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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – Chichester is great for business


Chichester was named as the best place to live in the South East in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide 2023. It is a view echoed by its most celebrated and significant corporate resident Rolls-Royce Motor Cars whose chief executive says Chichester is also an outstanding place for companies to put down roots – and to expand its operations. The company maintains its global headquarters and manufacturing facility – the only place in the world where Rolls-Royce motor cars are designed and hand-built – just outside the city at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Operating here since 2003, the company now employs over 2,500 people, the majority from the surrounding area, and makes a substantial contribution to the local economy.

Commenting on the Sunday Times survey, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: “Rolls-Royce has been proud to call Chichester its home for the last 20 years, and every passing day has confirmed the wisdom of the decision to base our operations here. We are surrounded by magnificent countryside that reflects our quintessential British brand and consistently delights our international clients and visitors.

“Our business benefits from Chichester’s proximity to major airports, seaports and other transport links; and we’ve been able to recruit and maintain a highly skilled, dedicated and genuinely world-class workforce from Chichester and other neighbouring communities. In our two decades here we’ve successfully transformed our business from automotive manufacturing to become a true luxury house recognised and respected the world over – a transition I firmly believe has been made possible by the unique strengths of our location.



As well as these practical, commercial reasons for making Chichester the Home of Rolls-Royce in the 21st Century, this area has a powerful historical and emotional resonance for our brand. As most readers will know, our founder, Sir Henry Royce, also chose to make his home in this area: his house at West Wittering remains a place of pilgrimage for Rolls-Royce enthusiasts worldwide. His most famous saying – one we still live by over 100 years later – is: ‘Take the best that exists and make it better’.


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CCCI MEMBERS' MEETING Hosted by Smith Simmons and Partners - 5th December

Join us on Tuesday 5th December for our Monthly Members Meeting – hosted this month by Smith Simmons and Partners, 32 North Street Chichester from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.

Welcome Drinks and Nibbles from 6.00pm.

Come along for the chance to catch up with fellow Chamber members.

Event closes at 19.30

Guest Speaker: Smith Simmons


CCCI BUSINESS BREAKFAST at BILL's, North Street, Chichester - 13th December -

CCCI  are delighted to be going back to Bill’s for their December Business Breakfast.

Our speaker this month with be Chamber Member, Daniel Kirtley (Westgate Advisors)

The breakfast provides a friendly, relaxed and informative environment for local businesses to network and improve your business profile locally. 

Guest Speaker this month: Daniel Kirtley (Westgate Advisors)

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CCCI Christmas Lunch at The Harbour Hotel - 19th December

The official CCCI Christmas Lunch is on Tuesday 19th December at the beautiful, Harbour Hotel in North Street, Chichester. What could be more festive than a delicious lunch with Chamber friends in a gorgeous venue, bedecked with the all the magic of Christmas.

Treat yourself to a seat at this fun festive feast amongst excellent company. 

Places are limited so please be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.


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Established over 45 years ago, FSB are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by members, for members.

FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller business to grow and succeed

South East England Virtual Networking - 5th December

Meet other businesses and expand your network at our next virtual South East FSB Connect Event.

In the first week of each month they bring you free-to-attend virtual networking for businesses in and around the South East of England.

This is your opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs, self-employed people and small business owners, to continue to network, collaborate and support each other.

Each meeting will also feature a dedicated speaker on various topics designed to assist you with your business.

BIG networking for small businesses - 8th December

FSB’s BIG networking event, is back! Whether you’re self-employed, a start-up, or simply looking to grow your B2B connections – make sure you join us for FSB’s biggest networking event.

What can you expect at the BIG networking event? You’ll have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs in small breakout rooms and be in with a chance to pitch your business to hundreds of small business owners.

Our festive themed event is going to be extra special- with an amazing guest speaker, and a brilliant prize up for grabs for the best virtual background.

