Brighton and Hove is beacon of economic dynamism

Brighton And Hove Business Awards 2014

Brighton And Hove Business Awards 2014

First published in Business Matters
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by , Business editor

Phenomenal growth over the past decade has helped Brighton and Hove become one of the most successful cities in the country.

Soaring economic growth, dynamism, and population growth have given the city a place at the top table of prosperity.

A strong private sector ensured the city beat austerity measures with the creative, digital and IT (CDIT) sector cited as the powerhouse of growth.

Just one area was poorly performing – with a desperate lack of commercial and residential space.

The in-depth study by accountancy firm Grant Thornton found Brighton and Hove had achieved the fifth most rapid growth over the past eight years – behind Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Bristol.

On dynamism and quality of growth, the city came sixth, behind Cambridge, Reading, Manchester, Bristol and Oxford.

On jobs and business creation the city was seventh and on population growth it was sixth.

The London to Brighton route was also identified as one of a number of key growth corridors which were “pre-eminent” in the UK growth story.

It was only in the growth of residential and commercial space that the city dropped out of the top ten to 17th.

Tony Mernagh, executive director of the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, pictured right inset, said the city’s high placing was no surprise.

He said: “The city’s economy has experienced phenomenal growth over the past two decades with every sector except the public sector more than holding its own despite the 2008 recession and subsequent austerity drive.

“Both the gross value of the local economy and job creation have seen Brighton in the very top tier of UK towns and cities.

“The real growth powerhouse has been creative, digital and IT [CDIT] growing at two and a half times the national average and this is likely to continue but tourism and hospitality will also benefit from an increase in real wages which now appears to be taking hold.

“Brighton offers extraordinary value for money for the long weekend break market and business tourism.”

But in order for the growth to be sustainable, commercial and residential space was urgently needed.

Mr Mernagh added: “To guarantee continued growth we need to deliver new homes and new employment space and to do that we desperately need to have our City Plan passed by the government planning inspector later this year.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that a lot is riding on her decision; keep your fingers crossed.”

One of the architects of the city’s digital revolution described a number of factors which gave it an advantage – key being the city’s “complex” relationship with the capital.

Phil Jones, managing director of Wired Sussex, pictured inset, said: “First, businesses here are very good at effectively integrating creative and artistic activity with technology. They feed off the city’s fantastic cultural vibe.

“Second, the businesses are really fleet of foot. They can and do adapt very quickly to new developments in technology or the way consumers might benefit from that technology.

“Third, there is a strong collaborative ethos in the digital community here. Businesses recognise that all boats rise with the tide and work to succeed together.

“The relationship with London is important and complex. We benefit from being close to the largest market in Europe, accessing talent, investment and clients from the capital.

“But we are also different from London, more imaginative, more left field, more forgiving. And of course, much, much smaller.”

He added: “This report confirms again what we all know, that the digital cluster in Brighton is successfully moving into the next phase of its development, as the size, international impact and reputation of the businesses here continues to grow.

“With companies like Brandwatch, Icrossing, DC Storm, Leo and many others now making waves worldwide, there really is an historic opportunity for this city. The hype is now justified.”

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s economic development and culture committee, cited skills, knowledge services and tourism as key to success.

He said: “I’m delighted that once again Brighton & Hove is being highlighted as a high-growth city, drawing upon on one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the UK.

“This success is based on the strong performance of our ‘knowledge’ services and our vibrant and resilient visitor and tourist economy.

“We have a world class cultural offer and an enviable reputation as a place to live, work and visit.”

Ron Crank, Coast to Capital chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Brighton and Hove has been recognised as a dynamic growing city, but the news comes as no surprise to us at Coast to Capital. Brighton has a very dynamic and lively economy that provides a fantastic place to do business and this report only highlights this.

“Brighton thrives as a result of its creativity, small businesses, digital and IT companies, great workforce and its attractiveness as a tourism destination and retail base.

“However, it is important to invest in successful areas for the success to continue. The Greater Brighton City Deal is investing £30 million in the city region as well as Coast to Capital’s new Growth Deal providing further investment.“

But a hospitality leader warned policymakers an obsession with digital growth should not be at the expense of food and tourism – a sector which employs a quarter of the city’s population.

Nick Mosley, director of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, said: “Economic growth can only be seen as a positive thing for the city.

“Well paid jobs in any sector will mean more money spent in the retail, tourism and hospitality industries in the city which will further encourage an ongoing growth and betterment in our leisure and food offering for both residents and visitors.

“I would add a word of caution though based on recent policy.

“The apparent current obsession with the digital economy – not only in the city but also the wider region – shouldn’t be to the detriment of other key sectors such as tourism and hospitality.

“An RBS report this week forecasts that 10,000 new jobs will be created in the Scottish food and drink sector over the next five years with up to 15% growth.

“As a location with an amazing hospitality sector and world-class food production, we are perfectly positioned to take advantage of similar growth in our region, and I think that needs recognition and support too.”

EXCITING TIMES AT BRANDWATCH

HOMEGROWN digital marketing firm Brandwatch is one of the city’s fastest-growing and exciting companies.

It already employs 200 people and plans to hire 100 more over the next year.

Brandwatch recently secured a £13 million finance injection and is looking at an office move to match its ambition.

Crunch Accounting, created by Pure 360 founder Darren Fell, pictured, is another success story which shook up the world of accounting with its groundbreaking digital platform.

The fastest-growing accountants in the UK, Crunch is also frequently hiring.

Another rapidly growing digital marketing firm is Brilliant Noise.

The Brighton company recently made a number of senior appointments and works with some of the biggest brands in the world.

Probably the biggest home-grown company is IT group FDM which floated on the stock market for £300 million.

It was started in founder Rod Flavell’s attic in 1991 and has become a global leader in its field. 

Start-up DC Storm is now competing on the world stage after being snapped up by a global e-commerce giant Rakuten Marketing earlier this year.

It was founded in 2004 with just three employees and now employs more than 60 at Frederick Place.

Seth Richardson, chief executive of DC Storm, said: “Rakuten DC Storm has always been proud to call Brighton home, and we remain committed to the city for the long term.

“We have been able to expand our staff from a highly skilled local workforce and world-class university, and although we are based near the sea, we have great transport and communication links to the rest of the country – and the world.

 “Being part of Brighton’s thriving technology community adds to the buzz within the business. 

“Along with other like-minded companies and industry groups we take part in events designed to inspire and support local people. It’s part of what makes Brighton the city we love.”

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8:38am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bennn says...

This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...
This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section... Bennn
  • Score: -9

8:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

s&k says...

Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?
Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1? s&k
  • Score: 5

10:07am Tue 2 Sep 14

Fight_Back says...

Bennn wrote:
This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...
a) this is over a decade and despite it feeling like the Greens have been in power that long they have only really been around for 4 years

b) this is private enterprise that has grown DESPITE the council ( of any colour )
[quote][p][bold]Bennn[/bold] wrote: This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...[/p][/quote]a) this is over a decade and despite it feeling like the Greens have been in power that long they have only really been around for 4 years b) this is private enterprise that has grown DESPITE the council ( of any colour ) Fight_Back
  • Score: 13

10:14am Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today. Fred'smate
  • Score: 11

11:06am Tue 2 Sep 14

billy goat-gruff says...

I was wondering what the Argus moaners would find to moan about! My money was on all this prosperity leading to more hipsters on bikes!
I was wondering what the Argus moaners would find to moan about! My money was on all this prosperity leading to more hipsters on bikes! billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 2

11:12am Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

s&k wrote:
Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?
He's an Elvis impersonator.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?[/p][/quote]He's an Elvis impersonator. Fred'smate
  • Score: -3

11:31am Tue 2 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Bennn wrote:
This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...
If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes.

This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower.

This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth.

If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate.
[quote][p][bold]Bennn[/bold] wrote: This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...[/p][/quote]If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes. This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower. This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth. If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate. Quiterie
  • Score: 9

11:37am Tue 2 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment.
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment. Quiterie
  • Score: 12

11:56am Tue 2 Sep 14

Nikski says...

Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
Ah yes the world was a better place back in 1970 eh? Who needs growth let's all stay in the past........modern life rubbish etc etc
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]Ah yes the world was a better place back in 1970 eh? Who needs growth let's all stay in the past........modern life rubbish etc etc Nikski
  • Score: 8

11:57am Tue 2 Sep 14

Nosfaratu says...

Fred'smate wrote:
s&k wrote:
Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?
He's an Elvis impersonator.
Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right.
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?[/p][/quote]He's an Elvis impersonator.[/p][/quote]Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Nikski says...

Quiterie wrote:
Bennn wrote:
This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...
If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes.

This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower.

This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth.

If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate.
Don't let a good news story get in the way of your doom and gloom! More rabid anti-green hysteria; becoming ever so slightly tedious. Drone on you dullard!
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bennn[/bold] wrote: This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...[/p][/quote]If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes. This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower. This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth. If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate.[/p][/quote]Don't let a good news story get in the way of your doom and gloom! More rabid anti-green hysteria; becoming ever so slightly tedious. Drone on you dullard! Nikski
  • Score: -5

12:19pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
s&k wrote:
Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?
He's an Elvis impersonator.
Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right.
http://www.bahba.co.
uk/marilyn-and-elvis
-to-present-bahbas/

He's an Elvis.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?[/p][/quote]He's an Elvis impersonator.[/p][/quote]Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right.[/p][/quote]http://www.bahba.co. uk/marilyn-and-elvis -to-present-bahbas/ He's an Elvis. Fred'smate
  • Score: -2

12:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Nikski wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
Ah yes the world was a better place back in 1970 eh? Who needs growth let's all stay in the past........modern life rubbish etc etc
I didn't say that modern life is rubbish.

It is far better today.

What I'm saying is that Brighton was a better place in which to live and work in 1970 for the reasons stated.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]Ah yes the world was a better place back in 1970 eh? Who needs growth let's all stay in the past........modern life rubbish etc etc[/p][/quote]I didn't say that modern life is rubbish. It is far better today. What I'm saying is that Brighton was a better place in which to live and work in 1970 for the reasons stated. Fred'smate
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

"Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment."

I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt.
"Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment." I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt. Fred'smate
  • Score: -7

1:15pm Tue 2 Sep 14

gheese77 says...

Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older gheese77
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

gheese77 wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older
What a pointless post.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older[/p][/quote]What a pointless post. Fred'smate
  • Score: -12

1:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Fred'smate wrote:
"Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment."

I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt.
Not at all my friend.

If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all.

But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth?
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: "Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment." I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt.[/p][/quote]Not at all my friend. If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all. But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth? Quiterie
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Quiterie wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
"Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment."

I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt.
Not at all my friend.

If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all.

But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth?
" If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all. "

'If' is one of those funny words that a lot of people don't understand.

" But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth?"

By reducing public spending.

We should ditch overseas aid and leave the EU immediately. We should pursue ALL those who avoid paying their taxes. We should slash corporation tax, ensuring that more gets collected.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: "Economic growth helps deal with a variety of issues. It leads to higher tax revenues to fund higher public spending. Economic growth is one of the best hopes to deal with UK budget deficit. Also a positive and stable economic growth rate helps to reduce unemployment." I've spotted the obvious contradiction. Higher public spending increases the national debt.[/p][/quote]Not at all my friend. If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all. But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth?[/p][/quote]" If higher public spending is being funded by higher tax revenues there is no impact on the National Debt at all. " 'If' is one of those funny words that a lot of people don't understand. " But since you've raised the issue of National Debt, just out of interest how would you pay back the £1.3 trillion of National Debt without economic growth?" By reducing public spending. We should ditch overseas aid and leave the EU immediately. We should pursue ALL those who avoid paying their taxes. We should slash corporation tax, ensuring that more gets collected. Fred'smate
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Quiterie says...

Nikski wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Bennn wrote:
This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...
If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes.

This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower.

This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth.

If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate.
Don't let a good news story get in the way of your doom and gloom! More rabid anti-green hysteria; becoming ever so slightly tedious. Drone on you dullard!
Not doom and gloom at all petal. More a celebration of the fact that the Greens will never be able to implement their economic policies.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bennn[/bold] wrote: This can't possibly be true. I thought the Greens had ruined this city! Well, that is what I have read time and time again on this website's comment section...[/p][/quote]If the Greens were able to implement their full manifesto (which of course they never will be able to), they would hammer the private sector entrepreneurs that are creating the economic growth with increased taxes. This would be in the name of "equality" and "redistribution of wealth", but it would be self-defeating, because the entrepreneurs would lose the incentive to create wealth and they would relocate elsewhere where taxes are lower. This is exactly what has happened in France were Mr Hollande introduced a 75% tax rate. He's now had to perform a U-turn and cut taxes to try and stimulate economic growth. If you read the Greens national manifesto it's quite scary and economically illiterate.[/p][/quote]Don't let a good news story get in the way of your doom and gloom! More rabid anti-green hysteria; becoming ever so slightly tedious. Drone on you dullard![/p][/quote]Not doom and gloom at all petal. More a celebration of the fact that the Greens will never be able to implement their economic policies. Quiterie
  • Score: 2

2:19pm Tue 2 Sep 14

her professional says...

Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton.
Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton. her professional
  • Score: -3

2:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

northernseagull says...

gheese77 wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
Why does a town/city need 'growth'?

Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing?

It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc.

Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.
And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older
I lived in Brighton in the 1970's.
It had a run down seafront with most of the houses on the seafront needing significant renovation. Unemployment was high and many jobs were low paid and seasonal. Everyone complained about skinheads and punks, mods and even a few rockers.

So maybe that's why growth is good
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: Why does a town/city need 'growth'? Why is 'growth' seen as a good thing? It causes property prices to rise, the building of extra homes that the residents may not want, it causes overcrowding, tension, choked roads, pressure on school places, pressure on the NHS in the area, a rise in crime, homelessness, immigration etc. Brighton was a far better place in 1970 than it is today.[/p][/quote]And you were much younger ! Brighton has changed of course but what we like also changes as we get older[/p][/quote]I lived in Brighton in the 1970's. It had a run down seafront with most of the houses on the seafront needing significant renovation. Unemployment was high and many jobs were low paid and seasonal. Everyone complained about skinheads and punks, mods and even a few rockers. So maybe that's why growth is good northernseagull
  • Score: 1

2:31pm Tue 2 Sep 14

We love Red Billy says...

Does that include Jason Kitcat who recently dissolved his Ltd company Swing Digital because it was going bust? #politicalchamberpot
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Does that include Jason Kitcat who recently dissolved his Ltd company Swing Digital because it was going bust? #politicalchamberpot s We love Red Billy
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

her professional wrote:
Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton.
So embracing the world and destroying our culture, environment and way-of-life is a good thing?

Why is it, then, that people get so upset about the Aborigines and those in the world's rainforests, who had the modern world thrust upon them?

Get this - not everyone wants to see this country turned to a concrete mass heaving with people.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton.[/p][/quote]So embracing the world and destroying our culture, environment and way-of-life is a good thing? Why is it, then, that people get so upset about the Aborigines and those in the world's rainforests, who had the modern world thrust upon them? Get this - not everyone wants to see this country turned to a concrete mass heaving with people. Fred'smate
  • Score: -3

2:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

Fred'smate wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
s&k wrote:
Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?
He's an Elvis impersonator.
Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right.
http://www.bahba.co.

uk/marilyn-and-elvis

-to-present-bahbas/

He's an Elvis.
Marilyn Monroe! Methinks Diana Dores in her "Maltesers and Mars Bars are not just for breakfast" years! Although Ray Mears is looking good beside her, as is Alvin Stardust and the Hobbit and Gareth from the 'Office"
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Is that Noel Galalgher on the left or Scott from Thunderbird 1?[/p][/quote]He's an Elvis impersonator.[/p][/quote]Alvin Stardust aka Shane Fenton methinks and a big Marilyn Monroe on the right.[/p][/quote]http://www.bahba.co. uk/marilyn-and-elvis -to-present-bahbas/ He's an Elvis.[/p][/quote]Marilyn Monroe! Methinks Diana Dores in her "Maltesers and Mars Bars are not just for breakfast" years! Although Ray Mears is looking good beside her, as is Alvin Stardust and the Hobbit and Gareth from the 'Office" Valentinian
  • Score: 4

6:24pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

"I lived in Brighton in the 1970's.
It had a run down seafront with most of the houses on the seafront needing significant renovation. Unemployment was high and many jobs were low paid and seasonal. Everyone complained about skinheads and punks, mods and even a few rockers."

And it's nothing like that now, right?
"I lived in Brighton in the 1970's. It had a run down seafront with most of the houses on the seafront needing significant renovation. Unemployment was high and many jobs were low paid and seasonal. Everyone complained about skinheads and punks, mods and even a few rockers." And it's nothing like that now, right? Fred'smate
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Tue 2 Sep 14

her professional says...

Fred'smate wrote:
her professional wrote:
Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton.
So embracing the world and destroying our culture, environment and way-of-life is a good thing?

Why is it, then, that people get so upset about the Aborigines and those in the world's rainforests, who had the modern world thrust upon them?

Get this - not everyone wants to see this country turned to a concrete mass heaving with people.
Tell that to the anti Green maniacs on this site
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness the moaners and little Englanders on here are a tiny minority, meanwhile the people in the article are getting on in the real world, embracing it as it is, warts and all. Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, and thanks for choosing Brighton.[/p][/quote]So embracing the world and destroying our culture, environment and way-of-life is a good thing? Why is it, then, that people get so upset about the Aborigines and those in the world's rainforests, who had the modern world thrust upon them? Get this - not everyone wants to see this country turned to a concrete mass heaving with people.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the anti Green maniacs on this site her professional
  • Score: 4
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