About the Conference 2017

Sussex`s first Economic Forum Conference

Sussex is a vibrant county with a rapidly growing population offering great business opportunities in many fields such as construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail, tourism and shipping. Several large companies are based in Sussex including American Express in Brighton, The Body Shop in Littlehampton, Bowers & Wilkins in Worthing, Hastings Direct Insurance in Bexhill, Ricardo plc in Shoreham-by-Sea, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood, Thales UK in Crawley, Alfa Laval in Eastbourne, Parker Building Supplies in Polegate and Virgin Atlantic Airways in Crawley, to name but a few and which help in making the county as dynamic as it is diverse. A large part of the county is centred on Gatwick Airport - one of the busiest airports in the UK that at present helps to take over 46 million passengers to 220 destinations every year and has been recognised as a key economic growth area for South East England. Whilst reasonable rail connections allow many people to work in London, the ongoing disruption by Southern Rail and the unions has caused many issues for businesses, their employees and passengers. Sussex`s economic growth and development will be the main subject matter of the conference, and will be debated and discussed in the 2017 debate topics listed below.

2017 debate Topics

Travel Information

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event Venue

The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel is situated on the sea-front directly opposite the West pier, this hotel is within walking distance of the main pier and Brighton’s many shops and bars. Brighton train station is only a five-minute walk away, as are the North Laines’ range of independent shops and cafes.


Take the M25 motorway to junction 7, signposted M23 (Brighton). Take the M23 southbound. The M23 becomes the A23 and takes you into Brighton. At the roundabout on the A23/A27 take the first turning on the left joining the A27 towards Worthing. Take the next available junction off the A27 which will be signposted for Hove. At the top of the slip road take the second left off the roundabout and proceed down Dyke Road Avenue (which becomes Dyke Road). After approximately 1.6 miles, turn right at the traffic lights into The Upper Drive. Follow this road over the next set of lights) junction of Old Shoreham Road - A270) to the end then turn left into The Drive (B2186). Continue straight down to the seafront. At the seafront, turn left, stay on the near side lane and proceed for approximately 1 mile where you will find the red bricked Metropole.

Please note, hotel car park is located in St Margarets Place, Brighton, BN1 2FD. Max height 1.8m.

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