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15,840 businesses in city as plan unveiled for more growth

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A NEW plan reveals how Brighton and Hove could become one of the most productive and inclusive economies by 2024.

The city’s new economic strategy to 2024 provides a blueprint for the Greater Brighton region to grow.

Active business in Brighton & Hove grew by 20 per cent between 2012 and 2017, and there are now 15,840 businesses in the city.

The plan aims to ensure they will be able to take on current challenges and future opportunities.

It urges businesses, entrepreneurs, educators and communities to be bold and build on our local reputation for openness, creativity and innovation.

Councillor Nancy Platts, lead councillor for the economy, said: “The new strategy recognises that the next 20 years will be very different and sets out how the city can be a trailblazer for new business ideas and models.

“We want to create a low carbon economy and ensure the benefits of our success are shared with all those living here.”

Business sectors such as digital, ‘green’ technology, life sciences, higher education and tourism are strong in the city.

In 2018, Brighton and Hove was voted the best place to start a small business and has one of the best qualified workforces in the country, as well as having the highest number of home workers.

The strategy was developed by Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership and the council with partners across the city, looking at practical solutions to challenges that affect the city’s performance and growth potential.

Over the next five years, the idea is to bring together businesses and communities to test new approaches and take forward business ideas.

These include:

• Promoting a wider take-up of the Brighton Living Wage to encourage and support sustainable employment

• Working towards ensuring social value through procurement and community wealth building

• More targeted support for small businesses in the city so they can stay, grow and access new markets

• Exploring the potential for the city to become a test-bed for innovation in retail using virtual reality to create new experiences in high street shopping.. Digital Catapult Brighton, University of Brighton and Redevco are currently exploring this as part of the Hannington Street development.

• Offering training in digital skills to fit in with business needs by creating better links between employers and local creative digital training provision such as the Greater Brighton MET Creative Campus project.

• Building on the strengths of our universities in clean/green growth, digital media, advanced engineering, quantum computing and life sciences to develop opportunities for growth and innovation.

• Connecting the resources and expertise of the universities and colleges to ambitious companies large and small, across the city region.

Nick Hibberd and Max Woodford from the council’s economy, environment and culture directorate introduced the new economic strategy at a special Brighton and Hove chamber of commerce event.

The former Hanningtons department store is being transformed into a new Lane.

There will be 13 shops, plush offices, apartments and a new entrance to The Lanes from North Street.

Existing shops on the main road have also undergone a major revamp.

European retail real estate investment manager Redevco started redeveloping the 1.3 acre site in February 2017.

Its portfolio director Andrew Foulds said: “This is something different and it’s full of character.

“It won’t be your conventional high street, we want people to get lost in our new area.

“I believe that we have a captive audience, whether it be commuters, students, academics, tourists and locals.

“I see this as future-proof retail.

“We have been on site for two years and we are creating something unique. I can’t wait for the opening.

“It’s going to be really exciting for Brighton.”

The area links The Lanes, North Laine, East Street and the cultural quarter leading to Brighton beach.

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Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane in the centre of Brighton

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BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

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Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane

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BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

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Full time blogger is finalist in Working Dad of the Year 2019

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TOM Briggs quit a well-paid job to follow his dream of becoming a full-time blogger.

He writes the award-winning blog Diary of the Dad.

Now Tom, from Polegate, is a finalist in the Working Dad of the Year category of Pitman Training’s SuperAchievers awards.

This award is for fathers who epitomise the dedication required to juggle a busy home and family life, alongside achieving personal career ambitions.

Tom was nominated by his wife Kate and together they have three young children.

He started his blog as a new hobby back in 2010 but it has since grown into something much bigger.

In 2015, Tom made the decision to become a full-time blogger to spend more time with his family.

His wife was pregnant and Tom’s career at the time wasn’t allowing for a great work/life balance.

Tom was the family’s only earner at the time so there was a huge risk to walking away from a secure, well-paid job.

But he wasn’t finding the enjoyment in the role and knew that he wanted more precious time with his growing family.

Tom has turned a hobby into something that provides for a family of five and, most importantly, that gives them more time together.

He has had numerous media appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain and the Victoria Derbyshire show, as well as radio, newspaper and magazine interviews where he can offer a dad’s point of view.

He also works with various brands as a spokesperson and holds regular contributor slots on various websites.

Most importantly, Tom is able to play a full part in family life.

Working from home, with no commute, he structures his work to standard office hours.

Around that, Tom is able to do school runs, attend class assemblies, school plays and all the extra-curricular activities that family life presents.

Wife Kate said: “Tom has worked so hard to provide for us and has gone from strength to strength while being around more too.

“He’s found a way of having the best of both worlds and we’re really happy with how things have worked out.

“I think Tom is a great success simply because he loves what he does for a living both in terms of his job itself and the work-life balance that it gives him.”

Voting online via Pitman’s website is now open for all finalists (http://superachievers.pitman-training.com/index.php)

Public vote closes Friday and the winners will then be announced on March 29.

Winners will receive an engraved award, £500 and a voucher for a distance learning course of their choice.

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