In this issue we look at the following:

  1. Our newly elected Councillor Bayliss
  2. Sussex Wine Tourism: A plan for growth
  3. Transform Apprentice Schemes
  4. Funding News

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Newly re-elected Councillor Bayliss

We are pleased to welcome the newly re-elected Councillor Bayliss as our portfolio holder for Regeneration. Christine Bayliss is a Labour Councillor for Central Ward Bexhill and Cabinet lead for Regeneration within Rother.

If you haven’t already got to know her, or you have any issues you would like to raise with Councillor Bayliss in regard to your local business, please do get in touch

Sussex Wine Tourism: A plan for growth

Thanks to the rise in Sussex viticulture over the last ten years fuelled by strong collaborative working across the region, the county now finds itself in an exciting position at the forefront of the UK wine industry.

Substantial engagement, research and development work has created a solid evidence base for future investment in wine, making it clear that the Sussex wine industry is primed and ready for significant growth in tourism. The new plan, recently approved in parliament is to establish Sussex Wine Tourism by 2040, generating £283m and creating 3633 jobs in the county.

Transform Programme

If you run a small or medium sized business in East Sussex, you may be able to access information and support for apprenticeship training via the Transform programme.

The Transform programme aims to address current and future skills gaps by increasing the take-up and knowledge of apprenticeships, traineeships and skills training amongst small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county.

Funding News – monthly updates on sources of funding

Subscribe to Funding News for East Sussex, ESCC’s monthly newsletter for charity and community sector organisations. Get in-depth details on grants, or search by application deadline. If you’re looking for inspiration, we have a round-up of recent successful applications.

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