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Retail & Leisure

Hastings has a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and attractions for the whole region and the large tourist market which

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A clean and modern railway station welcomes Hastings visitors every day of the year.

plays a big part in attracting visitors to the town and the whole Rother region all year round.

Hastings has a wide selection of the major high street brands and food franchises along with a wide array of independent specialist and boutique shops and all restaurants are staffed with passionate and friendly people who share the same interests as their customers.

The high street brands are mainly concentrated in the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in the town centre and at Ravenside; a purpose built out of town shopping estate situated between St. Leonards on sea and Bexhill on sea.

Hastings Old Town and Bexhill on sea feature many independent and boutique style shops that cater for a myriad of shoppers interest.

Hastings Town centre also hosts a traditional weekly market on Thursdays and also regularly hosts French, German and other European markets in the town attracting visitors from all over Sussex, Kent and London.

Towns and cities across the UK have been seeing major declines in their town centres and high streets. This has mainly been due to the cost of parking which has been indicated as a major contributing factor for the decline in consumer footfall.  Hastings has addressed this problem head on and operates a low cost and fair approach to parking both on the street and in dedicated car parks. With on street parking costing as little as 20p per half hour which is ideal for shoppers to head in to town for a quick shop to all day parking at Priory Meadow’s multi-story car park being a maximum of £5 (Mon-Sat) and only £1 on Sundays.

There are many events and festivals designed to bring in additional footfall such as Jack In The Green. The ongoing defence of the largest number of Pirates in one place world record title happens every summer bringing thousands of extra people from all walks of life to the town. There is an annual Seafood Festival and Old town week and carnival, the May Day bikers convention, the Hastings Beer and music festival and various arts events that bring tens of thousands of extra visitors to the town.

This along with the central location of Hastings train station and regular bus services gives a constant footfall of customers for shops owners in the town.

Bexhill is a hub for shoppers looking for a more sedate and independent shopping experience. Parking is mostly free in the town and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

Hastings and Rother have many successful restaurants and quick service outlets that cater for every demographic. Hastings is famous for having the largest beach fishing fleet in Europe which means the freshest catches are on offer to locals and tourists.

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Hastings has lots of natural space to explore.

The world famous history of Hastings and 1066 country has always attracted a high number of tourists all year round and is also popular as a centre for the arts with the new Jerwood Gallery and the long established De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on sea attracting many with their evocative and famous art exhibitions. This along with the famous old town of Hastings, Battle, the location of the Battle Of Hastings and its Abbey, Picturesque Rye with its harbour and relaxed feel all add to the

Hastings and Rother has over 16 miles of beautiful coastline and in the summer the beaches are packed with locals and tourists alike. Hastings is one of the sunniest places in the UK and has more sun hours than almost anywhere else in the UK. With this in mind there are many opportunities for new businesses to set up in the area to take advantage of the tourist market. Its also one of the great reasons why many people are moving here too. The area also has some of the best parks and recreation space in the region which are hugely popular with residents and tourists alike.

Overall if you are looking to open a retail, catering or tourist related  business in the Rother region then there are plenty of opportunities to do so. The retail and leisure sectors employ over 22%* of the area workforce and because of this will give new businesses to the area a steady stream of experienced workers to choose from.

*Source: East Sussex In figures