With Gatwick Airport at its heart, the Gatwick Diamond is well known for its strong economy and variety of businesses.
Reigate & Banstead, Epsom & Ewell, Mole Valley and Tandridge are part of the Gatwick Diamond area.
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 UK, mainland Europe and the rest of the world.
We interviewed some local employers about preparing for work – find out what they said by choosing a sector on the left.
These are where data shows us that growth is happening in terms of numbers of jobs locally.
Across the UK, many of these sectors are growing too. Want to see the Careers of the Future?
Some key facts about the Gatwick Diamond – courtesy of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- With 45,000 businesses and £20.7 billion GDP (Local Futures 2012) the Gatwick Diamond is one of the strongest regional economies in the UK.
- The Gatwick Diamond is internationally well connected with London Gatwick Airport at its heart, the busiest point to point airport in Europe flying to 200 destinations in over 90 countries.
- The Gatwick Diamond is only one hour by road from London Heathrow airport.
- Gatwick Rail station is only 30 minutes by rail from London and connected to over 126 destinations in the UK.
- Two international sea ports at Shoreham and Newhaven are within an hour by road and Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton sea ports are within 1.5 hours.
- The Gatwick Diamond is home for the UK headquarters of many global brands including ExxonMobil, Unilever, Nestle, Elekta and Doosan.
- The Gatwick Diamond offers a skilled workforce including graduates from the Universities at Brighton, Sussex and Epsom and Further Education Colleges at Redhill, Crawley and Epsom.
- There are significant sector strengths and clusters in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering; Aviation, Aerospace and Defence; Financial and Professional services; Life Sciences, Health Technologies and Medical Devices; Environmental Technologies; Food and Drink.
- There is an excellent local supply chain and a collaborative and well networked local business community.
- It is a great place to live and work because the Gatwick Diamond is both surrounded by attractive landscapes, historic homes and outstanding areas of natural beauty in the Surrey Hills and the South Downs National Park and adjacent to the famous tourist location of Brighton. The result is high levels of staff retention.
Watch this video to find out more about living and working in the area called the Gatwick Diamond…