the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects
Crime
reduction
 


Inward
investment
information
 


Licensee
Forum
 

Workforce development 

Transport
 

Business &
climate
change

Property &
Development sites

Business
Improvement
Districts

Housing
 

Strategy
 

Consultation opportunities
 

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton
business.co.uk

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 4 January 2010
You want it? Hove's got it!

Decorated shop fronts welcome seasonal shoppers

Shopping centres across the city are looking brighter than ever with the council continuing to decorate vacant premises with colourful images.

The latest to get the makeover treatment from the environment improvement team are the former Woolworths store in Blatchington Road and the former Festive Cuisine in Holland Road, Hove.

A landscape painting of the seafront from Hove to the Marina has been installed in 63 Holland Road. By local artist Martin Hall, it was loaned to the council for free. The building is due for redevelopment early next year, so Martin’s painting will be used on another empty shop elsewhere in the city.

The picture on Woolworths is a photograph of shoppers with the motto: ‘Whatever you are looking for….Hove is sure to have the shop for you.’

Picturesque Rottingdean also has just received an added attraction with the installation of two reproduction oil paintings on the former Lloyds Pharmacy shop at the junction with the A259.

“The Seaside” c1920 by Alice Maude Fanner of a local scene, and “The Ponte Vecchio, Florence” 1844 by Francesco Raffaello Santoro were reproduced from Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s collections and chosen by residents.

Council leader Mary Mears said: “These images have really brightened up our shopping districts. Empty shops are a fact of life at the moment, but by using them to display artwork and interesting photographs, it makes the area more welcoming.

“The project to decorate empty shop fronts is encouraging residents to buy local, particularly important in the run-up to Christmas and for the January sales period. We also put some historic photographs on a former building society in Church Road in Hove, so central Hove and Rottingdean are looking particularly attractive at this time.”

Gavin Stewart, Hove Town Centre Manager, part of Brighton & Hove Business Forum, added: “Although vacancy rates in Hove are well below half the national average, we still need to work hard to support our commercial centres to help the city flourish as a whole. This project has been a resounding success with residents and businesses alike; by adorning those few vacant premises with art, the whole area is lifted, quite simply making Hove a better place for people to visit, live and do business in. Thanks to the hard work of the city council, we are moving ever closer to achieving those aims and the Business Forum is looking forward to continuing to support this important work.”

In April, the council put photographs of contemporary scenes on the former Damart shop in Queen’s Road and Astoria cinema in Gloucester Place, Brighton.

Before that the council used huge copies of paintings from Brighton & Hove's museums to brighten up rundown buildings. For more information on the council’s Buy Local campaign go to http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/buylocal


Read related items on:
Local
Brighton & Hove Business Forum
Brighton & Hove City Council


Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


Headlines

15 December 2017
Brighton is among the best places to start a business due to their strong growth factors
15 December 2017
GTR consultation ends 20th Dec 2017 13 December 2017
Ethical Food StartUp Programme - Idea Generation Workshop 12 December 2017
Utilise Plus launch programme of energy efficiency grants and business support for SMEs 11 December 2017
City Centre Vacancy Rates Drop Slightly From Sept 5 December 2017
Innovate UK Announces Sector Competitions in Manufacturing and Infrastructure Systems 5 December 2017
GDPR, steps to early compliance 1 December 2017
The 29th Sussex Business Awards 2017 Winners Announced 1 December 2017
Old tech gear? Give IT a new lease of life 29 November 2017
Driving for Better Business Campaign launches 29 November 2017
ARKA Funerals sponsor Burning the Clocks 2017 with 'In Memory' lanterns 27 November 2017
Govia Thameslink launches third consultation phase on once-in-a-generation timetable restructure 23 November 2017
Coast to Capital Launches Brighton Mainline Alliance 22 November 2017
Calling all UK companies that have transport, parking and commuting issues to address 15 November 2017
Start-up Challenge Business Competition Offering £10,000 Investment to Young Entrepreneurs 15 November 2017
IUK Announces £10 Million Innovation Loans Infrastructure Systems Funding Competition for UK SMEs 15 November 2017
Sussex Food and Drink Grand Finalists Celebrate Success 10 November 2017
Meaning conference confirms speaker line-up: breeding a new army of business activists 10 November 2017
Positive body image documentary screening at Hove school 8 November 2017
Material Practices: Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton - Private View 8 November 2017
Economic Partnership kick starts city strategy consultation 8 November 2017
GTR respond to positive ASLEF referendum result 7 November 2017
350th employer signed up to the Brighton & Hove Campaign 7 November 2017
Rampion announces £4 million community fund 6 November 2017
The First Gamification Conference comes to Brighton 3 November 2017
Shoreham Port Welcomes New Commercial and Operations Director 2 November 2017
Burning the Clocks launches Crowdfunder for 2017 2 November 2017
The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards are now open for Entries 31 October 2017
Brighton Based Paxton Open New Centre for Technology & Innovation 27 October 2017
Adventures in risk taking for high growth businesses 27 October 2017
Can your business benefit from offering a 'world of work' experience? 27 October 2017
The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour launches across the UK for its fifth year 24 October 2017
Business Networking & Case Study Visit with the Sustainable Business Partnership 24 October 2017
Could you use an Energy Saving Workshop? 17 October 2017
Peter Blake raffle raises £2,290 for Middle Street School 17 October 2017
AMEX named major sponsor of city's bike share scheme 16 October 2017
Ropetackle Business Friends scheme 4 October 2017
VIRGIN STARTUP MEETUP 'HOW TO TELL (SELL) YOUR STORY' 3 October 2017
BTN BikeShare: a successful first month 3 October 2017
PLATF9RM open at Hove Town Hall