The Sussex Exchange is a purpose built exchange for the twenty-first century. Trading Exchanges have a long history in Britain. London’s prestigious Royal Exchange was built in 1565 by a wealthy merchant. When its dealers were expelled for rowdiness in 1698 they started operating from Jonathan’s coffee house nearby. This spin off venture is now known as the London Stock Exchange. This doesn’t apply just to the Capital many other places with active trading histories had thriving exchanges as focal points for local commerce. Sussex is no exception. Agriculture and fishing were always important to the area with people coming together to trade in the emerging villages from the seventh century onwards.
A thriving iron industry reached its peak in the sixteenth century while ship building with Weald oak and potteries using local clay were also significant. In creating The Sussex Exchange in 2012 we set out to build on this rich history in the county with a distinctly contemporary slant. We hope it is a place that will play a part in helping local people and their businesses to become as successful as possible.