28 April 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Eastbourne

Offices to rent in Eastbourne

Situated on the coast of East Sussex, and regularly cited as the sunniest place in the UK, Eastbourne is regarded by many as the quieter, more reserved cousin of the famous seaside town of Brighton, which is just 19 miles west.

With excellent connections to London and Brighton, miles of pristine seafront, a newly modernised town centre, and a lively cultural scene, it's easy to see why Eastbourne is fast becoming an increasingly attractive place to live, work and do business.

Though Eastbourne is considered a relatively new town, evidence of human occupation in the area dates back to the Stone Age. Initially developed as a popular seaside resort by the Duke of Devonshire in 1859, it saw a boom with the arrival of the railways and became a highly sought-after tourist destination.

While still popular with holidaymakers and tourists, today Eastbourne and the surrounding East Sussex area has a diverse and growing economy that continues to offer opportunities to new, expanding and relocating businesses. Although tourism remains a vital part of the local economy, companies from various industries have also flourished in the area. These include businesses in the retail, healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, and creative sectors.

In fact, in 2016 UK innovation charity, NESTA, named Eastbourne as a "creative cluster", with 969 creative firms representing 9.1% of total businesses in the town and providing employment for over 2,703 people.

The area is a great place to base your business. It's home to some of the brightest start-ups and leading brands in the country and offers some of the most affordable commercial property available in the South East.

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Eastbourne has a number of thriving business areas

Many businesses are located in Eastbourne's town centre, which is home to many useful business spaces, including purpose-built office blocks and converted residential properties. The town centre also has a wide range of meeting and training rooms, networking spaces, and commercial properties.

Certain areas of the town, such as the Arndale Centre, are currently being redeveloped to attract more businesses and consumers. And significant investments are being made into developing the Sovereign Harbour, which will soon play host to the Sea Change Innovation Park and Business Centre. The area will include flexible office and workshop spaces while providing a base for many smaller knowledge-based companies, alongside some larger businesses.

The wider East Sussex area also has plenty of business and industrial parks, located in Eastbourne, Hastings, Polegate, Bodiam, Lewes, Newhaven, Crowborough, Easons Green, Forest Row, Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, and Westham.

Eastbourne has fantastic transport links

Eastbourne is well connected by rail

The main railway station is situated in the town centre and is served by Southern. There are regular services to Gatwick Airport, Hastings and Ashford International and a commuter service to Brighton which takes just over half an hour. You can get to London in less than 90 minutes, and there is also a National Express service that runs directly to London Victoria Coach Station.

The A22 connects Eastbourne to London

Travelling by car is the most popular form of transport in the town. Eastbourne is connected by road to London by the A22 and to Brighton and Hove and Hastings by the nearby A27.

Getting around Eastbourne by bus is easy

Eastbourne has buses frequently running in and out of the city. There are also a couple of 'Coaster' buses that run along the seafront and through the South Downs all the way to Brighton. There are lots of stops along the way for lovely walks, including a stop for the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

There are excellent business amenities in Eastbourne

The town has many fantastic hotels

Whether you're in Eastbourne for a business trip or visiting to enjoy a peaceful seaside holiday, you'll find many hotels to suit your every want and need.

The Devonshire Park Hotel in Eastbourne is always a popular choice for business travellers and tourists alike. Conveniently located in a central part of town and close to Eastbourne's picturesque seafront - this elegant, family-owned hotel is renowned for its first-class hospitality and delicious food. Another option for a fantastic working hotel is the View Hotel with its purpose-built conference and events centre and modern and sophisticated meeting spaces equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology.

And if you want to go all out, book a room at the luxurious and timeless Chatsworth Hotel. This exquisitely restored, five-star, Victorian seafront hotel offers individually appointed suites and guest rooms with stunning décor, marble bathrooms as well as a spa and restaurant guaranteed to make your stay more memorable.

Eastbourne also has a Premier Inn and a Travelodge for more budget-friendly, flexible options.

Eastbourne has restaurants that cater to all tastes

There are some excellent restaurants and cafés in Eastbourne serving up delicious food for every palette. You'll find many of these restaurants near Waterfront Place, Bolton Road, Terminus Road and the seafront.

Start your day off with a full English breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee at the Beach Kitchen. For lunch, head to the Green Almond bistro, a family-run vegan and vegetarian restaurant located behind the Grand Hotel in Compton Street. Choose from a buffet-style lunch that changes daily and an array of delicious meat-free dishes including noodles, soups and Mediterranean-style salads.

For a taste of affordable luxury at dinnertime, you should give COSMO Authentic World Kitchen a try. This global buffet has dishes from all over the world on the menu, from classic beef brisket to savoury Chinese stir-fries and authentic Indian curries. Other great options to eat out in the area include Anema e Core, a restaurant praised for its authentic Italian cuisine and ambience, and The Channel restaurant and wine bar, a British seafood and steak restaurant situated directly opposite Eastbourne's seafront with a gorgeous sea view.

And if you're on the lookout for a classy and sophisticated way to impress a client, look no further than the Mirabelle restaurant at the Grand Hotel. Not only is this fine dining restaurant highly regarded among food critics, but it has also received numerous awards.

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Other useful amenities in Eastbourne

Aside from the glorious sandy beaches and the famous Beachy Head, Eastbourne has numerous parks and gardens for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, including Gildredge Park, Shinewater Park, and Manor Gardens.

Shoppers will be sure to find anything they need at high street stores, markets, and independent shops. The Beacon is Eastbourne's main shopping complex at the heart of the town centre with all the top retail store chains. Eastbourne Borough Market is open every Wednesday and Sunday and sells local produce, homemade jewellery, flowers, and much more. And then there's Little Chelsea, a row of independent shops including art galleries, antique stores and designer brands.

Gym lovers and fitness fanatics can keep fit at a mix of big-name gym brands and local studios, including branches of The Gym, David Lloyd and Bannatyne Health Club.

And last but not least, theatre lovers can enjoy productions at the town's three council-owned theatres, Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Theatre and the Royal Hippodrome Theatre. Art lovers can view one of the most significant public art collections in the South of England at the Towner Art Gallery.

Offices to rent in Eastbourne

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Notable tenants

  • Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce
  • Gardners Books
  • Eastbourne District General Hospital
  • Ultramark Ltd
  • Keysource
  • H.T. White & Company
  • Wilmoths

Key agents in Eastbourne

  • Hunt Commercial
  • Stile Harold Williams
  • Knight Frank LLP
  • Curson Sowerby Partners LLP  
  • Cradick Retail
  • Flude Property Consultants

Interesting facts about Eastbourne

  • According to the Met Office, Eastbourne is the sunniest place in the UK.
  • Eastbourne has appeared in many blockbuster movies, including Harry Potter, James Bond, Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham, Pearl Harbour and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to name but a few!
  • During the war, Eastbourne was the most bombed seaside town in England. Bombers, returning from raids on London and Coventry, would drop any leftover bombs on Eastbourne, using Beachy Head as their landmark.
  • Beachy Head was declared an area of outstanding natural beauty in June 1965 and became South Downs National Park in 2009.