Business support organisations

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 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.

Telephone: 01273 335878

Locate East Sussex, based in St Leonards-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.

Email: enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk 
Telephone: 0844 415 9255

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 or improvement grant
  • connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth.

Contact details for East Sussex:

Email: keith.mabbutt@egs.live
Telephone: 0777 322 8147

Mentoring schemes for digital, media and technology companies.

Resources for businesses

The government’s online resource for businesses contains essential information and tools for starting and growing a business.

Chambers of commerce

Linking together all the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors in East Sussex.

Enterprise organisations

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.

Learn more about SELEP activities in East Sussex.

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

Lobbying and benefits group for small firms and self-employed people.

Business support across the south east of England.

Sector networking

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.

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

Borough and district councils

Contracts and procurement

How to tender for contracts with East Sussex County Council.

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.

Free access to business opportunities, with procurement notices from across Europe.

Export forums

Detailed information on importing and exporting goods to and from the UK.

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