Rolls-Royce ‘could move to Bognor Regis’

ROLLS-Royce Motor Cars could be expanding into Bognor Regis.

A national press report has added to local rumours that the company is seeking a site in the town. The Times stated on Tuesday Rolls-Royce was in talks to secure an industrial site in Bognor.

The report says: “According to sources, a new site would be used to ‘support the existing facility’.

“At what is believed to be half-a-million sq ft, the proposed site would represent a substantial expansion of the Rolls-Royce facilities built at a cost of £65m in 2003 after a takeover by BMW.”

Rolls-Royce is said to have chosen a property firm to draw up proposals.

Bognor Regis Chamber of Commerce president and chairman Nick Stuart-Nicolson said the news of the possible move was exciting for the town.

“The chamber strongly welcomes the fact that Rolls-Royce could open premises here.

“It could only be a good thing for Bognor to have the company in the town. Hopefully, it would help to create a cluster of businesses in the same industry.”

Bognor Regis Regeneration Board’s adviser, David Myers, said: “If this is correct, then it is a strong endorsement of the positive approach the board had taken to laying the foundations, in the recent recessionary period, for the future economic growth 
of Bognor.”

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said: “We will not be commenting on speculation.” In April, the Observer reported a major car firm could come to the town.