About a hundred business leaders, politicians and officials met last night (Tuesday 31 October) to start work on drawing up a new post-Brexit economic strategy for Brighton and Hove.
The aim was to come up with ideas to boost economic growth in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area.
Barriers to growth were also discussed such as the high cost of housing, commercial space constraints and transport problems on the roads and railways.
The event was organised by the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership at the i360 on the seafront.
The Economic Partnership is working with Brighton and Hove City Council and is being helped by Regeneris, a specialist consultancy.
Regeneris said: “Brighton and Hove has a long-established and internationally recognised reputation as a city of creativity and entrepreneurialism.
“Since the city’s last Economic Strategy was published in 2013, the local strategic and economic context has evolved rapidly, not least in terms of publication of the Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan, the establishment of the Greater Brighton City Region and the Growth Deal subsequently agreed with government.
“Reflecting this evolving context, Regeneris are working with the city council and its partners to develop a vision for the city’s economy over the next five years and an implementation plan that will build on the city’s strengths and its role within the Greater Brighton city region.
“An important focus for the strategy will be how the city and city region are positioned as a place for trade and investment in a post-Brexit UK.
“The strategy will be developed in close partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, the Greater Brighton Economic Board and a range of wider partners.”