Studies have shown that 80% of businesses fail in their first year without business support.
Because in your first year of business, you don't know what you don't know, so you need trusted, impartial, up to date support and expert advice.
We are proud that 90% of businesses that we work with continue to trade into their second, third and fourth years.
If you are thinking about becoming self employed, contact us. Subject to location, we can arrange two hours 1-2-1 advice, a one day workshop or a full start-up programme including workshops, webinars, 1-2-1 business coaching and a 'Dragons' Den' to win a £2,500 cash grant to get your business started.
To develop a successful business or to find funding, email us and take the first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
According to Natwest, 80% of businesses fail in their first year of trading if they don't receive business support. It is crucial when starting up your business you get impartial advice from experts.
Our one-day workshop is designed to give you all the basics you need to run a successful business including the key guidelines to writing a good business plan, managing cash flow, marketing skills and how to meet your legal obligations.
With over 350 years of experience our business mentors have seen it all and have a range of specialisms.
So, regardless of whether you need to discuss your next business idea or you want guidance on any area of your business, we will be able to help.
Social media is becoming increasingly important to businesses of all sizes as customers increasingly look at a business online before deciding whether to buy. Our 1-2-1 training includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. We will analyse what you are doing well, areas that need improvement and show you how to do it! And if you don’t have a social media presence, we will help get you online!
Often it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and 'people buy people'. Networking allows you to stand out, make an impact and build relationships. We host regular networking events to help you meet new contacts, clients and generate new business leads.
Are you looking for finance through loans and grants?
Maybe you are looking to expand or move into the area?
We work with other support agencies to get you the best advice and support available.
Exclusive to the residents in the Lewes District Council area, including Seaford, Newhaven, Chailey, Peacehaven and everywhere in between, take part in the LEAP enterprise programme for your chance to win a grant of £2,500 cash to develop your new business.
If you are thinking about starting your own business, contact us. Subject to location, we can arrange 2 hours 1-2-1 advice, a one day workshop or a full start-up programme including workshops, webinars, 1-2-1 business coaching and a dragons den to win a £2,500 cash grant to get your business started.
To develop a successful business plan and find funding, email us and take the first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
“Have you got a business idea you’d like to turn into a reality?”
Williams Sara was taught to knit by her aunt when she was eight-years-old and as a result she spent many happy hours creating lace, cross-stitching and sewing tapestries. As an adult, she wanted to develop her passion into a business she could share with other people, so she created The Patchwork Cat Café & Shop in Newhaven. Whether you need a pin, colour coordinated materials or a large cutting mat, Sara and her team can help at The Patchwork Cat; you can learn how to create amazing patchworks, purchase materials and enjoy tea, coffee and homemade snacks.
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.
I particularly enjoyed the sharing and shared learning, the scope of information covered and the relaxed delivery of the trainer.
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.
Verbalising our business ideas and hearing the ideas of others was excellent.
I found the business advisor very intuitive and can read a person very well, this in turn made it easy to connect and understand what we were discussing.
The business advisor understood the support I needed at the time of the meeting and gave me the reassurance and confidence to pursue my strategy development programme.
Statistics show approx. 660,000 new start-ups register in the UK every year; sadly 80% of businesses fail in year one. The reason is simple: starting up a new business can often lead to unexpected surprises. You might be the best designer, florist, chef, or film maker, but you will need legal advice, marketing guidance and financial support? Who can you turn to for impartial, honest advice? More importantly, at the very start of your journey, it is crucial to create a business plan that outlines who you are, what you do, who your customers are and how your business works.
This free, comprehensive business start-up programme provides workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 mentoring and a chance of winning a cash prize of £2,500.
Since 2013, residents have been supported to turn their business dreams into reality including massage therapists, haberdasheries, gardeners, handymen, social media gurus and health and safety consultants, to name a few.
The LEAP programme starts in January with a one-day workshop in Lewes or a virtual workshop across two days in February. Following this, candidates are selected to attend further workshops and access 1-2-1 mentoring support with a dedicated business coach to help them create a robust business plan. This plan is then judged by a team of experts and finalists are invited to pitch their plan to the judges at a mini–Dragons Den style event. The overall winner receives the accolade of LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year and a £2,500 cash prize which will be presented at a Business Awards Dinner.
The programme is fully funded by Lewes District Council and is open to any resident in the Lewes District or any individual who is looking to set up a business in the area. This includes towns and villages like Ringmer, Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes, Peacehaven, Telescombe Cliffs, Chailey, Plumpton, Newick and Ditchling. Businesses trading within the last six months are also eligible to apply.
You can register for the programme via the LEAP website www.yourleap.co.uk Alternatively, you can call Edeal on 01323 641144 or email email@example.com for more information.