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.
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Social Media 1-2-1

Very welcoming and friendly. Amazing session and learnt so much. Tailored the session to my needs. Answered all my questions. Lots of demonstrations on her computer.

1-2-1 Advice

The Edeal business advisor was very good at understanding our business and what we want to achieve, helping come up with ideas to help our business function better and become more profitable. She is relatable and informative.

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.

Start-up Workshops

I really enjoyed hearing the range of business ideas in the room. It was a thorough workshop with great content covered.

Start-up Workshops

Everything was so clear and well delivered, thought provoking and inspiring.

1-2-1 Advice

The Edeal advisor allowed me to talk without interrupting and he was very clear when asking something. He made me feel very comfortable.