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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
22 October 2014 - News
2014 sees a dramatic fall in the number of shops on the High Street
Between January and September town and city centres across the UK saw 964 net closures, well over double the net reduction for the whole of last year. Read more...
22 October 2014 - News
Top spot for investment
Brighton and Lewes have been named as UK hotspots for a new type of 'positive investor' revolutionising the funding of social and environmental businesses. Read more...
17 October 2014 - News
City Plan passes the first hurdle
The amended City Plan [Core Strategy] was agreed by the City Council at yesterday's Policy & Resources Committee. Now it goes out to consultation. Read more...
15 October 2014 - News
Unemployment down again
In the three months to the end of August UK unemployment fell to 1.97 million, for the first time since the 2008 recession began which means a record 30.76 million people are in work. Read more...
15 October 2014 - News
Conference to help Brighton businesses get 'fit for the future'
Specialist funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), is to host a conference in Brighton bringing together small and medium sized enterprise owners with professional advisors such as accountants, finance brokers and financial advisers. Read more...
10 October 2014 - News
Could Rother give some cheer to Brighton?
Brighton's City Plan goes back to the Planning Inspector for examination later this month offering land for about half of the number of homes needed over the next 20 years. If the Inspector rejects it, it'll be back to the drawing board and years before another plan can be submitted. Rother District Council found itself in the same position with the same Inspector. Read more...
10 October 2014 - News
King Alfred finally goes to market
The procurement process for a developer of the Leisure Centre site starts today with the issue of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), which all bidders are required to submit by Monday 10 November. Read more...
9 October 2014 - News
Food and happiness
The recently launched Happiness: Brighton and Hove's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy promotes the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a tool to improve mental health. Vic Borrill of the city's food partnership explains five food based ways to wellbeing. Read more...
6 October 2014 - News
Brighton job growth success
New figures show a big rise in employment growth in Brighton & Hove, with 9,400 new jobs created since 2010. Read more...
5 October 2014 - News
Support the City Plan
The City Plan proposal for an additional 1,180 homes on the urban fringe was always going to be controversial but the Plan should still be supported. Read more...
1 October 2014 - News
LEP seeks new Board member
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking a new Board Member due to one of its founder Directors moving abroad. Read more...
29 September 2014 - News
Stamp'n WIN when you shop in Hove or Portslade this Christmas
Christmas shoppers should look out for the "Stamp'n WIN!" posters in Hove and Portslade shops in the run-up to Christmas. A host of prizes are on offer including a top cash prize of £500. Read more...
29 September 2014 - News
Leadership course with an African twist
A network of Management & Training Consultants have joined forces to launch a unique leadership programme. Coming under the banner of Development Squared their aim is simple, to revolutionise leadership development via an African experience. Read more...
26 September 2014 - News
UK cuts to last five more years
As the retiring head of the civil service has predicted another five years of UK government spending cuts, Brighton & Hove City Council have to find the equivalent of £70,000/day in savings for the next four years Read more...
25 September 2014 - News
First loan from new Coast to Capital fund goes to a Brighton company
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Funding Escalator, a £5 million fund to help businesses in the region to grow and create jobs, has made its first loan to Brighton based Deteq Solutions. Read more...
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...
 


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Headlines

22 October 2014
2014 sees a dramatic fall in the number of shops on the High Street
22 October 2014
Top spot for investment 17 October 2014
City Plan passes the first hurdle 15 October 2014
Unemployment down again 15 October 2014
Conference to help Brighton businesses get 'fit for the future' 10 October 2014
Could Rother give some cheer to Brighton? 10 October 2014
King Alfred finally goes to market 9 October 2014
Food and happiness 6 October 2014
Brighton job growth success 5 October 2014
Support the City Plan 1 October 2014
LEP seeks new Board member 29 September 2014
Stamp'n WIN when you shop in Hove or Portslade this Christmas 29 September 2014
Leadership course with an African twist 26 September 2014
UK cuts to last five more years 25 September 2014
First loan from new Coast to Capital fund goes to a Brighton company 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