Why Horsham District is the perfect location for business
The position of Horsham District makes it a very desirable location for businesses. The District is 25 miles from Brighton and 45 miles from London. It is also located at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond, giving businesses the opportunity to capitalise on international trade.
A centre for transport
Horsham District is well connected by a detailed network of roads radiating into and out of the area.
Access can be gained through major trunk roads from all directions. The A23/M23 motorway runs from Brighton in the South through to London in the North and can be easily accessed from the District. There is also a connection with the M25 London Orbital motorway through Junction 8 on the M23.
The A24 gives access to Worthing in the South through to Dorking in the North and also offers another connection with the M25. Important towns from neighbouring counties can be reached through East and West routes passing across Horsham District. The A27 provides a link towards Portsmouth and Southampton, with the A281 providing a route to Guildford in the West and Brighton in the East. Entrance to Kent is gain via the A264 running via Crawley, East Grinstead and Royal Tunbridge Wells from which access towards the Channel Tunnel can be made by use of the M20 motorway. Other smaller routes give access to Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill via the A272 and Bognor Regis in the South can be reached by traversing the A29.
Horsham District is well connected by rail to London and the South West with regular direct trains to London, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton. London Victoria station can be reached by fast train within 52 minutes and trains from the District run direct to South East London through New Cross Gate into London Bridge Station. The District is able to boast up to seven trains per hour during peak times direct into London; a train to London at less than every 10 minutes.
New services from Horsham provided by ThamesLink trains, have enabled improved access to more of the country north of London. Direct trains from Horsham through to Peterborough in the East Midlands provides an excellent North-South link for residents and businesses alike.
To reach further afield, The Channel Tunnel – 78 miles away – provides the only fixed link between the UK and mainland Europe with easy access for passengers, cars and freight. Eurotunnel manages the Channel Tunnel infrastructure and its own vehicle shuttle – le shuttle between Folkestone and Calais – which has a journey time of 35 minutes.
Horsham District is well served once again this time by air with four major international airports at 50 miles or less from the District giving great access to wider markets for trading. Gatwick Airport is only a short journey from the north of the District allowing for excellent international links via air.
- Gatwick Airport – 12 miles (17 minutes)
The UK’s second largest airport with over 200 destinations in 90 countries serving 33 million passengers a year
- Heathrow Airport – 35 miles (50 minutes)
The UK’s largest airport with 176 destinations in 90 countries serving 66 million passengers a year
- London City Airport – 50 miles
30 destinations across the UK, Europe and USA
- Southampton Airport – 46 miles 50 European destinations serving 2 million passengers
With Gatwick Airport on our doorstep, trade with international destination couldn’t be easier for businesses within Horsham District.
If the sea is the required mode of transportation, worldwide trade can be accessed through major ports in the South East region. Horsham District businesses are well placed to take advantage; the area being close to the coast and so can access the trade opportunities beyond.
Major ports and ferry terminals:
- Dover – 88 miles
- Folkestone – 78 miles
- Newhaven – 24 miles
- Portsmouth – 30 miles
- Southampton – 45 miles
- Thamesport – 60 miles
- Tilbury – 53 miles
If your business has the need to transport large products long distances, then Horsham District has the capability to fulfill your haulage needs.
In total, Horsham District is home to 34 industrial and commercial estates spread throughout the District. Each of these sites are able to directly benefit from the excellent position of the area relative to London, the coast and the rest of the country.
The position of Horsham District remains a key strength. The District is 45 miles from London, around 25 miles from Brighton and 30 miles from Chichester, with other notable location (Crawley, Guildford, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill) only a short distance away.
Horsham District is the second largest Local Authority District in West Sussex, covering an area of 205 square miles: 85% of this area is rural. The District is within touching distance of many areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the South Downs National Park running along the South of the District and the High Weald in the North. The beauty of the landscape sets Horsham District apart from other surrounding areas, adding to the desirability for businesses and individuals to locate here in the District.
Horsham is the main town within the District and is an important economic centre for the area, with a population of around 55,000 people. The other main population centres are the six market towns of Billingshurst, Henfield, Pulborough, Southwater, Steyning and Storrington. Much of the remaining population is spread through more rural areas characterised by their picturesque and idyllic landscapes.
The variety of locations add lots to what Horsham District has to offer businesses and residents meaning, there is lots to explore and get up to in the District.
The District in relation to south of the UK