In a recent survey of all UK cities Brighton ranked third for having the highest start-up rates – 54 new businesses per 10,000 people in 2012. It also ranked in third place for having the highest density of small and medium enterprises in 2013, just below Reading and London, with 360 small and medium businesses per 10,000 population.
If you are thinking about setting up your own business then the National Careers Service has some good advice but why not listen to what two local business people have to say about starting up their own companies.
Also, here’s a local company that started up not long ago:
Company name: Chocadyllic
Founder: Evelyn Day
Description: Chocadyllic is the home of great looking and great tasting cakes. Our mission is to create high-quality, top-end, beautiful, unique, bespoke, tasty and delicious chocolate art cakes.
What’s great about starting a business in Brighton?
Brighton is an inspirational city, full of creative people. People in Brighton are open minded and like new and different creative things. It’s a big city but everyone knows everyone, and my business has developed primarily by word of mouth. Everyone has been incredibly supportive and Brighton has continued to thrive even through the recession.
What business support in Brighton have you used? How was it?
Brighton Council was very helpful and supportive. As a food business we needed to get the correct certification – Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Certificate. We contacted the council and were sent information and advice we needed to prepare for our kitchen to be inspected.
Name the top three reasons to set up a business in Brighton:
- There are plenty of people in Brighton with a good enough quality of life to afford to use your business and people here support creativity. There is a great flamboyant market.
- There are plenty of activities for everyone – it’s a real hive of creativity and art and culture, from the Brighton Festival in May to the Artists Open Houses and there is fabulous architecture like the brightly coloured little houses in East Brighton and the beautiful Brighton Bandstand on the beach.
- Easy access to London also makes Brighton a great place to run a business plus there are many great independent retailers selling creative wares and foods of all sorts.
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Fore more information about business start ups check out the Pathway team in Coastal West Sussex.