The Gatwick Diamond is a £22.3 billion economy geographically positioned between Croydon and Brighton and is home to 45,000 businesses. It covers the Council areas of Epsom & Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.
The Gatwick Diamond has one of the strongest local economies in the UK being just 30 minutes from central London, with London Gatwick Airport at its heart and one hour from Heathrow Airport. An excellent interconnected infrastructure of air, road, rail and sea transport connects the Gatwick Diamond to London and the rest of the UK, mainland Europe and the rest of the world.
Over 500 international businesses have also established in the Gatwick Diamond to access the excellent connectivity, talented labour force, strategic location and developed supply chain. There are six industry sectors which are particularly strong:
- Aviation, Aerospace and Defence,
- Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering,
- Financial and Professional Services,
- Life Sciences, Health Technologies and Medical Devices,
- Environmental Technologies
- Food and Drink
The Gatwick Diamond is a highly competitive global business location in terms of cost and availability of commercial property. There is an excellent selection of modern office, warehouse and manufacturing sites plus a supply of industrial land to accommodate all industrial sectors. Office space is affordable compared to London, easily accessible and well serviced. Just two miles from London Gatwick Airport and a major motorway junction Manor Royal Business District is the largest business park in the UK and a premier mixed activity employment hub with over 500 businesses, including a host of blue chip global brands, and 30,000 employees.
There are two Universities, three Further Education Colleges and two scientific research institutes in the Gatwick Diamond with a further three universities within an hour. The flexible workforce as well as strong collaborative education links ensures a continual supply of well-qualified and motivated people, driving innovation and creativity for companies large and small.
A large number of people who work in the Gatwick Diamond also live here because of the attractive landscapes, the village greens and the outstanding areas of natural beauty in the Surrey Hills and the South Downs National Park.