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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 450 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
26 May 2015 - News
Gett expands in to Brighton
Having successfully launched in six UK cities, Gett is now available in Brighton. Read more...
22 May 2015 - News
Taxi licencing consultation now open
The window is now open to register your thoughts on the number of licenced cabs in the city. Read more...
20 May 2015 - News
Statement from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
Coast to Capital LEP chief executive Ron Crank has announced he is to retire at the end of the year. Ron has been at the helm of the organisation since its inception in April 2011 and will remain in post until 31 December 2015 whilst a new Chief Executive is appointed. Read more...
19 May 2015 - News
Redevelopment of Circus Street takes a step forward
A new play area at the Millwood Centre behind Circus Street was opened on the 16th May. Read more...
18 May 2015 - News
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm receives £1.3bn green light from E.ON and UK Green Investment Bank
A partnership between E.ON and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) means the project, 13km off the Sussex coast, will now enter construction. Read more...
15 May 2015 - News
Brighton i360 restores West Pier toll booths
A much-loved piece of Brighton's historic West Pier, a pair of toll booths designed by Eugenius Birch in Italianate style, which originally stood at the entrance to the pier, is being restored ready for a return to the seafront by the Brighton i360 team. Read more...
11 May 2015 - News
Health social network gets £825,000 investment
Equity investment of £825,000 has been secured in the latest funding round for HealthUnlocked, the social network for health, to develop their product and support international growth. Read more...
11 May 2015 - News
Development Studies at Sussex ranked first in the world
The QS University World Rankings have ranked University of Sussex number one in the top 100 universities in the world for development studies. Read more...
7 May 2015 - News
Brighton house price update 2015 Q1
Average prices in the city in the first quarter of 2015 were 15.2% above the previous high in November 2007; a slight decrease since the last quarter of 2014 but still over 50% higher than the average in the rest of England. Over the previous year prices increased by 9.8% against 5.3% nationally. Read more...
6 May 2015 - News
Sky Lantern in The Lanes
Japanese restaurant Moshimo in Bartholomew Square has submitted a planning application for a lightweight, cantilevered 'Lantern in the Sky' extension above its existing restaurant . Read more...
6 May 2015 - News
LEP poaches star player
Kirsten Trussell, formerly with Brighton & Hove City Council, has joined the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] with the task of working with local partners to drive the region's skills agenda. Read more...
26 April 2015 - News
Hippodrome stalled
Despite planning consent being granted to convert the Hippodrome in Middle Street into a cinema and shops, an application to install radical security measures to prevent squatting would suggest that nothing will happen soon. Read more...
26 April 2015 - News
New Economic Partnership executive director appointed.
Gavin Stewart is taking over from Tony Mernagh as the new executive director of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership. Read more...
26 April 2015 - News
Tree thwarts Brighton College expansion plans
Despite being recommended for approval by planning officers, an application for a new £6.5m classroom block has been rejected by Brighton & Hove Council planning committee. Read more...
23 April 2015 - News
Boomtown
Location intelligence company Groundsure has revealed that Brighton has the most property development activity in the UK outside London. Read more...
20 April 2015 - News
Millions of square metres of office space lost
A report from Lambert Smith Hampton - a commercial property consultancy - has revealed that more than 1 million square metres of office space has been earmarked for residential use since the introduction of 'offices to residential' rights in May 2013. Read more...
10 April 2015 - News
The UK's leading economic expert comes to Shoreham
As the TV and radio "go to man" for all issues related to the nation's finances, Paul Johnson, director of the hugely respected and internationally renowned Institute For Fiscal Studies (IFS), will be giving a talk at Shoreham's Ropetackle Arts Centre on Friday. Read more...
10 April 2015 - News
A big chunk of North Street on the market for £50m.
The Hanningtons Estate which fronts onto North Street and includes 5,300 sq m of offices, 41 residential units and 6,300 sq m of retail space is being sold by RBS. Read more...
10 April 2015 - News
Astoria sold for residential redevelopment
The Astoria Cinema in Gloucester Place which was previously owned by local businessman Mike Holland and then Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd has been sold for £5.5m. Read more...
28 March 2015 - News
Funding agreed for Brighton bike scheme
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] has agreed to give just over £1m towards the cost of a shared bike scheme in the city similar to London's Boris Bikes. Read more...
