Business, Economy & Employment
The economy is more or less equally reliant (20% approx) on public administration, education and health; banking, finance and insurance; distribution, hotels and restaurants, with around 10% manufacturing and a little less in the construction and transport industries.
If you are moving to West Sussex with a family or are soon to be starting one, then you will find West Sussex has a comprehensive education system comprising secondary schools and academies and over twenty independent senior schools. There are also around 240 infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools with the University of Chichester and Chichester College there for those who wish to pursue higher education.
West Sussex is rich with history and culture spreading throughout the region with an abundance of interest for young and old and the visitor alike – in fact it would be fair to say you are spoiled for choice. From Arundel castle to Horsham museum (home to collections of poets Percy Bysshe-Shelley and the creator of Frankenstein Mary Shelley), to the country house of Goodwood , you then have the deer park at Petworth House and vastly attractive Chichester Harbour on the Solent; not to mention numerous sites of prehistoric interest that are fun to explore.
Whether you’re into art, gospel music or Morris dancing, you will never be short of entertainment on a local level. There is a wealth of film and photography clubs and independent cinema to enjoy, as well as art galleries, comedy clubs and orchestras. Writing is popular as too are opera, concert bands and ballroom dancing. If participating is not your scene then West Sussex is equally rich in Grade A restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and live music.
Sports and hobbies
When you discover that Sussex has long been regarded as the birthplace of cricket it is perhaps not surprising that sport and leisure activities of all kinds are in plentiful supply throughout the region – no more so than in the West. And talking of history, West Sussex is the place to be if you want to try your hand at Stoolball – a game said to have been invented by milkmaids in the 15th century, it is a precursor to cricket, rounders and baseball with milkmaids’ stools being used as the wicket! It is a very popular participator sport, so much so they even have local leagues!
Whether you enjoy participating or prefer a choice of spectator events, West Sussex has much to savour to while away the time. Canoeing, kayaking, angling, croquet, badminton, fencing, golf, gymnastics, mountain boarding, petanque, polo, sailing, and table tennis are all popular here as much as football and rugby and tennis.
Last, but by no means least, when you come to live in West Sussex you are blessed with marvellous seaside vistas and roaming countryside to go with it. Bognor Regis is of course the most famous in West Sussex, but there are also popular stretches out in Selsey and Worthing, while the charming port of Littlehampton is becoming a thriving holiday community. If it’s a life by the sea that grabs you, West Sussex has it all in spades!