Our free business support programme is designed so that the guidance, skills development and support you receive is tailored to your business growth ambition and potential. Our team of experts will work alongside you to identify the critical steps to successfully develop your business in East Sussex.
This programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, East Sussex County Council and the districts and borough councils of East Sussex, offering a market value of up to £5,000 worth of specialist support. We have direct access to grants and loans to help companies to start, grow or relocate to East Sussex. Our approach is simple. It’s based on your goals and aspirations and because we are fully funded, completely free of charge.
Whatever business you're in, our team will support you to get your new venture off the ground. Contact us now and let's start the conversation.
Our team works in partnership with other organisations involved in helping to grow the local economy. We'll put together a package that includes and not limited to:
One of our business managers will meet with you and start to help develop an action plan. Contact us to start the conversation.
Our tailored business growth package includes, but is and not limited to:
Every company can be innovative with the right techniques and resources. We can help companies to enhance their existing offer or to develop new products and services by accessing funding to bring ideas to market.
We help provide access to creative networks and support R&D in all industries to help companies achieve their aims and gain a competitive advantage. Our aim is to help local companies develop and grow to their maximum potential and will work with you to identify any needs that specialist expertise might address and then connect you with our local and national partners including our two world-renowned universities.
Any small business with the potential for growth needs to have access to finance when needed. We can help you to navigate the world of business finance and guide you through funding options that are right for your business.
We advise on a vast array of business grants and loans in East Sussex and deliver the East Sussex Invest economic development programme on behalf of East Sussex County Council.
Whether you are a business based in East Sussex looking to expand or a business looking to relocate into the county, our dedicated team can work with you from the outset, discussing your plans and helping you find the information you need to drive your business forward.
No one understands East Sussex better than our highly experienced team and partners. Using our knowledge and networks, we are able to assist your relocation. You'll have your own business manager to draw together the expertise you need to help with planning, property and funding advice. We aim to make your move as seamless as possible, providing ongoing support prior to and once you've moved to the area.
Why East Sussex? - Discover the many reasons why East Sussex is an ideal location for your business. With companies finding success in a multitude of industries, discover how you could to.
Manufacturing & Engineering
Creative & Digital
Food & Drink
Health & Life Sciences
Retail & Logistics
Leisure & Lifestyle
As well as enabling companies within East Sussex to grow, we support companies looking to move to East Sussex and international investors looking to access the UK market.
Offering a skilled workforce, low operating costs, access to R&D contacts and economic development funding, East Sussex has all the ingredients for business success. Our team can help with finding premises, access to finance and grants, links to industry experts, academic partners and aftercare.
To find out more visit our Invest in East Sussex page or contact us.
One way to grow business is through export. We support companies that want to start exporting to break into new markets. We can advise and help you to access funding and inks to experienced partners including the DIT and Chambers of Commerce, who offer support to companies looking overseas to do more business.
Read about how we supported Focus SB to claim the UK first for their industry and sign an export deal with China
A social enterprise re-invests its profits in supporting a particular community or cause through a sustainable business model.
Social entrepreneurs and enterprises make a major contribution to the south-east economy. If you have a business idea that has a social purpose and at least 50% of your income is generated through trading, we can provide 12 hours of free business support.
We can also help you to find the right workspace and provide valuable links and connections to potential funders, research partners, supply chains and other contacts.
Networking Events and Webinars
We bring businesses in East Sussex together through a series of networking events and helpful webinars.
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We have helped many businesses to reach their goals in East Sussex, find out how by taking a look at our case studies.