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Welcome
This is the official web site of the Business Forum and the Economic Partnership in Brighton & Hove

The Business Forum is the city centre initiative for Brighton. It is supported by a variety of revenue raising projects.

Projects include the multi-award winning Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership [BCRP] with over 450 members operating in both the day-time and night-time economy, it is the largest in the UK by membership.

The Business Forum also established Brighton's first Business Improvement District [BID] and successfully led it to renewal in April 2011. It continues to administer the BID and provides a base for the BID Manager. The renewed Brighton BID will generate about £1.8m over five years to provide additional services to businesses in the BID area.

The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership [BHEP] works with other stakeholders to devise the economic strategy for the city. It works with other partners to input into the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] for the sub region.

Details of key project areas for the BHBF and BHEP are shown on the left hand side of this Homepage and latest news is shown on the right hand side. All documents and stories are archived in the Knowledge Base which can be searched by subject or keyword.

The site also lists contact details of the partners [other Brighton & Hove business associations] that we work with and has a number of links to other useful sites.

Latest news
30 January 2015 - News
Economic Partnership job vacancy
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership is seeking to recruit a part-time Executive Director to replace Tony Mernagh who will be retiring in April. Read more...
29 January 2015 - News
Free Digital High Street Skills Course
A new three part course for small retailers designed to help them get their business online and to understand the benefits of social media. Read more...
28 January 2015 - News
Brighton City Centre Vacancy Rates continue to fall
For the fifth year running, the number of vacant shop units in Brighton City centre has dropped. Read more...
26 January 2015 - News
Brighton's Phase 5 Technology named Best Exporter in the south east
Phase 5 Technology now in the running to win £30,000 worth of government support in the finals of the Best Exporter in the UK competition. Read more...
26 January 2015 - News
Adur & Worthing seeks a Head of Place & Investment
The joint administration of Adur & Worthing Councils is looking for a director to lead the co-ordination, preparation and delivery of Integrated Place Investment Strategies. Read more...
20 January 2015 - News
Swedish gaming studio invests in Brighton
MAG Interactive has announced a strategic investment in a new UK studio, Delinquent based in Brighton. Read more...
20 January 2015 - News
Argus gets a new editor [and looks for a new home]
The local Newsquest publication The Argus has entered into a contract to sell its Hollingbury base and wants to return to the city centre as it prepares for the arrival of a new editor. Read more...
18 January 2015 - News
How will H&M repent?
Amongst 36 other companies, the government has named [and shamed] fashion retailer H&M for failing to pay their workers the national minimum wage. How should H&M say sorry? Read more...
13 January 2015 - News
LEP grants lead to new jobs
More than 300 new jobs will be created from the grants awarded by the Coast to Capital Business Growth Grant scheme throughout 2014. Read more...
13 January 2015 - News
Hippodrome plans up in the air
The £35m plan to convert the 1890s Grade II listed Hippodrome Theatre in Middle Street into an eight screen cinema has been put in doubt after the cinema operator Vue pulled out. Read more...
12 January 2015 - News
Crunch goes Uber
Local firm Crunch has been selected as the accountancy partner in a new'perks programme called 'Momentum' for self-employed drivers working with Uber. Read more...
12 January 2015 - News
Sewer and Waste Treatment Tours
The Sustainable Business Partnership is hosting a series of tours to industry related sites including the sewers, the Newhaven Waster Treatment Works. Hollingdean Materials Recover Facility and Peacehaven Waste Water Treatment Works Read more...
12 January 2015 - News
Raising Green Investment - Free Workshop
A workshop to explore the different options available to businesses who are looking to raise investment to develop new environmental products and services or fund large project installations. Read more...
8 January 2015 - News
New board member for Coast to Capital LEP
An award winning HR Director has been appointed to the board of Coast to Capital, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Brighton and Hove, Lewes, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond and West Sussex. Read more...
7 January 2015 - News
Grants available to help you take on new staff
If 2015 is the time to expand your workforce the University of Brighton can help you with free advertising for your role and grant funding to take on an intern. Read more...
7 January 2015 - News
Skills: a black cat in a dark room that isn't really there!
The latest Skills Commission report following a 9 month enquiry laments a skills system that "is not adequately matched to the modern structures of work" and calls for deep-reaching reforms. It was ever thus. Read more...
6 January 2015 - News
Part-time region [but not Brighton].
Recently released figures show the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership region showed a 2% growth in jobs between 2009 and 2013. But there were variations across the patch and all the growth was from part-time jobs with full time positions actually declining over the period. But not in Brighton. Read more...
5 January 2015 - News
Build Green for construction firms
An innovative new collaborative project launched by City College Brighton and Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council and the European Regional Development Fund will allow local companies in the construction industry to benefit from free coaching sessions in sustainable construction, renewable energy and eco-build techniques. Read more...
4 January 2015 - News
Hilton Manager leaving Brighton
Howard Lewis, the Hilton Metropole general manager, is leaving the city at the end of the month to take over the running of the Hilton London Docklands Riverside. Read more...
4 January 2015 - News
Brighton in the top ranks of the regional start-up league
Latest figures from Companies House show that Brighton is punching way above its weight in the number of start-up companies it spawned in 2014. Read more...
29 December 2014 - News
Top 5 stories in 2014
With just over 230,000 visits [over 63,000 unique] in 2014 what were the most popular stories of the year on the Brighton Business website? Read more...
27 December 2014 - News
Top 5 stories in December 2014
This month the most read stories on this website were all about changing the face of Brighton & Hove Read more...
27 December 2014 - News
Prospective King Alfred developers named
Two firms have been invited to offer detailed plans for a new leisure centre and associated enabling development for the King Alfred site in Hove. Read more...
23 December 2014 - News
Small firms ignoring severe weather
Almost 60% of small firms do not have plans in place to continue trading in the event of extreme weather. Two thirds of small firms have been badly affected by snow, drought or floods in the last three years. Read more...
19 December 2014 - News
Employers may have to regard obesity as a disability
In a classic test case, the European Court of Justice [ECJ] has made a binding ruling across the whole of the EU that obesity can constitute a disability in the workplace under certain circumstances. Read more...
17 December 2014 - News
University of Sussex appeals against planning decision to deny new student accommodation
The University of Sussex submitted its appeal against the local council's rejection of a planning application to modernise the campus on 12th December. Read more...
17 December 2014 - News
Brighton's growth outstrips the nation
According to the most recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the economy of Brighton and Hove is growing faster than the regional and national average. Read more...
17 December 2014 - News
Small Brighton Estate Agent the best in the UK
Brand Vaughan was awarded as the Best Small Estate Agency in the UK and also retained the award for Best Small Estate Agent in the South East at the 2014 Estate Agent of the Year awards. Read more...
15 December 2014 - News
Government funded business support make over
Disjointed programmes designed to support fast-growing small businesses are to be rationalised and brought under one roof to encourage greater use by UK SMEs. Read more...
10 December 2014 - News
A New West Pier?
Work on the i360 has started and now the West Pier Trust would like to hear your views on what to do about the West Pier itself. Could it be rebuilt? Read more...
 


