Coast to Capital
The private sector believes the core economic driver that determines the functional economic area is the international trade activity, which is reliant on the economic dynamo of Gatwick Airport. Recognised as one of the south east’s key growth areas, the Gatwick diamond is linked in the south to Brighton and Hove, itself a significant local economy, and to the West Sussex coast. The inclusion of Croydon establishes a link to the London economy, and an opportunity for increased business growth and the potential for collaboration between Coast to Capital and those in London. To the east and west the diamond is interlinked to the rural economy, which has distinctive strengths.
The whole area functions as a natural economy. Businesses recognise the travel to work patterns in the area, they share a labour force, which is mainly resident in the area; they work with a common skills infrastructure in terms of schools, colleges and higher education; and they are reliant on the same transport infrastructure.
The area is large enough to give scale for those things needing to be dealt with at a significant level, which, in turn, will give sufficient grip on our key issues. it also comprises five interlocking business environments which naturally fit together and which are tight enough to allow us to get things done at local level and to effectively engage a wide range of businesses.
Each of the five interlocking local economies has its own attributes and particular problems and opportunities, but they are bound together by the potential to be transformed from a series of coasting and/or underperforming economies to an integrated high performance economy.
Coast to Capital’s Business Navigator is a web portal for businesses. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital region. The aim of the Business Navigator is to help business people in the region quickly find the most relevant support.
See more at: www.c2cbusiness.org.uk/