Helping Sussex Businesses Grow
Atlantico Marketing is proud to be serving businesses in the Sussex region. East and West Sussex have a lot to offer, its proximity to London and picturesque countryside views make it popular with city dwellers. Nature lovers can take in the vista at the Dover White Cliffs or go on long walks through the scenic Downs.
Celebrating Small Businesses in Sussex
The charm of Sussex is exemplified best by its small businesses. Here are three local businesses who identified positive ways to impact the community with their knowledge, turning them into success stories.
Helen and Simon Pattinson are lawyers turned chocolate makers, who started Montezuma’s to share the joy they experienced while exploring cocoa plantations in South America. Established in 2000 in Brighton, Montezuma’s Chocolate currently operates 5 stores and employs over 140 employees. The Pattinsons created a set of principles called ‘Trading Fairly’, and follow these principles to create their ethically sourced and produced artisan chocolates.
Pets Corner began in 1968 as a small pet shop in Haywards Heath, run by Mark and Sandra Richmond. The store was favoured by locals as a place to learn more about pet care and products. As the store expanded, the family run store tried to fill the gap in the market by offering high quality pet products. Today, Pets Corner is the best in the industry for pet care and products, offering tailored pet food, retail training in pet care and sustainable dog food.
Based out of Lewes in East Sussex, MDJ Light Brothers have been providing waste management and recycling services for over 40 years. Their in-depth knowledge and green credentials have allowed them to expand and cater to businesses across Europe and the UK. They have also used their experience to reduce landfill waste by developing more efficient systems for dealing with hazardous waste materials such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Are you trading in Sussex?
With a long coastline, Sussex is home to some of the best countryside resorts in the country. Visitors can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Brighton or take a walk along Downs to the Beachy Head.
Landmarks of Sussex
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Royal Pavilion is a seaside residence built for King George IV, who first visited Brighton in 1783 to recover from gout. The design of the palace was influenced by Indian and Chinese styles, with interiors incorporating the use of chinoiserie and the exteriors reflecting Indian architecture. The pavilion was sold by Queen Victoria to the Corporation of Brighton, and is open to the public today as a Regency Museum.
Bodiam Castle, Bodiam
Built in the 14th Century, Bodiam Castle is a medieval moated structure set against the stunning landscape of Robertsbridge. The castle was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge during the Hundred years war to protect the region from a French invasion. The castle’s design is unique – a quadrangular plan with towers at each of the entrances and corners and a portcullis. The castle was also built with chambers on the outer walls to provide an easy lookout.
Ouse Valley Viaduct, Haywards Heath
A grade II Listed Structure, the Ouse Valley Viaduct was constructed by the London and Brighton Railway company in 1841. Also known as the Balcombe Viaduct, the structure is an elegant design in brick, well loved by photographers worldwide. The 29m high viaduct is still functional, allowing trains to cross the Ouse River in Sussex,
Chichester Cathedral, Chichester
The Chichester Cathedral was founded in 1075, and consecrated in 1108. The cathedral became a pilgrimage site when the former bishop of Chichester, Richard de la Wyche, was canonised in 1262, until the shrine was destroyed in 1538. The architecture of the cathedral follows both English Romanesque and Gothic styles, having been rebuilt several times. The cathedral also houses two Tudor paintings and several modern ones.
Monk’s house, Rodmell
Monk’s House, with its spectacular view of the Downs, was the country retreat and later the primary residence of writer Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard. Along with the nearby Charleston Farmhouse belonging to her sister Vanessa Bell, Monk’s house hosted many members of the Bloomsbury Group, and became the group’s main base outside of London.
Weald and Downland Museum
Situated in the South Downs National Park in Singleton, West Sussex, the Weald and Downland Museum is an open air museum that takes visitors back through history. The museum which preserves traditional architecture allows visitors a glimpse of life in South East England over 1000 years. With unique structures like the Gridshell building and activities like cooking in a Tudor kitchen, the museum promises an enjoyable visit to all.
Harveys Brewery, Lewes
Harvey’s Brewery is a local institution with a long history stretching back to 1790, and a tour of their brewery is one of the most popular activities in Lewes. The tour showcases Harvey’s brewing methods and processes, and provides visitors with an opportunity to sample and purchase many of their beers. Their Sussex Best Bitter, also known as Harvey’s Best, is a bestseller, and is available with other Harveys beers in pubs across Lewes.
The seaside town of Rye is one of the best kept secrets of Sussex. Here, visitors can take a walk along the cobbled lanes nestled between charming houses, visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, or grab a bite at the historic Mermaid Inn or The Olde Bell Inn, which are connected by a secret passageway once used by smugglers.
Interesting and Fun Facts about the Sussex region
- Brighton Marina is the largest of its kind in Europe
- William Blake wrote ‘Jerusalem’ whilst living in his cottage at Felpham between 1800 and 1803
- The Battle of Hastings wasn’t actually fought in Hastings but on Senlac Hill – 6 miles away
- You can get married on campus at the University of Sussex. Many couples met whilst studying at university, now they can get married at the Meeting House and have their special day at the place that brought them together
- Oscar Wilde wrote ‘the importance of being earnest’ whilst living in Worthing in 1895 which is why the Hero of the play is called Jack Worthing