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Headlines

30 January 2015
Economic Partnership job vacancy
29 January 2015
Free Digital High Street Skills Course 28 January 2015
Brighton City Centre Vacancy Rates continue to fall 26 January 2015
Brighton's Phase 5 Technology named Best Exporter in the south east 26 January 2015
Adur & Worthing seeks a Head of Place & Investment 20 January 2015
Swedish gaming studio invests in Brighton 20 January 2015
Argus gets a new editor [and looks for a new home] 18 January 2015
How will H&M repent? 13 January 2015
LEP grants lead to new jobs 13 January 2015
Hippodrome plans up in the air 12 January 2015
Crunch goes Uber 12 January 2015
Sewer and Waste Treatment Tours 12 January 2015
Raising Green Investment - Free Workshop 8 January 2015
New board member for Coast to Capital LEP 7 January 2015
Grants available to help you take on new staff 7 January 2015
Skills: a black cat in a dark room that isn't really there! 6 January 2015
Part-time region [but not Brighton]. 5 January 2015
Build Green for construction firms 4 January 2015
Hilton Manager leaving Brighton 4 January 2015
Brighton in the top ranks of the regional start-up league 29 December 2014
Top 5 stories in 2014 27 December 2014
Top 5 stories in December 2014 27 December 2014
Prospective King Alfred developers named 23 December 2014
Small firms ignoring severe weather 19 December 2014
Employers may have to regard obesity as a disability 17 December 2014
University of Sussex appeals against planning decision to deny new student accommodation 17 December 2014
Brighton's growth outstrips the nation 17 December 2014
Small Brighton Estate Agent the best in the UK 15 December 2014
Government funded business support make over 10 December 2014
A New West Pier? 9 December 2014
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships at the heart of new business crime strategy 9 December 2014
Bricklayers and lorry drivers in demand and short supply 8 December 2014
Hollingdean Road student accommodation recommended for approval 5 December 2014
Never mind the electricity, the visitor centre is the real prize 5 December 2014
Local authority investment in tourism 5 December 2014
Council presents draft budget to business community 5 December 2014
Edgeley Green waste heat funding 3 December 2014
Autumn Statement 2014 29 November 2014
The most radical Council budget in decades 29 November 2014
Brighton Centre plans resurrected