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Business across boundaries puts Lewes district on the map

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have welcomed the network of strategic business links and partnerships that are delivering ‘positive commercial and social good’ across the district. 

The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 5 December received a report outlining the importance of economic development in the delivery of the council’s corporate plan.

Lewes District Council’s role in the wider business community is multifaceted with everything from the provision of advice and training for start-ups, to bidding for many millions of pounds of funding for key enterprise projects.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“Our absolute commitment to supporting businesses, their growth and the opportunities that follow for local residents is set in stone.  It is with great pride that we can point to so many successes across the district.”

The council has vital regional relationships with external partners, such as Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP.  LEPs were set up by the government and are partnerships between local authorities and businesses, they help determine local economic priorities and drive economic growth, such as job creation.

Coast to Capital covers an area from Brighton to Croydon, including Lewes in the east and West Sussex.  The South East LEP comprises Sussex, Kent, Essex, the Thames Gateway and Medway.

Councillor Andy Smith, added:

“We’re currently represented by both Coast to Capital LEP and the South East LEP.  And it is without any doubt that the district has benefitted from this overlapping partnership. 

“However, the government has recently announced a review of LEP boundary overlaps which means we could lose our support from one or other LEP. 

“Considering the positive commercial and social good that has flowed from both these relationships losing one of them would be a retrograde and unwelcome outcome.”

Published 6 December 2018