Brighton is situated on the southern coast of England and is in the county of East Sussex.
Being slightly less than fifty miles from London, it is ideally placed for easy commuting. The City of Brighton and Hove is divided into two parts and one of the two parts, Brighton is well known as a popular seaside resort and has been increasingly fashionable ever since George 1V was drawn to it in the 1700’s.
The economic history of Brighton is one predominantly of fishing and by the late 1700’s wealthy people began to visit to bathe in the seawater which they believed held medicinal properties. The city started to really expand and thrive especially so when the railway was built in 1841 which linked London to Brighton.
Brighton understandably brings in millions of visitors each year. A large percentage of employment has been created because of this and tourism and the associated hospitality and leisure industries continue to thrive. Brighton offers a diverse range of employment opportunities across various industries and many jobs are in the digital and IT sectors - companies are attracted to Brighton because of the highly talented graduates and skilled local workforce. Environmental and renewable energy industries, advanced engineering, cultural and creative, financial and health and social care and life sciences are also strong sectors. Research has shown that Brighton is also one of the best places to start and expand a business and has a very high success rate. It is one of the fastest growing cities within the UK this year, with key factors being its highly skilled workforce and innovative businesses. It is a fantastic place for entrepeneurs.
Within Brighton and Hove there are two universities and several colleges, all with fantastic reputations and very high academic standards which attract the finest students from far and wide. This contributes significantly to the area and plays a vital role within the economy.
The city of Brighton is vibrant, diverse, cosmopolitan and colourful. It is a city with its own unique personality and an exciting atmosphere which has become a haven for the LGBT community and is often known affectionately as the LGBT Capital of the UK. It is once again looking forward to celebrating Brighton Pride this August which will generate a significant boost for the city’s economy.
Brighton Beach is a pebble beach characterised by a unique shingle shoreline and is often described as among one of the most popular beaches to visit in the UK.
You can try a variety of exciting watersports, visit Sea-Life which is the world's oldest operating aquarium, stroll along the Victorian pier and pop into the amusement arcades or sample the exhilarating variety of bars, restaurants and cafes ~ not forgetting the iconic fish and chip shops!
There are several interesting museums and many galleries with an assortment of both traditional and unusual shops where you can just about find anything and of course, the popular Brighton Market where everything is ethically sourced.
The fantastic Brighton i-360 allows visitors to observe most of Brighton and beyond, via its 162 feet tall structure with plenty of options for refreshments whilst you are up there.
However, if you prefer to explore the surrounding areas, you can visit the South Downs National Park which covers 628 square miles with its many beautiful places of interest and meander through the historically quaint villages.
It is here you will also discover the remarkable ‘Living Coast’, the Brighton and Lewes Downs Unesco Biosphere Region which has an abundance of natural heritage and culture.
Brighton is more affordable than London yet retains the energetic and cosmopolitan vibe that you would expect from a major coastal city. Brighton certainly offers the ultimate if you are seeking a lifestyle change. An appealing city, it offers a mix of cultural richness, natural beauty by the coast, excellent employment prospects and a vibrant and welcoming community spirit.
Looking for a Career in Brighton? We are hosting a careers fair at The Old Ship Hotel on Wednesday 2nd August, between the times of 10am-2pm. Our event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!