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John Shaw awarded honorary degree in Law for significant contribution to improving the local economy.


Since 2001 John Shaw and his economic development team Sea Change Sussex has delivered a really impressive portfolio of economic development project across the County and particularly in Hastings and Bexhill.

John’s wealth of experience in the field of urban and economic development has resulted in a game changing look for Hastings and attracted over £400 million investment including a dynamic new University of Brighton Campus and securing hundreds of jobs through Saga setting up in the new look Priory Square.

Business space for ambitious local companies was created in the early days through the establishment of the Creative Media Centre in town and the Innovation Centre on Churchfields Industrial Estate both now operating at almost 100% occupancy.

John is highly regarded for his drive and tenacity and his can do approach to making things happen which has developed into a passion to drive Hastings upwards for the benefit of all concerned.

This award is highly deserved and further details of the ceremony can be found here.