Why Horsham District?

Horsham District has a strong economy, with high employment rates and a wide range of small, medium and large businesses that have good long-term survival rates. Around 60% of our population is of working age (aged 16-64) and the workforce is highly skilled and motivated.

We have so much to offer businesses of all sectors and sizes. Here, we look at key reasons why organisations choose Horsham District for their business.

We're well-connected

Horsham District is a very desirable location for businesses because it has excellent connections to London, Gatwick Airport and the south coast.

Our proximity to Gatwick Airport is key for many businesses based in Horsham District. There are fast road and rail links to the Airport and we're part of the Gatwick Diamond economic area.

Horsham is less than an hour from London by train and the A23/M23 offers links to the coast and the capital. The A24 and A27 are within easy reach and offer direct road connections to Worthing and Brighton.


We have talented people

Horsham District has highly educated residents and high levels of employment: if you're looking to expand your workforce, you'll find the talent you need here. 59.4% of the our population is of working age and educational achievement is above both regional and national averages: 95% of our residents have achieved NVQ1 or above.

The Horsham Apprenticeship Fair is a popular event for local businesses looking for their next employees and is attended by talented people looking for training opportunities and career opportunities.

Horsham District has relatively low unemployment, reflecting the good accessibility to jobs both within the District and those close enough to commute to. The Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair remains a popular place for local jobseekers to find their next job opportunity.

An overhead shot of Horsham Apprenticeship Fair

We have active businesses

As of 2018 there are 7,915 active businesses in Horsham District, the highest number in West Sussex.

Horsham District is a successful small-business hub. Just over 87% of our businesses employ less than 9 people. We are proud of our fantastic one-year small-business survival rate of 91.3%, the second highest in West Sussex.

There are many business networking groups here to bring like minded business together, including Gatwick Diamond and Coast to Capital.

Available premises

Horsham District has 34 industrial and commercial estates, and commercial premises per square foot are around 70% cheaper across the District in comparison to London, meaning affordable space is available for all businesses to thrive. We can help you with finding a premises to grow your business.

Three people talk about building plans in an office

It's a great place to live

Horsham District has 23 picturesque rural market towns and villages. Crime rates are among the lowest in the country and there are relatively low levels of deprivation. Our town centres are safe, thriving places to visit. Horsham in particular has a packed events programme of free family-friendly things to do.

85% of the District is rural, so you're never far away from beautiful countryside to explore (pictured: Pulborough Brooks). The South Downs National Park and the Downs Link both cross through our borders.

Cows at Pulborough Brooks

Find out more about Horsham District

Visit the Horsham District Council website to read the Council's Economic Strategy for developing the District.