Busy week for our CEO

November 24th, 2014 | 3 min read

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Eleanor Harris has already talked to hundreds of people in Brighton and Hove, spreading the good word about the i360, but this past week was exceptionally busy, with her giving presentations at events nearly every day.

Kicking off on Tuesday at the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce lunch at Drake’s, Eleanor attracted a full house with lots of good questions raised by a friendly crowd of local business owners. There was particular interest in the i360 venue space at beach level, which includes stunning event rooms with decks overlooking the sea that are ideal for business events and weddings; an exhibition space; and a 400 seat brasserie. More on Chamber events at www.businessinbrighton.org.uk.

Wednesday brought the first Brighton and Hove Hotelier Awards, celebrating hospitality in Brighton and Hove, organized by The Grand, Brighton and Hilton Brighton Metropole, with lots of local business support. Brighton i360 sponsored and judged the Best Initiative Award, which was won by Jurys Inn. According to Eleanor, they won for their sustainability. She said: “What particularly impressed me as a judge is that they have embedded sustainability in their staff culture from the top to the bottom of the organisation with a staff green team which comes up with ideas on how they can save energy, recycle and reuse”.

Over 360 people attended and other top local hotels won awards, among them i360 neighbours in Regency Square, Hotel Una and Artist Residence. Over £1,600 raised for the Argus Appeal and Rockinghorse charities. Find out about all the winners at www.brightonhovehotels.co.uk.

On Thursday, Eleanor and Community Liaison Officer Ruth Chapman attended the West Pier Trust AGM to update members on the key developments of the i360. The Trust is in a period of consultation about the future of the West Pier and it was fascinating to hear the questions from the floor about what will happen with the iconic structure. Members have come up with a whole range of ideas, from a wind farm to an underwater aquarium to a promenade pier. The general consensus was that people wanted a low-density and community-based development rather than anything commercial. Before anything can take place though, the Trust needs to look in more detail at the surviving structure. They also need to focus on the i360 development, which is key to their future.

The board then handed over to Eleanor to present the latest developments at the i360. Eleanor gave a presentation that focussed on the current works underground as well as what is happening in Holland and France with the parts for the tower and pod. There was also a focus on the partnerships the i360 team are building in the city and wider south coast region. It finished with a questions and answers session that triggered lots of positive comments about the project and the transformation of the West Pier site. www.westpier.co.uk.

Friday morning saw Eleanor presenting to 140 business leaders at the Juice 107.2 Breakfast Club, held at the Sussex County Cricket Club, over a hearty cooked breakfast. Businesses were interested to hear about the community benefits that the i360 aims to bring – and of course the opportunity to offer their services to the new attraction – there was a big queue of people who wanted to meet Eleanor after her presentation.

Eleanor said: “I hope that this week I have been able to dispel some of the myths surrounding the i360 and have generated a real buzz about the other facilities we will be offering; many people didn’t realise that we are going to be more than just an attraction.”