Plans for a long-delayed new conference centre in Brighton must be agreed this year, the leader of the city council has warned.
The £540m redevelopment scheme for the seafront includes creating a new venue at Black Rock in the east of the city.
The new venue would feature a 10,000 capacity events venue, replacing the Brighton Centre, which holds 4,500 people. Under the plans, the Brighton Centre would be demolished.
Business figures in the city have expressed concern over the progress on the project, pointing out that the Brighton Centre is accepting firm bookings up to 2019.
The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Councillor Warren Morgan, told The Argus newspaper: “It is right that (the Brighton Centre) continues to take bookings and there is a plan in place to accommodate those bookings via alternative means in the city when those changes happen. Business continuity is really important in terms of attracting conference business and keeping it. Moving into a new centre, we need to work with other partners in the city to provide alternatives as and when that is necessary.”
Meanwhile, the shortlist for the Brighton and Hove Business Awards has been unveiled.
The competition sees the general manager of The Grand hotel, Andrew Mosley, go up against the boss at events organiser at Vivid Event Group, Charlie Hepburn, to claim the Managing Director of the Year Award.
The finalists in the Best Event in the City are Brighton Fringe, Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival, Brighton Pride CIC, and the Brighton Summit.
The awards will be presented on 4 September.