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Business Travel in Brighton With its amazing sea views, top class facilities, buzzing nightlife and wonderful hotels, Brighton can make the dullest of conferences or business meetings a pleasant experience.

If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your conference, presentation or seminar, then check out the 4,500-seater Brighton Centre [map], which is one of the UK's largest and most famous conference centres.

Frequently used for party political conferences and national and international association conventions, the centre host events for up to 500 delegates. While smaller functions can be accommodated in the East Wing extension and the good range of meeting rooms, where up to 12 sessions for 200 delegates can run in parallel.

The city’s other premier business facility is the Brighton Dome Complex [map], which comprises of the Dome Theatre, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre, plus a small number of rooms suitable for meetings. This complex is often used for national conventions by organisations such as the Rotary Club and the Barbershop Singers, along with opening and closing ceremonies for festivals and sports events.

With three different sized facilities available, the Pavilion Theatre holds 250, the Dome Theatre has room for 2,000 and the Corn Exchange can accommodate 800, this is a great choice whatever the occasion.

Both the University of Sussex [map] and Brighton University [map] also have conference facilities that are available all year round. The University of Sussex’s contribution, the non-residential Conference Centre, opened in January 2004 on the third floor of Bramber House [map] and can accommodate from 10 to 250 people. The centre’s contemporary design incorporates state-of-the-art technology, such as integrated controls for audio-visual equipment, lighting and blinds, with air conditioning, induction hearing loops and dedicated technical support.

Over at the University of Brighton there are facilities available to hire on three campuses, Falmer, Moulsecoomb and Varley Halls. Each site offers a self-contained venue with an excellent range of lecture theatres and seminar rooms, restaurant and car parking. The largest hall seats up to 250 people.

Once the conference is sorted you’ll need to arrange accommodation, but that shouldn’t be too hard in Brighton as the city is packed with hotels that cater for business visitors.

The cream of the crop is the five star De Vere Grand Hotel [map] on the seafront, which has a restaurant, 24-hour room service, televisions in every room, parking, computer facilities, Internet access and a fitness club. This hotel also offers extensive business and conference facilities that can play host to everything from breakfast meetings to product launches.

Next on the list for splendour is the Thistle Brighton [map], a modern, four star international hotel that is close to all the city’s major conference centres and attractions. The hotel actually has its own top class business facilities including a boardroom, audio-visual aids, computers, projectors and a fax machine.

If you want to make the most of your business trip by getting plenty of exercise then the Hilton Brighton Metropole [map] on Kings Road is the hotel for you. This place is a firm favourite with visiting businesspeople as it has an extensive fitness club, including a gym, swimming pool, and aerobics classes. The hotel also has several restaurants to choose from.

For a less expensive but comfortable stay in Brighton try the Jarvis Norfolk Hotel [map], which is set on the King's Road promenade with a beautiful view of the sea. It is close to the main conference centres and a short walk into the city centre, while the facilities here include a restaurant, hairdresser and swimming pool.

At the end of the working day it’s time to freshen up and enjoy a delicious meal at one of Brighton’s 400 restaurants and café-bars.

Among those best suited to business visitors, whether you’re taking a client out for dinner or dining alone, is Curve [map] in the North Laine district, which offers beautiful Mediterranean food in fancy but relaxed surroundings.

Havana [map] on Duke Street in the city centre is the place to go if you want to impress a prospective client as it attracts a well-dressed crowd of diners.

Or for a simple evening meal in a restaurant where lone diners are always well looked after, head to Café Pasta [map] in the trendy Lanes area of town. This restaurant, a sister to the Pizza Express chain, offers an extensive range of pasta dishes from carbonara to Bolognese.

If you plan to dance the night away or just want to hang out in a cool bar then stay in The Lanes district and you can’t go far wrong. The place is full of pubs, wine bars and nightclubs.

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