Brighton & Hove bags 12th Place in 21 Best Cities in Britain for Business 2019

These are the 21 Best Cities in Britain for Business 2019

Too many people think London is the only place in Britain worth doing business in. It’s not immediately hard to see why: the capital towers on the global stage and is a central node in the web of world trade. But Britain has many thriving business communities outside of London and the future prosperity of the UK will depend on them.

Management Today’s "The 21 Best Towns and Cities for Business" ranks the UK’s major urban centres, barring London, on how appealing they are as places to set up shop. Focusing on the needs of mid-to-large, talent-hungry, high-productivity firms, we examined towns and cities on various metrics including, among others, productivity, the depth of the talent pool, the strength of innovation, the scale of the private sector ecosystem and the rate of growth.

These results were collated and carefully weighted to ensure fair competition between large and small cities, and each of those that made our initial shortlist of 21 was invited to put its case for winning to an expert panel of judges. After robust deliberation – and much arguing over, in particular, the first and second places – our judges came up with the final ranking.

1. Manchester

In a crowded field that provides real grounds for optimism, Manchester was a deserved winner and can add another accolade to those provided by Time Out (‘One of the most exciting cities in the world’) and The Economist (‘The UK’s most liveable city’). The 100,000 students who choose to live there and those that make the city the second most popular destination for graduates in the UK, certainly seem to agree.

And so do investors. As the UK’s leading regional city for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and a pilot city for the Local Industrial Strategies (which establish new ways of working between national and local government, and the public and private sectors), Manchester’s industry strengths are centred around tech and emergent sectors, including advanced materials, healthcare analytics, cybersecurity and fintech.

This breadth of innovation is underpinned by a supportive infrastructure, the largest concentration of private equity firms outside of London and world-class university research and industry collaborations. This, in turn, fuels an entrepreneurial culture of spin-offs, start-ups and high-growth SMEs.

The city boasts a number of success stories. The Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone, for example, is a top five European health innovation district with two universities, five hospitals and the CityLabs research commercialisation accelerator. It forms part of the largest clinical academic campus in Europe and sits within the region’s digitised data ecosystem that has hosted a global pilot for real-world large-scale medical trials. Leading the way with a UK Government High Performance Organisation (HPO) initiative on advanced materials, the city hosts the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre – a world-first for commercialising applications.

Meanwhile, the fintech sector has grown 50 per cent in the last decade – five times the national average (with strengths in payments, P2P lending and big data risk assessment) – and there is a £10m Cyber Innovation Centre alongside extensive peer networking via organisations such as Pro-Manchester and Manchester Digital. This ecosystem and the city’s strong pro-business proposition has encouraged corporations such as Amazon, Jaguar Land Rover and many others to move there.

"Successful cities today are those offering businesses access to knowledge, in terms of workers, clients, collaborators and competitors," says one of our judges, Paul Swinney from the Centre for Cities. "Manchester in particular is increasingly doing this, and we see the results in terms of the types of businesses now locating there, especially in its city centre."

Ideally placed to capitalise on its location at the heart of the UK and as the ‘Crossroads of the North’– the region will be an even more attractive proposition after the arrival of HS2. It’s what Metro Mayor Andy Burham means when he says: "There’s certainly a sense of stars aligning."

Manchester has redoubled its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in line with the science-based targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is now at the forefront of world cities leading on this issue.

2. Bristol

Bristol may not have taken the top spot, but it comes a very close second. The judges were impressed with the dynamic culture of talent and innovation that has established Bristol’s reputation as a sustainable, forward-thinking city with a highly skilled workforce, which drives economic growth and enhances productivity.

With 54 per cent of the workforce educated to at least degree level, the city’s submission highlighted a diverse business sector, which is rich in world-leading expertise, particularly in environmental technologies, high tech, aerospace and advanced engineering, media, and financial and professional services.

Recognised as the second largest digital tech cluster outside London, with a turnover of £8.1bn, and the third largest UK media hub outside London and Manchester, Bristol’s innovative output is featured around the world (it is one of three hub locations for the BBC and home to the Oscar-winning Aardman Animation, creators of Wallace and Gromit). Channel 4 has also announced Bristol will host one of its creative hubs.

A partnership between the city’s business and public sector community and driven by a directly elected mayor, Bristol’s One City Plan sets out ambitious targets for the future up to 2050. One example is City Leap, a series of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities that aim to decarbonise the city.

Business growth is encouraged via the innovative Engine Shed co-working space and SETSquared, an enterprise partnership between regional universities that turns ideas into thriving companies and has been twice ranked as the global number one university business incubator.

Connected by air to most major international cities and just over 80 minutes from London by train, Bristol is a major port with worldwide trade links, home to a growing population of more than 450,000 (among which at least 91 different languages are spoken) and regularly tops polls as the UK’s most liveable city.

Temple Quarter – one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK – is a ‘once in a generation opportunity to shape a new city quarter’ and aims to deliver 22,000 jobs, 10,000+ homes and a world-class campus for the University of Bristol.

3. Leeds

With three million residents in the metropolitan area, 1.5 million jobs and a £66.5bn economic output, Leeds already has a strong foundation on which to build, benefiting from some of the fastest growing firms in the UK. The city favours a dynamic approach that fosters collaboration between industry, researchers, clinicians and public sector leaders – this boosts larger businesses and attracts inward investment.

Inclusive Growth Strategy sets out ’12 Big Ideas’ to transform the economy with the accent on developing a compassionate city and working together across all sectors to create better jobs, tackle low pay and boost productivity. The ideas include backing innovators and entrepreneurs in business and social enterprises; and delivering transformational change across the city (Leeds is half way through a £10bn transformation programme intended to double the size of the city centre and build a rail station for HS2).

This will build on the city’s international reputation and world leading capabilities in digital healthcare innovation, medical technologies, robot design and construction (the University of Leeds hosts the national facility for Innovative Robotic Systems) as well as a growing digital and creative sector, demonstrated by the siting of the UK’s only independent Internet Exchange outside London and Channel 4 choosing Leeds for its new HQ. Sky’s national technology centre of expertise is also based in the city.

Leeds has the UK’s largest financial services cluster outside the capital, with 30 national and international banks based in the city. Emerging fintech and cybersecurity sub-sectors are creating new opportunities.

4. Edinburgh

A world-class academic offering and bold data-driven agenda lie at the heart of modern Edinburgh’s regional economy. The city has grown 12.5 per cent in the past ten years, excels in data science, cyber security, robotics and stem cell research, and enjoys one of the highest rates of successful business start-ups in the UK.

