The large town of Sutton belonged to the county of Surrey until 1965, and it is now a London borough in its own right. It significantly expanded in size along with its population during the 20th century, when London experienced significance suburban growth.
The area is a great place to live and work as it has a very low crime rate (by London standards), and benefits from good bus and train links. It is home to more than 6,800 businesses, many of which are in the retail industry. Key employers in the area include the Royal Marsden Hospital, Reed Business Publishing,
Sutton is home to over 192,000 residents (across the borough), 66% of who are of working age. The gross weekly average pay is just under £500, with the majority of staff being employed in the services sector. The area also has a higher rate of construction and manufacturing jobs than London overall. Other core industries include retail, care, NHS, and local government, with the main employers being Debenhams, Asda, Sainsburys, Holiday Inn, and Goldsbrough Home Care.
There are a number of development schemes planned for the borough, including a new supermarket in the north end, and a mixed-use space for offices, shops, and apartments to the south of the town centre. Recruitment agencies expect these developments to provide plenty of employment opportunities over the coming years.