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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
14 April 2014 - News
Could this be the month when people get richer [finally]
According to the economic forecasters the EY Item Club, wages are set to rise in April by more than inflation for the first time since the recession. Read more...
14 April 2014 - News
Brighton sees second highest increase in disposable income
Households in Brighton experienced an increase of £2,463, in average household disposable income over the last five years, beaten only by oil-rich Aberdeen, according to UHY Hacker Young, the Brighton accountancy firm. Read more...
11 April 2014 - News
Brighton University relaunches ProfitNet
The University of Brighton has re-launched its hugely successful business collaboration network which drives innovation and growth amongst small and medium enterprises. Read more...
11 April 2014 - News
Top five stories in March 2014
5 star dining, the ever controversial i360, a big Deal in the City, record shops and London Road were all of interest to visitors to this site in March. Read more...
10 April 2014 - News
Job opportunity
The Brighton & Hove Business Forum is seeking a support officer to work with its multi-award winning Business Crime Reduction Partnership [BCRP]. Read more...
9 April 2014 - News
Into Work
The Into Work project at The Fed Centre for Independent Living is inviting business to attend their corporate event on the 24th April to learn about assistance for companies employing people with disabilities. Read more...
7 April 2014 - News
LEP seeks £559 million for growth and infrastructure plan
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] is seeking the funding from central government over the next six years to back a widespread investment programme which will yield new jobs and improved infrastructure together with the acceleration of plans for new housing. Read more...
7 April 2014 - News
Ex-Brighton Director appointed next door.
Scott Marshall, who was with the City Council for 11 years, has been appointed Director for the Economy at neighbouring Adur & Worthing Councils. Read more...
4 April 2014 - News
Gatwick runway options consultation
In December 2013 the Airports Commission included Gatwick in its shortlist of potential locations for the next new runway in the UK. Gatwick has identified three options for a second runway and wants to consult with stakeholders before deciding on the preferred option. Read more...
4 April 2014 - News
Self employment option for JSA claimants
New figures from the Department for Work & Pensions shows that a surge in self employment in Brighton has led to hundreds of people leaving the benefits system. Read more...
4 April 2014 - News
Brighton and Hove's connected future
The new Sustainable Community Strategy for the city - Brighton & Hove; the Connected City - was launched last night at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. Read more...
2 April 2014 - News
Calling all social enterprises that need funding
Social Enterprise Assist, the pioneering government-backed scheme providing cash and in-kind support for social enterprises, will be open for applications in March. Read more...
1 April 2014 - News
National Park boundary error could deliver 2,000 new homes
A serious error in the drafting of the South Downs National Park bill has resulted in a 150 hectare swathe of land adjacent to the A27 around Brighton being excluded from the Park and hence available for development. Read more...
27 March 2014 - News
Further consultation on office to residential change of use
In July the city council published a proposed Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights to change from office space to residential use in certain parts of the city. Following public consultation the council is proposing to reduce the extent of the area boundary before it comes into effect. Read more...
27 March 2014 - News
Consumers return to splurge
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that retail sales volumes rose by 1.7% in February, after a 2% fall in the post-Christmas slump experienced in January. Read more...
27 March 2014 - News
Latest Economic Development Bulletin
The latest bulleting for the City Council's Economic Development team has details of the i360, City Deal, grants for social enterprises and a review of city centre private sector growth. Read more...
25 March 2014 - News
Declining petrol prices push inflation to four year low
The CPI measure of inflation fell to 1.7%, well below the Bank of England's 2% target, and 0.2 percentage points below January's figure. Read more...
25 March 2014 - News
UKTI Export Week at The Amex
UKTI is holding a week-long event in April at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer to promote business growth via exporting hosted by journalist and broadcaster Declan Curry. Read more...
25 March 2014 - News
Sign of the times [to come].
The imminent closure of Borderline Records in Gardner Street and its replacement by a cafe is a portent of a national trend. It has nothing to do with the demise of independent record shops. Read more...
21 March 2014 - News
Right Match' apprenticeship event creates new pledges from employers
The 'Right Match' apprenticeship event, recently held at American Express Community Stadium by the City College Brighton & Hove City Apprenticeships team, has led to seven local businesses pledging to take on an apprentice. Read more...
21 March 2014 - News
Flexible Working rights delayed
All employees with at least 26 weeks of service are set to gain the right to request flexible working arrangements which the employer must seriously consider. But the plans, originally set for April, have been put back to later in the year due to a legislative delay. But it is still coming and employers need to be ready. Read more...