The workforce is highly skilled – almost half (42 per cent) of all graduates from the city’s four universities choose to stay after graduation – and the city benefits from an enviable quality of life. It was named the best city to live in the world in the Arcadis 2018 Sustainability Cities Index, as well as the UK’s most walkable city in 2017 (55 per cent of residents use the bus, cycle or walk as their main mode of travel).

The Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative is part of the £1.3bn Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal that aims to train 100,000 people to create the data capital of Europe.

5. Reading

Proximity to Heathrow and London is a major selling point – it’s just 25 minutes from Paddington and the future western terminus of Crossrail – but Reading is a top business location in its own right. It has an ambitious vision for its future, is one of the top 25 European cities for FDI and has long-standing clusters in IT, pharma, finance and professional services. The Reading Central Business Improvement District drives sustainable growth and the quality of life attracts talent – Reading has the highest wages outside London and 20 per cent of Reading University graduates join the local workforce.

Over £7m has been invested over the last decade in the Reading Central Business Improvement District, with another now planned for the Abbey Quarter.

6. Glasgow

The Glasgow city region can claim to be the economic powerhouse of Scotland. Generating over £43.5 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2018, it is home to more than a third of all Scottish jobs and the fastest growing major city economy in the UK.

It has a diverse business and industry base and has identified the growth of SMEs in particular to be a key contributing factor in achieving the aim outlined in the Economic Strategy 2016-2013 of having the most productive urban economy in the UK by 2023. To support this it hopes to create a collaborative – and unrivalled – network of business support, engaging the public, private and education sectors.

The council is working with suppliers to help SMEs access specialist support. This will include an unranked framework of suppliers and a referral programme to encourage collaboration.

7. Cardiff

This is a young city (the majority under 35) with the UK’s fastest growing population. Recent development has seen key growth sectors and internationally competitive clusters emerge in the financial, creative, life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors, with some of the UK’s leading businesses in these sectors calling Cardiff home.

Being a capital city, business has the Welsh Government on the doorstep and a host of national organisations and HQs to support various activities. Continued investment in infrastructure (such as the £1bn South Wales Metro) and regeneration has put Cardiff at the forefront of UK cities as an investment location.

Based on 2018 figures, 48 per cent of Cardiff’s workforce are qualified to NVQ4 level or above. It had the highest ranking for a UK core city in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018.

8. Milton Keynes

Originally designed for large scale growth and as an ‘urban utopia’ for housing, business and leisure mid-way between London and Birmingham, on Milton Keynes (MK) can boast the third highest number of businesses per head and the third highest GVA per worker of all British cities, as well as one of the highest start-up rates – fuelled by local business incubation initiatives and access to the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. Sustainable mobility is an area of focus. MK Council and Cranfield University are developing MK:U – a business-sponsored university due to open in 2023, offering STEM subjects and the skills that local employers require in order to grow.

Population growth, a large catchment area (more than 18 million people within an hour away) and potential for new development means exceptional growth opportunities for business.

9. Birmingham

With a population of 1.13 million, the city already has the second biggest economy in the UK after London. Professional and financial services, advanced manufacturing and the digital economy are vital sectors. The West Midlands secured a record 171 FDI projects in 2017-18, and created 9,424 new jobs – the only region to see an increase in both figures.

Birmingham is home to the second largest number of tech start-up accelerator and incubator hubs in the UK, as well as the Silicon Canal, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Custard Factory and Steamhouse innovative spaces. HS2 will place the region at the heart of the UK’s transport network, while hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games has the potential to deliver unprecedented levels of economic growth.

The tech and digital sector is the fourth largest cluster outside London, employing more than 100,000 people.

10. Liverpool

The Liverpool city region elected its first Metro Mayor two years ago to drive prosperity, encourage innovation, strengthen partnerships and expand opportunities. It has since secured greater powers and funding to invest directly into business, skills, transport and infrastructure, with numerous successful initiatives such as the Growth Hub (SME business support) and the Business Growth Grant.

Regeneration projects worth £14bn are in the pipeline in a city that is already home to major global brands and a world leader in sectors as diverse as maritime and logistics, health and life sciences, energy and the environment, creative, digital and tech, and advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Liverpool’s Pall Mall development will deliver 400,000 sq ft of grade A office space, while Paddington Village is a landmark £1bn expansion site, creating 1.8m sq ft of science, technology, education and health space.

11. Cambridge

Less than an hour from London by train and set to benefit from the new A14 motorway section next year, Cambridge is connected to both international markets and, via one of the world’s leading universities, top-class human capital. The city is Europe’s largest technology cluster.

Around 57,000 people are employed by the 1,500 technology-based firms in the area, with a combined annual revenue of over £13 billion. It leads in machine learning and AI, information technology, life sciences, gaming, and food and drink industries. Microsoft’s European research HQ is in the city – as are Amazon, Apple and many more.

The ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ has seen an explosion of globally significant companies and innovations in tech, life sciences and service companies since 1960, with networking and peer support in the business community.

12. Brighton & Hove

The Brighton and Hove local economy has grown to over £7bn in the last year, fuelled by the rise of new industries (creative and digital) and strong consolidation in others (tourism and retail). With 35,000 students, there is a huge pool of highly skilled and well-trained individuals to attract expanding businesses or start-ups – of which the city has one of the highest rates in the UK.

Plans for the Edward Street Quarter, Hove Station site and Sackville Trading Estate will deliver much-needed office space for SMEs to grow and develop, while the year-round cultural offering makes the city an attractive proposition for both employees and visitors.

The Economic Partnership is a 50+ strong group of CEOs from the private, public and voluntary sectors that shapes the city’s economic strategy and works closely with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

13. Slough

Slough now boasts the youngest population in the UK, with the education system producing results in the top ten nationally. It has more corporate headquarters than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland put together, a strong manufacturing base and an impressive business start-up rate.

The town is just 15 minutes from London Paddington (with Crossrail due in 2020), three motorways are within easy reach and Heathrow is on the doorstep. The Slough Urban Renewal project has brought leisure facilities, homes and a new cultural centre, while plans for the future include a mixed-use redevelopment in the heart of Slough costing over £300m.

Slough is the most productive urban area in the UK (Centre for Cities, 2019) and home to the largest trading estate in Europe – 500 businesses employing 20,000 employees.

14. Nottingham

Described recently by one major investor as the ‘last uptapped city in the UK’, Nottingham is entering a new era of development, with office, residential, retail and leisure schemes set to transform the city centre.

Nottingham already boasts a strong ecosystem, including a variety of tech hubs and co-working spaces, two universities (centres of excellence in aerospace, cancer research, Industry 4.0, data analytics and food science) and a high quality workforce of over 1.1 million people. The birthplace of both Ibuprofen and the MRI scanner, the city remains at the cutting edge of health innovation.

