Economic data

The Economic Development team monitors the local economy and conducts surveys of local businesses to establish their issues and concerns. The service also works with businesses and partner organisations to develop strategies to support the local economy.

The Greater Brighton & West Sussex Business Survey - results

In 2013 Brighton & Hove City Council, with partners from Lewes District Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital LEP commissioned research to find out about the growth ambitions of businesses in the area, and the barriers these businesses face in achieving them. The results of the Greater Brighton & West Sussex Business Survey will be used to help inform the design of future business support packages and appropriate business support policies.

The survey has shown that businesses in the area are very optimistic, growth oriented and more likely to export, be innovation active and employ graduates compared to a national baseline.

Survey results and area summaries

The 2013 to 2018 Economic Strategy for Brighton & Hove

The strategy focuses on how the city can adopt measures that lead to a sustainable economy, taking into account the wider social, environmental impacts of economic development. It covers the period 2013 to 2018 and brings together a range of policies, strategic documents and initiatives both current and in development.

The accompanying five-year action plan of transformative projects and investment initiatives will enhance the economy of the Brighton & Hove sub-region. 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 City Employment and Skills Plan 2016 to 2020

A new City Employment & Skills Plan for 2016 to 2020 is being prepared to show the needs of the residents in the city. The Plan will recognise that the potential of many of our young people goes unfulfilled and our employment market is enhanced and distorted by the number of graduates in the city. 

Public data

Nomis is a national statistics website providing labour market data for all Local Authority areas in Great Britain. You can find the labour market profile for Brighton and Hove here.

Community Insight Brighton & Hove allows you to find, explore and use a wide range of facts and figures at different geographic levels for Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides a range of detailed national and local data, including Census 2011 data. Follow the links below to access information about:

  • Gross Value Added (GVA) at national, regional and local level. (For local level GVA data, select the ‘NUTS3’ option)
  • Business demography (including local business ‘births’ and ‘deaths’ from 2004 to 2013)
  • 2011 Census results (includes population; age; ethnicity and a range of other data and information.

In 2015 Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners conducted an evidenced based review of the Greater Brighton city region's economy, housing market, and transport system. You can find the review here.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership produce economic assessments of the Coast to Capital region. You can find their assessments and other research here.