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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
20 September 2014 - News
Planning committee almost unanimous in Circus Street approval
The £100m Circus Street development plans were passed by the city council's planning committee with 10:2 in favour. Read more...
19 September 2014 - News
Free signposting service for business support
A one-year pilot project to help local businesses navigate the myriad growth schemes and providers sees Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce join Worthing & Adur and Chichester Chambers to offer the Business Navigator Growth Hub service to members and non-members alike. Read more...
18 September 2014 - News
HMRC's [time-limited] gesture of kindness to small businesses
Small businesses struggling to get to grips with Real Time Information (RTI) have been granted some breathing space as penalties for late RTI PAYE returns have been pushed back until 6th March 2015 for small employers. Read more...
18 September 2014 - News
Gatwick expansion
In the first public polls since the Thames Estuary option was taken off the table by the Airports Commission, three separate groups - Londoners, Gatwick residents and people living near Heathrow - have all come out in favour of building a new runway at Gatwick rather than Heathrow, according to three of the most recent You Gov surveys. Read more...
16 September 2014 - News
Growing environmental industries
The Sustainable Business Partnership will be holding a series of specialist seminars exploring opportunities for businesses in the low carbon and environmental sectors to grow their businesses. Read more...
15 September 2014 - News
Clubbers leave their cash at home
Will taking money with you on a night out in Brighton become a thing of the past? A new app which allows clubbers to order and pay for their drinks direct from their mobile device without queuing at the bar might catch on. Read more...
15 September 2014 - News
Greater Brighton Economic Board job vacancy
An exciting new opportunity has been created to help shape the future economic prosperity of the Greater Brighton City Region. The Greater Brighton Investment Programme requires a Business Manager. Read more...
14 September 2014 - News
Major Projects Update
As the UK economic recovery continues, Brighton's major projects like the i360, Circus Street and City College are gaining momentum. Read more...
14 September 2014 - News
Circus Street goes to planning on Wednesday. Will the committee bottle it?
The Urban Dictionary definition of the term to bottle it: When you're on the verge of doing something awesome but back out at the last second or fail to accomplish your objectives due to lack of resolve. Read more...
12 September 2014 - News
Minimum wage increases in a couple of weeks
UK business owners need to prepare for the changes to the national minimum wage from 1st October 2014 as the government threatens to get heavy with businesses flouting the law. Read more...
12 September 2014 - News
Family Investments to merge with Engage Mutual
Brighton based Family Investments has announced an agreement to merge with Engage Mutual to create a new business with over 2million members, holding approximately £6bn of assets under management and in excess of £130m of capital reserves. Read more...
8 September 2014 - News
Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network celebrates the UK's first Social Saturday
The Network is taking over Jubilee Square on 13 September 2014 when some of Brighton's premier social enterprises will be exhibiting their work and highlighting the positive social and environmental impact of these unique organisations. Read more...
6 September 2014 - News
Economic Partnership supports City Plan's urban fringe housing proposals
The city's Economic Partnership voted unanimously to support the proposals for additional housing on the 31 hectares of urban fringe at its regular quarterly meeting last Tuesday. Read more...
4 September 2014 - News
Another Growth Grant Clinic on offer
In addition to the clinic in Brighton on 11th September, the Coast to Capital LEP has arranged another clinic in Hove for grants from £5,000 to £250,000 to grow your business. Read more...
4 September 2014 - News
Free digital masterclass with Google
Experts from Google come to Hove Town Hall on Friday 12th September to give local businesses a masterclass in using the internet to turbo-charge their growth. Read more...
4 September 2014 - News
Brighton bus company's parent sees record profits
Bus and rail company Go-Ahead, which owns the Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company, has seen a jump of over 44.% in yearly profits to £91.2m. Read more...
1 September 2014 - News
Brighton comes 5th in High Growth Index
The city is in the top five high growth locations in a new report from Grant Thornton into where growth happens in the UK. Read more...
30 August 2014 - News
Local TV station kicks off
Brighton's own television channel went live on air on Thursday at 18:00 delivering a mix of entertainment and local news to the Greater Brighton area on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Media 159. Read more...
29 August 2014 - News
Forty new Garden Cities needed
According to three of the five finalists in the £250,000 national competition to build a major new town, up to 40 garden cities would be needed to solve Britain's housing crisis. Read more...
29 August 2014 - News
British Chambers of Commerce upgrades UK economic growth forecast
The business lobby group predicts that, thanks a stronger labour market and enhanced estimates for GDP growth, the UK economy will grow faster than expected this year and next. Read more...