BioCity is the UK’s largest bio-incubator facility and supports businesses in legal, patenting, banking and finance, across disciplines including drug discovery, medical devices and pharmaceutical development.

15. Southampton

Over the past decade Southampton has risen steadily through the league tables for growth, confirming itself as the economic powerhouse of England’s South coast. Network Eagle Lab, an innovative co-working concept, provides business start-up and scale-up space for entrepreneurs and students of two world-class universities.

As the city undergoes an ambitious scheme of regeneration (£3bn investment since 2012), the council’s vision is that every aspect of Southampton will be connected and accessible, both the digital infrastructure and the physical environment, showcasing a maritime port that is also a clean, green, tech-focused smart city.

Southampton’s GVA grew by 2.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, according to the most recent UK Powerhouse report, with employment up 1.9 per cent.

16. Newcastle

The regional capital of North East England, Newcastle is one of the UK’s core cities and an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse. It has been ranked one of the top British cities for scale-up tech investment, the UK’s best city to work in and the Best University City for three years running. It is also one of the UK’s more cost-effective cities to do business, with property 68 per cent cheaper than London.

Invest Newcastle supports an ecosystem of creative, digital, tech, corporate, healthcare and life science sectors. The business offer is all about ideas, energy and the brand new world of data, with all the transport infrastructure you would expect from a major European city.

The North Sea Connect project will bring vast digital infrastructure to the area and, via existing subsea networks, give Newcastle the UK’s best connections to businesses in America and Europe.

17. Bournemouth

The vision for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, an area of 400,000 residents which, since April, has come under one unitary authority, is to be a 21st century digital city-region by the sea. Development investment since 2013 has reached £1bn, actively encouraged and facilitated by the council, which is also investing in digital and transport infrastructure.

There is a strong engineering and advanced manufacturing sector clustered around the Port of Poole and Bournemouth International Airport worth £1.2bn a year, while JP Morgan, Vitality, BNY Mellon and others are part of the most cost competitive financial services location in the UK. The Business Growth Programme delivers support, advice and grant funding for SMEs.

Tech Nation rated the area as number one for high-growth digital tech businesses in 2017 and recorded growth in digital-tech jobs of 25 per cent between 2014 and 2017.

18. Warrington

The Office for National Statistics found the Cheshire and Warrington economy has grown faster than anywhere else in England, while the latter is one of only 14 UK towns or cities in defined as ‘high wage and low welfare’, with 79.8 per cent of its population in employment.

The Warrington Means Business masterplan is helping drive forward projects in excess of £750 million, including the major regeneration and evolution of the town centre, alongside other measures such as the future development of commercial property in the Enterprise Zone. The local business base is diverse, but is particularly strong in energy (specifically nuclear), engineering, logistics and software.

A new business bank, Redwood, is supporting the local economy through secured lending to local SMEs, as well as national businesses.

19. Aberdeen

Perhaps best known as an oil and gas hub, Aberdeen is at the forefront of the global energy transition to a lower carbon world. It is also an important centre for life sciences, with world-leading health research, and home to many global food and drink brands.

Although its maritime heritage remains central (ongoing investments include £350m at Aberdeen Harbour and £50m at Peterhead Port), the city has moved seamlessly into scientific, engineering, digital and low carbon specialisms. The £826m City Region Deal signed in 2016 is a key example of stakeholders in the region working collaboratively on diversifying and securing the regional economy, while £8bn+ of public and private infrastructure investment is due to be delivered before 2030.

Centre for Cities data shows Aberdeen ranked fourth in the UK in 2017 for the percentage of the working age population with higher level qualifications.

20. Leicester

A growing and diverse city, the 2018 Good Growth for Cities Index on urban economic wellbeing placed Leicester tenth out of 42 UK cities and described it as one of the most improved. In recent years, joined up thinking and innovative partnerships between local government and the private sector have provided for investment and jobs, such as the 5,000 positions (plus 1,000 apprenticeships) created through IBM’s Client Innovation Centre, Hastings Direct, Mattioli Woods and Octopus Energy choosing Leicester as a base.

The excellent universities in the local area provide a talent pipeline of 15,000 graduates every year for businesses and a skilled workforce across a range of sectors and levels.

The emerging Space Park and Waterside Enterprise Zone (including a technology hub around the National Space Centre) are transforming the city.

21. Northampton

Traditionally a centre for footwear and leather making, Northampton continues to show its prominence in manufacturing, but has diversified in recent years and, in 2018, business advice service Informi ranked it as the third best place to start a small business. This is partly down to its location at the heart of the UK, but also affordability, a strong business community working with a pool of highly skilled workers and great connectivity (there are five international airports within an hour).

Northampton is home to the largest urban Enterprise Zone in the UK, and although some of the government assistance ended in 2018, the area continues to benefit from increased marketing and infrastructure development.

In 2018, the new £330m University of Northampton Waterside Campus opened on the edge of the town centre, further improving links to higher education

for the business community.

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New Board members join Brighton Chamber

New Board members join Brighton Chamber

At Brighton Chamber’s AGM last week, four new Board members were elected by the members.

Thy were Sam Knowles from Insight Agents, Andrew Thomas from REBORN, Jo Crease from Brighton & Hove Impetus and Sara Bassett from Shoreham Port


Sam Knowles, Insight Agents

A communicator in his 30th year of practice, Sam Knowles is the Founder & MD of Lewes-based storytelling consultancy Insight Agents. Sam specialises in using numbers, data, and statistics as the foundation stones of powerful, purposeful, and above all impactful stories. Originally a Classicist, he holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from Sussex, the source of his understanding of human motivation and behaviour and his love of working with data.

Sam’s purpose is to help businesses sound like people and talk in that rarest and most refined of corporate dialects: Human. In 2018, Routledge published his first book for business: Narrative by Numbers to critical acclaim. It will be followed in 2020 by the sequel How To Be Insightful, also from Routledge. Sam is a sought-after trainer, keynote speaker, facilitator, and podcaster. He is co-founder and co-host of the Small Data Forum podcast.

Brighton Chamber has shattered Sam’s lifelong skepticism about chambers of commerce. A member since 2017, Sam has run Bite-size Learning sessions for the Chamber and was one of the curators of the Brighton Summit in 2018. There he ran a 120-strong workshop on telling stories with data. Sam joined the board in January 2019 and is a passionate supporter of the Chamber, talking it up to everyone who’ll listen.

Andrew Thomas, REBORN

Andrew has a lifelong passion for design and how it can improve people’s lives. He is a founder and Creative Director of Brighton based creative agency REBORN. The company formed in 2016 and has a sister agency based in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to this he worked for 10 years in various creative agencies in Bristol, London and Sydney. He also has experience in working in-house for global companies helping them build design teams of their own.

