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



Workforce development 


Business &

Property &
Development sites




Consultation opportunities

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

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 20 November 2012

City Prospectus website launched

New data from the Office of National Statistics indicate that Brighton & Hove’s economy grew more than almost anywhere in the country in the last decade. But the city isn’t being complacent and last night a new inward investment website was launched at Brighton College.

Between 2000 and 2009 the value of the city’s economy rose from £3.4 to £5.3bn – a 58% increase. The figures also showed that productivity [measured in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA)/head] of the average Brighton & Hove worker  increased the most in England outside London from £13,477/head to £20,611/head. GVA is a measure of the amount that each person contributes to the national economy.

The news comes as the city council and business partners launch a new initiative to attract companies and capitalise on the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Included is a new website –Brighton For Business - showcasing the city and its functional economic area to potential investors.

Chair of the council’s economic development and culture committee Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said, “It’s an extraordinary story, which needs telling more often. While so many seaside towns and cities seem to fade and struggle, Brighton & Hove has reinvented itself by keeping pace with cutting edge and emerging high-tech industries in the city, while not losing sight of its broad cultural side.

“The website aims to keep the momentum going. It will show potential investors how they can get in on the act, providing a global audience with a key point of contact and information. We’ll be selling the city hard highlighting the talent we have here and what a great place it is for living and working.”

Tony Mernagh, executive director of the Economic Partnership said: “Brighton & Hove has got a fantastic business offer to companies seeking a creative location with excellent links to London, Europe and the world. Now it has a web site that not only puts all the information needed to understand that offer in one place but is also a joy to use.”

Figures show the city is already outstripping the country and region for the number of new business start-ups. In 2011 the number of new companies being formed was two and a half times the national average – around 300 a month compared to 120 for England.

In September 2012, Brighton & Hove accounted for 4.6 per cent of all start-ups in the South East. The rate was 15.3 new businesses created per 10,000 working age population compared to 11.2 across the region. Only Chichester fared better at 16.9.

The new website was developed by Brighton based marketing & communications company GSBA and background research was carried out by Scott Marshall & Bruce Nairne in partnership with a range of organisations who work to increase inward investment in the city including the council, Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, University of Brighton and University of Sussex.

The new website will be hosted by the Economic Partnership which will be responsible for fielding inward investment enquiries in the first instance.  Connect to

Read related items on:
Inward Investment
Launch event
Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
University of Brighton
University of Sussex

Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


23 May 2018
Gingerman Restaurant Group to Open Restaurant at Hanningtons Estate Brighton
16 May 2018
Can you help us help rough sleepers? Search for a venue to provide shelter 15 May 2018
New Research Reveals Cost of Opening A Business in Brighton: £6,000 11 May 2018
Tech firm SaleCycle to open new office in Brighton, creating 30+ new jobs 4 May 2018
Get involved - National Numeracy Day This 16 May 1 May 2018
Barclays' High Growth & Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 launch to celebrate start-up leaders in the UK 30 April 2018
Barclays launches major drive to help SMEs tackle Cymbercrime 24 April 2018
An evening with Chris Fox, Lib Dem Peer 24 April 2018
"A triumph of innovation" 13 April 2018
Brighton city Centre Vacancy Rates continue to buck national trend 12 April 2018
The Ivy in the Lanes Set to open 2 May 2018 11 April 2018
Free Dr Bike Service Returns 20 March 2018
Brighton named most entrepreneurial city AND second best for student happiness according to Fresh Student Living 19 March 2018
A Meeting with Chris Fox, Lib Dem Peer - Why Business Matters 14 March 2018
Better Business for All Event with BEIS 7 March 2018
Brighton celebrates women in tech as Spring Forward festival returns for a fourth year 6 March 2018
Six months of success for BTN BikeShare 2 March 2018
Sustainability in Action masterclasses for Sussex businesses 2 March 2018
Doing Business in China comes to Brighton 1 March 2018
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce presents: Protecting your brand- a guide for fast growth businesses 1 March 2018
Long haul passengers boost local economy and jobs, according to new Gatwick report on the 'Visitor Economy' 28 February 2018
Save time reporting crime 27 February 2018
Warren Morgan Resigns from Brighton & Hove City Council 23 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company, Paxton Ranks in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 23 February 2018
Greater Brighton's Commercial Property Database 22 February 2018
SE-ASSIST - Launch of Loan Capital in Greater Brighton 19 February 2018
House Price update Q4 2017 19 February 2018
What would you do in a crisis? 19 February 2018
The investment journey for high growth entrepreneurs 9 February 2018
Make Change Count 2018 - helping rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove 8 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company Paxton Announces Recipients of New Scholarship Programmein Association with the University of Brighton 8 February 2018
Cyber London Accelerator Invites Summer 2018 Entries 8 February 2018
Innovate UK Launches Strand 2 Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Competition 8 February 2018
Success In Sussex As Food And Drink Heroes Crowned Winners 8 February 2018
UK Games Fund - Fourth Round Open to Applications 8 February 2018
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Launch Young Innovators' Programme 6 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launches 'Kit Out The Kitchen' crowdfunding campaign 2 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Council and Crest Nicholson win £15m government funding to kickstart King Alfred project 1 February 2018
Could a Utilise Plus Programme grant help you?