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LEAP of faith as council pledges support for business entrepreneurs

Photo of Councillor James Maccleary

Lewes District Council has agreed to continue its business support programmes for a further three years.

Cabinet councillors today (Thurs Sept 24) agreed that the Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) had proved a great success, having supported and encouraged more than 250 local people with either a desire to start their own business or to help them grow their enterprise.

Over the next three years, LEAP will support up to 650 businesses and entrepreneurs with access to services and programmes extended, creating an economic boost to the region and the opportunity to grow and recruit a local workforce.

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council and Cabinet member for Regeneration and Prosperity, said he was delighted that LEAP had proved so successful and that the council was able to nurture it and encourage it to go from strength to strength.

"This is a great platform that has shown tangible and measurable benefits to our home-grown band of entrepreneurs," Cllr MacCleary said.

"We have allocated just over £100K for the next three years to allow this vital support programme to continue. I think it represents a great investment in home-grown talent and businesses and I look forward to seeing the results over the coming months and years."

Cllr MacCleary said that having a great idea was a vital element, but being able to count on expert support and guidance could help give the idea wings and see it fly.

He added: "During these hugely challenging Covid times, the council needs to take on the important role of providing support, understanding and funding to fledgling business ideas. Our support for LEAP is the right thing to do and I have no hesitation in giving it my full backing."

Edeal will continue to guide and deliver the LEAP business support services including the annual Business Start-up programme through a team of highly skilled mentors.