LEAP Start-up Programme

Leadership meeting
A Free Business Start-up Programme.

LEAP is a free business start-up programme delivered by Edeal in association with Eastbourne Borough Council. The programme is fully funded by the UK Government via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; this intensive business support programme offers a £2,500 prize in the form of a grant to one lucky winner!

The LEAP Eastbourne 2023 winners seen here with Councillor Stephen Holt, the Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council. From L to R, Eve Lumb of Mutts About You, Elli Meekings (overall winner) of Elli’s Edibles Bakery and Kimi Westgate of Rosey’s Redecorating.
The Leap Programme Is Delivered In Three Stages:
Stage 1

Attendance at a business start-up workshop, which can be either a physical one-day workshop or an online workshop across 2 days. Places are limited and are taken on a first come, first served basis.

  • The one-day workshop will be held at The View Hotel, Eastbourne on the 13th May 2024.
  • The online workshop will be delivered in 2 parts across 2 days on the 20th and 21st May 2024.
Stage 2

Following the workshop, up to 20 selected candidates will be allocated a dedicated business mentor who will work with them to produce a strong business plan. They will also attend four 3-hour workshops on Finance, Marketing, Legal and Social Media Marketing. Again, these workshops will be delivered in person and online.

The completed business plans will be submitted and judged, and five finalists will be selected to present their plans to the judges at a mini–Dragons Den event where a winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced at an awards event where they will win a cash prize of £2,500.

Stage 3

Additional mentoring support is available to help candidates launch their new business.

There are a limited number of places available on this programme, you must register for the programme via this link. A member of the Edeal team will then contact you with further information.

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So, if you live in the Eastbourne Borough Council area and you are thinking of starting a new business then what are you waiting for? The programme is also open to businesses who have been trading less than 12 months.
Customer Testimonials
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Social Media 1-2-1

The trainer made everything very easy to understand, I am a novice at all things social Media and I didn’t feel that any of my questions were responded to in a way that went over my head.

LEAP Programme

It was good to have the support and advice that I needed to get my business started. Everyone was lovely and always there when I needed any help.

Start-up Workshops

The workshop helped me to understand the complexity of starting a business and ways to communicate with customers and other businesses.

Social Media 1-2-1

Gave me a thorough grounding in Linked In and some aspects of Facebook. She went through the process of setting up a business page and made it very simple to understand.

1-2-1 Advice

The advisor dealt very precisely with exactly the questions I had so it was focused on exactly the information I wanted.

1-2-1 Advice

I was feeling overwhelmed by the whole process (especially financial side) and didn’t know where to start. The advisor was great at putting everything into an orderly structure and guiding me in the right direction.