East Sussex is committed to ensuring the continuing success and growth of the county, through investment in business, education, regeneration and sustainability.
Despite the challenges faced over the past couple of years East Sussex has been successful in securing significant funding and investment across a range of Government programmes to improve its infrastructure, town centres, high streets and support the levelling up agenda. Since the start of this decade well over £100m of government funding has been allocated to the county which has also attracted significant private sector funding. The next few years will see these projects make an impact on the East Sussex economy, broadening the attractiveness of the county to invest, live, and work.
A consortium of Sussex colleges is to receive more than £7million funding, as part of the Department for Education’s Strategic Development Fund.
A consortium of eight college groups, further education colleges and sixth form colleges across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, led by Chichester College Group (CCG), will be working collaboratively to boost skills training in sustainable industries.
Bexhill College, East Sussex College Group, and Plumpton College are working with CCG and several West Sussex institutions to deliver five projects:
Investment into Town Regeneration
Eastbourne Borough Council has received a £19.8 million investment in the town from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.
The funding will support town centre regeneration and revitalise the visitor economy with:
Lewes District Council celebrated the announcement of £12.86 million from Government's Levelling Up Fund will be given to help re-establish Newhaven as a maritime centre of excellence and support the fishing industry.
‘Capturing the Value of the Catch’, the scheme submitted by the council, will:
Hastings’ Town Investment Plan, which laid out proposals for Town Deal funding and a further £85m of match funding, has been approved. This has secured Hastings’ £24.3 million share of the overall £3.6 billion offered through the Towns Fund.
£19.3m awarded to Newhaven Town Deal
The Newhaven Town Deal bid has been awarded to the Newhaven Town Deal board, marking it as a 'landmark moment' for the town's legacy and future.
Five Core Themes Behind The Deal
A thriving and vital southern gateway for the UK
As it states in the report This is Newhaven - Our town investment plan, 'A thriving Port reflects a thriving town. As a gateway to the continent in this post-Brexit world, Newhaven has a fabulous opportunity to re-position itself as a key southern gateway to the UK. We are also a key southern gateway to the South Downs National Park, ensuring that outdoor health and leisure opportunities are available for all our residents to maximise quality of life' Celebrating the energy of industry Leading with the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, and moving into the centre and beyond, Newhaven is the economic growth capital of Lewes District with new investment and growth. With the Town Deal, they are able to build on that 'energy', building economic strength to deliver 'positive change', jobs and build up the community. Valuing creative freedom For makers, by makers. Newhaven has an artistic history and lineage of makers, including the recent creation of Maker Meetings. Bringing vitality to the area, the Town Deal plans to harness and support existing activity into a new dynamic coastal location, bridging Brighton and Eastbourne together along the Creative Coast. Re-imagining the town centre as a focus for community life The Town Deal aims for Newhaven Town Centre to be the heart of the community, offering retail and services that serve residents and encourage spending locally over losing revenue to other destinations. Making the most of the town’s maritime heritage. Wanting to address its heritage, the Town Deal wants to embrace it's marine heritage as the river and sea play an signficiant role in Newhaven. Building on opportunities that Newhaven can offer, they want to connect investment into creating a sustainable marine industry and build upon investment such as the emerging 'Maritime and Sustainable Technologies Hub'.
Organisations supporting business growth
The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme provides free business support to help your business to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low-carbon solutions.
LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops and fully funded events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services.
The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme provides free business support to start-ups and SMEs offering a tailored mix of practical advice, grant funding options, coaching and workshops.
SEBB has a pot of grant funding to support participating businesses to grow. Whether you need new equipment, IT software and training, the programme could cover up to 30% of the costs, with Growth Grants available ranging from £1,000 to £10,000.
The eSussex project, led by East Sussex County Council in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, was developed to improve connectivity by investing in infrastructure.
Project Gigabit is the UK Government's plan to roll-out gigabit-capable broadband services from April 2023. Funding has been allocated to upgrade connections to properties that are not expected to receive a gigabit capable service from any planned upgrade programmes (such as those funded by commercial investment ), or properties that cannot currently access a superfast broadband service of at least 30mbps. The nationwide project is led by Building Digital UK, (BDUK) and we'll be working with them to support the project in East Sussex.