Nestling between the South Downs and the channel on the sunny south coast, Brighton is a rich mix of Regency heritage, specialist shopping, arts, beachfront fun and year round events. With over £200m of new developments Brighton is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading and dynamic conference destination, combining a seaside location with a vibrant city atmosphere.
A recent report entitled ‘The Sustainable Cities Index’ written by Forum for the Future, a sustainable development charity, ranked Brighton and Hove as the number one sustainable city out of the UK’s largest 20 cities. The key features of the cities Sustainable Community Strategy which lead to this result are as follows,
- Sustainable transport
- City Council involvement in UK Sustainable Development Strategy
- Low waste production per head
- Excellent recycling schemes
- High levels of green space
- High life expectancy
- High levels of educational success
- High levels of employment
Brighton and Hove has also been awarded Fairtrade City Status for its support of Fairtrade products. Actions and initiatives taken to achieve this status include the following,
- Brighton & Hove City council has passed a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in its offices and canteens.
- Fairtrade products are readily available in the area's shops, cafes and other catering establishments. See the Local Fairtrade Directory www.bhft.org.uk for the ever expanding list of Fairtrade stockists in Brighton & Hove.
- Fairtrade products are used by a range of local work places and community organisations.
- Brighton and Hove has attracted plenty of media coverage and popular support for their campaign. Including over 30 articles in the press, T.V. and radio over the last year.
- A local steering group has been set up to ensure there is a continued commitment to Fairtrade status..
Brighton and Hove is also proud to have been classified as a Healthy City as part of the World Health Organisation’s Healthy City Programme, through it’s commitment to health and a process and structure to achieve it. In order to find out more about the Health City Programme click here.
Brighton is home to a fantastic range of restaurants pubs and bars. Those delegates arriving on Sunday may wish to make a reservation at one of the following eateries, selected for their sustainability policies and use of local Sussex produce.
- Seasons, 1B Waterfront, Brighton Marina
- Bar 106, 106-121 Kings Road
- The Strand, 6 Little Eastern Street
- Due South, 139 kings Road Arches
- English’s, 29 – 31 East Street
- Food for Friends, 17-18 Prince Albert Street
- Regency Restaurant, 131 Kings Road
- Infinity Food Café, 50 Gardner Street
- Bills, 100 North Road
- Terre a Terre, 71 East Street
Whether on foot, cycle, boat or even orb, Brighton has plenty of scope for those delegates looking to get active during their time in the city. Why not take an early morning stroll along the seafront before breakfast, or those making the most of the time and arriving a day early may wish to hire a bicycle and take a Sunday afternoon ride along the wide promenade?
- NIVEA SUN Yellowave Beach Sports, Beach Sports Venue, 299 Madeira Drive
- Cool City Walks
- Tourist Tracks, Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
- Seafront Healthwalk
- ORB360, Devil's Dyke, Nr. Brighton
- M's Cycle Hire
- Lagoon Watersports Centre