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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
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...
14 July 2014 - News
Brighton Businesses count the cost of the March for England
On April 27th 2014, a group of men came to Brighton, ostensibly to celebrate English national pride. Anti-fascist groups also converged on Brighton's iconic seafront to oppose them. Now, over 100 businesses have responded to a questionnaire giving an insight in to the economic impact of that event. Read more...
13 July 2014 - News
Green councillor Ben Duncan suspended
Queen's Park councillor Ben Duncan has been removed from the Green Party following a derogatory tweet about Armed Forces Day. Read more...
13 July 2014 - News
Council identifies land on urban fringe for 1600 extra homes
Following the Planning Inspectorate's rejection of the Brighton & Hove City Plan [Core Strategy] in December, the urban fringe has been revisited for potential development sites. They are bound to be controversial. Read more...
13 July 2014 - News
Economic Partnership director awarded Outstanding Brightonian of the year
The Executive Director of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership [BHEP] - Tony Mernagh - was given the accolade at the 2014 Brighton & Hove Business Awards [BAHBAs] on Thursday evening. Read more...
10 July 2014 - News
Brighton benefits from Growth Deal
Coast to Capital LEP signs £202 million Growth Deal with Whitehall to invest in region. Brighton comes out of it surprisingly well. Read more...
10 July 2014 - News
Casino shuffles the pack with £600k investment
The world's leading casino operator, Genting Casinos has unveiled plans for a £600,000 refurbishment of its Brighton casino. Read more...
10 July 2014 - News
Brandwatch expansion
Brighton based digital marketing and monitoring firm Brandwatch has revealed plans to hire an extra 100 people as it plans to leave its International House HQ and move to a new Brighton headquarters prestigious enough to match its ambition. Read more...
2 July 2014 - News
Major Projects update
The most recent update on the city's major development projects including news on the i360 and the King Alfred site. Read more...
26 June 2014 - News
IPSOS Mori poll supports new towns
The results of a survey by the national polling company show that more residents across Mid Sussex and Horsham support the building of new homes than oppose it. More would also prefer to see these new homes built in a single new town. Read more...
26 June 2014 - News
Gatwick passenger numbers and profits zoom
Gatwick Airport strengthens its case for a second runway by reporting passenger numbers at a record high and new services provided by airlines flying from the airport. Read more...
26 June 2014 - News
Offices to residential update
Most of the city centre and New England Quarter, the old Amex site in Edward Street and the City Park office complex in Hove have been excluded from the permitted development rights that allow offices to be converted to residential use after the government has allowed the city council to impose an Article 4 Direction on these areas. Read more...
26 June 2014 - News
Government announces £3m fund to speed up the planning process
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a £3 million fund to help planning authorities accelerate starts on sites as part of a range of measures to increase the supply of homes across the country. Read more...
25 June 2014 - News
Brighton i360 team start on site
The international team who created the London Eye were reunited on Brighton seafront today as they prepare to build the Brighton i360, the tallest visitor observation attraction in the UK outside of London, designed by architects Marks Barfield. Read more...
20 June 2014 - News
Councils struggle to conform to National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF]
Two years after the NPPF was first published, Brighton & Hove finds itself in the company of the 86% of planning authorities in England that have not yet adopted a Local Plan that fully complies with it. Read more...
20 June 2014 - News
Council Leader to step down
The Green Party leader of Brighton & Hove City Council - Jason Kitcat - is to step down before the next local [and national] elections in May 2015. Read more...
20 June 2014 - News
£36m i360 paperwork completed
The loan agreements for the 162m high viewing platform, the Brighton i360, were signed by Brighton & Hove City Council, the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] and the Brighton i360 company yesterday. Read more...
20 June 2014 - News
Flexible working - now everyone can ask for it
From the end of this month, all employees have the right to ask for things like a reduction in working hours, changes to their working pattern or to work from home as long as they've been employed for 26 weeks. Read more...
13 June 2014 - News
New communal black bins in the North Laine
The city council is inviting businesses in the North Laine to comment on the proposed locations for communal bins for residents. Read more...
13 June 2014 - News
Brighton granted Biosphere status by UNESCO
The South Downs around Brighton and Lewes became the UK's first new Biosphere Reserve in 40 years on Wednesday covering all of the land and near-shore coastal waters between the rivers Adur and the Ouse ending at the northern boundary of the National Park. Read more...
13 June 2014 - News
Job Seekers Allowance [JSA] claims plummet
Claims for JSA, the unemployment benefit for people out of work for less than 12 months, are at a record low in Brighton. Read more...
11 June 2014 - News
BHEP responds to Horsham Local Development Framework
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has responded to the Horsham Plan which fails to address the need for housing in the region. Read more...
11 June 2014 - News
Amex Events Team wins top awards
The Sodexo Prestige events team at the Amex Community Stadium in Falmer is celebrating winning two golds and a silver at the 2014 Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards held at the KC Stadium in Hull this week. Read more...
10 June 2014 - News
HMRC cracks down on businesses
South Coast-based UK200Group of independent chartered accountants and lawyers are warning businesses to ensure their tax affairs are up to date in light of recent crackdowns by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Read more...
6 June 2014 - News
North Street traffic proposals
The owner of the former Hanningtons site is proposing to alter the road layout in North Street to make it more pedestrian friendly by widening the north & south pavements at the junction with New Road. Read more...
5 June 2014 - News
Queen's Speech: Slim pickings
The Queen has delivered the annual speech setting out the Government's programme for the next Parliamentary year before the 2015 General Election. But it wasn't as packed with legislative promise as previous speeches. Read more...
 


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Headlines

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 26 June 2014
Offices to residential update 26 June 2014
Government announces £3m fund to speed up the planning process 25 June 2014
Brighton i360 team start on site 20 June 2014
Councils struggle to conform to National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] 20 June 2014
Council Leader to step down 20 June 2014
£36m i360 paperwork completed 20 June 2014
Flexible working - now everyone can ask for it 13 June 2014
New communal black bins in the North Laine 13 June 2014
Brighton granted Biosphere status by UNESCO 13 June 2014
Job Seekers Allowance [JSA] claims plummet 11 June 2014
BHEP responds to Horsham Local Development Framework 11 June 2014
Amex Events Team wins top awards 10 June 2014
HMRC cracks down on businesses 6 June 2014
North Street traffic proposals 5 June 2014
Queen's Speech: Slim pickings 4 June 2014
Housing report from Savills 30 May 2014
Tantric housing development 29 May 2014
Construction Voice event 27 May 2014
Brighton BCRP supports new scheme in Lambeth 27 May 2014
Retail vacancy rates looking healthy 23 May 2014
LEP Report 2014 23 May 2014
Govia wins Brighton rail franchise 23 May 2014
£3m plan to boost green business growth 20 May 2014
House Price Update Q1 2014 20 May 2014
Inflation rises [but probably only briefly]