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Brighton & Hove is a vibrant seaside city on the south coast of England in the UK. Each year, 8 million people from the UK and abroad visit the city for leisure and business.

Affectionately now known as ‘London by the Sea’, Brighton began as a small Saxon village. The Saxons landed in Sussex in the 5th century AD and they founded the kingdom of Sussex including the village of Brighton. It was once called Beorthelm’s tun (Beorthelm’s farm or village). Centuries later it grew into the city of Brighton. Fishermen lived in Brighton as well as the farmers.  

The famous seafront city is home to the historic Brighton Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion – a historic palace with exotic interiors and the North Laine where you will find 400 independent shops, cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues. Brighton has an amazing culture, narrow streets and stunningly beautiful countryside across Sussex. 

Brighton is home to a wide range of different businesses and creative industries. While the main industry remains tourism, with half a million foreign visitors coming to the area each year, there are plenty of other opportunities on offer.

Some inspirational people you may have heard from who come from or live in the Brighton and the surrounding Sussex area:  

  • World famous figure skater Jayne Torvill
  • English singer Dame Vera Lynn
  • Actress Dame Julie Waters 
  • Former Athlete Sally Gunnell
  • Former Professional Boxer Chris Eubank
  • Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney
  • International superstar Fat Boy Slim

Inspire:Brighton is a partnership with the long-standing community, the Sussex People & Communication Network (SPCN). Founded in 2017, SPCN is an award-winning networking group designed to bring together people working in, or have an interest in creating great places to work.

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