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supported activities for individuals to focus
Figure 29: Local barriers to growth (% identifying a factor as barrier)
on their projects, with peer-to-peer support and through support from CDIT sector expertise via the mentors. Led by Tom Nixon, himself a local CDIT sector, business owner, the learning focus was on personal and professional development described by Tom as combination of “inner and outer learning”. Whilst still very much a work in progress, the FuseBox has already gathered significant momentum and importantly, legitimacy amongst the CDIT sector.
Availability of office space
Access to clients
Proximity of London
Access to skilled labour
Brighton’s cultural life
Access to collaborators
Brighton isn’t London
3. Lack of office space is the main barrier to growth locally
We should mention that, on average, none of these
The barriers to growth described so far are
many of them are considered as an important
considered at a general level, and they refer to the
advantage (see figure 18). The only local factor
entire economic system or to specific business
which people find an advantage (21.1%) and others
characteristics. We also asked respondents to
perceive as a problem (18.7%) is office space. One
evaluate what local factors are identified as barriers.
We found that lack of office space is mentioned most often as a hindrance, followed by problems accessing clients, proximity to London, universities and, interestingly, the artistic community (which is however largely outnumbered by the respondents who find the artistic community as a relevant local resource).
factors are perceived as a problem. On the contrary,
“Office space in Brighton is ridiculously expensive for the quality. It’s just off the scale. This office costs us 24 quid a square foot. We get an office nicer than this in the heart of Manhattan for roughly the same price, in the heart of Manhattan!” (Interview, 31/08/2013).
Availability of office space: 18.7%. Access to clients: 17.1%. Proximity of London: 12%. Universities: 8%. Artistic community: 6.3%. Access to skilled labour: 5.3%. Brighton’s cultural life: 5.1%. Access to collaborators: 3.6%. Brighton’s reputation: 3.6%. Brighton isn’t London: 3.2%.