Sussex Virtual Networking - 12th December

Join for virtual networking with FSB Sussex, hosted by Terry Botfield.

This month, it is the Christmas special. Bring your favourite Christmas jumpers and festive backgrounds for an hour of networking with fellow business owners.

This is your opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs, self-employed people and small business owners, to continue to network, collaborate and support each other. Meet virtually for about an hour where you will network and share tips and updates. Attendees will each be given time to introduce themselves in a supportive, unpressured environment.

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St James Industrial Estate in Westhampnett Road in Chichester, which is owned and managed by Chichester District Council, now offers 30 new industrial units for businesses to rent.

The estate, which was developed on an old council depot site in the early 1980s, needed updating and is part of the council’s desire to provide quality business accommodation throughout the district.

“It’s fantastic news that this important project has been completed and that our modern industrial premises are now available for businesses to benefit from,” says Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.

“By making these changes, we have been able to bring the whole site back into use and deliver the quality accommodation that businesses have told us they want to see.

“Inward investment and helping local businesses to grow and thrive is a key priority for us. We are doing a huge amount of work in this area from encouraging businesses to relocate here, through to helping entrepreneurs and start-ups expand their businesses. We can’t wait to welcome businesses back onto the site and to see the positive impact this will have on the local economy.”

Businesses who are interested in finding out more about the new accommodation can call 01243 534632 or email property@chichester.gov.uk.



Rolls-Royce has a long-standing, personal connection with Chichester and the surrounding area. The company’s co-founder, Sir Henry Royce, lived and worked for the last 16 years of his long and illustrious life at his beloved home, Elmstead, in West Wittering. It was here that he produced some of his most memorable work: famously, he sketched the basic design for his Merlin aero engine – which later powered the legendary Spitfire –­ in the sand on West Wittering beach.

That historical link focused attention on Goodwood, eight miles up the road. Motorsport fans worldwide already knew it as the home of the Goodwood Motor Circuit and the Festival of Speed. The wider Goodwood Estate also includes the racecourse and hotel, both at the centre of international society and therefore familiar to Rolls-Royce’s clientele. It was obviously the ideal choice.

Rolls-Royce immediately secured an enthusiastic and influential champion for its project in the Estate’s owner, the now Duke of Richmond, who identified a parcel of land that perfectly suited the company’s needs.


Everyone involved knew that this could be no ordinary manufacturing plant. Here, Rolls‑Royce would not just ‘build cars’: it would design and hand-build the world’s most desirable super-luxury goods, for highly exclusive, exceptionally discerning clients from across the globe.

To design the Home of Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce commissioned award-winning architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, whose credentials included London’s Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project in Cornwall. They created a striking, contemporary and highly sustainable building that blended effortlessly into the surrounding landscape. It also symbolised the innovative, technologically advanced and meticulously crafted products that would be created inside.

Exactly 20 years later, the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood remains the only place in the world where Rolls-Royce motor cars are designed and built – still by hand. It is also the global headquarters of a business that now operates in more than 50 countries worldwide. In 2016, the company opened its Technology and Logistics Centre in Bognor Regis, to support Goodwood’s highly streamlined, fully integrated manufacturing processes.



Low carbon and green business support

By 2035 the UK needs to have delivered on our shared commitment to limit global warming, and key to success will be achieving a low carbon economy.

Official figures show that business and industry account for 25% of UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions, with just under half generated by SMEs (businesses with fewer than 250 employees). Taking climate action is everyone’s business, and we all have a vital role in the UK’s net zero journey.

For employers, tackling climate change has become a key part of future-proofing business. It’s possible to make a positive difference and realise business benefits along the way, including:

  • driving business growth and innovations
  • reducing long term running costs
  • improved resilience; the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Risks Report puts “climate action failure” as the number one risk over the coming decade
  • building trust with employees, customers and businesses in your supply chain
  • attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Low carbon business case studies

A growing number of West Sussex businesses, across sectors, are taking steps to better their environmental performance and improve their operations. They have inspiring and insightful stories that can help inform anyone considering adopting greener business solutions. Watch the YouTube series ‘Low Carbon Business in West Sussex’ to hear their stories.

There’s an increasing amount of support, locally and nationally, to help you to cut through the ‘carbon jargon’, walk you through the practical steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and help you to realise associated benefits for your business.

Influence of Chichester’s Food and Drink sector stretches far and wide

From supplying lobsters at Wimbledon to fresh salad across UK supermarkets, Chichester is a key player in the UK’s £120billion ‘farm to fork’ food chain.

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £29bn to the economy annually – outstripping all other manufacturing sectors, including automotive and aerospace.

And Chichester’s local food and drink businesses, producing a wide range of high-quality products and are central to the success of the sector in the South East, which (excluding London) is responsible for more than 11% of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing businesses*.

Chichester benefits from a long growing season – a district situated in a gap the South Downs, it boasts an ideal eco-climate, which is maximised by growers. Businesses here make land work harder than in other places, using tech and creating a cluster with economies of scale.

Home to some of the UK’s most successful businesses. Its community-orientated and pioneering ethos creates the ideal commercial climate for encouraging sustainability and innovation.

Natures Way Foods is an industry-leading innovator, which began in 1994 when the Langmead brothers had the idea to combine the freshest lettuce with the latest food manufacturing technology. Investing in new technologies from factory design to automation, it is market leader in fresh convenient food, with its range of salad products stocked across most of the UK’s leading supermarket as well as being the producer of Hellmann’s Coleslaw and Leon Salads. Most of the UK season crop is farmed locally, and its manufacturing sites are located just south of Chichester’s beautiful cobbled streets.

The Summer Berry Company has sustainability and stewardship of the land at its heart and supplies almost the entire UK supermarket industry with quality, fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, and the family-owned Selsea’s Fish and Lobster Company are responsible for sourcing and distributing products across the UK.

There has been a 90% increase in vineyard coverage in the South Downs National Park since 2016, according to a report commissioned by the South Downs National Park Authority and carried out by Vinescapes. The area’s 51 vineyards and 11 wineries employ 358 people, attracting approximately 33,000 visitors a year and contributing directly around £24.5m to the local economy and £54m to the wider economy.

They include award-winning Ashling Park Estate. Managing Director, Gail Gardner, said: “Sussex is the sunniest county in the United Kingdom, according to Met Office records and Chichester’s annual growing season temperatures are higher than the regional average. With relatively warm and frost-free conditions and the Isle of Wight and the Downs providing shelter from strong winds the gentle rising coastal plain attracts high light and UV levels, making it ideal for vineyards.

“This little micro climate has encouraged us to invest £6m becoming a wine tourism destination.  At our estate we now offer tours, tastings, restaurants, overnight stays, a gin school 50 bee hives, meeting facilities and a shop or as it called in the trade ‘cellar door’.

“Sussex has its own PDO (protected designation of origin) for wine and has become a wine region in itself with more Gold medal winners in wine competitions than any other county, Chichester is striving to be the capital of this wine region which adds value to our market positioning of excellence.”

Councillor Tony Dignum, Chichester District Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, said: “We are very proud to have such an array of high-quality producers and growers in our district.

“This region has some of the best light in the UK, which, together with the ground-breaking innovations that many of the businesses in the food and drink sector are pushing forward, we are excited about how bright the future is for this area.”

Simon Conway, MD of Vitacress Herbs, said: “As the market leader of fresh herbs in the UK, Vitacress Herbs has been a part of the Chichester community for 10 years. With over 12 hectares of glasshouses and a packing facility which delivers over 80 million herbs a year, it’s safe to say we’re heavily invested in the area. Aside from feeling lucky to be based in an area of outstanding beauty, Chichester provides us with access to transport links across the country. Known to be one the ‘sunniest places in Britain’, the climate contributes to growth of our herbs. With a progressive District Council and a City which welcomes over 16,000 students a year, there’s a wealth of opportunity and innovation in the local area.”


December 2021

Industrial sector delivering growth in Chichester

Chichester’s industrial sites are continuing to perform well and attract new business – with Chichester District Council keen to attract cleaner and greener companies within the sector to the district.

The demand for industrial and logistics space has continued to increase in recent months, partly due to the ongoing rise of online retail, with a focus on sites in close proximity to major trunk roads, airports and ports.

The Terminus Road industrial estate, largely owned by Chichester District Council, recently welcomed Babynov, a French organic baby food producer, while investment and development company Glenmore have lodged plans to build 17 industrial units on the north side of Terminus Road, on a site previously owned by West Sussex County Council.

Other key industrial areas include Glenmore Business Park and the Quarry Lane industrial estate, while Chichester Marina has units which host companies offering services from imports and sales of vessels to services and marine fabrication engineering.

And, as businesses respond to the climate emergency with renewed vigour following the COP26 Conference in Glasgow last month, Chichester District Council is progressing with the redevelopment of one key site – St James Industrial Estate on Westhampnett Road – to attract more environmentally-minded companies to the district. The £6.6million project will see the existing 40 units demolished and replaced with new, sustainable premises, with a BREEAM standard of ‘very good’ throughout. Thirty new units will be created, with a total of 4,448 sq m of lettable floor space – an increase on the current 3,753 sq m.

Chichester’s location, near the A27 which connects the district with the M3, Worthing, Brighton and ports in Portsmouth and Southampton (via the M27), as well as three international airports – Southampton, London Gatwick and London Heathrow all within 90 minutes of the district’s industrial hub, along with a highly-skilled workforce, are two attractive factors for industrial and logistics companies.

Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: “Chichester’s rich and varied commercial sector is delivering growth for the local area as well as further afield.

“At the council we’re working hard to ensure this sector continues to grow – in a cleaner and greener way than ever before with our plans to transform St James Industrial Estate into a more environmentally-friendly, economically-sound, attractive place for businesses to work.

“The district is an attractive location – our transport links are ideal for those needing to get goods out fast and efficiently and we have a number of services based across the commercial units – there’s no sector that wouldn’t be suitable in our commercial hub.”


December 2021

Images of what the redeveloped St James Industrial Esate in Chichester will look like once completed by Autumn 2022

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Automotive sector identified as driver of growth in Chichester district

With opportunities for businesses in the automotive industry readily available, and the chance to hire local talent trained by the district’s education providers, Chichester’s long-running association with the automotive sector is only set to grow in the coming years.

Already home to established, world-renowned, companies including Rolls-Royce and the iconic Goodwood Estate, the district is also where a number of car dealerships – both national and independent – and specialist workshops for repair and customisation are located.

Employers are supported by the skills provision from the district’s educational institutions, with Chichester College’s Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle courses allowing students the opportunity to specialise before moving into the workplace. The University of Chichester also offers engineering courses.

Iconic Land Rovers and Range Rovers are being customised within the district, as they are carefully crafted and transformed into bespoke vehicles by luxury designers and engineers Kingsmen Editions and their sister company, Chichester Cars.

Across the UK more than 864,000 people are employed by the automotive sector, which generated more than £100billion in 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Location is likely to be a key decider in where automotive businesses base themselves with an estimated 4,100 cars and 6,100 engines exported worldwide every day – and 1,000 cars distributed to UK dealers and 3,600 engines delivered to UK factories. Chichester, with its close proximity to two major port cities in Portsmouth and Southampton, stands out against other UK locations.

Councillor Tony Dignum, Chichester District Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, said: “Some of the UK’s most iconic cars have been – and continue to be – developed, tested and manufactured in Chichester, and we have a legendary race track right on our doorstep – and the opportunity is there for anyone in the sector to become a part of our district’s motoring story.

“Plans are underway to increase availability of space for the sector and our University and College are teaching the next generation of technicians, designers, specialists and experts – not to mention our location to two of the UK’s biggest ports putting you in front of the world.

“We’re open for business and ready to put you in the fast lane.”

Chichester College plays a key role in training tomorrow’s experts and on average trains hundreds of students every year across various automotive trades, including motor vehicle and motorcycle.

The college is also working in collaboration with a consortium of Sussex-based colleges to establish hybrid and Electric Vehicle technology training centres across the region. This project has taken a step forward thanks to the awarding of multi-million-pound funding from the Department for Education as part of the Strategic Development Fund.

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director of the Chichester College Group, said: “We are extremely proud of our motor vehicle offer at Chichester College.

“Year on year we are training hundreds of students in important automotive trades, teaching them the skills they need to succeed in the industry.

“We build close links with employers, such as Rolls-Royce, to ensure our courses are meeting their requirements, including developing our apprenticeship programmes to improve the skills of their workforce across a diverse range of disciplines – something that Ofsted highlighted in our Outstanding Ofsted report last year.

“Looking forward, we are very proud to be working with colleagues at colleges across Sussex to be building new centres which will provide skills training to support the future of the industry, such as across electric vehicle and other emerging sustainable transport technologies.

“It is an exciting time for the industry and for those looking to work within it.”

The final jewel in Chichester’s crown is the Goodwood Motor Circuit, which coordinates a busy schedule of track days and driving experiences, attracting both business and customers all year round. The Estate hosts three annual headline motorsport events – the Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and Goodwood Revival – attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area. The Festival of Speed is an essential part of the automotive event calendar and, at the 2021 event, Goodwood launched ‘Electric Avenue – The Road To 2030’ presented by Sky Zero, the home of electric mobility at the Festival of Speed. Proving to be one of the most popular exhibits over the weekend, the exhibition showcased an extensive collection of the latest Electric Vehicles, from the diminutive Citroën AMI to the elegant Pininfarina Battista hypercar, enabling visitors to explore the electric transition coming in 2030.

Adam Waterworth, Goodwood’s Events Managing Director, said: “This year the Festival of Speed returned to the Goodwood Estate for the first time since 2019 and played a big part in providing a platform for our automotive partners to get in front of customers, whether at the event or joining us online from around the world. We continue to attract the biggest global names from the automotive sector and Goodwood is proud to be playing a part in driving growth in the Chichester district.”

August 2021

The West Sussex Recover & Rise SME Digital Accelerator programme.

This Autumn & Winter 2021, West Sussex County Council launches a FREE online workshop series designed to maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies for West Sussex Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The SME Digital Accelerator programme is a 4 part series consisting of over 25 online workshops:

Series 1: Getting Online

Series 2: Customers & Marketing

Series 3: Systems & Productivity

Series 4: Growth Expansion & New Products.

These workshop sessions have been put together by local digital experts Freedom Works, Always Possible & Creative Bloom in partnership with the County Council & boroughs to help small and medium businesses utilise digital tools and gain expert knowledge and advice in how best to grow their online presence and attract and retain new customers.

Workshops will be run online and will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting on 9th September.

September 2021

Introducing Chichester at Real Estate Live UK


 A spotlight will be on Chichester this October, with the district being promoted to investors and developers as part of a week-long programme of events at Real Estate Live UK.

Introducing Chichester, in partnership with Invest Chichester, takes place at 10.30am on Wednesday 6 October and will give attendees insight into the district’s commercial market, its strong growth sectors, the support on offer and how the council can help those interested in the district to locate, grow, and thrive.

In what will be its fifth week of virtual events since launching in June 2020, Real Estate Live UK has fast become a crucial platform for regeneration professionals, property experts and local authorities alike – replacing the more traditional physical events taking place before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Completely free to attend, its third week of events takes place from 4-8 October, keeping the property sectors talking, tackling the issues facing the industry and promoting live opportunities for investment.

Chichester District Council is putting the district on the map thanks to its new inward investment brand, Invest Chichester – focusing on its strengths, which include location, cultural offer and a well-supported business network – to drive new growth to complement the array of varied employers and industries that call it home.

To register for the session, visit https://realestatelive.co.uk/events/introducing-chichester-in-partnership-with-invest-chichester/

To find out more about Real Estate Live UK’s October programme, visit https://realestatelive.co.uk/programme/

August 2021

Government award £7million funding to colleges across Sussex region for skills training

A consortium of Sussex colleges is to receive more than £7million funding, as part of the Department for Education’s Strategic Development Fund.
Comprised of eight college groups, further education colleges and sixth form colleges across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, led by Chichester College Group (CCG), the consortium will be working collaboratively to boost skills training in sustainable industries.

Bexhill College, BHASVIC, College of Richard Collyer, East Sussex College Group, Greater Brighton Metropolitan Group (GB Met), Plumpton College and Varndean College are working with CCG to deliver five projects:

  • Alternative Energy & Hydrogen Technologies (led by CCG)
  • Land Management Strategies and Practices for Environmental Land Management Schemes (led by Plumpton College, with Brinsbury College)
  • Electric Vehicle Training Centres (led by GB Met)
  • Decarbonisation Academies in Sussex (led by East Sussex College Group)
  • Establishing Carbon Literacy and Sustainability Awareness (led by BHASVIC)

Shelagh Legrave CBE, Chief Executive of the Chichester College Group, said: “This is a fantastic boost for skills training and development across the whole Sussex region.

“Businesses have been struggling to recruit people with the right skills, and while colleges do a fantastic job in skills training, there are some industry gaps where the right equipment or expertise may not be available to deliver the best training.

“Working collaboratively with partners at other colleges across the whole of the Sussex region reflects the need to develop a region-wide approach to improving skills-training and will hugely benefit young people and employers in our local areas.”

Development, writing and submission of the bid was co-ordinated by Dr Tim Strickland, Consultant Chief Executive of FE Sussex, the consortia company of the post-16 colleges in Sussex. He added: “All our member colleges are proud to have been selected to be part of this large scale multi-faceted project, the development of which shows the advantages of working together for the benefit of students and employers.

“It will enable Sussex colleges to place the Green agenda at the heart of today’s teaching and learning and give students and employers the knowledge and skills of tomorrow.”

The funding has been awarded by Government for Local Skills Improvement Plans and development fund pilots. It is part of a £65million fund which is being distributed across the country and

The funding will support the curriculum offered by colleges with a focus on long-term skills priorities of local areas.

July 2021

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Independent retailers in Chichester District invited to access free online training

 Independent retail businesses across Chichester District are being invited to take up free online training which will cover ten key subjects.

The training has been made available thanks to a joint project between all the district and borough councils in West Sussex, and is being led by Horsham District Council. The training has been developed by the company Digital Islands under the West Sussex Retail Hub banner, and has been paid for thanks to a joint bid to the West Sussex Business Rates Pool.

 In the past, Chichester District Council has organised face-to-face training for independent retailers, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this has had to be changed and delivered remotely instead.

Independent retailers will be able to access the following pre-recorded modules, each presented by a specialist expert:

Measuring sales, tracking profitability

  • Key steps for creating a marketing plan
  • The importance of business planning
  • Employing staff: an introduction to HR for small businesses
  • Using social media for business outcomes
  • Card payments and electronic point of sale
  • Understanding today’s customer
  • Creating an exceptional customer experience
  • Developing a quality customer experience for the modern independent retailer; and
  • Developing new business models that work effectively and efficiently.

Businesses will be able to access the training from Monday 12 July at their own convenience by going to https://www.westsussexretailhub.co.uk/ and completing the required registration details. Businesses will be free to pick and choose the modules of most use to them. The modules will be available for the next two years and there will also be downloads and useful resources for businesses to keep.

An online launch event using Zoom will also be taking place on Monday 12 July at 6pm which businesses are welcome to attend. There will be the opportunity to hear from Mark Smith, Operations Director of sportswear company Sweaty Betty as well as an overview of the different training modules from each of the experts.  There will also be a question and answer session for businesses to take part in.

To attend the launch event businesses should go to

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84939047888?pwd=bmhHSG91ZHdxM3Z4aUlZR0ZlVGVVUT09 and use the following details: Meeting ID: 849 3904 7888 and Passcode: 138701

“This training is being provided as part of our council’s ongoing support for our district’s independent retailers and has been made available following extremely positive feedback from those who have completed similar face-to-face training that we have organised in the past,” explains Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Business, Growth and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.

“Collectively, independent businesses are a major employer and are vital to the economy and to our high streets. We are keen to keep supporting businesses following the pandemic, and we hope that businesses will find this high-quality training package extremely relevant and valuable. We hope it will give businesses lots of practical information which they can use to enhance and boost their business for the future.

“As well as providing access to training opportunities our council also offers a range of support for independent businesses in the district including information and advice about grants and networking opportunities.”

People can find out more about Chichester District Council’s business support by visiting http://www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice

6 July 2021

Quality of life message at heart of Invest Chichester launch

A new inward investment campaign has been launched by Chichester District Council targeting employers looking to put a work-life balance at the heart of their business.

The launch of Invest Chichester coincides with a return to the workplace for many employees who had been working remotely for the past 15 months and responded to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic by putting increased importance on both mental and physical health as they prioritise quality of life.

Many employers have recognised the shift in emphasis, providing increased wellbeing opportunities to support, retain and recruit talented staff – moving social events online, delivering more regular catch ups and activities to improve mental health – from mindfulness and yoga to company-wide timeouts from the screen over lunch.

And Invest Chichester is looking to attract those who are placing a greater importance on wellbeing and leisure time – by showcasing the district’s rich culture and heritage which, alongside its open spaces across the South Downs and Chichester Harbour and coastal towns, offer an unrivalled quality of life.

Chichester can provide more space for those who have moved, or are consider moving, out of smaller accommodation in urban centres and heading for more affordable properties outside of major hubs.

It also boasts impressive connectivity – central London is around an hour and a half away and there are three international airports within 90 minutes away – Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton. Looking to the coast, Portsmouth and Southampton, two of Britain’s largest port towns are 20 and 45 minutes away respectively. The district is also home to major, well-established, employers including Goodwood, Natures Way Foods and Rolls Royce.

The Council has identified opportunities for businesses across numerous sectors including industrial and logistics, creative and digital, as well as tourism and leisure. Across its new campaign, Chichester District Council will be showcasing the space and assets on offer, as well as supporting businesses in moving to the district.

And there’s benefits for employees too – the opportunity to be part of a growing economy with outstanding schools, providing an unrivalled work/life blend.

Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: “We want businesses that are new to the district to discover what it has to offer, and we want those already living and working in this wonderful part of the world to benefit from the investment that we hope to attract.

“Chichester District has so much to offer and our doors are open to businesses looking to make a change for the better and locate here, grow, and thrive.

“There’s no better time than now to get in touch and start a conversation and enjoy the benefits those of us lucky enough to be here already do.”

Stephanie Jones, Head of Communications at Natures Way Foods, said: “We’re lucky enough to have a long history of working in the district and have the best of town, country and seaside living on the doorstep of our four sites.”

Mark Minchell, Director, Fludes, said: “Chichester has a strong commercial offer across all subsectors and has been remarkably resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The district’s appeal largely lies in the work-life balance it affords businesses and their employees and a core strength lies in its industrial and logistics hubs where requirements remain consistent in an ever-growing market.”

For more information on Invest Chichester and if you’d like an introduction to the district, email krollings@chichester.gov.uk

25th June 2021