The City Deal for the Greater Brighton City Region has now been agreed with the government. Under the deal Worthing gains a long term growth centre for creative and digital business.
Greater Brighton brings partners together from across the city region and marks the start of a wider long term commitment to investment in the area. The deal commits to secure a vibrant local economy providing jobs, culture, education and housing to over 600,000 people.
It promises to enable the area to fulfil its economic potential, turning it into one of the highest performing urban economies in the UK operating on an international stage.
John Peel OBE, Chairman of Coast to Capital LEP commented: “This is excellent news for the people and businesses of the Greater Brighton area. The City Deal is likely to significantly increase confidence among those currently considering investment in the area and provide exceptional opportunities for future growth. It is a fine example of how partnerships between the public and private sectors can make a significant difference to the future prosperity of an area.”
The Greater Brighton City Region encompasses Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Mid-Sussex, Adur and Worthing. It represents over 680,000 residents and almost 30,000 businesses and plays a significant role in the economy of the south east and the United Kingdom as a whole
A new Greater Brighton Economic Board will meet for the first time in April bringing together public sector leaders, business partners, and educational representatives to oversee a 6-year programme of investment in job, housing, and business and skills support.
The Greater Brighton Economic Board has four key priorities;
- Creating more jobs and businesses – through a new network of Growth Centres across the Greater Brighton City Region. Developing a city region that is attractive to businesses; and provides the amenities and infrastructure businesses need to thrive – unlocking developments to create space for businesses to grow
- Achieve higher wages and skills, working with our universities and colleges to creating high value jobs and to develop skills system that is accessible and meets the needs of new sectors in our changing economy
- Create more a better housing and employment space – unlocking housing and employment development sites through investment in flood defences and infrastructure
- Providing a city region programme of business support, including grants for businesses who are struggling to access finance, starting with the £1.8m programme received through City Deal
The Greater Brighton City Region covers Adur and Lewes District Councils, Worthing Borough Council, Burgess Hill area of Mid- Sussex District Council, Brighton University and Sussex University along with Brighton & Hove City Council. The bid is supported by a range of local businesses and organisations including the two universities, business associations in the region and key companies looking to invest in the area such as EON, American Express, Ricardo, and EDF.