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Chichester economy

Chichester and the surrounding areas have a diverse economy; world leading manufacturing companies alongside entrepreneurial new businesses in technology and the creative sectors.  There is a long history of successful business start-ups, an impressive Horticulture sector as well as the world renowned brands of Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Goodwood. 

Together with our well-qualified resident population this underpins an enviable, high quality of life in a district that takes in the outstanding surroundings of the national park and coastline. The district’s economy is worth an estimated £3.1 billion and supports just over 74,000 jobs in over 7,600 businesses.

It has a horticulture sector of national significance. Many of these businesses are UK leaders in high-tech automation, robotics, green energy, digitalisation and artificial intelligence

The area is recognised as having a number of high value small businesses, it offers an outstanding quality of life and it has a well-respected arts and culture offer. It is also located on the fringes of south Hampshire, which has 1.5 million residents, two of the UK’s most significant ports; three universities with 57,000 students.