Councillors agree business support package

Councillors at Lewes District Council have agreed funding for a series of new and existing measures to support start-up businesses, encourage inward investment and provide local business advice.

The council launched the Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) in 2013 and through the scheme have supported 67 local people by providing training to start a business; to date the programme has resulted in 45 new businesses launching as either limited companies or sole traders.   In addition, councillors agreed that commercial property in the Lewes district will be listed on the Greater Brighton Commercial Property Search database.   The database provides a platform to promote more affordable commercial property in the local area when compared to Brighton - Newhaven and its Enterprise Zone status plays an important role in the Greater Brighton economy and has a significant number of commercial opportunities available.

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

“I’ve been hugely impressed by the many creative and innovative people we have helped through the LEAP initiative and I’m delighted that this support will continue. 

“We are also going to fund start-up workshops, 1-2-1 business advice and social media training through the Eastbourne & District Enterprise Agency.”

Published on October 12, 2017