26 March 2015 - News
Lewes-Uckfield rail line re-re-re-revisited [again]
As part of the Budget announcements, the Lewes-Uckfield railway line has been given £100,000 for a study, not the first, into the feasibility of reopening it 46 years after it was closed. Read more...
26 March 2015 - News
£7m for research centre
The University of Brighton working in partnership with engineering company Ricardo is to receive £7 million for an automotive and environmental engineering training and research centre as part of the government's Growth Deal funding package. Read more...
18 March 2015 - News
Top Sussex Chef and Centerplate collaborate at Brighton i360
Steven Edwards, the winner of Sussex MasterChef: The Professionals, will collaborate with venue caterer Centerplate to serve the best of Sussex produce at Brighton i360's brasserie when it opens next year. Read more...
16 March 2015 - News
B Corp breakfast
B Corp, the not-for-profit organization behind the international B Corp movement, will be holding a breakfast event in Brighton on March 24 to introduce themselves and their mission to the Brighton business community. Read more...
16 March 2015 - News
Major Brighton employer supports National Apprenticeship Week
One of the city's largest employers, Domestic & General, showed its support for National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing the range of apprenticeship-led NVQ courses it offers employees Read more...
14 March 2015 - News
The Brighton John Lewis jigsaw
So why would John Lewis plc buy 129-133 North Street Brighton which just happens to be the home of Boots Department store? Read more...
13 March 2015 - News
Over 200 businesses signed up to the Living Wage
Over 200 businesses, charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations have now signed up to the Brighton & Hove's local Living Wage Campaign spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce and supported by the city council. Read more...
12 March 2015 - News
Brighton scoops top prize
Brighton won first prize in the Local Government Chronicle Awards for Driving Economic Growth at last night's ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel. Read more...
10 March 2015 - News
Will the weak Euro wreck Brighton's summer holiday?
As the European Central Bank rolls out Quantitative Easing [QE] the Euro has plummeted against sterling making it cheaper for UK residents to go abroad and more expensive for continental Europeans to come here. Read more...
8 March 2015 - News
Brighton Uni Vice Chancellor to retire
Professor Julian Crampton has announced that he will retire at some point before February 2016 after 10 years at the helm of Brighton University. Read more...
 


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Headlines

26 May 2015
Gett expands in to Brighton
22 May 2015
Taxi licencing consultation now open 20 May 2015
Statement from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership 19 May 2015
Redevelopment of Circus Street takes a step forward 18 May 2015
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm receives £1.3bn green light from E.ON and UK Green Investment Bank 15 May 2015
Brighton i360 restores West Pier toll booths 11 May 2015
Health social network gets £825,000 investment 11 May 2015
Development Studies at Sussex ranked first in the world 7 May 2015
Brighton house price update 2015 Q1 6 May 2015
Sky Lantern in The Lanes 6 May 2015
LEP poaches star player 26 April 2015
Hippodrome stalled 26 April 2015
New Economic Partnership executive director appointed. 26 April 2015
Tree thwarts Brighton College expansion plans 23 April 2015
Boomtown 20 April 2015
Millions of square metres of office space lost 10 April 2015
The UK's leading economic expert comes to Shoreham 10 April 2015
A big chunk of North Street on the market for £50m. 10 April 2015
Astoria sold for residential redevelopment 28 March 2015
Funding agreed for Brighton bike scheme 26 March 2015
Lewes-Uckfield rail line re-re-re-revisited [again] 26 March 2015
£7m for research centre 18 March 2015
Top Sussex Chef and Centerplate collaborate at Brighton i360 16 March 2015
B Corp breakfast 16 March 2015
Major Brighton employer supports National Apprenticeship Week 14 March 2015
The Brighton John Lewis jigsaw 13 March 2015
Over 200 businesses signed up to the Living Wage 12 March 2015
Brighton scoops top prize 10 March 2015
Will the weak Euro wreck Brighton's summer holiday? 8 March 2015
Brighton Uni Vice Chancellor to retire 8 March 2015
Economic Partnership supports demolition of listed building 8 March 2015
Plans for Peter Pan 5 March 2015
Work-life unbalanced 4 March 2015
LoveLocalJobs.com among UK's Best Jobs Boards 4 March 2015
Brighton in the top ten again 3 March 2015
Top 5 stories in February 27 February 2015
Free video games application workshop 26 February 2015
Brighton house price update 2014 Q4 26 February 2015
HMRC's RTI late filing grace period expires soon 26 February 2015
Workspace will be the regulator of the Brighton economy