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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 420 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
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...
9 December 2014 - News
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships at the heart of new business crime strategy
Sussex Police has launched a business crime strategy, following a new national definition of business crime set by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF). Read more...
9 December 2014 - News
Bricklayers and lorry drivers in demand and short supply
According to ManpowerGroup, building companies in London have hired bricklayers from Portugal on £52,000-a-year salaries because of a shortage of skills in the UK workforce. What does this mean for more than £1bn of construction projects in the Brighton pipeline? Read more...
8 December 2014 - News
Hollingdean Road student accommodation recommended for approval
Brighton & Hove City Council planning officers have recommended approval of an application for a 205 bed student block near the Vogue Gyratory. Read more...
5 December 2014 - News
Never mind the electricity, the visitor centre is the real prize
E.on recently announced the final design for its 116 turbine Rampion Wind Farm which will produce enough electricity for 290,000 homes. That's great, but the location of the associated visitor centre will have the greatest local impact. Read more...
5 December 2014 - News
Local authority investment in tourism
In the draft council budget for 2015/16 tourism services got off relatively lightly with a cut of £40,000 [about 8%] but what will future budgets bring? Read more...
5 December 2014 - News
Council presents draft budget to business community
The Economic Partnership hosted a meeting on Tuesday evening in the Metropole Hotel for the council CEO Penny Thompson to present the draft 2015/16 budget to business leaders. Read more...
5 December 2014 - News
Edgeley Green waste heat funding
The Department for Energy and Climate Change [DECC] has awarded £43,500 to examine the potential to use waste heat generated by the proposed Edgeley Green Power Station and any future replacement Shoreham Power Station in a district heating network. Read more...
3 December 2014 - News
Autumn Statement 2014
George Osborne's autumn statement promises, amongst other things, an immediate reform of Stamp Duty, a further £10 billion of 'efficiency savings' and a loan offer to mature students. Read more...
29 November 2014 - News
The most radical Council budget in decades
Brighton & Hove City Council has released details of the draft budget for 2015/16. With savings of £26m required it was always going to be radical. With another 76m to be found in the three years after that, future budgets are likely to be savage. Read more...
29 November 2014 - News
Brighton Centre plans resurrected
After seven or eight years of sitting on a shelf, the plans to expand Churchill Square shopping centre down towards the sea and build a new Brighton Centre have resurfaced with a slight twist. Read more...
26 November 2014 - News
Does Manchester's city region-wide planning show the way forward?
Planning minister Brandon Lewis has endorsed councils working together on larger-than-local planning and said he hopes other areas follow the example of Greater Manchester in taking on city region-wide strategic powers. Could it happen here? Read more...
24 November 2014 - News
Saltdean Lido gets a cash boost
A vision to return an historic art deco lido on the south coast to its former glory has received a major cash boost. Read more...
24 November 2014 - News
Economic Development bulletin
A wealth of interesting information on the local economy including a breakdown of job creation in the city and where 37,000 outbound commuters are going every day. Fascinating reading. Read more...
24 November 2014 - News
Bouygues Development has plans to build up to 380 new homes in Hove.
Bouygues Development said their scheme for Benfield Valley would help address Brighton's need for housing, with "the visual impact of any development and the ecology of the site at the forefront of the initial proposals". Read more...
24 November 2014 - News
E.ON announces final design for 116 turbine Rampion Wind Farm
E.ON has today announced the final design for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm which will be situated 13km off the Brighton coast in an area covering 72 square km. Read more...
24 November 2014 - News
Boris wants a new regional plan for South East and London
London mayor Boris Johnson wants to create a strategic regional plan covering the capital and the greater South East and is organising a summit next spring to discuss the issue with Home Counties council chiefs Read more...
22 November 2014 - News
Riot Games chooses Brighton
The American video game publisher with revenues in excess of $620m is setting up a new European office in Brighton. Read more...
20 November 2014 - News
Office-to-residential rules to deliver 32,000 new homes
Steve Quartermain, chief planner at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), said that 19,000 homes had come forward already, including 6,000 in London and he anticipated a total of 32,000 Read more...
20 November 2014 - News
Government commission calls for end to unpaid internships
The government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMC) has made a strongly-worded call for an end to unpaid internships, stating that, unless progress is made, the next government should legislate to outlaw them "once and for all". Read more...
16 November 2014 - News
Superfused City Region magazine launch
A magazine produced by the Economic Partnership and City Council promoting the Greater Brighton City Region as a place for inward investment was launched at Circus Street last week. Read more...
15 November 2014 - News
East Sussex seeks Assistant Director of Community Services
The county council is seeking to recruit a new assistant director to provide strategic leadership for the management and development of the Directorate. Read more...
15 November 2014 - News
One Hove Park opens for sale
Over seventy one, two and three bedroom apartments, some offered under Shared Ownership, are now for sale in the recently completed Park House development in Old Shoreham Road. Read more...
14 November 2014 - News
Brighton's Domestic & General announces 110 new jobs
Brighton contact centre Domestic & General has announced 110 new, full-time positions at its Queens Square offices. Read more...
5 November 2014 - News
Holiday pay ruling
A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal could end up costing employers billions of pounds. Every employer in the country now needs to consider how they pay workers for holidays. Read more...
 


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Headlines

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 26 November 2014
Does Manchester's city region-wide planning show the way forward? 24 November 2014
Saltdean Lido gets a cash boost 24 November 2014
Economic Development bulletin 24 November 2014
Bouygues Development has plans to build up to 380 new homes in Hove. 24 November 2014
E.ON announces final design for 116 turbine Rampion Wind Farm 24 November 2014
Boris wants a new regional plan for South East and London 22 November 2014
Riot Games chooses Brighton 20 November 2014
Office-to-residential rules to deliver 32,000 new homes 20 November 2014
Government commission calls for end to unpaid internships 16 November 2014
Superfused City Region magazine launch 15 November 2014
East Sussex seeks Assistant Director of Community Services 15 November 2014
One Hove Park opens for sale 14 November 2014
Brighton's Domestic & General announces 110 new jobs 5 November 2014
Holiday pay ruling 5 November 2014
Fringe benefits 5 November 2014
Digital Catapult Centre for Brighton 4 November 2014
City Regions come into their own? 31 October 2014
Brighton i360 signs up to the Living Wage 29 October 2014
Free training for local businesses. 27 October 2014
Free training for staff in licensed premises 23 October 2014
Are you a Living Wage employer? 22 October 2014
2014 sees a dramatic fall in the number of shops on the High Street 22 October 2014
Top spot for investment 17 October 2014
City Plan passes the first hurdle