Category: Buisness

Have you got a great business idea for 2021 but don’t know where to start?

Future entrepreneurs in the Lewes district are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) business start-up programme.   Applicants will access a package of tailored support and be in with a chance to win a £2,500 grant to start their business.   This free programme is funded by Lewes District […]

New website launches to support local manufacturers

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have launched a new website to promote local manufacturers. The new website – www.makelocal.info – showcases manufacturers across different sectors including food and beverage, plastics, chemical and pharmaceutical. Manufacturing is well represented across Lewes District and Eastbourne with a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated […]

SETTING UP SMEs FOR CHRISTMAS

●       SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC, 65% OF BUSINESS OWNERS FEEL THEIR BUSINESS HAS BECOME BETTER AT COMMUNICATING, WITH 23% AGREEING THAT NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS ALLOWED STAFF TO WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY ●        37% OF STAFF PLAN TO WORK IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THAN THEIR USUAL REMOTE ENVIRONMENT THROUGHOUT THE CHRISTMAS & NEW […]

New website launches to support local manufacturers

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have launched a new website to promote local manufacturers. The new website (makelocal.info) showcases manufacturers across different sectors including food and beverage, plastics, chemical and pharmaceutical. Manufacturing is well represented across Lewes District and Eastbourne with a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated […]

Free business support programme for heritage organisations Heritage Compass is a a brand-new business support programme which will help 150 small and medium-sized heritage organisations from across England to grow and sustain their businesses. Over two years, the programme will be offering tailored training, mentoring, peer learning and strategy development, […]

Live Q&A: Support for Businesses and help available through the Community Hubs | Thursday 5 November at 10am

Do note the new day! The weekly Live Q&A will take place on Thursday 5 November at 10am this week, to coincide with the first day of the new lockdown period. This week’s session will focus on the support available for businesses affected by Covid-19, for which Cllr James MacCleary will be joined by […]

Second recovery summit: Working together to support people affected by Covid-19 in Lewes district

The second recovery summit for Lewes district highlighted the importance of working together to create new jobs, a more skilled workforce and giving struggling people the support they need in the wake of Covid-19.  It was hosted online by Councillor Zoe Nicholson( pictured), Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council, on Wednesday (October 14) to bring together local businesses and voluntary and […]

Winter Economy Plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new package of measures to support businesses with the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It included: A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November which will run for six monthsThe Self-employment Income Support Scheme will be extended until 30 April 2021.The temporary 15% […]

Yodel workers at depots in London and the South East vote by a landslide to reject pay increase offer and could take strike action in a further ballot.

   YODEL staff working from depots in Hatfield, Hayes, Waltham Cross, Basildon & Borehamwood could decide to take strike action along with other staff in Yodel depots across the country over the offer of a disappointing pay rise.   The company has put forward a two-year deal starting from July 2020 to […]

Green Homes Grant

From next month, the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant will part fund low carbon home improvements for over 600,000 homes however, only registered installers can carry out the work. To take part, all tradespeople must register with TrustMark – the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme giving homeowners reassurance that businesses […]

Culture Recovery Fund

For the latest funding streams available under the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund visit here www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-available-through-the-culture-recovery-fund. It includes the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants scheme administered by the Arts Council England. You can apply for this fund if you are a cultural organisation who is at imminent risk of failure. Round two […]

Maria Caulfield MP supports steps to bring key industries closer to trade negotiations

•             Department for International Trade (DIT) steps up engagement with British industry and farmers as UK trade negotiations intensify •             Eleven new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, established to provide knowledge and experience •             Insight and expertise of top business people being used to inform UK […]

Climate emergency: Sustainable Business Partnership and 3VA to lead Community Forum

Lewes District Council has appointed the Sustainable Business Partnership Community Interest Company (CIC) and 3VA to lead the Lewes District Council Climate Forum. Designed to enable district-wide ownership of the climate emergency, it is hoped the forum will help focus climate and sustainability issues in the district and provide support […]

Florist scoops £2,500 to grow budding new business

An entrepreneurial florist has won £2,500 towards her new business start-up in the first ever ‘virtual’ final of the Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) annual award.   Clare Smith beat the other finalists who all had to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den-style competition, which was held online this year due […]

Maria Caulfield MP urges Seaford residents to join Seaford Football Club local discount scheme

Maria Caulfield MP is urging residents in Seaford to support their local football club and local businesses by joining the new local community discount card scheme. The Seaford MP joined Seaford Town FC to launch the Community Card and handed out awards to players, alongside Seaford Town Mayor, Cllr Rodney […]