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Commercial Property Guide: Brighton

Brighton is a famous seaside resort located in East Sussex, and is the largest part of the city of Brighton and Hove. It is home to around 281,076 residents, it’s one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant locales.

Earliest settlements recorded in Brighton date back to the Bronze and Roman ages, and the Domesday Book also mentions the settlement of 'Brighthelmstone'.

Brighton is a hugely popular destination for tourists not only in the UK, but all around the world, and the Brighton Pier is one of the main attractions, playing host to a selection of restaurants, rides, arcades and other amusements.

Another attraction nearby is The Lanes, which is a historic quarter of Brighton, and is teeming with a fantastic array of boutiques, independent stores and various other quirky establishments.

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex are both situated in Brighton, which explains the large student presence and multitude of night clubs.

Prominent local industry

Because of its proximity to the sea, Brighton used to be thriving place for fish merchants, and there was a daily fish market on the beach from 1313 onwards, when Brighton was given a charter. Despite a barrage of attacks from the French, Brighton soon flourished into a relatively large market town, and by the 16th century, it was home to 80 fishing vessels and over 400 fishermen.

Over the following years, Brighton experienced growth in population and in amenities, with the additions of an aquarium, a museum and a library.

Royal Pavilion was once used as a hospital for British soldiers, but it is now a major tourist attraction with tours, exhibitions and concerts. Brighton is renown for its arts and culture scene, with notable venues like the Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal Brighton bringing in vast amounts of revenue.

There are also a number of festivals held in Brighton each year, such as Brighton Festival and The Great Escape Festival. Brighton's economy is also significantly helped through a combination of trade fairs, conferences and exhibitions, with the Brighton Centre hosting a great deal of these.

Economic business developments

As well as being an important place for tourism and the arts, there are also a number of other industries that are driving up the local economy.

The digital media sector is growing exponentially in Brighton, but there is now a demand for more suitable workspaces in the city centre to enable the creatives in that industry.

Other key sectors that have recently seen growth include, banking, finance and insurance, creating 11,500 new jobs, as well as the public sector which helped make 6,300 new jobs.

In fact, the city as a whole performs well in nearly all economic sectors. It’s touted as one of Britain’s most successful cities, and goes well beyond tourism. A leading retail destination for the region, as well as one of the UK’s most popular business conference destinations, its economic excellence is projected to continue well into the future.

Notable commercial locations

Woodingdean Business Park is located on the edge of Brighton, and is well connected by the A27 and M23. It is currently home to 26 different businesses such as research labs, distribution hubs and warehousing.

The Hyde Business Park is situated in Bevendean, and has 24 companies on site. Churchill Square Shopping Centre is the city's busiest place for retail shopping, and has over 80 shops, restaurants and cafes.

Nearby commuter hubs

There are a number of locations in and around Brighton that make it ideal for commuting. Places like Lewes and Eastbourne are all placed relatively close to the city centre, with their own railway stations at hand also.

From Hove station, it is just a 4 minute ride to Brighton, and you can also reach London Victoria in just an hour, while trains from Brighton station to Victoria can take as quick as 50 minutes.

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