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Coast to Capital is keen to attract investing businesses to the region. Coast to Capital offers investors a diverse, locally, nationally and internationally connected area.

Luke West who heads up our Inward Investment activity can provide you with bespoke support to help identify properties, incentives and connect you with local networks, local authorities and strategic partnerships, experts, soft landing support and the education sector.



Building Back Stronger, Smarter and Greener



The Coast to Capital region has long been the UK economy’s unpolished gem; unprecedented global connections, enviable links into the heart of London - one of the world’s greatest cities - and home to the most entrepreneurial coastal city region in the country.


Coast to Capital has a resident population of 1.5m. 70% of the region’s population live in urban centres, as defined by our urban centres study, and the urban population is expected to increase over time.


Qualification levels are better than the national average but there is high inequality (for every 10 people with NVQ4+ qualifications, there is one person without any qualifications).


Coast to Capital has the seventh largest economy in terms of total economic output in England.


The region has growing sector specialisms in Business Support Services, Construction, Creative, ICT and Digital. The most prominent sectors in terms of numbers of businesses are Financial and Professional Services, Construction and Retail Demand for office and industrial remains stable.


The area is rich in natural capital with a number of protected areas, including the South Downs National Park, Surrey Hills and Chichester Harbour Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.




COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our region, and it makes this task more immediate. 2020 has now become a turning point for our region; a time when significant, focused, long-term investment can not only enable recovery, but drive new value and discovery.


Our plan is to enable our economy to build back stronger, smarter, greener…


To build back stronger, we will support Crawley with a plan to grow and evolve the UK’s most COVID-19 impacted town into a more economically diverse and dynamic place. Development of new housing, commercial space and an enhanced skills and innovation offer will match the ambition of Global Britain and of a model for sustainable living.


To build back smarter, we will build upon the knowledge and innovation community which already exists in Brighton. We aim to expedite investments in knowledge for all, including support for the development of an internationally significant hub for Quantum Technologies, alongside ongoing evolution of our digital and clean growth sectors.


To build back greener, we will draw on our talented workforce and local business specialisms, to lead a green recovery across the whole region. We will work toward UK ‘net-zero’ targets on climate change with a twin-track approach: decarbonising the energy supply across homes, transport and industry, while securing and coordinating investment in natural capital to offset emissions.


Whilst the region is hard hit, our recent evidence base shows that with support and investment, our towns and cities are well placed to recover and re-orientate our economy, creating fundamental change and long term growth.

  • Although growth has been constrained, our economy is one of the largest UK Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area economies, worth £58 billion in 2019
  • We have a highly talented and qualified population, with half of our residents qualified to degree level or above
  • We have increasing business growth and specialisation in important sectors including the digital and green economy
  • We remain globally connected, with deep physical and commercial links to London
  • Brighton & Hove and Crawley have historically high start-up rates, with an entrepreneurial agility in Brighton which can underpin our recovery
  • We have unmet demand for space in our key growth locations
  • We have outstanding natural capital and quality of environment
  • We have a history of innovation, despite previous under investment in R&D

Support Available


The geographic areas that the Coast to Capital Growth Hub covers:

  • East Surrey - Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Tandridge and Reigate and Banstead | Growth Relationship Manager - Fiona Anderson
  • West Sussex - Gatwick & Crawley | Growth Relationship Manager - Fiona Anderson
  • West Sussex - Arun, Chichester, Horsham and Mid Sussex | Growth Relationship Manager - Karen Tyrrell
  • Brighton and Hove and Adur and Worthing | Growth Relationship Manager - Ryan Davies


Not in the Coast to Capital Growth Hub area? Find your local growth Hub here.



Growth Hub Services


The Coast to Capital Growth Hub team provides fully funded advice, support, investment and strategic leadership to help small and medium sized enterprises drive sustainable business success and regional economic growth in West Sussex, Greater Brighton and East Surrey.


We do this by:

  • challenging, encouraging and enabling strategic change
  • connecting you to business support programmes, experts, peer business leaders and funding opportunities
  • helping you develop national and international opportunities


The Growth Relationship Managers


The Growth Relationship Managers provide you with long term free and impartial support. As part of their support they can undertake analysis to diagnose key areas of business improvement, helping you to unlock potential in your business operations.



