“Proudly we serve.”
– Horsham town motto
Horsham District is in an era of continuous investment, from retail areas in the town centre (such as Piries Place, which has seen substantial redevelopment), to new housing developments and – crucially – encouragement and nurturing for businesses.
As a town, Horsham is a safe, affluent place to live and work. Home ownership is above regional and national averages, and the District ranks among the lowest in the country for indicators of deprivation in the community. Crime rates are also consistently low.
Horsham’s location also contributes to its success as a thriving business centre. Horsham strikes the perfect balance between picturesque rural market town and buzzing business hub. With easy road and rail links to London, Brighton, and across the country, it is a popular town for business people to call home.
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Horsham Transport Links
Horsham’s ideal location within the South East is a key part of its appeal. Just 25 miles from Brighton, 30 miles from Chichester, and 45 miles from London, and with an array of vibrant towns and cities on its doorstep, businesses in Horsham have easy access to talent and connections across the region and into the capital.
The A23/M23 runs from Brighton to London and is easily accessed from anywhere within Horsham District. Leaving the M23 at Junction 8 will bring you to the M25 London Orbital. Following the A24 which starts in Worthing will take you up to Dorking and from there onto the M25, as well. For routes towards Portsmouth and Southampton, there’s the A27, the A29 to Bognor Regis and Chichester and the A264 to Crawley, East Grinstead and Royal Tunbridge Wells. The A264 to Tunbridge Wells also takes you to the Channel Tunnel via the M20. Guildford can be reached within 45 minutes west along the A281.
Rail links to and from Horsham are also extremely good. Trains to London are very frequent, with seven trains per hour direct to London. There are also regular services to Portsmouth and Southampton, Chichester, and up to Peterborough. Easy connections to other networks towards Guildford, Dorking, Leatherhead, Reading and so on, are just one change away.
When it comes to air travel, you could scarcely ask for a better location than Horsham. Away enough from the flight path for a little peace and quiet, but close enough that catching a flight is as simple as can be, Horsham is just 25 minutes’ drive to London Gatwick Airport.
Information for Businesses in Horsham: Facts and Stats
The Horsham District has the highest number of active registered businesses in the whole of West Sussex: over 8,000. Many of these businesses are award-winning, with many operating within digital technology sectors. Around 87% of Horsham businesses are classed as either ‘micro’ or ‘small’ businesses.
“Horsham district offers exceptional opportunities for business, making it the perfect choice for new investment and business growth. It has an excellent quality of life, with a highly skilled workforce and educational attainments amongst the highest in the country. We consistently have a high rate of new startup businesses with healthy survival rates in the short and long term.”
– Councillor Gordon Lindsay, Horsham District Council
Around 60% of Horsham’s population is of working age, and the town boasts a highly skilled workforce. For example, over 40% of residents are in possession of at least an NVQ Level 4 equivalent qualification or higher, and over 50% of residents are employed in managerial, technical or professional roles. 76% of the Horsham population is economically active, with the unemployment rate one of the lowest in the country at just 3.1%.
Perhaps one of the reasons for Horsham’s success as a business hub is the affordability of commercial workspace. In Horsham, businesses can expect premises to be up to 70% cheaper per square foot compared to London. Of course, this plays a major role in encouraging Horsham businesses to thrive.
There is a longstanding trend for young adults (16-24) leaving Horsham, perhaps due to a lack of university provision closeby. However, figures show that these young people tend to return to Horsham in their late 20s and early 30s, married and with young families; fully qualified, settled and eager for fulfilling work in the Horsham area.
Net migration into Horsham is on a significant upward trajectory, with new housing developments, renownedly good schools, and the aforementioned large-scale investment in the town making it an even more attractive prospect.
Office Space in Horsham
Office space in Horsham costs up to 70% less than in London, and yet travelling into London from Horsham can take less time than from some London suburbs. It simply makes sense for some businesses, even those with strong links to the capital, to choose office space in Horsham instead.
The percentage of startups that survive in Horsham is particularly high, and the figure seems to be growing year on year. Again, the provision of affordable office space in Horsham has a strong bearing on this; with lower overheads, businesses are able to plough resources into growing their business.
And yet, despite these overwhelmingly positive facts and figures, commercial office space to let in Horsham remains a prized commodity. The profusion of new and growing businesses in the town means that commercial office space is snapped up quickly.
Needspace? Horsham’s City Business Centre is one of the most sought-after office spaces in Horsham, not least for its beauty as a restored historic building, the desirable services offered to businesses within its walls, and its excellent central location. We are proud to say that companies in Horsham know City Business Centre well, and are keen to be a part of it.
To find out more about our offices to let in Horsham, get in touch today.
Networking in Horsham
With so many businesses in Horsham, it is little surprise that there are numerous opportunities for business networking. Plenty of local and national organisations offer regular and well-attended networking events throughout Horsham and the surrounding areas. Here are just a few that you might like to try:
Where to Entertain Clients in Horsham
Best Restaurants in Horsham
Here are our top five choices for restaurants in Horsham, all of which boast very high review ratings. Ideal choices for entertaining clients over lunch or dinner.
