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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
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...
7 August 2014 - News
HMRC debt recovery plans under fire
Leading organisations across the UK have criticised the government's plans to give new powers to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to recover outstanding debts directly from businesses' bank accounts. Read more...
4 August 2014 - News
Brighton student cost of living survey
NatWest's most recent Student Living Index - an annual study, examining how cost-effective the UK's major university cities and towns are for students, based on spending habits, and how students offset these costs - shows Brighton has zoomed back up the ranks to number two. Read more...
31 July 2014 - News
Amount of office space declines as new change of use rules take effect
The amount of commercial space across the UK has declined at its fastest rate in sixteen years, amid the growing conversion of offices into homes without the need for planning consent. Read more...
31 July 2014 - News
Why the time to recruit is now
With staff on holiday and business slowing down, Hilton Baird explain why, although summer might not seem the ideal time to be recruiting, new research suggests that hiring now could have the best results for your business. Read more...
31 July 2014 - News
Graham Cox selected as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for 2015
Graham Cox, local Conservative councillor for Westbourne Ward in Hove, has been selected to replace Mike Weatherly MP who is standing down at the next general election in May 2015. Read more...
30 July 2014 - News
New Vice Chair for Coast to Capital LEP
A champion for elderly care, European funding, and rural issues has been appointed Vice Chairman of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership which includes Brighton & Hove. Read more...
30 July 2014 - News
Brighton i360 work starts
The next phase of regeneration for Brighton's western seafront around the future i360 has been formally unveiled today. This included a new creative retail quarter on Brighton beach and ground was broken for the construction of the Brighton i360 attraction Read more...
28 July 2014 - News
New flexible start-up workspace
Start-ups and small businesses in the Hove area are set to benefit from a brand new co-working space. Read more...
28 July 2014 - News
Amex supports Brighton Digital Festival
American Express, Brighton's largest private-sector employer, has partnered with Brighton Digital Festival as Premier Sponsor for 2014. Read more...
25 July 2014 - News
Majority of Sussex businesses plan to expand workforce in next 12 months
A new survey by LoveLocalJobs.com has revealed close to two thirds (60%) of businesses in Sussex plan to recruit additional staff in the next year as part of an expansion programme. Read more...
25 July 2014 - News
UK economy edges past pre-recession peak
After six years, official figures from the Office for National Statistics [ONS] show that the UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014 just nudging it 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak in the first quarter of 2008. Read more...
18 July 2014 - News
Decision for Rampion Wind Farm
Power company E.on has received consent from the government for its Rampion Wind Farm off the coast at Brighton, the first such development along the south coast of England. Read more...
18 July 2014 - News
£150m redevelopment of Preston Barracks moves closer
Brighton University and developers Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd have exchanged contracts with the City Council for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Preston Barracks site in Lewes Road, Brighton. Read more...
18 July 2014 - News
Brighton in 2024
The annual report of the ingenious Director of Public Health, Dr. Tom Scanlon, takes a leap into the future to predict what the city will be like in a decade based on current trends. Read more...
18 July 2014 - News
Brighton College expansion
Brighton College has submitted plans to the city council for a new £10m, five storey block housing 22 classrooms on the site of its existing swimming pool. Read more...
15 July 2014 - News
The Great British High Street of the Year 2014 competition
A new competition has been launched by the Minister for High Streets Brandon Lewis MP, The Future High Streets Forum and ATCM. Read more...
 


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Headlines

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 25 July 2014
UK economy edges past pre-recession peak 18 July 2014
Decision for Rampion Wind Farm 18 July 2014
£150m redevelopment of Preston Barracks moves closer 18 July 2014
Brighton in 2024 18 July 2014
Brighton College expansion 15 July 2014
The Great British High Street of the Year 2014 competition 14 July 2014
Brighton Businesses count the cost of the March for England 13 July 2014
Green councillor Ben Duncan suspended 13 July 2014
Council identifies land on urban fringe for 1600 extra homes 13 July 2014
Economic Partnership director awarded Outstanding Brightonian of the year 10 July 2014
Brighton benefits from Growth Deal 10 July 2014
Casino shuffles the pack with £600k investment 10 July 2014
Brandwatch expansion 2 July 2014
Major Projects update 26 June 2014
IPSOS Mori poll supports new towns 26 June 2014
Gatwick passenger numbers and profits zoom