Local people are being given a helping hand in starting their own business.
The launchpad is the Local Enterprise Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP), a Lewes District Council initiative.
It seeks to grow the local economy through the creation of new businesses and new jobs.
Successful contenders in the LEAP Entrepreneur Award 2014 this week attended the first in a series of one-day workshops.
They were welcomed by Councillor Rob Blackman, Cabinet Member for Business, Economic Development and Tourism at Lewes District Council.
The contenders selected have a range of business ideas, ranging from watersports to digital cinema to the development of co-working space for small businesses.
LEAP has created a programme of business support, training and expert mentoring that will help aspiring entrepreneurs gain the skills they need to start their own business – thereby helping to grow the local economy and create new jobs.
The LEAP scheme is bei ng run by the district council, with the training delivered by Wes Game from the Let’s do Business Group.
If you have an idea that you are keen to develop into a viable business start-up, do get in touch with the LEAP team on 0300 330 1450 as there will be more training opportunities emerging later in 2014.