We are funded by the county council together with the district and borough councils of East Sussex and until 2023, the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, as part of a wider South East Invest project that involves East Sussex County Council and Kent County Council.
Our experienced and dedicated team support any sized business already based in East Sussex and companies moving into the county to access funding to help grow our economy and create jobs in local communities.
The South East plays a pivotal role in the UK economy and is the gateway to mainland Europe. Locate East Sussex is key to ensuring that East Sussex remains an exceptional place to live, work and visit.
Since 2013 we have delivered over £6.8 million to growing businesses through East Sussex County Council’s grants and loans programme, matched by over £24.8 million from the companies themselves.
This £31.3million boost to the local economy has resulted in the creation of over 911 new permanent jobs.
With his global experience in sales, marketing and strategy, Brett is dedicated to helping business overcome barriers to growth, and showcase East Sussex as a fantastic place to live, work and visit.
Emily helps SMEs to access business support, including access to funding and other support avenues.
Adam has extensive expertise in commercial banking, advising companies & assisting them to access funding for growth.
Chris gives simple & direct advice, is experienced in making connections & supporting companies at every stage of their growth journey.
Dedicated business coach with over 40 years of leadership experience, Jim offers advice in management, finance, sales & operations.
Over 10 years of experience mapping out customer journeys, Stacey specialises in lead generation & customer retention
Enthusiastic, friendly & proactive, Milan looks after our social media channels & is our researcher & in-house film editor.
We work in partnership with a network of organisations to ensure the companies we work with get the very best help and assistance and access to finance that they need to start or grow a successful business in East Sussex. Our partners include local planning and economic development teams, Let's Do Business Group, Business East Sussex, Clean Growth UK, University of Sussex and University of Brighton, to name a few.
"The support we have received from Locate East Sussex has been huge in terms of business growth."Lesley Jeavons Jeavons Toffee
"I attended a business planning programme with Jim. I really liked Jim, he was knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. I also really liked meeting the other participants in the course, I liked the way it was set up for group learning."Sarah Walker Gru Languages
“The money provided through Locate East Sussex was vital for our growth. It helped us upgrade our warehouse management software, kit out a photo studio and put in workbenches, amongst many other vital pieces of equipment."Mike Dobell Dobell Menswear
"Jim and Emily gave me a new perspective and it has already made an impact."Paul Cox Paul Cox Sculpture
"Jim's interactive approach to coaching removed a lot of the fear I had that I was subjecting myself to six weeks of dull accounting. The open discussions added so much context and colour that although the financial plan was the output it was the business as a whole that was the focus."Dan Wahnon Techno Group Ltd.
"Everyone was on-hand to help us whenever we needed. The support has given us a push in the right direction to scale-up our business"Robin Johnson Johnson Bespoke
"I attended a business planning programme with Jim. Jim is a fantastic asset to Locate. His knowledge and depth of experience is a privilege to listen too and learn from."Neil Darnell Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
"It would have been almost impossible at the beginning without the funding through Locate East Sussex"Matt Woodhouse Half Man Half Burger
"Locate East Sussex has helped us by putting us in touch with the right connections, helping us to develop our business further."Lisa Driver Booyah Vitality
"Emily really showed us what support was out there. As well as her own local business experience, it was useful to know what services were in our backyard to support us"Lucy Atabey White Feather Funerals
“Locate East Sussex has provided valuable expertise and support to Lightning Fibre which has enabled our growth plans to be realised."Ben Ferriman Lightning Fibre