By Jack Deacon, Laura McArthur, Jamie Spoor and Fraser Ward
The recession has hit the UK hard in the past few years, forcing people to save every last penny and small businesses are fighting to stay open.
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Brighton Marina, situated in the east of the tourist-trade reliant city, was one place that the recession looked likely to to hit hard.
The Marina was constructed from 1971-1979, and throughout the years has been developed into a small community within Brighton where people can explore many restaurants and other attractions.
The shops and restaurants rely on people going into them to spend spend spend; without cashflow the businesses simply cannot continue to function.
With the recession crippling small businesses, Brighton Lite investigated how it’s affecting them and what they’re doing to cope.
A worker at the Brighton Marina Hand Car Wash Company said that it’s been “terrible”.
He added: “When it comes to a choice between putting food on the table and getting your car cleaned, you pick the food don’t you? Having your car washed is a luxury.”
The Confederation of British Industry says that growth forecasts have been cut from 2.2 per cent to 1.2 per cent
The business lobby group believes that slipping into another recession can be prevented.
Staff at The Chili Shop, which has recently moved into a smaller store within The Marina, were surprisingly upbeat about how things are going.
Amy Woodward, who works at the shop, said: “Business is very good actually. People still come in because we’re a specialist shop, and chillies have become a bit of a cult recently.
“We try to use local produce and small producers when we can. We don’t just offer chillies; we stock gifts with funny names.
We’re somewhere to go for a quirky secret Santa gift.”
Some of the bigger businesses at The Marina are feeling the recession more than the independent shops.
The Harvester restaurant is one the chains that’s had to adapt to the economic crisis.
Gavin Alger, barman at Harvester, said: “There have been huge staff reductions and our hours have been cut back.
He explained that although winter is traditionally quiet, things have been even worse this year.
“Less people are coming in winter because they’re saving up for Christmas – they don’t have the money anymore. “