Economic Growth: - Gross Value Added per Head

Gross Value Added (GVA) indicates the level of economic activity within an area by measuring its production of goods and services. It is a measure that allows comparison of areas, and highlights variations in performance with a region, and trends over time. The GVA figure (workplace based) divided by the total residential population (resident based) gives an estimate for GVA per Head, whilst not a measure of productivity it is, nevertheless, a widely used measure to indicate the economic well-being of an area and again, provides comparison/benchmarking with other areas.

Employee Jobs
Business Counts
December 2019 performance
ONS have revised their GVA estimates as more accurate data that is incorporated into their estimations is now available. The most recent update was released in December 2019 and covers the period up to 2018. The data is released by the 2015 NUTS3 areas - which splits West Sussex into:- West Sussex South West (WSSW) and includes Adur, Arun, Chichester and Worthing; and West Sussex North East (WSNE) which includes Crawley Horsham and Mid Sussex. GVA per head levels are not released at local authority level geographies.
The latest figures suggest that West Sussex has seen lower growth (1.1%) over the year (2017-2018) in GVA per head than regionally (1.7%) or nationally (2.5%).  Growth in WSNE was higher at 1.7% compared with West Sussex South West which was minimal at 0.2%.  Over the last five years the percentage growth in both of the West Sussex sub-areas was higher than for the South East region; at 2018 estimates for GVA per head for WSSW was considerably lower at £22,985 than that for England at £29,356 or for the region at £30,356, though WEst Sussex North East reflects more favourable with higher levels than the South East region (WSNE-£30,639).
Bognor Regis Hub
Update December 2019
Construction work has begun on the two vacant spaces inside Bognor Regis Railway station.  When complete (Apr 2020) this will provide 430m2 of employment space, with ultrafast broadband connection and sector support activity.  The contracted operators Town Square Spaces have advertised for a Community Manager to manage the space and help build the creative digital business community around the Hub.
The work to fit out two vacant spaces within Bognor Regis railway station to form a shared workspace for creative and digital businesses will begin once the agreement around the lease for the spaces is completed with Govia Thameslink Railways and Network Rail.
Next steps:
The appointed hub operators, Town Square Spaces, will be delivering training and support for local creative and digital businesses at venues in Bognor Regis over the coming months, in the lead up to the launch of The Track.
The Track is due to open later this year.
Gatwick Meet The Buyer Event
WSCC’s Economic Growth Team supported Gatwick Airport’s inaugural ‘Meet the Local Food Producer’ event in Oct 2019. The event gave opportunity for 40 producers from across the 4 counties surrounding Gatwick, to showcase their wares to potential commercial buyers from around the region – council officers drew upon sector contacts to engage with potential buyers and 16 West Sussex producers who attended on the day; the highest attendance of the 4 counties represented. A Taste/Experience West Sussex stand generated new interest in West Sussex as a ‘foodie’ destination and in sourcing West Sussex fare.
Full STEaM Ahead
WSCC have begun work on a partnership project which aims to raise aspiration around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Creative Digital and Maths) based employment for young people and those already in the workforce.
The programme aims to better link school and college aged students, as well as adults already in the workplace, with quality jobs within the wide variety of STEaM businesses in the county. The programme begins in spring 2020 and will run for 2 years. It has been funded from Pooled Business Rates and brings together partner from all the local authorities, Coastal West Sussex Partnership, schools, colleges and businesses. Events in the initial stages of the programme include ‘Bringing Gatwick Airport to Worthing College’, and Learn Live, using live video relay to link students with a wide range of local businesses.
Mature Workforce Strategy
The West Sussex County Council Mature Workforce programme was launched at the Manor Royal People Conference in autumn 2019. The scheme of work will develop through 2020 with a focus on educating and encouraging West Sussex employers to consider age diversity and the ways in which they Recruit, Retain and Retrain the mature workforce.
Arun Growth Deal
Work to date includes approval of an outline business case for the Bognor Regis Enterprise Centre within the Enterprise Bognor Regis site, securing funding to deliver Littlehampton public realm improvements and the development of a planning application for the Bognor Regis Pavilion Park project to provide a new park and café in the centre of town.
Next steps:
Work includes the appointment of consultants to progress the River Arun cycle path, launching the Bognor Place Branding project in early summer, feasibility work to be completed for the Bognor Regis Enterprise Centre and the Littlehampton One Public Estate sites in Fitzalan/Maltravers Road.
Adur & Worthing Growth Deal
Options appraisal work for Centenary House has been completed and contracts are currently being prepared for the demolition of Burrscrofte in Pond Road, Shoreham. In other projects, positive feedback was received in a consultation on the Portland Road, Worthing, public realm scheme. Discussions with bus operators have begun looking at rerouting options for the South Street, Worthing, public realm project.
Next steps:
The Shoreham Harbour Delivery Group will progress meetings with key landowners to discuss proposals. Consultants are to be appointed and design work to start on the Worthing Railway Approach scheme. The business case for the construction stage of the Worthing Portland Road scheme will be prepared.
December 2019 update
The demolition of Burrscrofte, Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea has recently been completed.  This former care home was closed for over a decade and demolition removed a security risk and helps make way for a future high quality development scheme that enhances the local conservation area.
Chichester Growth Deal
We are working closely with Chichester District Council to engage development partners for the Southern Gateway. Local Enterprise Partnership funding has been secured to support the demolition of the redundant Chichester High School building and potential relocation of the hockey pitch, at the school, to allow development of these sites. £50,000 OPE 7 funding has been awarded for Northern Gateway feasibility work and a transport feasibility study has been commissioned for Chichester city centre to include cycle infrastructure.
Next steps:
Options will be progressed for WSCC land within the Southern Gateway Masterplan area. Procurement of contractors to demolish redundant buildings on the school site. A legal agreement with the Academy to enable the relocation of the hockey pitch within the school site. The access strategy for the Northern Gateway will be progressed and development options identified
Horsham Enterprise Park 
An outline planning application is due for determination by Horsham District Council in the summer, based on around 25,000 square metres of high quality business space and housing. The business case is currently being developed for scheme delivery.
Next steps:
Options for the scheme delivery will be presented to the Performance and Finance Select Committee later this year and will be followed by a Leader decision for the preferred option.
December 2019 - update
The outline planning application for the Horsham Enterprise Park was granted by Horsham District Council in October 2019 (subject to the signing of a section 106 agreement).

