THE number of start-ups in Brighton jumped by 27 per cent in 2018.

There were a total of 7,635 new businesses incorporated in the BN postcode area in 2018, up on 6,006 in 2017.

There were almost 1,500 new technology, media and telecommunications firms, around 900 professional service businesses and more than 820 in the leisure and hospitality sector.

Mark Crowter, a technology specialist at RSM in Gatwick, said: “Last year, Brighton was named as the UK’s start-up capital by Lloyds Bank and it’s great to see that this growth is being sustained – particularly in the technology sector.

“Brighton has a lot to offer start-up businesses.

“The city’s two universities are helping to provide an exceptional talent pool of skilled workers and creative entrepreneurs.

“Brighton is also succeeding in luring the brightest and the best from the capital, who are drawn by the city’s vibrancy and the prospect of a better balance of work and home life.Start-ups can live or die by their ability to keep costs under control.”