Growth Champions


The Growth Champions are a network of consultants, all experts in their respected fields. The network can provide specialist support for businesses to unlock further growth. Coast to Capital are able to fully fund a day of specialist support from this Network.



GROWTHmapper Diagnostics & DNAsix


The Growth Relationship Managers can provide comprehensive business diagnostics through GROWTHmapper which includes a set of assessment questions designed to underpin coaching and advice, as well as a digital coaching programme ‘DNAsix’ that can help your business survive, compete and ultimately thrive in today’s digital marketplace.



Investment in the Coast to Capital area


The Growth Hub supports investment enquiries and opportunities in partnership with the Department for International Trade and local partners. The team help identify solutions and support for existing and potential investors including those from overseas.



Contact the Growth Hub


The Growth Hub website is regularly maintained with links to partner support and government information. Keep up to date with the latest news, information and events on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. To speak to a Growth Relationship Manager, complete the Request Form online.

Use our 3 Stage filter to find the best match of support services for you:




What sector do you operate in?

  • Advanced Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction
  • Creative Digital and IT
  • Education and Training
  • Environmental Technologies and Low Carbon
  • Food & Drink, Horticulture, Agriculture
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Marine, Aerospace & Defence
  • Professional Business & Financial Services
  • Tourism & Retail
  • Transport & Logistics

What support do you require?

Investing in Coast to Capital

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Net Zero - Together for our Planet
  • Brexit Transition
  • 1 to 1 Advice & Guidance
  • Better Business for All - Help with regulation
  • Events & Networking
  • Funding & Grants
  • Export and import
  • Information, Videos and other Resources
  • Innovation and High Growth
  • Investing in Coast to Capital
  • Management and Leadership
  • Membership & Representation
  • Peer to Peer
  • Premises & Facilities
  • Signposting and portals
  • Start Up Support
  • Strategic Organisation or Partnership
  • Supply Chain & Procurement
  • Training, Skills and Recruitment

Where is your business located?

  • Adur
  • Arun
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Chichester
  • Crawley and Gatwick
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Horsham
  • Mid Sussex
  • Mole Valley
  • Reigate and Banstead
  • Tandridge
  • Worthing
Your results
Support (Organisations)



No matter how insightful or exciting the vision for your enterprise may be, it is only ever the getting there which determines your success.

Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership

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The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership [BHEP] works with other stakeholders to devise the economic strategy for the city. It works with other partners to input into the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] for the sub region.

Croydon Council

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Croydon Council provide a wide range of signposting and support services to businesses based in the Croydon borough.

Invest in Brighton

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If you are looking to invest, expand or relocate your company - invest in Brighton & Hove. Why?

It's the big ideas that really make you money. There are many things that are important in business -- but it's those sparks of inspiration and creativity that make your company a success. Inspirational companies need an inspiring place to work.

Just being in Brighton changes the way you think. Creativity is in our DNA. As soon as you get here you immediately get the sense that something's different. Looking at things differently and experimenting with new ideas just comes naturally to the city. It's what we do.

So if your company is looking for its next big idea - invest in Brighton & Hove

Invest in Coastal West Sussex

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Coastal West Sussex has a diverse range of small and growing businesses and specific niches in branches of advanced engineering, tourism, food and drink and marine related activities. Its coastline and access to markets through Shoreham Port are key assets.

Invest in Rural West Sussex

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Rural West Sussex has strengths in the land-based industries and has large numbers of small engineering and professional services businesses. Its key asset is the quality of its natural environment and the South Downs National Park

Invest in Surrey

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Intelligent. Networked. Innovative. The smart choice is Surrey.

We are looking to the future. Global innovations are happening here, providing new and exclusive opportunities for business.

Surrey boasts immediate access to two international airports and great connections to London.

Invest in The Gatwick Diamond

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The Gatwick Diamond is located just 35 minutes from central London with London Gatwick Airport at its heart. Many global companies and innovative enterprises have chosen the area for their regional headquarters.

For Further Support Please Complete The Contact Form

Malcolm Brabon

SME Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Hub Team Leader

Karen Tyrrell

Growth Relationship Associate

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

Tom Hughes

Peer to Peer - Admin

Coast to Capital

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Information is provided on this website in good faith. However neither Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership nor any associated organisation or individual provide any warranty or accept any liability for information provided.



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