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Brighton has a high density of businesses involved in media, particularly digital or "new media". American Express is a major employer with around 3,000 staff and has recently completed the construction of new Headquarters in the city.
"The Lanes" form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village. The Lanes contain predominantly clothing stores, jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. The North Laine area is a retail, leisure and residential area immediately north of The Lanes and contains a mix of businesses dominated by cafés, independent and avant-garde shops, bars and theatres.