Traffic jams and parking problems are causing problems for local firms, according to a business survey carried out for the Greater Brighton Economic Board.
The board said: “More than 80 per cent of businesses in Greater Brighton are concerned about the state of local transport with congestion and lack of parking high on the agenda, according to a new survey.
“And more than 25 per cent believe the issues are affecting recruitment and business growth the survey finds.
“While concerns about the over-congested South Coast are longstanding the survey reveals the full extent of the impact on the economy of choked roads and densely packed communities.”
More than 1,500 businesses were questioned for the survey which was intended to “build a comprehensive picture of business needs now and in the future so that the region can aid growth and the creation of jobs”.
The board added: “The picture painted of the business community reveals that 86 per cent of companies employ 10 or fewer people while 44 per cent of the entire workforce is employed by just 3 per cent of businesses.”
The report was produced by BMG Research in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, at Sussex University.
It stresses the need to help larger employers drive for growth through innovation as a way of creating more jobs.
The board said: “The survey highlighted that firms remain optimistic about growth with 35 per cent expecting growth and only 11 per cent decline.
“About 19 per cent of companies export which is in line with national trends.
“Virtually all respondents felt that being in Greater Brighton had benefits including the attractiveness of the area and lifestyle, good market access and digital connectivity.
“Most firms said they were happy to stay in the area.”
Councillor Daniel Humphreys, who chairs the Greater Brighton Economic Board, said: “This survey is enormously helpful to the region helping us understand how we can help our businesses.
“It will help shape the future support we are able to give them.
“We know transport and congestion in particular remain a major concern for businesses and armed with these findings we will continue to press government and Highways England for action.
“However, it is also good to know that we are still playing to our strengths, giving businesses a great location to go about their work, good connectivity, a great place to live.”