Outside of work he enjoys staying active and preforms stand up comedy. He’s already very involved in the Chamber having worked on projects such as Ride the Wave and The Summit 2018. Also REBORN are currently developing a new brand for the Chamber which is set to launch later on this year.

Andrew told us: “Being part of the Chamber has helped introduce me to Brighton and many business owners that work here. I’m looking forward to being on the board and offering assistance and insight where I can.”

Jo Crease, Brighton & Hove Impetus

Jo has been CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus since 2012, an award-winning loneliness and isolation charity that creates connections that change lives through befriending, social prescribing and volunteering services in Brighton, Hove and beyond, and by sharing ideas and expertise nationally. Prior to that she worked in charities and Government in both the UK and Australia.

Jo sees the charity as a social business, investing in its people and the raw ingredients to do their job, but creating change rather than a product or a service. As a business, Impetus faces many of the same challenges as commercial businesses, and she has had the happy experience of working with many brilliant Brighton & Hove businesses to share knowledge about meeting those challenges.

Outside of work she is experiencing the joys and woes of being a first time allotment holder this year, loves sewing and making, exploring wild outdoor places and can often be seen running or cycling along the seafront (the only way to commute).

Jo said: “We’ve been a member of the Chamber for 5 years, and I always find the connections and inspiration I need. I’m looking forward to joining the Board and helping lead the Chamber in the future.”

Sara Bassett, Shoreham Port

Sara is Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Shoreham Port. Prior to joining the Port she gained over 12 years’ experience working within financial services and commercial accountancy for companies such as LloydsTSB, American Express, Cytyc UK Limited and Independent Growth Finance.

As Finance Director, Sara is responsible for setting the financial strategy of the Port, managing the Port’s finance team and working with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the Port’s assets are fully utilized and maximizing revenue streams.

Sara is also Company Secretary to Sussex Port Forwarding Limited, The Port of Shoreham Trustee Company Limited and Shoreham Port Developments and Investments Limited. Sara is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Chamber Ambassador too.

Sara commented: “Sitting on the Board of Shoreham Port Authority has given me a wealth of experience, which I look forward to sharing with the Chamber Board. The Chamber is an exciting organisation and I look forward to working with the other Board Members in driving the Chamber forward.”

The Chamber’s CEO Sarah Springford explains that ‘The members of the Board are critical to the success of the Chamber. They generously give their time, skills and contacts. They are busy people running their own businesses which makes what they do for their business community even more impressive’.

Standing down and thanked were Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust, Chris Ford form Brighton & Hove Bus Co and Frances Duncan from the Clock Tower Sanctuary.

To find out more about Brighton Chamber, the Board and what’s coming up in the year ahead, see their website here

Turning trash into treasure: rethinking food waste Tickets, Thu 18 Jul 2019 at 09:30 -

Turning trash into treasure: rethinking food waste Tickets, Thu 18 Jul 2019 at 09:30 -

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and the Surplus Food Network invite you to attend this special event to hear inspiring stories, share innovative ideas and meet a range of useful contacts to help your business tackle food waste. Reducing food waste not only saves you money, but also reduces the impact that it has on the environment. The event will help businesses to focus on prevention as the priority in reducing food waste, with any surplus being redistributed to charities or repurposed into other products. Any unavoidable waste can then go for recycling rather than disposal.

Date and Time

Thu, 18 July 2019

09:30 – 12:45



Sussex Nightstop, the Brighton-based community project which works to empower the local community to make a difference to the lives of the county’s most vulnerable young people, has partnered up with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) as part of its City Partnerships Initiative.

This exciting partnership has given the Sussex Nightstop Team the opportunity to have access to the best expert advice in reviewing its practices and procedures relating to fire safety in its Volunteer Host homes. This has helped the Team achieve best practice in this area, ensuring Sussex Nightstop clients can #SleepSafe.

Alison Marino, Executive Director of Sussex Nightstop, says of the partnership: “The safety and well-being of the young people who stay with our Volunteer Hosts is of paramount importance to Sussex Nightstop and a safe home environment is something we pay close attention to.

“Working in partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and being able to access their expertise has meant we are confident in meeting best practice in this area. We look forward to this partnership continuing and on behalf of Sussex Nightstop and all our Volunteer Hosts who have taken up the additional home safety visits – a big thank you to the Fire and Rescue Service and their Safe and Well Advisors”.

In addition, as part of the City Partnerships Initiative, Sussex Nightstop’s Volunteer Hosts can take advantage of a free Home Safety visit from ESFRS. Alison continued: “We are delighted that so many of our hosts have taken advantage of this offer for a home visit where they have received fire safety advice ranging from staying safe with your electrics, exit routes and night-time routine as well as fitting free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if appropriate.”

The #SleepSafe campaign, together with the partnership work Sussex Nightstop is doing, focuses on making volunteer hosting as safe as possible. One Volunteer Host who has had an ESFR Home Safety visit said: “It was very reassuring to receive a visit from the ESFRS Team. They did a thorough check of our house and explained how the visits help identify and reduce the risks from fire. It’s also comforting to know that our home is somewhere not only our family, but the young people we have staying, can be sure of a good, safe night’s sleep.”

ESFRS Partnership Manager Keira Woodroofe said: “It has been a privilege to provide our Home Safety Visits to the Volunteer Hosts who go above and beyond to help keep safe young people at risk of homelessness through Sussex Nightstop. We can offer advice, support and smoke alarms to help reduce risk and do our part to help our local community sleep safe”.

Brighton University Clean Growth UK funding is accessible to Sussex based startups and SME's

The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform launched in 2014. Since then we’ve helped business raise over £2 million in R&D funding, created over 300 green economy jobs and helped develop over 70 new products and services.

The Green Growth Platform builds on the University of Brighton’s strong track record in working with businesses and supporting low carbon and environmental business growth.

For more information, click here.

Become a Pride City Angel

Pride's City Angels

City Angels has been launched as part of the Pride campaign and is a platform for Brighton retailers, restaurants, accommodations, pubs, clubs, bars etc to sign up and pledge their commitment of upholding the principals of Pride whilst keeping the area around their businesses clean and tidy.

In return, the Pride City Angels team will supply official merchandise and exposure for City Angels members on the City Angels website and email communications with Pride visitors, media, advertisers and City Angels posts on Pride social media channels (105k on Facebook, 57k on twitter, 37k & 14k on Instagram)

For you this means an official Pride City Angels rainbow flag to display in your premises, a window decal and digital version of the City Angels logo to use in your social media activity to display your official support of Brighton Pride. We will then communicate to the LGBTQ community your involvement and encourage visitors to Brighton to support your business all year round.