Crawley Growth Programme
Construction work has started on the Queensway public realm project in Crawley town centre. The £8.3 million Eastern gateway public realm and highway scheme has been let to tender for design and build contract. The Manor Royal Gateway 1 project was completed in February.
Next steps:
We will be moving to delivery of Eastern gateway, detailed design phase for Station Gateway, Traffic modelling will be concluded for the Three Bridges station public realm schemes and outdoor media units will be installed at Manor Royal Business Park
December 2019 - update
The Queensway public realm scheme is now complete
An additional £820k investment has been secured to extend a bus lane and support transport infrastructure in Manor Royal.
Mid Sussex Growth Deal
The A2300 design and build contractors have been appointed and a public consultation on the scheme has taken place. £75,000 OPE 7 funding has been secured for site appraisal and master planning for The Brow redevelopment. £10.9 million LGF 3 funding (plus £10.9 million match funding) has been secured for Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme. Negotiations with New River Retail in respect of the library provision in Burgess Hill town centre are almost complete and will help to enable the town centre regeneration.
Next steps:
The Northern Arc planning application is due to be determined in October. Design work to progress the Northern Arc link road and A2300 roundabout. The A2300 full business case to be submitted to the Department for Transport in October. Detailed design and delivery phase of Place and Connectivity schemes.


ONS release annual sub-regional estimates of GVA and GVA per head. The most recent update was released in December 2018 and covers the period up to 2017. As in the previous year the data is released by the 2015 NUTS3 areas – which split West Sussex into two areas: West Sussex South West (WSSW) including Adur, Arun, Chichester and Worthing, and West Sussex North East (WSNE) including Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex. NOMIS had previously reworked the NUTS3 data to provide estimates for county level geographies, whilst the new data has been released NOMIS have not yet undertaken this exercise, though we can make some estimate of the West Sussex figure in the meantime.

NUTS3 : http://Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics - Geographies used across EU for statistical purposes

2017 Data - released December 2018
Overall West Sussex has a GVA per Head level lower than the regional and national average.  The difference between West Sussex South West (WSSW) and West Sussex North East (WSNE)  continues to be significant, however over the last year the percentage increase in the GVA per Head level was higher in the South West of the County than it was in the North East, and indeed, WSSW had a higher percentage growth than the regional.  The picture though is different over the last 5 years, where growth has been significantly lower in West Sussex South West of the county at 8.5%, considerably lower than that seen in the region (14.3%) , and less than a half of that seen in the North East of the county (20.5%) .
Within the South East region Milton Keynes had the highest GVA per Head at £49,516, and Medway the lowest at £19,205.  West Sussex North East has the seventh highest GVA per Head in the region – behind East Surrey, North Hampshire and Oxfordshire, and West Sussex South West had the sixth lowest level, but higher than East Sussex, and the Kent/Thames Gateway. 
The data is from ONS and can be found here:
GVA per Head levels have not been released at local authority level,