Lancing Business Park is the 2nd largest business area in West Sussex, with over 240 businesses and 3000 employees based on the park. The park is ideally located with direct connectivity to Worthing, Brighton, London and Europe through major road and rail networks, along with easy reach to Brighton City Airport (3 miles) and Shoreham Harbour (3.5 miles).
The park hosts a range of industrial and office based businesses from major businesses such as Paula Rosa Manhattan, Bidfood and Equiniti to small and start-up businesses based in the flexible serviced accommodation provide on the park.
In 2008, Lancing Business Park Business Improvement District (BID) was formed and we are are proud to say that we are currently in our 3rd BID Term which runs until 31st August 2023, providing over £400,000 of investment into the business park.
HISTORY OF THE BUSINESS PARK
Lancing Business Park started life as sidings and carriage works for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. In the 1960’s when branch line railways and the British railway infrastructure was cut back dramatically the carriage works became redundant.
The land and buildings were sold off in packets as industrial development land and the Churchill Industrial Estate was born.
The estate developed and became home to a wide range of businesses from high tech electronics through furniture manufacturing to heavy steel fabrication.
In 1999 a business park steering committee was formed, headed by Adur District Council. The aim was to develop more of a sense of community between residents of the estate and also to apply funds available through the ERB budget.
A great deal was achieved during the subsequent years including re-branding the estate The Lancing Business Park.
In 2004 Iain Flitcroft, Managing Director of Manhattan Furniture and Peter Tyler, Managing Director of Finecut International, both estate residents, formed Lancing Business Park Limited. Lancing Business Park Limited is a non profit making enterprise and was established to form a hub to the business community on the park. The Government support funding was coming to an end and subsequently the reduction in regional and local funding was becoming apparent as previously enjoyed support was slowly reducing.
This was not just at LBP but nationally, therefore as a consequence the Government of the time under the auspices of the Local Government Act 2003, Part 4 and the BID (England) Regulations 2004 created a self help programme simply known as a BID or Business Improvement District.
By utilising the authority of this legislation LBP BID was created and is currently managed through a volunteer Advisory Committee who have interests on the Business Park, supported by a BID Manager, employed by the BID.
Below is a wonderful little film from the Southern Railway Film Unit made around 1936/1937 titled "Construction of an Express Electric Motor Coach, Underframes and Bogies at Lancing Works"
The old carriage works is where Lancing Business Park is now situated