19 March 2014 - News
Budget 2014
For those with an interest in such things, the main points of this afternoon's budget. Read more...
14 March 2014 - News
Greater Brighton City Deal signed
The City deal, a transaction with government to boost economic growth, was signed by the Minister for Cities Greg Clark and city council leader Jason Kitcat on Tuesday at a ceremony in New England House; the flagship City Deal project. Read more...
14 March 2014 - News
£20m power station; work set to start
The Edgeley Green power station at Shoreham Harbour, which received planning consent from Adur District Council in May, has satisfied environmental concerns and work will start before the end of the year. Read more...
10 March 2014 - News
Brighton's independent retailers losing business by ignoring digital opportunities
A new report Thomsonlocal found that 80% of local independent retailers are not trading online and 84% their websites have not been built with mobile phone devices in mind leading to lost sales. Read more...
9 March 2014 - News
£36m i360 loan approved
The City Council's Policy & Resources [P&R] committee approved a loan at its meeting on Thursday from the Public Works Loan Board [PWLB] which will allow the i360 viewing tower to go ahead. Read more...
8 March 2014 - News
University's £1bn contribution to local economy
According to a new report commissioned by the University of Sussex, the institution will generate £1bn direct and indirect spending and support 2,200 jobs in the local economy by 2018. Read more...
8 March 2014 - News
London Road takes another step in the right direction
The former Blockbusters Video shop in London Road will open on Tuesday as a new £475,000 Alcampo Lounge bar creating 25 new jobs and further cementing the regeneration of London Road after the successful launch of the Emporium last October. Read more...
7 March 2014 - News
Ecommerce sellers predict business growth for 2014.
A recent survey by Create.net shows that business confidence for online selling throughout 2014 is high. Over 80% of sellers surveyed felt that this year would be better than 2013 and that their business would grow, with only 3% predicting a decline in growth. Read more...
7 March 2014 - News
Employers invited to attend 'Right Match Apprenticeship Event'
The City College Brighton & Hove Apprenticeships service, City Apprenticeships, is holding an event on Thursday 13th March aimed at employers who are considering taking on an apprentice but who are perhaps worried about issues such as the time needed to find the right recruit and payroll & HR responsibilities. Read more...
 


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Headlines

14 April 2014
Could this be the month when people get richer [finally]
14 April 2014
Brighton sees second highest increase in disposable income 11 April 2014
Brighton University relaunches ProfitNet 11 April 2014
Top five stories in March 2014 10 April 2014
Job opportunity 9 April 2014
Into Work 7 April 2014
LEP seeks £559 million for growth and infrastructure plan 7 April 2014
Ex-Brighton Director appointed next door. 4 April 2014
Gatwick runway options consultation 4 April 2014
Self employment option for JSA claimants 4 April 2014
Brighton and Hove's connected future 2 April 2014
Calling all social enterprises that need funding 1 April 2014
National Park boundary error could deliver 2,000 new homes 27 March 2014
Further consultation on office to residential change of use 27 March 2014
Consumers return to splurge 27 March 2014
Latest Economic Development Bulletin 25 March 2014
Declining petrol prices push inflation to four year low 25 March 2014
UKTI Export Week at The Amex 25 March 2014
Sign of the times [to come]. 21 March 2014
Right Match' apprenticeship event creates new pledges from employers 21 March 2014
Flexible Working rights delayed 19 March 2014
Budget 2014 14 March 2014
Greater Brighton City Deal signed 14 March 2014
£20m power station; work set to start 10 March 2014
Brighton's independent retailers losing business by ignoring digital opportunities 9 March 2014
£36m i360 loan approved 8 March 2014
University's £1bn contribution to local economy 8 March 2014
London Road takes another step in the right direction 7 March 2014
Ecommerce sellers predict business growth for 2014. 7 March 2014
Employers invited to attend 'Right Match Apprenticeship Event' 7 March 2014
Newhaven is one of 50 Coastal Communities Fund winners 4 March 2014
£400,000 of programmes to boost businesses 1 March 2014
i360: Grab this opportunity with both hands 28 February 2014
Over half of city's restaurants have 5 star rating but . . . 28 February 2014
Top 5 stories in February 2014 27 February 2014
Business investment show signs of cementing the recovery? 27 February 2014
Grants available for high speed internet installation 26 February 2014
Minimum wage recommendations 26 February 2014
South East Dance funding success 24 February 2014
Award winning, ultra high-tech company lost to the city