The Horley & District Chamber of Commerce was inaugurated in 1945 and with our proximity to Gatwick Airport and a mainline railway station on the London to Brighton Railway line, the Chamber believes that we have to maximise the benefits of being in an ideal location to reap the commercial benefits, without being afraid to speak out against the environmental disadvantages.
Horley can never compete with the larger towns in the area but we believe it can become a place for those who prefer to shop in a relaxed atmosphere in retail outlets which are on the whole smaller and more specialised.
We also believe the town has unique opportunity to meet a growing cafe culture with a selection of local cafes, not the recognised chains.
With the many visitors staying in local hotels and guest houses in Horley while making use of Gatwick Airport, Horley is able to offer a wide variety of local pubs and restaurants.
The Chamber links together local businesses, shops, charities, local churches and local organisations and we all work together to grow Horley and therefore improve the prospects for our members and put Horley on the map!
With the launch of the Local Business Group, the Chamber hopes to get many of the thousands of local businesses to work together, generating new business and growing the local economy with the use of exhibitions and media advertising
Local events such as St George’s Day, The Eden Project’s Big Lunch, and even a Scarecrow Festival are organised, bringing thousands of people into the town. We are hoping to have a big Christmas Fair this year as well! The Chamber is keen to work with other local organisations and local council with these and future events again putting Horley on the map!
The Chamber is consulted on Planning matters involving Town Centre and business premises throughout the town as well as working with the Regeneration Forum building a better Horley. There are also close links to the Gatwick Guest House Association.
Working in conjunction with the Town Centre Management committee, we look after matters in the town centre as well as organising Christmas events and the big switch on of the Christmas Lights.