Research and Surveys

West Sussex COVID-19 Economy Snapshot Report
July Report on the latest impacts of the pandemic from West Sussex County Council and partners
View the report here

COVID-19 Economic Impact Assessment Report 

Read this independent Covid-19 impact assessment report commissioned by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative to inform local and regional partners and policy-makers in Sussex and East Surrey.

Gatwick Diamond Business Barometer

This Business Barometer research study is commissioned by The Gatwick Diamond Initiative to help monitor local economic conditions, provide a snapshot of business confidence in the Gatwick Diamond area and to measure how the Gatwick Diamond is performing as a location for business.

The survey provides quantitative and qualitative evidence of business trends and each survey considers a particular theme.

Please click on the most recent Business Barometer reports below:

For archived Business Barometer reports, please click here.



  • A Strategic Approach to Inward Investment (Prowse & Co. Ltd)
    This research reviews the latest global trends in Inward Investment attraction and trends for the Gatwick Diamond area’s key sectors. It also sets out a new proposition and purpose for the Gatwick Diamond Initiative as a progressive economic development partnership.
  • Gatwick Airport's Impact on the Visitor Economy (Oxford Economics, 2018)
    In the latest of a series of reports for Gatwick, Oxford Economics estimated the impact of Airport on the local and national visitor economies. The study measured the pattern of overseas and domestic visitor trips and spending across the South East and the UK, and quantified the resultant economic impact in terms of GDP, jobs and tax revenues.
    This report examines the contribution that Gatwick makes by facilitating international trade and investment, both directly and indirectly.  It estimates that, in 2017, £7.5 billion worth of international goods was transported between the UK and overseas markets, through flights that arrived at or departed from Gatwick. In total, the international connectivity provided by Gatwick is estimated to have increased UK GDP by over £2.0 billion in 2017.
  • The Economic Impact of Gatwick Airport (Oxford Economics, 2017)
    Gatwick contributed £5.3 billion - or 0.3% of the UK’s GDP - and supported 85,000 jobs in 2016, according to the most detailed assessment of Gatwick’s economic impact ever undertaken. The report by Oxford Economics also shows that Gatwick could support an extra 13,000 new jobs by 2025 with its existing single runway – and lift its total contribution to the national economy to £6.5 billion - if passenger numbers grow by around 20% from 43 million a year today – a growth rate broadly similar to that achieved in the last 5 years.
  • Gatwick Growth Board Connectivity Study (Arup, 2017)
    The Gatwick Growth Board (GGB) was established in August 2016 to examine the wider economic and social impacts of Gatwick Airport’s future growth and expansion plans on the local area, the South East region, and on the economy of the UK as a whole and with particular emphasis on ensuring that the benefits of Gatwick expansion are properly distributed across the region and the rest of the UK. The GGB commissioned Arup to complete a Connectivity Study to identify the priorities and case for transport investment in schemes which benefit both Gatwick Airport and the wider region.
  • The Economic Geography of the Gatwick Diamond (Centre for Cites, 2017)
    The ability of places to attract and retain businesses and support their growth is crucial to ensure they can provide the right set of jobs for those living in and around them. As older industries decline and new industries emerge, the challenge for places is to continually adapt to manage this change and grow their economies. This research looks at how successful the economy of the Gatwick Diamond has been at doing just that. To do so, the analysis compares the Gatwick Diamond with four other comparator areas, all located in the Greater South East, which have been selected because of their similar size and proximity to London.
  • Planning for Growth (Grant Thornton, 2018)
    Planning for growth, found that in 2018 businesses could leave £72.5 billion untapped potential on the table in the UK. This is the equivalent to creating a new economy the size of Greater Manchester. Or put another way, this level of growth could translate into 1.4 million jobs. In the South East, this figures breaks down to £10 billion measured as GVA.
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