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Starting up? Looking to grow? Or would you like to discover a range of services tailored to your business needs?
Find the right support below so your business can thrive!

Adapting with Digital

Adapting with Digital is a free online business support programme that combines online awareness events with workshops, masterclasses and 1-2-1s so that your business can increase its digital capability, thus being more resilient.

In order to receive this funded support, the person must own or work for a business that is seeking support or advice on digital growth. Individuals who attend the support on offer must be representing a registered organisation within the SELEP region. All programme attendees will be provided with access to grants, but all businesses must have received at least a 1-2-1 and up to 3 hours of support as the basic requirement to apply for a grant.

  • Grants are available in October/November 2021.

Bamboo Club

Aimed at SMEs in the East Sussex area who want to scale up, expand and innovate their business,  Bamboo club will consist of two cohorts which will consist of 12 hours of facilitated Peer-to-Peer sessions, 12 hours of tailored workshops and 12 hours of bespoke 1-2-1 coaching sessions. Bamboo club will provide businesses with support worth £7500 for zero cost to them, covering topics from Leadership and Management to Business Planning and Digital Modernisation, plus more.

  • To be eligible, your business must have at least 5 employees and have an annual turnover of at least £200,000.

Starting and Succeeding in Business

The Starting and Succeeding in Business Programme offers an online programme of business start-up courses, 1-2-1 consultations, specialist week-long events, a 24/7 start-up app and a portfolio of online learning materials.

The programme is for pre-starts, start-ups as well as those made redundant or unemployed as a result of COVID-19.

All programme attendees will be provided with access to grants, but all businesses must have received at least a 1-2-1 and up to 3 hours of support as the basic requirement to apply for a grant.

  • Grants are available in October/November 2021.

CHART

The *CHART programme is tailored to help pre-start and established businesses in Hastings, Sidley and Central Bexhill grow. The project consists of free workshops covering social media marketing, finances, effective selling skills, employment law and well-being. The programme also delivers regular Ready for Business workshops to encourage more start-ups in the local community.

*Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme delivering the CHART Local Development Strategy. The programme supports projects that bring a fresh approach to tackling deep-rooted problems in deprived communities within Hastings and Bexhill.  The Programme uses European Structural and Investment Funds.

East Sussex Invest 7 (ESI7)

East Sussex Invest 7 fund offers grants and loans for capital investment to stimulate business growth and job creation in the county.

-Grants from £10k to £25k – require minimum match funding of 60%

-Loans from £10k to £200k – require minimum match funding of 50% and have an arrangement fee of £500 which may be added to the loan on request.

-There is an additional grant of £1.5k for a new accredited apprentice position. This is a one-off payment with no match or evidence of spend required; it is limited to one per successful application.

SMEs and start-ups in the East Sussex area are eligible for the funding. Charities and Social Enterprises are also eligible if more than 50% of their turnover is from trading.

  • For all enquiries, please contact enquires@locateeastsussex.org.uk

Her Biz

Aimed at anyone across East Sussex and Kent area that identifies as female who wants to start their own business, Her Biz is a FREE Women’s Start Up Programme which provides women with the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and confidence.

Candidates will receive expert business support from experienced Start up coaches, from refining business ideas, to marketing and managing finances. Participants can also enter a competition to win £500 towards start-up costs by submitting a business plan.

The course is delivered by Let’s Do Business Group in partnership with NatWest.

LEAP – Leadership and Management Programme

The Leadership and Management Programme is a free programme available for businesses in the Lewes District who want to become a truly effective business leader.

Access support from expert coaches through workshops covering topics such as time management and communication, and mentoring tailored to your specific needs through the LEAP Leadership and Management Programme.

LEAP – Business Start-up Programme

A free course providing expert business advice and the chance to win £2,500! The programme is for anyone who is looking to start their own business or has just set up their own business.

Designed to assist pre-start, start-up, and young businesses and is fully funded through the Business Hothouse Initiative.

The programme is divided between business workshops and advice and support with a business mentor. Successful candidates will present their business plan to judges at a mini Dragons’ Den event, where a winner will be chosen and crowned ‘LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year’. Additional support is also offered to help candidates launch their business.

  • Email info@edeal.org.uk or call 01323 641144 for more information.

