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The Business East Sussex Growth Hub is a free, independent, and publicly funded business support service for businesses across East Sussex.

We are the first step for any business seeking support, and we can help you find the support and solutions your business needs to thrive.

Whether you are starting up, looking to grow, or are seeking to overcome challenges to your business, we can help. Our team of business experts are dedicated to helping you find the right support, helping your business grow and helping to make East Sussex a great place to run a business.

Contact us today on 01273 335 878 to speak to an advisor, or email us at

Ian Smallwood – Growth Hub Manager

I’ve worked with small businesses for over 20 years within the Banking and Enterprise sector. I have had my own business too and understand the issues facing small businesses. I can help you develop your business strategy and offer support with accessing the right finance, making your business ambitions achievable.

Steve Piper – Business Support Navigator

I have worked with SME businesses, across a range of industries for 30+ years. With extensive experience in Sales, Operations Management and Training and having owned my own company, I understand the issues and challenges facing small business today. As a business specialist, I can help you develop your business strategy and offer support to help you make your business ambitions achievable.

Kat Sinclaire – Business Support Navigator

Kat joined the Growth Hub to help support businesses during UK’s transition from the EU in January 2020. Kat has now joined the team as a full time Business Navigator.

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