Brighton’s economic growth outpaced by the likes of Croydon and Darlington

Posted On 30 Aug 2016 at 6:34 pm

Brighton and Hove’s economic growth is being outpaced by the likes of Croydon, Darlington and Peterborough.

And six out of the top ten fastest growing local economies in the country were in London, according to research by the firm of accountants UHY Hacker Young.

But Brighton’s regeneration is going from strength to strength, according to the firm, which has an office in Church Road, Hove.

Croydon, in south London, topped the list of 184 areas as Britain’s fastest growing local economy with an annual growth rate of 9.3 per cent.

This compared with 3 per cent for Brighton and Hove, which was 93rd on the list. Its growth rate was below the national average of 3.4 per cent.

UHY Hacker Young used a measure known as gross value added (GVA). It counts the contribution made by an area to the UK economy based on the value of the goods and services produced per person.

In Croydon the figure rose from £18,120 to £19,800 while in Brighton and Hove it went up from £24,130 to £24, 960.

The average GVA in London rose 5 per cent to £52,880 in 2014 – the most recent year for which the report includes figures – up from £50,360 in 2013.

Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons

Darlington was second, after Croydon. GVA in the north eastern town went up 8.9 per cent from £21,810 to £23,750.

Third place went to Camden and the City of London, according to the report. There, the rise in GVA was also 8.9 per cent, from £274,150 to £298,520.

Richard Simmons, a partner at UHY Hacker Young, said: “Brighton’s regeneration is going from strength to strength and it really is beginning to rival Shoreditch in attracting technology companies.

“Brighton has reinvented itself over the last ten years and is attracting a wide range of businesses to the area – and with close proximity to London has quickly become a commuter hotspot.

“Over the last two decades, significant resources have gone into Brighton’s regeneration including improving its transport connections with the rest of London and the UK.

“With such close proximity to Gatwick, Brighton is perfectly located for both international trade and European-based companies looking to open a UK base.”

The firm – Britain’s 15th biggest accountants – said: “Traditionally renowned for its popularity as a tourist destination, Brighton is quickly evolving into a vibrant tech hub, seeing a significant regeneration over the last ten years.

“Brighton is now home to over a thousand digital, creative and technology companies alone.

“A significant hub for technology and fintech companies, Brighton and Hove is often called the Silicon Beach of the United Kingdom.”

The firm said that examples included

  • Brandwatch, the analytics platform that allows companies to monitor their social media footprint around the world
  • Ribot, a design studio responsible for apps for Channel 4, Tesco and Virgin Atlantic
  • Madgex, the software developer and design consultancy that builds job boards for media clients including The Times and The Guardian
  • Crunch, the digital firm of accountants

Mr Simmons added: “Central London firmly remains the powerhouse of the nation’s economy, with outer boroughs such as Croydon now joining more areas such as the City of London and Silicon Roundabout as centres for economic growth.”

  1. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Serving as London’s dormitory is our future. And the heavier and heavier the burden of students, the faster this will happen.

  2. Stall69 Reply

    You can compile and quote any statistic or survey you like, the reality from a retailer’s point of view is that less and less people are coming into Brighton to shop.
    Have a coffee or a meal..yes maybe, but footfall and spending is at an all time low and many of the independent retailers are closing their premises and are having to conduct their businesses online.
    I recently opened an online store and 3 of my first 10 sales were to people in Brighton who told me they no longer come in to the city to browse because of the punitive parking charges.

  3. Alex Reply

    Brighton and Hove has a great future as a leading university city and provider of world class education in the UK and as a leading digital services developer and provider – the two are not un-related. Both “industries” bring wonderful youthful and creative energy to the city… not to mention money. Both should be embraced and given all the help they need to grow and thrive. The city is evolving .. it is not a museum s5tanding still.

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