Economic Development Strategy

Economic development is important to all of us as it affects our work, our businesses, careers, training and skills and the infrastructure needed to support the movement of goods, services and people around the county.

This strategy provides priorities for developing the local economy from 2012 onwards. It replaces the old strategy from 2007.

How we developed this strategy

We worked together with the business community, the five Borough and District Councils and the East Sussex Strategic Partnership Assembly to create this strategy.

The strategy was produced in a range of ways:

  • using evidence from the East Sussex Local Economic Assessment, for which we held an open consultation earlier in 2011
  • consultation with teams within the County Council (such as transport and environment) and economic development officers at Borough and District councils
  • a business workshop as well as a workshop of the wider partners held in 2010, based on the East Sussex Strategic Partnership Assembly – these helped to shape the strategic priorities for action and the vision for the strategy
  • East Sussex Annual Business Surveys 2010 and 2011, with each survey including over 1,000 businesses

The responses to an open consultation were generally positive, with most respondents highlighting additional information, providing factual updates or suggesting a particular focus. The responses were used to shape the final version of the strategy.

The economic objectives outlined in the EDS include:

  • infrastructure (transport, broadband and commercial site development)
  • sector growth, development and diversification
  • improving skills and a more inclusive workforce
  • the visitor economy (rural and coastal)