Once a market town with various industries, Horsham still has plenty of its own business, although this now revolves around technology and finance, rather than manufacture. Those making corporate trips here can benefit from the good range of Horsham serviced apartments available in the area.
The market town of Horsham in West Sussex and its approximate 140,000 population are based a little over thirty miles south-west of London, and about eighteen miles from Brighton on the south coast. The town belongs to the entire Horsham District, which is on the upper reaches of the thirty-seven mile long River Arun. The area is close enough to London to be considered a commuter town, with plenty of available Horsham furnished housing, whilst still enjoying a reasonable local economy.
Popular opinion would suggest the name Horsham derives from the meaning of ‘Horsa’s home’ being the residence of the Saxon warrior Horsa. However, it could also simply mean ‘horse home’ as a famous destination for kept horses. Ultimately, the history of the area is sparse. In the Domesday book of 1086 Horsham was supposedly described as a large village. It then became noted as a ‘small town’ in the later thirteenth century.
In its market town days, this would have been in trading cattle and corn, along with industries such as brewing and brickmaking. Nowadays, pharmaceuticals and technology, as well as financial services, are the main businesses. The town has come a long way from its agricultural roots to reinvent itself. It still retains its pastoral links with a local nature reserve, as well as an extensive network of footpaths and horse tracks enabling long walks surrounded by the Sussex Downs. The rural nature of the town is popular amongst tourists, and our Horsham aparthotels can put guests in touching distance of the town’s natural beauty.
The Horsham District and its town are uniquely situated within the Gatwick Diamond, the economic centre of Surrey and Sussex, mid-way between London and Brighton, providing excellent communication links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. The Horsham district also has the second highest average rate of successful start-up compared to other West Sussex Districts. This is accompanied by great short and long-term survival chances.
The District’s Economic Strategy also states that the area is a pleasant place to relocate to. The strategy boasts crime rates in Horsham amongst the lowest in the entire country. Additionally, council intentions for the future include enabling valuable locations in Horsham to evolve economically, promoting business diversification and generally improving the quality of Horsham’s potential as a business and leisure destination. Corporates looking to reap the benefits of this strategy have the best chance of doing so when staying in Horsham corporate accommodation.
As mentioned before, Horsham takes great pride in its natural qualities. Whether visitors to the area are staying in Horsham extended stay apartments or short-term accommodation, there should always be an opportunity to embrace the surroundings. A good place to start on a leisurely stroll would be Horsham Park. The Park is renowned as a haven of green space, lakes, trees and wildlife. The Park is ideal for families and pets and is even facilitated with on-site parking and restaurants.
Up in the north of Horsham is the Warnham Local Nature Reserve. The ninety-two-acre site is home to over four hundred plant species as well as an abundance of bird life living along the beautiful Warnham Mill Pond. The reserve is at the forefront of the town’s preservation of rurality and nature. It is well worth a visit during out-of-business hours.
The town of Horsham is not just attractive though for its rural aspects. Visitors can book a stay in our available Horsham furnished short lets in the town centre, and then profit from a large number of nearby independent shops, as well as the usual chain stores. There is also an assortment of cocktail bars and clubs around, although the area mostly consists of fine dining opportunities.
Perhaps the most popular attraction in the town centre is the Horsham Museum. Founded in 1893 thanks to the volunteers of the Free Christian Church, the museum nowadays has a diverse range of times and a collection which stretches across eighteen galleries. As well as collections dedicated to Sussex trade, industry and society, the exhibition also contains an archive entirely devoted to Horsham’s history over the last centuries. There is no better place to learn about both the county and the town itself.
The prospect of visiting a town like Horsham should be an exciting one. Particularly for both the business and leisurely traveller. What is for sure that visitors can expect a quiet country retreat when staying at one of SITU’s Horsham serviced apartments, in a perfect location to wind down and relax.
Horsham benefits from being close to Gatwick Airport, no more than a half an hour’s car journey away. Horsham train station also connects simply to Gatwick Airport.
Those wishing to fly from the likes of Heathrow, London Stansted, London City and Southampton airports can expect to be an hour’s car journey away when staying Horsham serviced accommodation.
On the roundabout of North Street and Hurst Road, Horsham Train Station is the town’s main railway station.
Trains run a couple of times an hour into London Bridge and London Victoria stations, as well as Gatwick Airport station twelve miles away.
Right in the heart of Horsham is its bus stations and many functioning stops.
The likes of Metrobus, Sussex Coaches and Hants & Surrey and many other bus operators contribute to the seventy-nine bus services that function out of Horsham.