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Council commits £105K to 'springboard for new business'

The Leader of Lewes District Council has hailed the success of a council funded business start-up initiative that has seen the successful launch of a number new enterprises in the district.

Councillor Nicholson

Councillor Nicholson
At a meeting of the council's Cabinet today (14 September), councillors agreed £105,000 for the continued funding of the Lewes District start-up programme from 2024 to 2027. 

Since 2013, hundreds of budding entrepreneurs have benefited from workshops, 121 mentoring and social media training.   The most promising businesses taking part in the start-up programme are shortlisted and in with a chance of winning £2,500. 

Just a few of the new businesses that have benefited from Lewes District Council's investment include Dolly Fixtures, a maker of quirky furniture from mannequins, Fitzroy House, a performance space and community arts centre,  The Patchwork Cat, a fabric and haberdashery shop with café and classroom for adults and children with learning disabilities and Chalk Productions, which makes documentaries and factual entertainment with a social purpose for international broadcasters. 

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: "We're delighted to continue funding this programme. It's become a springboard for new business in the district at a time when private enterprise needs as much help as it can get. 

"It is also a key element of our Community Wealth Building Strategy to support locally owned and socially minded enterprises." 

The council will invite business support providers to tender for a three-year contract starting in April 2024. 

Published on September 14, 2023.

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