Economy initiatives

Find out about the initiatives the county council is working on with partners to support and grow the West Sussex economy.



We want to maximise the impact of regional opportunities in this sector by supporting businesses to transform through the adoption of new technologies and ways of working.

Workforce, employment and skills

We are committed to helping our businesses access the workforce they need in order to grow, to develop skills and opportunities for our residents.

Visitor economy

We are working in partnership to promote West Sussex as a place to visit and to support businesses and the wider sector.

Horsham Enterprise Park

We have appointed national urban regeneration specialist, Muse Developments, to lead the works to develop Horsham Enterprise Park.

Gigabit-capable broadband

Find out about the next generation of connectivity.

LEADER funding

The 2015-2020 LEADER programme is now closed. Find out what was delivered.

The Spark Project

The 2016-2020 SPARK project is now closed. Find out what was delivered.


An exciting and new collaborative workspace for creative and digital businesses in Bognor Regis railway station, led by West Sussex County Council.

The Business Hothouse

The Business Hothouse offers free support to pre-start and established businesses in the Coast-to-Capital area.


RISE offers free support to help West Sussex businesses innovate, using expertise from the universities of Brighton and Sussex.


The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme is designed to help businesses across the South and East make the transition to a low carbon economy.

Economy Plan

One of West Sussex County Council's top priorities is supporting the recovery of the local economy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. To help achieve this ambition, the County Council has developed the Economy Plan (2020-2024) in response to the impact and challenges posed by the pandemic. The plan is an update of the Economic Growth Plan (2018-2023). The Economy Plan summary gives you a snapshot of some of the ways we are working to aid economic recovery, support businesses and play our part in boosting growth and prosperity.

Economy Plan and Economy Plan summary