A hugely popular location for carnivores and herbivores alike, though the Buenos Aires Argentine Steakhouse in Horsham is – obviously – geared around a meat-based menu, vegetarians and vegans are also surprisingly well catered for. However, those who brave the beef will not be disappointed by the excellent quality of food and service at this popular Horsham restaurant.
Some restaurants like to wear their fabulousness on their sleeve. La Piazzetta, however, is one of those more unassuming establishments, tucked away on Horsham’s Bishopric and quietly serving outstanding Italian cuisine without the pomp and circumstances of larger Horsham restaurants. Highly recommended for excellent quality Italian food in a calm, authentic atmosphere.
Long-renowned for its Michelin star, 3 AA Rosette status, Restaurant Tristan is Horsham’s well-established location for haute cuisine. If you are seeking to seriously impress clients in Horsham, Tristan’s is your weapon of choice.
A 14-course set menu? Or maybe a 19 course? Michelin star-holding Interlude is a new kid on the block, but it is quickly gaining a reputation as an unforgettable and luxurious dining experience in the heart of breathtaking Leonardslee Gardens. Interlude, however, is not the only place at Leonardslee where you can enjoy a memorable dining experience. How about a little afternoon tea or even a tea-tasting experience? So delightfully English!
For something a bit more relaxed, but without compromising on quality, try gastropub favourite, The Olive Branch. Its large and attractive dining area makes for pleasing surroundings, while the staff are merry and helpful and the food is to die for.
Golf Courses In Horsham
About 20 minutes’ drive outside of Horsham to the village of Pulborough, in the beautiful Sussex countryside, West Sussex Golf is an idyllic spot for a round on a sunny summer’s day. But if the sky turns grey, the ever-popular terrace bar is a great spot for a tipple or two while the rain passes.
A short 10 minute drive outside Horsham town, Slinfold Golf and Country Club is equipped with not only a stunning course, but an outstanding restaurant and bar. Oh, and it’s also got a great little health and fitness suite, and a spa.
A 72 par course, comprising both undulating parkland and mature woodland, Rookwood offers a more relaxed atmosphere than some local golf clubs. Pitch n Putt and ‘Footgolf’ are options for a more lighthearted swing, whilst the terrace bar is ready and waiting for after you’ve scooped that hole-in-one!
Another stunning countryside location, Rusper Golf Club offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, with a vibrant mood up at the clubhouse. This family-run club was founded by former Ryder Cup Captain, Tony Jacklin, adding an extra angle of interest for your clients when you bring them here.
The closest golf course to Horsham town centre, Horsham Golf has a relaxed atmosphere and some great features and facilities. Many events take place for members, and there is also an 18-bay, heated and floodlit driving range, as well as a 9-hole and 18-hole course. And, yes, a gym.
Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Horsham
Looking for a more unique experience for your clients? Horsham may be well-known for its profusion of great restaurants, bars and cafes, but if you are prepared to venture a little further afield, there is a wealth of entertainment to enjoy.
We already mentioned that Leonardslee Gardens offers tea-tasting events, but it also offers wine-tasting. Closer to Horsham than Denbies, but with a wealth of other things to do once your wine-tasting is done, Leonardslee is a great option that will keep your clients entertained all day long. Denbies, about 20 minutes’ drive out of town on the way to Dorking, is a very elegant choice for a tour of the estate, wine-tasting and a meal in The Gallery restaurant. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed!
Rough and ready fun at Southern Pursuits
Are your clients more of the active, fun-loving type? Well, why not treat them to a day of quad biking, clay pigeon shooting or archery at Tulley’s Farm, just outside Crawley. They may leave with muddy wellies, but they will certainly not forget having a laugh in the great outdoors.
Up, up and away with a hot air balloon ride
Okay, so it’s only going to work on a pleasant summer’s day, which can be hard to predict at the best of times. But floating over the lush green Sussex countryside whilst sipping champagne and sealing that deal has got to be the perfect way to charm your clients.
There’s no business like show business at The Capitol!
A trip to the theatre can be as formal or relaxed as you like, depending on the show. At Horsham’s Capitol theatre, there is always a balanced mix of serious theatrical productions and more lighthearted shows. If you know your clients like a bit of culture, The Capitol – right in the heart of Horsham town centre – could be a great choice.
Just about anything in Brighton
The famous seaside city of Brighton (& Hove), just 30 minutes’ drive from Horsham, has everything that Horsham has and more. From theatre and ballet to cabaret and drag shows, there is something for every taste and age group. If you need to push the boat out the extra mile for clients, Brighton is the place to go.
A Bit Of Horsham History
The first mention of Horsham in historical records was in AD 947, and has always been known as a hub for horse trading going back as far as medieval times. This may be the reason for the name ‘Horsham’, which translates as ‘horse’s home’, though it could equally mean ‘Horsa’s home’, referring to a Saxon warrior who was granted land in the area.
Up until the 20th century, once horse trading went out of vogue, Horsham’s main industry was in iron and brickmaking, and also (more recently) brewery. In modern times, Horsham’s leading industries have been replaced by pharmaceuticals, financial services and technology.
Horsham has always been fairly typical as an archetypal English market town, with roots going back to the Middle Ages. It retains its historical charm even now in our overwhelmingly digital modern era, though with one eye on the future, moving with the times as it has always done.
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