LoCASE – Low Carbon Across the South East

LoCASE provides business support for businesses on a mission to develop a net zero strategy and protect the planet for future generations. Aimed at any SME in East Sussex (currently excluding Brighton & Hove) The programme offers in-house support, as well as connecting you with the best innovation and growth support available through other organisations. The Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) scheme provides businesses with a grant of up to £10,000.

  • You must be a member to enrol onto this programme. Membership is free and gives you the opportunity to apply for free and part-funded support.

The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform is the South East Hub of Clean Growth UK, is a university led innovation network.

Locate East Sussex

Locate East Sussex is dedicated to helping companies from within East Sussex, or those looking to move into the county, to achieve their business goals. Their support includes helping businesses find the right commercial property, accessing funding and making connections to promote business growth.

Locate support any sized business to access funding to help grow local 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.

South East Business Boost -BREAKTHROUGH

The South East Business Boost Breakthrough programme provides support for female-led and ethnic minorities-led small and medium-sized businesses.

The programme seeks to address the inclusivity issue with standard traditional support which often neglects the ambitions of the diverse business communities.

Aimed at SME’s Breakthrough offers a tailored support package which includes 12hrs mentoring from an experienced team, workshops, exclusive resources, long-term growth support and the chance to apply for up to £10k in cash.

  • To take part in this programme and to have a place at the table in an exciting retelling of the East Sussex business story, click below to check your eligibility.

South East Business Boost – Big Ambitions (Specialist Support)

Are you an ambitious business owner? Do you have great ideas of how your company could grow over the next couple of years? Then the SEBB Big Ambitions programme is for YOU.

Aimed at established businesses who want to grow, this programme offers participants a rapid business assessment with support and advice from a team of specialists committed to helping your business adapt, improve, and grow.

  • To take part in this free programme, run through the online rapid business assessment linked below. This will send you a free report within the hour!

South East Business Boost – Ready to Grow (Start-up)

The South East Business Boost – Ready to Grow supports start- up businesses who are up to 12 months old. This programme provides FREE in-depth business support as well as access to exclusive growth grants. The SEBB Ready to Grow programme helps set you on your path to sustainability and growth.

In small groups led by business and funding experts, the SME’s will progress through the programme developing a growth plan. Through targeted workshops which are designed to build a strong foundation for business growth.

Participating SME’s will receive a rapid business assessment that provides advice and recommendations, 3 hours of 1:1 support to develop a tailored growth plan.

  • To check your eligibility and register interest to participate in this programme follow the link below.

South East Business Boost Grants Programme

Catered to established & ambitious business owners with great ideas of how their company could grow over the next couple of years. This programme offers participants support and advice from a team of specialists committed to helping your business adapt, improve and grow.

The programme offers participants a rapid business assessment with support and advice from a team of specialists committed to helping your business adapt, improve, and grow.

  • To take part in this free programme, run through the online rapid business assessment linked below. This will send you a free report within the hour!

The Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth.

If you are an SME manufacturer, the Manufacturing Growth programme provides many advantages for you, including a  detailed action plan guiding you through the process of improving your business, on-going business support with a trusted and experienced Manufacturing Growth Manager, and Access to grants to co-fund your improvement project.

  • To apply you must be an SME with fewer than 250 employees with a turnover less than or equal to £50 million.

 

Transform East Sussex

Transform offers free and impartial skills information and business support with current and future skills gaps.

Aimed at SMEs in East Sussex that want to hire an apprentice and address current and future skills gaps through apprenticeships, traineeships and workforce skills training.

One-to-one advice is offered on how to source and access workforce training, in line with your business objectives.

  • Transform can help you apply for government incentives and levy transfer funding which could cover the cost of your apprenticeship training.

Transport and Logistical Efficiencies (TALE)

Aimed at SMEs with a logistics function, this is an ERDF-funded programme to help SMEs in East Sussex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent to better use their logistics data – becoming more efficient, introducing or enhancing services, improving profit margins and reducing costs.

The programme provides free 1:1 data assessments and diagnostic support plans, a free 9-hour mentoring package or a choice of two grants. The first grant is worth up to £10k for a data analytics project up to £25k for software and associated low value kit for data collection. The second grant is worth up to £2k for a project up to £5k for software and initial consultancy advice related to data.

  • Eligibility can be confirmed by a TALE Business Support Facilitator.

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