That many consider Brighton to be a great city to live (and work) in will come as no surprise. The city has previously been voted ‘UK’s coolest city’ and ‘one of the UK’s happiest cities’ too. But did you know the city’s office appeal is also increasing? Although some might rather keep its professional attractions quiet, Brighton’s popularity as a working town is growing fast. What is it about this bohemian city at the sea that attracts so many workers?
1. The Beach
Is there a better place to eat your lunch than on Brighton’s famous pebble beach? You can either bring your own, or pick up a portion of fish and chips on your way. No need to worry about the calories either; the beach is more than five miles long, so your lunchtime walk should help you stay in shape.
2. The Pier
Probably Brighton’s most notable landmark, the Brighton Pier is a Victorian pier filled with food and fairground attractions. The Turbo Coaster is a great way of getting rid of some workplace frustration.
3. The Air
Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that help you absorb oxygen betters and balance your body’s levels of serotonin. This chemical will increase your mood and decrease your levels of stress. It will also help you get a better night’s sleep, making you more alert at work.
4. The Pubs
There are more than 300 pubs in Brighton. That means plenty of options for your after-work-drinks.
5. The Food
Brighton has the highest number of restaurants per capita in the United Kingdom. At the moment, 18 Brighton restaurants are mentioned in the Michelin guide.
6. The Trains
Brighton might be known as ‘London-by-the-Sea’, but you may still be required to visit the capital for work purposes every so often. The great rail links in to London mean you can be attending meetings in the City in just over an hour’s travel time.
7. The Bicycles
Commuting within Brighton is mostly done by foot or pedal power. Between 2001 and 2011 there was a 109% increase in Brightonians cycling to work, and the city’s seafront cycle lane has just reopened following its closure for repairs in 2012. The exercise that cycling to work will provide will help you to increase your fitness. This, in turn, will increase your self-esteem and your confidence in the office.
8. The Attitude
Brighton is known as a liberal town, so the chances are you’ll end up working in a tolerant workplace. Brighton & Hove City Council itself was mentioned on the 15th spot of the Workplace Equality Index created by Stonewall last year.