This is a great opportunity for ALL local businesses to demonstrate official support for Pride and is something we will support year round, not just over Pride weekend. Lots of businesses all over town are starting to sign up, so you will start to see City Angels activity everywhere in the next few weeks.

All funds raised through City Angels membership fees will be managed by Brighton Pride CIC and reinvested in community projects across the City such as beach clean programs and other sustainability projects.

Annual membership fees are dependent on your sector and size of business but start from as low as £100 plus VAT.

This year we also have an allocation of Free tickets available for Pride Sundays LoveBn1fest on Preston Park. With Jessie J and Grace Jones as well as lots of family friendly entertainment, it's a community festival that celebrates for our diverse City.

Although earmarked for your management and staff, you may wish to allocate tickets to your guests or customers as a thank you and it may even encourage visitors to stay an extra day/night in our City.

Please complete the online form at by 24th June to request your tickets.

Please note, the allocation is limited so we can’t guarantee that you will be successful with your full allocation request.

We really hope you’ll join us by supporting City Angels.

Catch the Wave – a new business support programme for Brighton

Catch the Wave – a new business support programme for Brighton

Catch the Wave is a new business support programme for anyone in the city who wants to launch and grow a business. It includes affordable workshops, useful resources and expert mentoring sessions.

Designed and delivered by Brighton Chamber, Catch the Wave includes practical, interactive sessions for organisations at every stage of their journey, including:

• Pre-start businesses, to help with getting an idea off the ground

• Start-up businesses, to help with growing and development

• Social businesses, to help with investment and measuring impact

• Businesses who are bidding for contract, to help with tendering and procurement

The programme runs from July 2019 to April 2020.

Mentoring sessions

Attendees of Catch the Wave workshops can book a mentoring session with a business expert across a range of topics from marketing and social media to finance and business law.

Online presence

Businesses that sign up to a Catch the Wave workshop can take advantage of the Viva! Initiative, offered by Brighton-based business, and have a free one-page website.


The programme is supported by Kreston Reeves Accountants and Barclays Eagle Labs and workshops cost £20 each, apart from Smart Bidding which is £10.

Find out more here

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New Call for Bids - Local Growth Funding

New Call for Bids - Local Growth Funding

Coast to Capital is launching a new ‘call for projects’ that will be funded from our remaining unallocated Growth Deal funding. This will specifically target projects that contribute towards the Coast to Capital Gatwick 360 Strategic Economic Plan (SEP); to deliver economic outputs as detailed within the 8 priorities listed in the SEP, or to support medium term delivery of our Strategy.

8 Strategic Priorities;

• Priority 1: Deliver Prosperous Urban Centres

• Priority 2: Develop Business Infrastructure and Support

• Priority 3: Invest in SustainableGrowth

• Priority 4: Create Skills for the Future

• Priority 5: Pioneer Innovation in Core Strengths

• Priority 6: Promote better transportand Mobility

• Priority 7: Improve digital network capability

• Priority 8: Build a strong National and International profile

The minimum funding that can be applied for is £500,000 and the maximum is £2,000,000. All projects will need to be at least 50% match funded. Matched funding must be at least the required percentage of the total project costs.

The Local Growth Funding for this call must be fully spent before 31st December 2020, and all applicants will have to demonstrate capital expenditure within both 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years. Applicants who are unable to meet our spending timeline will not have their EOI application taken forward for evaluation.

As with previous rounds, the Local Growth Fund can only be used to fund capital expenditure as per the CIPFA guidelines. Match funding can be used for revenue expenditure if required, but projects which are entirely revenue expenditure cannot be considered. Projects will also need to provide robust evidence of State Aid compliance.

This current call will be open for Expression of Interest (EOI) applications from Tuesday 11th June 2019 until 12noon on Tuesday 2nd July 2019; any application received after this deadline will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted electronically to Submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours. Subject to any changes to deadlines, the project appraisal and prioritisation process will take place in July and you should be informed on whether your project has been successful by the end of July 2019. Coast to Capital reserves the right to amend this timeline.

All applicants must complete the Expression of Interest template and supporting excel spreadsheet, both of which can be downloaded from the ‘related resources’ box to the right hand side of the website link found here;

Please ensure you use the guidance in assisting you with your Business Case. For more information including the criteria used to assess bids, please download and read the guidance notes also found in the above 'Related Resources' box on the website.

If you have any queries please send all emails to

Attend the FSB Business Masterclass: Boost your business with Facebook

Attend the FSB Business Masterclass: Boost your business with Facebook

Hosted by FSB Sussex

Thursday 20 June, 10am-12noon - Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2JF

FSB is teaming up with Facebook to tour the country offering training sessions in Facebook and Instagram to small businesses so you can develop the skills and confidence you need to take your business to the next level. Book your place here.

Cost: £10 for FSB members; £15 for non-members.

Want to boost your business' online presence? Keen to gain valuable skills to help reach new clients and customers? We found that almost a quarter of small business owners believe a lack of basic digital skills amongst them and their staff is holding them back from boosting their digital and online presence. Having a strong online presence is key to productivity and reaching new customers and clients.

According to Facebook, 45% of small businesses who use the social media platform in the UK say they have increased sales because of it and 78% say it has helped attract customers. Join us to take your online presence to the next level and develop your business' Facebook and Instagram strategy.

You will be learning from Facebook's expert digital trainers and will have the opportunity to ask any questions as well as being able to meet and network with other small business owners in your local area.


• Registration and Refreshments

• Welcome and introductions by FSB

• Facebook 201 Workshop - If you're already using Facebook Pages and want to learn how to reach more people, this is for you

• Instagram 201 Workshop - Level up your Instagram presence with new features like Instagram Stories ads, Actions and Shopping tags designed to make it easier for customers to engage with your business. Experience with Instagram for Business is recommended

• Q & A

• Closing remarks by FSB

• Informal networking

Click here to book. The event is open to all local businesses, not just FSB members. We look forward to seeing you there.

For general event enquiries please contact Alex Douglas.

£7.87 million European Regional Development Fund to be launched in Coast to Capital£7.87 million European Regional Development Fund

£7.87 million European Regional Development Fund to be launched in Coast to Capital£7.87 million European Regional Development Fund

A European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) on Friday 28 June comprising of:

£3.87 million ERDF in Priority Axis 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

£4 million ERDF in Priority Axis 4: Supporting the Shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors

An event to officially launch these Calls will be held on Wednesday 10 July at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, to book your space at the event please click here.

Further details regarding the Calls can be found on the Coast to Capital website.

First Base announces partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce

First Base announces partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce

Mixed-use property developer First Base, owners of Edward Street Quarter, the £120m redevelopment of the ex-AMEX HQ, has today announced a partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.

