The 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, headed by Paul Street, Economic Development Officer at Adur District Council, a business park steering committee was formed. 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 group of volunteers who have interests on the Business Park supported by a paid coordinator.
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