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The Economy in Crawley

Crawley is a progressive town located in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Situated by Gatwick airport, it is a major commercial and industrial centre and widely regarded as the main economic driver of the region.

Crawley, one of the UK's most resilient and strongest performing city economies, ranks in the top ten for the number of patent registrations and the highest for employment of the city economies in the UK.

Business success

  • Crawley’s three key employments areas and economic drivers are the Town Centre, Manor Royal Business District and London Gatwick Airport.
  • The borough has more than 3,400 active businesses, including a diverse range of world-leading occupiers - Virgin, Nestle, Elekta, Doosan, L3 Commercial Training Solutions, Kier Construction, Tesler, Harwood Jaguar Land Rover, Varian, Thales, PwC, KPMG and OCS.
  • Business birth rate was 16.5% in 2016 and death rate, 13.6%.
  • Crawley's job numbers grew from 85,000 in 2015 to 95,000 in 2017, with the main employment sectors being transportation and storage and administrative and support services, providing 22.1% and 18.9% of the total jobs market.
  • Specialist sectors include aerospace / aviation, health and life sciences / med tech and advance manufacturing.


  • Crawley is Prosperity 'A rated' by Grant Thornton's Vibrant Economy Index, recognising its contribution towards wealth generation and job creation.
  • In 2016, Crawley's total GVA was £4,977m, equivalent to £44,691 per head of population, accounting for 25% of West Sussex County’s total GVA.


There are still opportunities for development, investment and expansion in the town. A surge in uptake of commercial premises has led to an urgent need for more, with opportunity sites seeking residential and mixed-use in the town centre and business-uses in Manor Royal.


The number of visitors to Crawley town centre, every week


Gatwick's annual contribution to the UK economy

2,000 jobs

To be delivered within five years under Crawley’s regeneration programme