Business start ups

The data is taken from the Business Demography dataset from ONS which gives, numbers of ‘births’, ‘deaths’ and survivals of businesses in the UK, figures are available down to local authority level. The data is published annually in November.
The ambition is to perform in the top quartile of statistical neighbours.

December 2019 performance

The latest figures being for 2018, the 2019 data is expected to be released at the end of November 2020.
Business Start-Up rates have fallen over the last 4 years in West Sussex, as they have regionally and nationally, start-up rates in West Sussex overall continue to be lower than the regional and national average. Only Crawley has a start up rate higher than the regional rate, but nevertheless is lower than nationally, and Horsham start up rate is the lowest in the county. The latest data (2018) shows West Sussex does not lie in the top quartile compared with its statistical neighbours.


The ambition is to perform in the top quartile through actions including the provision of start-up space and support for businesses to start and grow as set out in the West Sussex Economic Growth Plan - High Level Action Plan 2018-2023.

Growth Deals

Details of the 7 growth deals are featured below.