A new one year agreement has been signed between Wealden District Council and the Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Ltd (EDEAL) to provide local businesses with support and advice.
The council has given EDEAL £8,000 of funding for 2014/15 to deliver business support throughout the district.
EDEAL will be the first point of contact for Wealden businesses and entrepreneurs seeking advice.
It will be hosting clinics and workshops as well as offering business reviews to up to 360 local businesses during the year. Its performance will be monitored by the council to ensure delivery of support will directly benefit business as well as delivering value for money.
Cllr Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “We want to encourage as many new business start-ups as possible as well as helping established Wealden businesses to grow.
“Our District is a fantastic environment for small start–ups offering outstanding quality of life and good access to the high value markets of the south east. It is the ideal location for the next generation of green businesses, offering sustainable solutions to some of today’s environmental issues. By working closely with EDEAL, we can provide the expertise needed to help fledgling business ventures come to fruition and grow to increase prosperity within the district. EDEAL already has a proven track record in Eastbourne. We will be looking for this success to be shared across the whole of Wealden through regular business workshops and clinics in the district’s market towns of Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham. We have also agreed that EDEAL will be able to provide entrepreneurs with advice and feedback online about their proposed business plans and marketing strategies.”
Christina Ewbank, the Chief Executive of EDEAL, said: “We are delighted to have agreed an exciting programme of business support for Wealden’s existing and future businesses. We are excited to be working with Wealden.”