Business support organisations


Business, employment and coronavirus
National advice on loans, grants and how businesses can work safely. Also details of local support from the Business East Sussex Growth Hub.

Getting in touch with other members of the local business community can help you grow and develop your business. Whether you meet people from other business sectors, or within your own industry, networking can provide advice, support and useful contacts. Your local borough or district council may also provide advice and support.

Business support and mentoring

Business East Sussex
Business East Sussex is a free service to East Sussex businesses funded by East Sussex County Council, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

It provides unbiased navigation to the most relevant bodies, companies and organisations for business support needs.

Contact: or call 01273 335878.

Locate East Sussex
Locate East Sussex, based in St Leonard’s on Sea, supports growing and start-up businesses in East Sussex and provides assistance with location decisions and access to funding to accelerate growth as well as providing valuable connections to local planning and economic development teams. Locate East Sussex contributes to the creation of a more desirable environment for the growth of new and existing businesses throughout the county, as well as promoting inward business migration. Locate East Sussex offers clear and impartial advice at no cost to businesses that seek its support.

Contact:, 0844 4159255.

Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP)
An ERDF funded programme supporting SME Manufacturers. The MGP provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help:

  • identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement;
  • work with the best external experts to implement those plans;
  • cover up to 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant;
  • connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth.

The contact for East Sussex is, 07773 228147.

Wired Sussex
Mentoring schemes for digital, media and technology companies.

Resources for businesses

Gov.UK – businesses and self-employed
The government’s online resource for businesses contains essential information and tools for starting and growing a business.

BES Business Support Guide
Business East Sussex (BES) has created a guide so that partners and providers can showcase some of the fantastic opportunities out there for businesses in East Sussex.

Chambers of commerce

The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES)
Linking together all the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors in East Sussex.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce for the whole of Sussex.

Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce

Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

Heathfield Chamber of Commerce

Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce

Peacehaven and District Chamber of Commerce

Seaford Chamber of Commerce

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

Enterprise organisations

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
Businesses, local government and other key organisations from East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock are part a Local Enterprise Partnership working to help business to grow and to create new jobs.

Not-for-profit enterprise agency providing confidential and impartial business advice.

Federation of Small Businesses
Lobbying and benefits group for small firms and self-employed people.

Let’s Do Business Group
Business support across the south east of England.

Sector networking

1066 Country
The 1066 Country marketing partnership is committed to helping tourism businesses through joint marketing campaigns, website content, working with the travel trade and networking events.

First Friday Network – Lewes
Informal networking events for businesses in Lewes, taking place on the first Friday of every month.

Borough and district councils

Contracts and procurement

Doing business with the County Council
How to tender for contracts with East Sussex County Council.

South East Shared Services Portal
The portal is a collaboration between public sector authorities in the South East region to provide a simple, secure and efficient way for managing sourcing and quotation activities, reducing time and cost for buyers and suppliers.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)
Free access to business opportunities, with procurement notices from across Europe.

Export forums

Import, export and customs – Gov.UK
Detailed information on importing and exporting goods to and from the UK.

Department for international trade
Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK.