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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’.
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)
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.