Starting a business in Brighton

For those looking to start a new business in the South East then this article will explain just why you have made a great decision for your new business. Franchising is a flourishing industry boasting nearly 1,000 brands in a host of different sectors. The industry consistently shows 90% of franchisees reporting profitability. The advantages of owning your own business are obvious but so too are the risks. The franchisee is taking less of a risk than starting his or her own business and less than 4% of franchises fail for commercial reasons. This is because they are operating under an established and proven business model and supplying or producing a tested brand name.

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Why choose Brighton to run your franchise operation?

Brighton is one of the UK’s entrepreneurial capitals with more start-ups per capita than anywhere else in the UK.

With plenty of office space available at several sites such as New England Quarter, the mixed use Jubilee Street development, and Woodingdean Business Park, there’s also a number of flexible working options. Co-working premises are available at Brighton Media Centre which offers serviced accommodation to creative businesses, as well as a range of accommodation options and office space at The Knoll Business Centre in Hove.

Brighton is one of the UK’s major tourist destination with over 8 million visitors a year, spending over £69 million, and home to Europe’s largest marina, the city is less than an hour from London and only 30 minutes by train from Gatwick Airport with good transport infrastructure. Brighton also offers good connections to France with two daily ferry sailings to Dieppe from nearby Newhaven.

Are there suitable areas to run my franchise opportunity?

Brighton is a fantastic franchise territory as it hosts several business parks and shopping districts capable of hosting a vast array of franchise operations from. 

These include within Brighton;

  • The Brighton Lanes - Perfect for small boutiques and specialist shops
  • East Street - Home to some of the most popular range of brands and shops
  • Churchill Square Shopping Centre - The biggest mall in the town, offering top international brands
  • Woodingdean Business Park, The Hyde Business Park and The Sussex Innovation Centre - offering flexible and professional office space for you and your business to grow

Brighton currently has a population just over 285,000 but fear not as this potential franchise territory attracts 8 million tourists every year, spending a huge £69 million.

Will I receive any support through franchising in Brighton?

Apart from the franchise support and training you will naturally receive from your franchisor, there is an added benefit of choosing Brighton as your franchise territory.

There are several local business networks and organisations looking to help businesses achieve success:

  • Hove Business Association: Networking events, business 'health checks' and breakfast lunches to help mew and established businesses share advice
  • Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber is keen to develop new businesses and does by offering traiing and networking opportunities
  • Sussex Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber of Commerce for Sussex provides a host of professional services to its members inluding help with HR, legal queries and training.

Since Brighton is one of the UK’s entrepreneurial hotspots it has increased its efforts to offer business support and funding. The Business Growth Grants programme can help fund up to 50% for expansion projects that can demonstrate job creation within the town and this applies to a wide range of sectors including: Manufacturing, goods and services, creative, digital and IT, healthcare and many more.

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