28 August 2014 - News
Top 5 stories in August 2014
House prices always top the list when an update appears but what else was popular during August? Read more...
27 August 2014 - News
Dispelling Mental Health Myths in the Workplace.
The charity MIND is organising an event to reach out to businesses to open up a conversation about mental health in the workplace. Read more...
20 August 2014 - News
New funding for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
The National Lottery has announced funding for a new, 3-year project called 'Sharing the Harvest', which is led by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, and aims to help more vulnerable people in the city to benefit from community food growing. Read more...
20 August 2014 - News
Is obesity about to become an official disability in the workplace?
Obese workers may be covered by disability discrimination laws if a recommendation is adopted by the European Court. If so it will become unlawful for employers to discriminate against obese workers and they will be required to make "reasonable adjustments" to accommodate them in the workplace. Read more...
20 August 2014 - News
Brighton House Price Update Q2 2014
Housing costs in the city have rocketed by over 10% over the past year. For the first time the 'average property' in the city now costs just over a quarter of a million pounds at £250,216 [up from £244,740 last quarter]. Read more...
18 August 2014 - News
Entries rolling in for 26th Sussex Business Awards
Entries are rolling in from across the county for the 26th Sussex Business Awards celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in the county. Read more...
14 August 2014 - News
Business Growth Grants on offer
Business Growth Grants are available to any business in the Coast to Capital region which wants to increase turnover and profits, but need additional finance. Read more...
13 August 2014 - News
UK Youth unemployment problem may be more intractable than thought but Brighton excels
The think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research [IPPR] says in its latest report that the current economic recovery will not solve the UK's problem with youth unemployment. But in Brighton the figures show the largest annual fall for 30 years. Read more...
12 August 2014 - News
How dense is too dense when it comes to housing?
David Robson has written a thoughtful blog on the Civic Brighton & Hove website about housing densities which range from 40 to 600 dwellings per hectare across the city. Read more...
8 August 2014 - News
New office block and homes proposed in Davigdor Road
Proposals have been submitted for conversion of a low level office block owned by Hyde Housing in Hove to new Grade A offices and 76 new homes. Read more...
 


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Headlines

20 September 2014
Planning committee almost unanimous in Circus Street approval
19 September 2014
Free signposting service for business support 18 September 2014
HMRC's [time-limited] gesture of kindness to small businesses 18 September 2014
Gatwick expansion 16 September 2014
Growing environmental industries 15 September 2014
Clubbers leave their cash at home 15 September 2014
Greater Brighton Economic Board job vacancy 14 September 2014
Major Projects Update 14 September 2014
Circus Street goes to planning on Wednesday. Will the committee bottle it? 12 September 2014
Minimum wage increases in a couple of weeks 12 September 2014
Family Investments to merge with Engage Mutual 8 September 2014
Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network celebrates the UK's first Social Saturday 6 September 2014
Economic Partnership supports City Plan's urban fringe housing proposals 4 September 2014
Another Growth Grant Clinic on offer 4 September 2014
Free digital masterclass with Google 4 September 2014
Brighton bus company's parent sees record profits 1 September 2014
Brighton comes 5th in High Growth Index 30 August 2014
Local TV station kicks off 29 August 2014
Forty new Garden Cities needed 29 August 2014
British Chambers of Commerce upgrades UK economic growth forecast 28 August 2014
Top 5 stories in August 2014 27 August 2014
Dispelling Mental Health Myths in the Workplace. 20 August 2014
New funding for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership 20 August 2014
Is obesity about to become an official disability in the workplace? 20 August 2014
Brighton House Price Update Q2 2014 18 August 2014
Entries rolling in for 26th Sussex Business Awards 14 August 2014
Business Growth Grants on offer 13 August 2014
UK Youth unemployment problem may be more intractable than thought but Brighton excels 12 August 2014
How dense is too dense when it comes to housing? 8 August 2014
New office block and homes proposed in Davigdor Road 7 August 2014
HMRC debt recovery plans under fire 4 August 2014
Brighton student cost of living survey 31 July 2014
Amount of office space declines as new change of use rules take effect 31 July 2014
Why the time to recruit is now 31 July 2014
Graham Cox selected as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for 2015 30 July 2014
New Vice Chair for Coast to Capital LEP 30 July 2014
Brighton i360 work starts 28 July 2014
New flexible start-up workspace 28 July 2014
Amex supports Brighton Digital Festival 25 July 2014
Majority of Sussex businesses plan to expand workforce in next 12 months