In this issue we look at the following:

  1. Shop Local Survey
  2. Work Experience
  3. Big Ambitions Programme

If you have a business event that you would like us to promote or a success story that you would like us to share, please let us know at

Shop Local Survey

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As part of Rother’s COVID recovery plan – the authority launched a Christmas ‘Shop, Eat and Support Local’ marketing campaign in 2021, which has run every year including Christmas 2023. 

This campaign is promoted through social media and local news, backed with posters for shops, restaurants, local businesses and local organisations. The campaign aims to reinforce the importance of supporting local, as an alternative to online shopping. 

The Regeneration team at Rother District Council would like to hear from local businesses on the value of the campaign. Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey and share your thoughts. 

East Sussex work experience

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Work experience provides opportunities for learning about the skills, behaviours, careers, roles and structures that exist within a workplace. An addition to making a real difference to a young person’s working life, offering work experience is beneficial to employers in several ways:

•Recruitment opportunities, seeing a young person who could be a future employee

• Staff Development for an existing employee who learns how to give training and support to someone on work experience

• A more engaged workforce by improving the employees’ experience of the company

• Engagement in the local community through supporting a local school or college

• Contribution to economic development in the local area, helping young people with their career development

If you would like to find out more about hosting work experience placements then please contact Mark Likeman, Work Experience Team Leader at ESCC.

07876 037456 or

Big Ambitions programme

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Big Ambitions is a programme that funds access to advice and expertise for business owners who are looking to grow and employ additional staff in the next 12 to 18 months, and are based in the Districts of Lewes, Rother and Wealden and the Borough of Eastbourne.

Up to 18 hours of 1:1 support is available from a team of specialist advisors, fully funded by the programme. The specialist areas include Sales, Artificial Intelligence, Strategy, Crowd Funding, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Advertising, E-commerce, Recruitment, Branding, Leadership, Marketing Automation, General Marketing, Websites, Public Relations, Product Development and Finance.

The programme is open to sole traders, Limited companies, partnerships, social enterprises and charities with a trading company.

To find out more details and apply to be part of the Big Ambitions Programme, you can join the East Sussex Business Hub, a free online community for local business owners:

or if you want to speak to an advisor, book a time here:

Funded by UK Government and supported by Rother District Council

Ready to Grow programme

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Ready to Grow provides free support to business that have been trading for less than 3 years. Giving business in Rother free access to:

  • A series of complimentary workshops covering topics such as finance, marketing, HR and strategy
  • Free 1:1 sessions with a business advisor

Join the next free event on the 7 May in Bexhill to find our more.

You could even have the chance to benefit from a:

  • Free Professional Headshot Photo and a
  • Free Promo Video

Ready to Grow free content event – 12pm -5pm 7 May,  Manor Barn, Bexhill.

Register here:

Ready To Grow FREE Content Event – Rother Tickets, Tue 7 May 2024 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

Funded by UK Government and supported by Rother District Council

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