Brighton and Hove business leaders discuss growth and innovation

Posted On 26 Sep 2014 at 5:12 pm

Business leaders from Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area met yesterday (Thursday 25 September) to discuss innovation and economic growth.

They were brought together by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to share ideas, to network and to hear about recent progress.

Earlier this year the LEP announced funding worth £200 million across the region, with more than £30 million allocated to projects in Brighton and Hove.

They include collaborations between Brighton University, Brighton and Hove City Council and the developer Cathedral in Circus Street and at Preston Barracks in Brighton.

Logo i360Probably the best-known local project being supported by the LEP is the i360 observation tower.

The architect David Marks, of Marks Barfield, spoke about some of the challenges facing the i360 as well as the opportunities that it is expected to bring.

The other main speaker at the LEP forum held at Worthing College yesterday was Trevor Beattie, the chief executive of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Mr Beattie, a member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board and a governor of Brighton University, emphasised the importance of economic activity and growth in the national park.

Coast to Capital chief executive Ron Crank said: “Since we embarked on our journey in 2011, Coast to Capital has come a long way.

“This is highlighted by the government’s decision to invest £202 million across our region for housing, flood defences, transport infrastructure and business support.

“Here we are today with a clear vision, road map and funding.”

The LEP forum meets every six months to bring together policy-makers, business leaders and educationalists from Brighton and Hove, Lewes, West Sussex, Croydon, East Surrey and the Gatwick Diamond.

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