After avoiding a recession and with growth forecasts higher than expected, the government has used the extra revenue in the budget to try and boost business investment and get people back to work.

In this issue we link to an article which examines what the budget will mean to businesses in the South East and we hear from local businesses to see how they will be affected.

We also give you an update on the reforms in our own Planning service, provide information on a free Lean workshop to help your business become more efficient, and to celebrate 75 years of the World Health Organisation, we have included details on a Wellbeing at Work programme which is free to all organisations based in East Sussex.

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Planning at Rother – Update

Since May 2019, we have been working hard to improve the planning service at Rother.

Since this date, we have made various changes including developing a new online mapping system, a departmental restructure and the addition of a new pre-application service.

As a result, we have seen 100% of Major Planning Applications and 78% of Minor Planning Applications completed within agreed timescales.

Spring Budget 2023

With announcements that include £27 billion in tax cuts for businesses and a raft of reforms aimed at getting people back to work, what impact will this budget have on businesses in the South East?

In the March edition of The Business Magazine, they look at the policies announced by the government and speak to Business Leaders in the South East to get their reaction.

Lean Management
How to make your business more efficient

When asked what Lean means, many think it only applies to manufacturing or logistics based businesses, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Lean thinking is relevant and can be applied to every business making it more efficient, productive and cost effective.

Locate East Sussex are offering a free 3 hour workshop to cover core themes such as:

  • What is lean thinking and does it apply to my business?
  • The key ‘pillars’ of lean and how it starts by focusing on the customer.
  • Examples of activities that could be improved by following lean principles.

The workshop takes place at 9.30am on Thursday 23rd March at The Palace Workspace, Hastings.

World Health Day 2023

7th April is World Health Day and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948.

We spend a huge proportion of our time at work, therefore employers play a key role in contributing to the health of the workforce, and in turn the health of the organisation itself.

Improving the mental and physical wellbeing in your workplace is more important than you may think and having a productive and healthy workforce should be the aim of every organisation

The Wellbeing at Work Programme aims to support East Sussex employers with improving employee health and wellbeing in their workplace. It offers workplace training, events, an accreditation scheme and is free to all types and sizes of organisations based in East Sussex.

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