The two organisations will collaborate on a series of breakfast discussion events with local business representatives invited to share ideas and discuss how businesses in Brighton can be better supported in their quest for growth.

The first in the series will be held on Thursday 25 July, focused on the tech sector. Future events will include design and the leisure, tourism, culture and food sectors.

Liam Ronan-Chlond commented: “we’re delighted to announce our partnership with the Brighton Chamber. We’re looking forward to hearing from a variety of representatives from different business sectors to discuss what support they need to grow their business in the city.”

“Brighton is gaining a reputation as the Silicon Beach of the UK. In order to keep that, the many small tech businesses in the city will need to grow and develop. We’re hoping to be able to support that growth – not only with additional workspace – and we’d love to know what that could look like.”

Sarah Springford, CEO of the Brighton Chamber explained: “We’re excited to see what comes out of these breakfasts. We know there are challenges to growing a business in Brighton, but there are also a multitude of opportunities. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with First Base who are clearly keen to invest in the city.”

Edward Street Quarter is the largest commercial development in central Brighton in 25 years, with 110,000 sq ft of commercial space, 39,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units,168 new residential homes and three new public spaces.

For more information, please visit

Hilton Brighton Metropole owners reveal plans to invest in seafront regeneration

Hilton Brighton Metropole owners reveal plans to invest in seafront regeneration

Topland and First Base form partnership to rejuvenate Brighton landmark

The owners of Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, have announced a new partnership with developer First Base, and are in advanced negotiations with Hilton to redevelop the iconic property, subject to planning approval. If confirmed, the multi-million pound investment would make a significant contribution to the ongoing regeneration of Brighton’s seafront.

Topland - which acquired the Hilton Brighton Metropole in 2011 - and First Base plan to undertake an extensive refurbishment of all the guest rooms and public areas. The local landmark will be carefully restored to protect its heritage whilst giving the buildings a new lease of life.

In addition, plans are also being developed to deliver much-needed new homes, improve local connectivity and provide a new open and accessible landscaped courtyard.

William Davies, Director at Topland commented: “This agreement will represent a considerable investment into one of Brighton’s best known landmarks. The plans will support the city’s intention to enhance its reputation as a top tourist destination and help its economy to evolve from being seasonal to one that is sustainable throughout the year.”

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, added: “We are delighted to work with Topland to upgrade this Brighton landmark. We will be actively engaging with residents and businesses over the coming months, working together to enhance the hotel and delivering social and economic benefits to the city”.

First Base is one of the most active mixed-use developers in Brighton, currently delivering 320,000 sq ft of commercial, leisure and residential development at the Edward Street Quarter.

Community consultations will commence shortly including a series of residents’ workshops and community meetings.

For further details please visit:



In the last thirty years I have been lucky to hold a number of public facing roles in a wide variety of sectors. One of my current roles is Chair of BACA, a community school based in East Brighton. Brighton Aldridge Community Academy is located in a neighbourhood with challenging demographics. The role Of Chair is one of the most demanding and rewarding I have ever done.

I took over from Peter Kyle MP, as Chair, in June 2017, and Bob Speight became Principal a year later. One of my personal objectives is to help us increase stakeholder and community engagement. Many people do not know the great work we do! We are located off the Lewes Road, tucked obscurely behind the Keep and close to the Amex stadium. Our offering includes innovative year 12/13 courses that draw students from throughout East and West Sussex. Not a lot of people know that!!

There is much public debate about academies. I am neutral on the subject and only want children to get the best possible life chances. We are aware of the issue of the possible “democratic deficit” but we have brilliant voluntary local voluntary Governors who are grounded in the community, the school and have skills including expertise in education. It is pleasing that all the secondary schools in the city are ranked at least “Good” by Ofsted.

We are staging a Showcase day on Thursday 11 July-at BACA to invite all our stakeholders, including alumni. This will highlight our two specialisms;-Entrepreneurship and Sport. We are greatly heartened by increasing support from our business community. On 11 July we already have over 50 local companies helping us interview Year 10 students to help them prepare for the real world

In the afternoon the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) will play the MCC in a cricket match. BACA hosts one of the few state school MCC hubs. Our indoor school is fantastic which is largely due to the generosity of Sir Rod Aldridge in financing the build..

If anyone would like to find out what is happening in the real world of state education with the current funding regime please feel free to join us. Even if only for the cricket tea and networking opportunity at 4pm!

Please advise James Collett at BACA by 9 June if you can make it so we have some idea of numbers for catering by our #students.

Jim May DL

Chair, BACA Governors




Last year, 1,055 young people approached Brighton & Hove City Council for help with their homelessness, which is an increase of 40% over two years. In addition, ‘rough sleeping’ has increased in the City by 929% since 2010.

(1. Sources: ‘Making homeless young people count’ Centrepoint 2018; ‘Rough Sleeping’, Homeless Link 2017).

Brighton-based charity, Sussex Nightstop, has been working to decrease these frightening statistics and, through early intervention, stop the repetitive cycle of youth homelessness by supporting vulnerable young people who are particularly at risk of becoming homeless, especially when a family breakdown is involved. Its summer ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign is particularly poignant at this time of year as, during the summer months, the focus on youth homelessness subsides due to the good weather.

However, the risks to young people are even more prevalent during this time than in the colder months, as they are able to sleep on the beach in the warmer climate, exposing themselves to a great many dangers. Sleeping rough on the beach is unsafe leaving young people open to negative influences such as abuse, potential violence and the behaviour of late-night drunken revellers.

This summer, working alongside its activities to help stop youth homelessness, the Sussex Nightstop team is eager to reach out to and help the ‘Hidden Homeless’ – those young people who sofa-surf at friends or relatives whilst trying to find stable housing or accommodation.

The facts are scary, one in five young people, aged 16 to 25, have sofa-surfed (2. Source: and new UK-wide research from the BBC has found that 41% of young people have stayed with friends on floors or sofas for at least one night (excluding after nights out or due to travel difficulties) and just over 9% did so for over a month (3. Source: The findings also highlighted that young men are more likely to have sofa surfed than young women with 48% of the 484 men questioned saying they had, compared with 34% of 519 women.

Sofa-surfing, the umbrella term encompassing a number of different living arrangements, is a risky option that many of the City’s young homeless resort to. The perils of sofa-surfing are wide ranging and include exposure to predation, harmful influences such as drugs and alcohol, staying with near or unknown strangers, fatigue due to poor and irregular sleep patterns, weight loss, anxiety, possible abuse, depression, exploitation and grooming.

Through its team of dedicated Volunteer Hosts – who offer their spare room on a night-by-night basis – Sussex Nightstop is providing the young homeless people of Brighton and Hove a safe and secure space from which to work on rectifying their housing issues, helping to remove the worrisome risk of slipping into long-term homelessness or turning to the streets and hazardous rough sleeping.

Nightstop’s Executive Director, Alison Marino said: “The most common reasons for young people resorting to staying at friends and sofa-surfing include parents being unable or unwilling to provide housing, extended family members being unable to help or splitting up

with a partner, alongside other contributing factors such as tenancies ending, domestic abuse, rent arrears and leaving care.

“To address this important issue, this year we are focused on our summer ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign which aims to raise £10,000 towards helping the young, vulnerable people of Brighton and Hove. Its underlying message is to highlight and address the veiled problem of youth homelessness and how, through early intervention, those at risk can be supported and steered to a brighter, safer future – breaking the cycle of homelessness. But this campaign is just the tip of the iceberg; we need Brighton and Hove residents, the City’s commercial organisations and the Sussex community as a whole to get behind us to help us achieve our goal of having a safe bed available to those in need every night of the week.”

The number of those sleeping rough in Brighton is a constantly changing population and, unfortunately, statistics show that people sleeping rough die younger, are more likely to get ill and are more defenceless and exposed, so more susceptible to violence. Rough sleepers are defined for the purpose of the statistics as people sleeping, or bedded down, in the open air, such as on the streets, on the beach, under the Pier, in doorways, parks or bus shelters; or in other places not fit for habitation such as sheds and car parks.

Alison continued: “The ‘Hidden Homeless’ fall under the category of ‘Provisionally Accommodated’ as they are seen as people who live temporarily with others, but without any guarantee of continued residency or any immediate prospects for getting permanent housing.

For example, a young person could be staying in temporary accommodation, but they are not rough sleeping as they have a proper roof over their head at night. Therefore, it is possible to be homeless, but not be rough sleeping.

“When a young person stays with one of our Volunteer Hosts, they can expect their own private bedroom, an evening meal and breakfast, the opportunity to wash dirty laundry, have a bath or shower and we cover the cost of bus tickets to and from the Host’s home where needed. A Befriender can also take the young person to the Host’s home, so any feelings of anxiety or nervousness at meeting new people are removed, they don’t have to do it alone, we’ll be right there with them.”

Sussex Nightstop’s work is already making headway and seeing some concrete results. The Team has matched 3,000 bed nights to 345 young people, trained and supported over 70 households and 90% of the young people who have used the Sussex Nightstop services have gone on to secure safer, more suitable housing.

Cllr John Allcock said in support of the Sussex Nightstop campaign: “We’re experiencing a national housing crisis and the impact is significant here in Brighton & Hove. We welcome Sussex Nightstop’s campaign highlighting the dangers encountered by those who are rough sleeping, specifically regarding youth homelessness, and to raise awareness of the help available for under 26-year olds facing homelessness across the city.

As a council, we’re working together with a wide range of local organisations to make a positive difference to people in need. The council is committed to work with partners to tackle the housing shortage which is the main cause of homelessness and work towards eliminating the need for rough sleeping.”

If you’d like to support Sussex Nightstop’s work, you can do this by donating to the summer ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign at:, by becoming a Volunteer Host, fundraising for the Team or by simply spreading the word about youth homelessness. For more information, please visit

Chamber Event - High Growth - the dream of digital products and services

High Growth - the dream of digital products and services

Brighton Chamber’s next event in the series for High Growth businesses is the dream of digital products and services

It’s on Tuesday 25 June at Barclays Eagle Lab.

It’s been the dream of entrepreneurs through the ages: create something and then sit back and count the money it earns you. From apps to SaaS and beyond, the modern software money makers have a lure that continually draw people to try and monetise their niche expertise.

But is all that glitters gold? Our panellists will take you through their experiences and you will leave far more realistic about how to achieve the dream.

Our panel includes:

Annabel Dunstan, Founder and CEO of Question and Retain

Rachel King, Marketing Director at Breathe HR

Rebecca Kimber, CEO of

Chris Palk, Managing Director of dabapps

We’ll be discussing:

• How to identify what will work and what will fail

• The digital journey: a realistic roadmap from niche expertise to successful digital product

• The reality: rarely do we see inside successful digital product businesses. How different are they from ‘normal businesses?’

• Software funding. We are led to believe that with a good idea, a capable developer and a bit of luck we can start to journey down the digital goldmine. What’s missing? Cash, and lots of it.

• SaaS Sales & Marketing: prepare to meet one of the most rapidly evolving creatures in the business jungle, but don't necessarily expect to be able to recognise it as anything you've already experienced.

• Reboot. It’s important to stand back and consider the bigger picture. There are some interesting arguments against going down the Digital Products and Services route. Prepare to shift your perspectives....

Asking the questions will be Si Conroy from Scarlet Monday

Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion with great networking, drinks and canapés thrown in. We expect you to come away from the event both challenged and with a clear implementable action list to take back to your business.

Thank you to our sponsors Plus Accounting and Barclays Eagle Lab Brighton and photo by Sarah Bennett

Find out more and book your tickets here

You can join Brighton Chamber’s mailing list here

Shock funding decision closes advice centre

Possability People is reeling after the shock news that funding for its advice centre is being cut after receiving a letter from the CCG and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Possability People have been running their Advice Centre for 30 years and are now faced with an 85% cut in funding, meaning they will be closing their doors to people wanting help with anything relating to disability, from equipment grants and Blue Badges to bus passes, housing, help with care, food bank referrals, welfare benefits and allowances.

In 2018, the centre

• Dealt with 2200 people face to face, and

• Handled 4468 enquiries

With three part time staff and a bank of volunteers, most of whom are themselves disabled people or living with long term health conditions, the service is unique in the city because it provides a specialist service in an accessible building, for anyone with mental and physical health conditions. It also supports their families and carers as well as other professionals.

Geraldine Des Moulins, Possability People’s Chief Executive says:

“Yet again, disabled people – often the most vulnerable people in our society, are bearing the brunt of funding decisions made without any real understanding of the impact they will have. We are keenly aware of the financial pressures health and social care services are under but we can’t see how this will be a real saving as the first thing most people do in a crisis with no-where else to turn is go to their GP”.

Caroline Lucs, MP for Brighton Pavillion says:

“Possability People’s advice centre is a vital service that has supported many of my constituents to successfully challenge incorrect disability benefit decisions, and helped them to get the support they need. For NHS commissioners to pretend that there isn’t a link between health and wellbeing, and accessing timely disability benefits advice when people are in crisis and struggling to cope, is hugely short-sighted and counterproductive, as I have made clear to the CCG.

