One of the region’s key growth sectors is advanced manufacturing and engineering, with 830 enterprises (a 4.7% increase in business formation since 2010), employing over 7,500 people in Coastal West Sussex.

The richness of our advanced engineering activities is in its diversity – from automobile specialists to world renowned audio technicians, there’s a variety of businesses based here. These include:

Ricardo Plc designs, develops and researches internal combustion engines, gearboxes and transmission systems; vehicle acoustics; and motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.

Brighton City Airport, Shoreham is home to numerous aeronautical engineering businesses.

Bowers & Wilkins produce some of the world’s most advanced audio sound systems.

Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd is a rapidly growing engineering company that produces digital thermometers, catering thermometers, moisture meters, pressure meters and other related products.

Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd is one of the world’s leading automobile engineering companies, producing exclusive, top of the range vehicles from its base in Chichester.

URT Group is a rapidly growing Bognor Regis company that is a leading specialist in composites manufacturing and engineering solutions for the defense, motorsport, automotive, marine and aerospace sector.

“The private sector will be the engine for growth and our key growth sectors, such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, will play a prominent role in driving this,” Coastal West Sussex Partnership Director, Caroline Wood, explains.

“We have such a diverse range of advanced engineering businesses based in the region – including many that are known worldwide, enjoying the benefits of our accessible location, lower business costs and great coastal lifestyle.”

If you are already doing business in West Sussex, or are based elsewhere in the UK or overseas, we can help you. From setting up a new operation, to relocating the business, or starting a new enterprise, we will work with you to understand your business requirements, and help connect you to the right contacts and opportunities.

Please contact Caroline Wood for further information: