Green experts hired to reshape Brighton and Hove economy

Green experts are being brought in to try to reshape the Brighton and Hove economy.

The current administration is concerned that the city’s current economic strategy is no longer fit for purpose. In 2008 Brighton and Hove City Council identified six business sectors which could most contribute to the economic and employment growth of the city – digital media, creative industries, environmental technologies, financial services and manufacturing, including food and drink and health technologies.

But now politicians want to look again at the strategy in light of the changed economic climate. BioRegional is supporting economic consultants Roger Tym Associates in preparing a new economic strategy for the council and Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership.

The Roger Tym and BioRegional team won the bid in a competitive process to demonstrate how the city could plan for economic development whilst also moving towards One Planet Living where local economies can thrive using a fair share of the world’s resources.

The purpose of the new-look strategy is to identify actions the council and partners can take to realise the city’s potential as an economic powerhouse for the wider area. Roger Tym and BioRegional are developing the new strategy in consultation with partners in the city and surrounding region and in parallel with the ongoing ‘City Deal’ bid being led by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The budget for the work is £30,000 including expenses but excluding VAT. The current economic strategy was due to run until 2016.

The council says that a new strategy is needed in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. A spokesman for the council said: “The strategy will cover the period 2013-2018 and will bring together a range of policies, strategic documents and initiatives. It will be accompanied by a five-year action plan of transformative projects and investment initiatives to enhance the economy of Brighton and Hove. The action plan will provide a clear link to the strategy and demonstrate how the actions proposed will move the city towards its stated aspirations.

“The strategy will focus on how the city can adopt measures that lead to a sustainable economy, taking into account the wider social and environmental impacts of economic development.”

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “The old strategy was drawn up in the halcyon days before the crash and it would be foolish to persist with a strategy that did not take account that something pretty catastrophic occurred in 2008. That’s certainly the view shared by the leading lights in the Economic Partnership.

“We felt we now need a new strategy adapted to reflect those changes, address the new challenges and maximise opportunities for the city. Generally we’ll be refocusing on sustainable growth – improving the city’s environment, the economy and people’s lives generally.”

Tony Mernagh, executive director at Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said: “We are delighted that Roger Tym is working in collaboration with BioRegional on the review. “It is an excellent combination of economic and environmental expertise.”

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9:54am Wed 9 Jan 13

ARealBessie says...

More 'Green' experts presumably drafted in to try undo some of the damage done by the existing Green 'experts'. Oh what hell.
More 'Green' experts presumably drafted in to try undo some of the damage done by the existing Green 'experts'. Oh what hell. ARealBessie

9:57am Wed 9 Jan 13

ThinkBrighton says...

I look forward to group cookouts on the beach and the hourly bullock cart leaving Old Steine
What the Greens want is for Brighton to run at the same economic level as North Korea
Vote them out
I look forward to group cookouts on the beach and the hourly bullock cart leaving Old Steine What the Greens want is for Brighton to run at the same economic level as North Korea Vote them out ThinkBrighton

10:04am Wed 9 Jan 13

virtuoso says...

Brighton 'could' raise its game in high tech and bio industries, if it helped its 2 universities to recruit the World's brightest minds. If we had a Stanford and a Berkley level of R&D work going on here, we too would have a Silicon Valley.
Brighton 'could' raise its game in high tech and bio industries, if it helped its 2 universities to recruit the World's brightest minds. If we had a Stanford and a Berkley level of R&D work going on here, we too would have a Silicon Valley. virtuoso

1:34pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Thumper Hove says...

I thought that Kitekat and his litter were already 'Green Experts'??

This city has urgent problems that need sorting before the Greens continue with their ego trips and 'One Planet Living' nonsense.

£30,000 on consultants is not a high figure but will only be for couple of weeks' work - what can these so-called experts come up with in this time (other than radical suggestions such as yet more cycle lanes and fleecing tourists)
I thought that Kitekat and his litter were already 'Green Experts'?? This city has urgent problems that need sorting before the Greens continue with their ego trips and 'One Planet Living' nonsense. £30,000 on consultants is not a high figure but will only be for couple of weeks' work - what can these so-called experts come up with in this time (other than radical suggestions such as yet more cycle lanes and fleecing tourists) Thumper Hove

12:35pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Cass says...

How can you put green and expert in the same sentence???
How can you put green and expert in the same sentence??? Cass

2:31pm Sat 12 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Er, arent the Green Party experts in, you know, being green?

God help us all if these Green clowns are in power for much longer...
Er, arent the Green Party experts in, you know, being green? God help us all if these Green clowns are in power for much longer... BornInBrighton1968

7:45pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

I always thought Green meant Clean, since Green got in clean is the pits in some corners of the city or sorry did we miss understand that your policy's before office are a tag lesser than in office, why is it that the City can rise our taxes after Government froze all Council Tax, maybe if the spending bill was cut on the ridiculous there would be enough to cover the essentials that are needed?, even with rising costs it could be calculated, well so you'd think!
I always thought Green meant Clean, since Green got in clean is the pits in some corners of the city or sorry did we miss understand that your policy's before office are a tag lesser than in office, why is it that the City can rise our taxes after Government froze all Council Tax, maybe if the spending bill was cut on the ridiculous there would be enough to cover the essentials that are needed?, even with rising costs it could be calculated, well so you'd think! sedwardsESQ

12:43pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

sedwardsESQ wrote:
I always thought Green meant Clean, since Green got in clean is the pits in some corners of the city or sorry did we miss understand that your policy's before office are a tag lesser than in office, why is it that the City can rise our taxes after Government froze all Council Tax, maybe if the spending bill was cut on the ridiculous there would be enough to cover the essentials that are needed?, even with rising costs it could be calculated, well so you'd think!
If you think Brighton looks untidy now, just wait until the Greens introduce their proposed once-a-month refuse collection across the city....
[quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: I always thought Green meant Clean, since Green got in clean is the pits in some corners of the city or sorry did we miss understand that your policy's before office are a tag lesser than in office, why is it that the City can rise our taxes after Government froze all Council Tax, maybe if the spending bill was cut on the ridiculous there would be enough to cover the essentials that are needed?, even with rising costs it could be calculated, well so you'd think![/p][/quote]If you think Brighton looks untidy now, just wait until the Greens introduce their proposed once-a-month refuse collection across the city.... BornInBrighton1968

8:53am Fri 18 Jan 13

Phani Tikkala says...

Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership.... utterly meaningless to most business owners in Brighton. Who are these people, and why do they think they represent "us"? What have they done for small business?

I mean, just have a look at who the members are.... the Council, the Argus, the bus company, the NHS.... it's a joke.

Answers on a postcard please.
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership.... utterly meaningless to most business owners in Brighton. Who are these people, and why do they think they represent "us"? What have they done for small business? I mean, just have a look at who the members are.... the Council, the Argus, the bus company, the NHS.... it's a joke. Answers on a postcard please. Phani Tikkala

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