Council commits £105K to 'springboard for new business'
The Leader of Lewes District Council has hailed the success of a council funded business start-up initiative that has seen the successful launch of a number new enterprises in the district.
Since 2013, hundreds of budding entrepreneurs have benefited from workshops, 121 mentoring and social media training. The most promising businesses taking part in the start-up programme are shortlisted and in with a chance of winning £2,500.
Just a few of the new businesses that have benefited from Lewes District Council's investment include Dolly Fixtures, a maker of quirky furniture from mannequins, Fitzroy House, a performance space and community arts centre, The Patchwork Cat, a fabric and haberdashery shop with café and classroom for adults and children with learning disabilities and Chalk Productions, which makes documentaries and factual entertainment with a social purpose for international broadcasters.
Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: "We're delighted to continue funding this programme. It's become a springboard for new business in the district at a time when private enterprise needs as much help as it can get.
"It is also a key element of our Community Wealth Building Strategy to support locally owned and socially minded enterprises."
The council will invite business support providers to tender for a three-year contract starting in April 2024.
Published on September 14, 2023.