Innovation and enterprise


Innovation and enterprise

Rother District Council working in partnership is helping to create an environment where innovation and knowledge based businesses can flourish.


Napier House

Elva Business Centre    

Over 2,260 square metres of light industrial and office space comprising workshops and offices available on flexible terms designed to help and support small to medium enterprises.  For all enquiries contact  Property Officer, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea t: 01424 787581 e:


Creative Media Centre

Creative Media Centre

Designed to help firms in the Creative and Media sectors meet, network and work alongside a vibrant, supportive community of creative professionals. They offer a range of offices, all fully equipped with the latest in telephony, broadband, meeting rooms, reception and clerical services.
For more information please phone the centre manager on  T: 01424 205400 Fax: 01424 205401 e:    or visit their website Creative Media Centre


Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre Hastings

Designed to help firms with an innovative approach to business grow and thrive. They offer a range of offices, studios and workshops, all fully equipped with the latest in telephony, broadband, meeting rooms, reception and clerical services.
For more information contact the centre manager on T: (01424) 858100 Fax: (01424) 858101 e: or visit their website Innovation Centre Hastings


The Sussex Exchange

Sussex Exchange

The Sussex Exchange is a contemporary building on the Queensway, Hastings next to the area's main business estates and overlooking the ancient woodland of the Marline Valley. It is open from 8am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, with free parking.

This high-standard conference and event venue has a restaurant and bar. It is part of the economic development programme for the area led by Sea Change Sussex.

t: 01424 858 461


Enviro 21 Innovation Park

The Enviro 21 Innovation Park, South Queensway

This represent an exciting new commercial concept in East Sussex and compiles of a series of sustainable business parks that will host a community of environmental and technology companies with innovation in their blood. They are linked to forward-thinking universities, colleges and training providers and backed by an impressive range of networking and business support.
The first Enviro21 Innovation Park is under construction at South Queensway, where business units from 540m2 to 1,023m2 (5,784ft2 to 11,009ft2) are available to let now, offering low carbon emissions.

This Park also includes The Exchange - an exhibition and meeting venue that will be a catalyst in bringing together the best brains in the industry.

The Enviro21 Innovation Parks are set within a beautiful coastal environment. They are part of the £400 million economic investment programme to transform the Hastings and Bexhill area into one of the south east's most dynamic business locations.
For further details contact T:  DTZ +044 (0) 20 3296 2137  e:


Business Support


Locate East Sussex

Locate East Sussex supports growing businesses in East Sussex and provides assistance with location decisions and access to funding to accelerate growth as well as providing valuable connections to local planning and economic development teams.

Locate East Sussex contributes to the creation of a more desirable environment for the growth of new and existing businesses throughout the county, as well as promoting inward business migration.

Locate East Sussex offers clear and impartial advice at no cost to businesses that seek its support.



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Profitnet is an innovative business development and support programme that enables small and medium-sized enterprises to help themselves and their peers.  Developed by the University of Brighton, it has been successful for over 1000 businesses in the UK and Ireland - and it's expanding.


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Wired Sussex

Wired Sussex is a Brighton-based membership organisation for companies and freelancers operating in the digital sector in Sussex.

  • Our goal is to support our Members in their quest to deliver innovation, creativity and growth, and to enhance the reputation of this regional digital cluster on the international stage.
  • We help our Members access talent, workspaces, investment and clients. We run recruitment, training and internship services, we help Members find studio and office space, and through our Directory of Members and Projects Board, we help our Members promote their services and find new clients.
  • We support a series of local networks including the Brighton Animators Networking Group, Women in Media and Digital by Design.
  • We also speak up for our Members' collective interests, engaging with national government, the higher education sector, and local and regional authorities.
  • Wired Sussex represents the digital sector on a number of bodies including the Brighton Economic Partnership (which devises the economic strategy for the city) and the South East Media Network. We deliver Investment and Trade support services, helping new media companies to the area embed themselves successfully. 
    t:+44 (0)1273 692 888 e: w:Wired Sussex

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance.

A KTP achieves this through the forming of a Partnership between your business and an academic institution (such as university, further education college or research and technology organisation), enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your business develop.

The knowledge sought is embedded into the business from the knowledge base through a project, or projects, undertaken by a recently qualified person (known as the Associate), recruited to specifically work on that project. KTPs can vary in length from 1 to 3 years (classic KTP) and from 10-40 weeks (shorter KTP), depending on the needs of the business and the desired outcomes.

KTP enables new capability to be embedded into the business and has benefited and continues to benefit a wide range of businesses across many sectors, including micro sized, small and large businesses, third sector organisations or public.

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