“I struggle to believe that other advice agencies in the city have the capacity fill the gap left by the closure of Possability People’s advice service. And with Possability People specialising in disability advice, I fear that many vulnerable residents in the city will be left unsupported when they desperately need assistance.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven says:

“I am shocked by the CCG’s handling of this matter, giving only a few weeks notice on a decision which will affect hundreds of my constituents. There are no other services in the city able to meet the needs of our disabled and vulnerable residents and I fully support the calls for the CCG to reverse this unconscionable decision”

Geraldine continues:

“The Advice Centre is often the last port of call for people who find themselves in desperate situations – to have this life line taken away seems particularly cruel. We will be doing all we can to fund the Centre in the longer term, and our volunteers will help as much as they can by answering phone calls, but in the short term, the outlook for desperate disabled people is very grim”.

Possability People is a registered charity. Donatinons to the charity can be made at

Jack is ‘Just the Lad’ to inspire our next generation!

Jack is ‘Just the Lad’ to inspire our next generation!

Jack the Lad, famous for his award winning breakfast show and interviewing the likes of Ricky Gervais, Colin Firth and Danny de Vito has joined the award-winning team at the Love Local Jobs Foundation CIC.

Recently launched by Harry Redknapp, the Love Local Jobs Foundation CIC is committed to considerably raising the life and career aspirations of the next generation across Sussex. The Foundation leverages the positivity, influence and energy of the region’s best local employers and celebrities, inspiring young people to become the best possible version of themselves they can be.

Best known for waking up Sussex and Surrey on the radio, Jack is a well-loved character across the region. He describes his school career as "completely unsuccessful!” Following school Jack had a variety of jobs, including a short stint as a life guard, and was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time when his 15-year radio career was born.

Outside of radio, Jack is a passionate philanthropist and public speaker and together with the Love Local Jobs team he is looking forward to inspiring and motivating young people to dream big and strive for happiness, just as he has in his journey since school.

Jack said “I was already huge fan of the Love Local Jobs Foundation and I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining the team.

“I can’t wait to share my stories with as many schools and colleges as possible and to better understand the challenges our local young people are facing so we can find new ways in which the team and I can help them succeed.”

“Like all of us, I have had to overcome many challenges and stumbling blocks along the way and it’s these experiences that often make us stronger. The journey our future generations are on is not an easy one, but with a little help and experience from the team we can make a huge difference to all of them. I can’t wait to get started.”

Gary Peters, founder of the Love Local Jobs Foundation said “We’re delighted that Jack has joined the team to help us even better engage with and inspire the next generation across Sussex. Together with some of our amazing local employers we will continue to do our absolute best to ensure our local young people can thrive, irrespective of any barriers that may be in their way at this time.”

The LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC receives no government funding and relies solely on sponsors and donors to help make these projects a reality. The investment of local philanthropy, resources and invaluable experience has helped set over 2,000 local young people onto stronger and more positive pathways, helping them to realise their full potential.

Skills Support of the Workforce - free programmes funded by the EU Social Fund and Education and Skills Funding Agency

Skills Support of the Workforce - free programmes funded by the EU Social Fund and Education and Skills Funding Agency

Developing Maths, English and Business Skills within the work place to enable businesses (in any sector) and their staff to progress. We are offering bespoke business and management skills and learning throughout all levels of Functional Skills, for maths, ICT and English up to Level 2 (GCSE Equivalent Grade A-C), and all levels of ESOL, again up to Level 2. All learning is Fully funded (free) to all those who are eligible. Eligibility for entry to learning on this project focuses on the right to reside and work in the UK, to be employed (either part time or full time), or to be self-employed, and also not to have achieved a previous Level 2 or equivalent in the subject area being studied.

To find out more contact - 01276 469020

Skills support for the workforce - Here are some of the Learning Opportunities we can offer:

Health & Safety Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Equality and Diversity

Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Principles of Dementia Care

Customer Service

Team Leading

Warehousing and Storage


To find out more contact Phoenix 4 Training 020 3971 and add 2115 for Julie Hoggins, 2111 for Lorraine Houlden, or 1011 for the Main Office

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading - This qualification is designed to give an introduction to the roles and functions of a team leader as well as exploring issues such as motivating teams, planning and monitoring their work, accountability and authority limitations.

The training is delivered via distance learning over a maximum of 8 weeks. Students are allocated a college assessor who will guide them through to completion of the course via email and telephone. There are no requirements to attend college, students can learn at a time convenient to themselves. Fully funded from 16+ individuals can sign up independent of their employer as the learning is flexible. GB MET also offer a range of short distance learning courses available free to 19+.

To find out more contact – Greater Brighton Metropolitan College - Maxine Green – 01903 273101

Coast to Capital Unveils Fresh New Look

Coast to Capital Unveils Fresh New Look

Coast to Capital has launched its new brand look and feel with a fresh and bold design which reflects the ambitions of the organisation following the publication of its strategy Gatwick 360 last year.

The refreshed brand includes a new logo, new applications and dramatic visuals which have been applied across social media.

This is an important year for Coast to Capital which will culminate in the agreement of the area’s first Local Industrial Strategy with Government. The new brand has been designed to help us communicate our ambitious vision, for the towns and cities in the Coast to Capital area to be known around the world as fantastic places to live, to grow and succeed and for the area to become the most dynamic non-city region in England, centred around a highly successful Gatwick Airport.

The strength of C2Cs relationships with their partners and stakeholders is vital to the success of Coast to Capital and C2C are focused on making a positive impact in order to succeed together. To help shape their Local Industrial Strategy they are recruiting a new Vice Chair and new Board Director to bring further business sector skills and expertise onto their Board. Coast to Capital is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity. Applications are welcome from senior business figures from under-represented groups and female business leaders are encouraged to apply.

C2C has also published a Business Plan and Delivery Plan in the new branding which sets outs their plans and budget for 2019/20. The new brand will be fully implemented when they move into new offices in Three Bridges on 1 July 2019.

Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said:

“I am delighted with the new branding which demonstrates that Coast to Capital is a serious partner to Government and the recognised vehicle for driving forward local economic growth and funding. We are excited for all the opportunities 2019 will bring including negotiating a strong Local Industrial Strategy to bring even more investment into the area and I look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders to maximise the impact of future opportunities.”

Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chairman said:

“LEP Board members come from different backgrounds across the area and offer a breadth of industry knowledge and expertise. I am keen to hear from people that can build on this diversity. I invite you to bring your ideas, your skills and your ambition. If you would like to get involved, I would love to hear from you.”

The Vice Chair and Board Director posts are unremunerated and applicants are expected to live and/or work in the region. To make an application please send, by Wednesday 29 May, a full CV with a covering statement setting out how you believe you could fulfil the requirements of the key role to Hazel Nicholmann, Governance Officer at

Find out more information on our Vice Chair and Board Director recruitment here