Established in 2001, the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP) is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee.  The AWBP has identified six core objectives which inform its work programme and the associated initiatives that it supports.

What we believe



We aren’t a talking shop.  Everything we do has an action and we work hard to meet the objectives we set.


Honest Discussion

Sometimes hard.  Always necessary.  Progress is achieved through honest, open and frank discussions but we always remain united.



We work in partnership with a range of organisations, stakeholders and businesses.  Together we achieve more.  Faster.

What we do


To improve innovation in employment, enterprise and further/higher education by securing employer involvement in the development of curricula and increasing the interest in STEM subjects.


To develop and sustain a business environment that supports business and employment growth, and meets the needs of priority sectors.



To improve links between employers and education and training providers; supporting the promotion of apprenticeships and work placement opportunities; and improving educators’ understanding of the local economy.


Support the promotion of Adur & Worthing as a destination for economic investment, through the development and marketing of investment opportunities.


To increase numbers likely to start and sustain new business by providing aspiration and a supportive business environment; including access to premises, knowledge and skills.


Facilitate effective communication with, and between, businesses; including through the provision of events that support local procurement and inter business trade.

Our structure

Established in 2001, the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP) is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. The AWBP has identified six core objectives which inform its work programme and the associated initiatives that it supports (see above).

The work programme is reviewed at each meeting of the AWBP and updates included with the minutes. Meetings of the Board and Partnership are held quarterly at business venues across the area. The minutes of the last four meetings are available to download (see below), with further information available on request.

Anyone wishing to propose a project for inclusion in the work programme and/or requesting a funding contribution from the AWBP (which must contribute to the six core objectives of the Partnership) should contact the Company Secretary in the first instance

The management and administration of the Partnership is overseen by a Board of Directors, comprising representatives from the business community and Adur & Worthing Councils. The Board is chaired by a business representative, with the Councils acting as secretariat and providing a £5,000 per annum financial contribution to the Partnership budget.

The Partnership exists to facilitate growth and prosperity across the area, showcasing innovation, talent and local success.

Andy Willems

AWBP Company Secretary and Assistant Director Place & Economy, Adur & Worthing Councils

The AWBP recognises the importance and need for the partnership to take a lead on delivering projects which can respond directly to the requirements of our local businesses.

Andrew Swayne

AWBP Chairman and Group Risk Manager and Head of Internal Audit, Ricardo Group Plc

Your Board

The current Directors and Chairman of the Board are listed below:

Our partners

Coastal West Sussex

The Coastal West Sussex Partnership brings together leaders from business, education and the public sector to work collectively on economic issues that affect the coast.

Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber takes its role as ‘the business voice’ for the local area very seriously and as such, sits on many different local committees and boards. This ensures that local businesses have their say when it comes to things like change and investment in the area.

Shoreham Port Authority

A thriving commercial port on the Coast.  Shoreham Port UK – commercial, maritime and leisure services and facilities including cargo handling, storage, warehousing and fishing.

Greater Brighton MET

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) was created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College Sussex. It is the college for our City and our region and draws on 150 years of heritage, history and experience.