information: locateeastsussex.org.uk

For enquiries, please email enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk

Alternatively, give us a call on 0300 343 5749.

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