Sussex is a vibrant county with a rapidly growing population offering great business opportunities in many fields such as construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail, tourism and shipping. Several large companies are based in Sussex including American Express in Brighton, The Body Shop in Littlehampton, Bowers & Wilkins in Worthing, Hastings Direct Insurance in Bexhill, Ricardo plc in Shoreham-by-Sea, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood, Thales UK in Crawley, Alfa Laval in Eastbourne, Parker Building Supplies in Polegate and Virgin Atlantic Airways in Crawley, to name but a few and which help in making the county as dynamic as it is diverse.
A large part of the county is centred on Gatwick Airport – one of the busiest airports in the UK that at present helps to take over 46 million passengers to 220 destinations every year and has been recognised as a key economic growth area for South East England. Whilst reasonable rail connections allow many people to work in London, the ongoing disruption by Southern Rail and the unions has caused many issues for businesses, their employees and passengers. Sussex`s economic growth and development will be the main subject matter of the conference, and will be debated and discussed in the conference.