Automotive sector

This is why the automotive sector is an important engine of growth in the Chichester district.

Goodwood Revival, 2019 (Photo: Derek Martin)

Already home to established and world-renowned companies including Rolls-Royce and Goodwood Estate, the area is also home to a number of car dealerships – national and independent – and specialist workshops for repair and customization.

Employers are supported by the skills offering from educational institutions in the district, Chichester College motor vehicle and motorcycle courses allowing students to specialize before entering the world of work. The University of Chichester also offers engineering courses.

Land Rovers and Range Rovers are custom made in the district, as they are carefully designed and transformed into bespoke vehicles by luxury designers and engineers Kingsmen Editions and their sister company, Chichester Cars.

Electric vehicle charging (Photo: Unsplash)

In the UK, more than 864,000 people are employed by the auto industry, which generated more than £ 100 billion in 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Location is likely to be a key determinant in where auto companies are based with around 4,100 cars and 6,100 engines exported around the world every day – and 1,000 cars distributed to UK dealers and 3,600 engines delivered to British factories. Chichester, with its proximity to two major port towns at Portsmouth and Southampton, sets itself apart from other British cities.

Councilor Tony Dignum, member of the Chichester District Council Cabinet for Growth, Place and Regeneration, said: ‘Some of the UK’s most iconic cars have been – and continue to be – developed, tested and made in Chichester, and we have a legendary race track to the right. on our doorstep – and the opportunity is here for anyone in the industry to be a part of our district’s automotive history.

“Plans are underway to increase the availability of space for the area and our university and college are training the next generation of technicians, designers, specialists and experts – not to mention our location in two of the largest UK ports, putting you in front of the world.

“We’re open for business and ready to put you on the fast lane. “

Chichester College plays a key role in training tomorrow’s experts, training an average of hundreds of students each year in various automotive trades, including automobiles and motorcycles.

Julie Kapsalis, Executive Director of Chichester College Group, said: “We are extremely proud of our motor vehicle offering at Chichester College.

“Year after year, we train hundreds of students in important automotive trades, teaching them the skills they need to be successful in the industry.

“We are building strong relationships with employers, such as Rolls-Royce, to ensure that our courses meet their requirements, including expanding our apprenticeship programs to improve the skills of their workforce across a wide range. of disciplines – something Ofsted highlighted in our Outstanding Ofsted report last year.

“Looking ahead, we are very proud to be working with colleagues from Sussex colleges to build new centers that will provide vocational training to support the future of the industry, such as electric vehicles and other emerging technologies. sustainable transport.

“This is an exciting time for the industry and for those looking to work in it. “

The latest jewel in Chichester’s crown is the Goodwood Motor Circuit, which coordinates a busy schedule of track days and driving experiences, attracting both businesses and customers all year round.

The estate hosts three major annual motorsport events – the Members’ Meeting, the Festival of Speed ​​presented by Mastercard and Goodwood Revival – drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area. The Festival of Speed ​​is a staple of the automotive events calendar and, at the 2021 event, Goodwood launched ‘Electric Avenue – The Road To 2030’ presented by Sky Zero, the home of electric mobility at the Festival of Speed. Turning out to be one of the weekend’s most popular exhibits, the exhibit featured a vast collection of the latest electric vehicles, from the tiny Citroën AMI to the sleek Pininfarina Battista hypercar, allowing visitors to explore the transition electric to come in 2030.

Adam Waterworth, General Manager of Goodwood Events, said: “This year the Festival of Speed ​​returned to the Goodwood Estate for the first time since 2019 and has played an important role in providing an enabling platform for our partners automobiles to get in touch with customers, whether at the event or join us online from around the world. We continue to attract the world’s biggest names in the automotive industry and Goodwood is proud to play a role in the growth of the Chichester District. “