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300 jobs created by Brighton green group

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MORE than 300 jobs have been created and 70 new products launched with support from a University of Brighton green business organisation.

The figures were released as the university’s Green Growth Platform received a progress report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, its original funder.

HEFCE said the platform had “met or exceeded” all of its objectives, set out when it was launched in 2014.

Director Zoë Osmond said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered on all of the targets agreed with our original funder over the first five years of the Green Growth Platform.

“Since launch in 2014, we have seen more than 1,000 green-focused companies join our network, with more than a quarter of these taking up our intensive innovation, business support or skills services.”

Zoë said:

l 312 jobs were created or safeguarded

l 71 new products, processes or services were developed

l 100 students and graduates placed with member companies

l 102 university-business innovations or research and development projects were undertaken

l £2 million of funding generated for university-business innovations and research and development

l 15 new green sector courses or modules developed.

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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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