Posted on 12th July 2018
Sussex Property Professionals Dive Deep into Port’s Plans
Property professionals from across Sussex took to the water to hear about future plans for Shoreham Port, a thriving commercial Trust Port on the South Coast which manages the movement of 900 ships and 2 million tonnes of cargo every year.
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development at Shoreham Port, led a water-borne tour of the port for members of the Sussex Property Alliance (SPA), with a particular focus on estate management, development opportunities and the increasing investment in renewable energy generation.
Central to future plans is the release of land for development at the Western Arm, which will support the expansion of commercial shipping activities on the Eastern Arm and Canal through better use of vacant and underused sites.
“The aim is to increase capacity to achieve 25% growth in trade over the next few years through investment in new port facilities, such as increased warehousing and in terminals,” said Mr Hague.
Shoreham Port is currently home to 150 companies, generating £4m property income annually, with the huge demand for space resulting in 100% occupancy for the last eight years.
Robert Dowling, Partner at chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box, which supports the SPA jointly with Bennett Griffin solicitors and Michael Jones commercial real estate agents, said: “Shoreham Port is vital to the fabric of the South East economy, particularly for the construction industry given the volume of timber, steel and aggregates that it handles. It has ambitious plans for the future that will not only increase growth in trade but also contribute to wider economic development and improved community facilities.”
The Sussex Property Alliance provides a forum where property professionals get together, exchange ideas, and build relationships.
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"