Funding allows business ‘growth hub’ to continue

Cllr Rupert SimmonsA SERVICE which helps businesses in East Sussex to grow has received a funding boost.

East Sussex County Council has secured £216,000 of Government funding to allow Business East Sussex – the county’s ‘growth hub’ service – to continue for the next two years.

The service, launched last year, is aimed at supporting businesses at all stages of growth, including start-ups, companies looking to expand and those looking to relocate to East Sussex.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said: “One of our key priorities as a council is driving economic growth and Business East Sussex has a valuable role to play in that.

“The service helps businesses to find all the information, advice and support they need in one place, helping them to grow and flourish, which brings benefits not just to the company itself but to the county’s economy as a whole.”

Services offered include help with finance issues, helping businesses access training or advice and highlighting business networking events, along with other business support products and services.

Ian Smallwood, manager of Business East Sussex, said: “This is really great news for ambitious businesses in the county. In the first 10 months we have already helped more than 250 businesses, and this funding will ensure we can help many more.

“If people in the county have any business issues we’d urge them to contact the team and we’ll be able to help.”

More information is available on the Business East Sussex website at, by emailing or calling 0844 4152260