Rother is proud to introduce our new Business Alerts email service. The service is open to all local businesses to provide you with information, help and assistance throughout the economic recovery period and beyond.

In our first issue, we would like to make you aware of a grant fund opportunity for businesses delivering environmentally conscious products and services. We have also shared details of organisations that can help with support and training for those looking to develop your businesses further.

Future issues will include information on any changes to legislation, government grant funding, networking/trade events in your area, and local disruptions that could impact your business. We will also continue to include other business stories and events that we think might be of interest to you.

This is a new service, so if you have any suggestions for what content you would like to see in our Alerts, perhaps you have a business event that you would like us to promote or have a success story that you would like us to share, then please let us know at businessalerts@rother.gov.uk

We hope you find this new service useful!

£20,000 to Grow your Business?

The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme provides businesses with a grant (that doesn’t have to be paid back) of up to £20,000.

If your business offers low carbon or “green” products or services, you can apply for a LoCASE Business Development Grant.

Investment Bootcamp

The Investment Bootcamp is a free facilitated session designed to help start-up founders prepare to raise funds.

Working with likeminded business owners, you’ll be shown how to develop an investment-ready business plan and pitch, hear how to refine a compelling story and presentation for pitching and get a chance to ask an experienced angel investor your questions.

At the end of the programme, start-ups that match a selection criteria will be referred to the Sussex Innovation investment community.

The next Bootcamp will be held at the East Sussex Golf Resort, Uckfield on Tuesday 11th October.

Looking to develop your business?

East Sussex is a great place to invest. It is home to some of the brightest start-ups and leading brands and offers the most affordable commercial property available in the South East.

The experienced team at Locate offer 12 hours of business support to new or existing businesses seeking to grow within the county. The service is confidential, impartial and because Locate is fully funded, the service is completely free of charge.

You can read about how Locate helped bring ‘sweet’ success to Knoops in Rye and assisted Sedlescombe’s Aldershaw Handmade Tiles access grant funding to help with their growth plans.

Free Training Courses

Training can improve the effectiveness of your current workforce by developing their skill set and increasing their ability to respond to change.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce provides a wide range of high-quality training courses across the Sussex region. Some courses are available for free and others can be tailored to your specific business needs.

Can we help your Business?

East Sussex County Council offers a wide range of support to assist local businesses.

Help and advice provided by ESCC covers various topics, including Business grants, Skills and Training, Local Partnerships and help with DBS checks and Licensing.

Sussex Virtual Networking

The South East Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are holding a virtual networking session on Tuesday 4th October starting at 12 noon with both members and non-members welcomed to the event.

This month’s guest speaker will be Pure Connection Pets, winner of Self Employed/Sole Trader of the Year at the South East FSB Awards 2022.

Brighton Business Expo

Join hundreds of local businesses at the Brighton Business Expo which is taking place on Thursday 6th October at Brighton Racecourse.

You will be able to openly network with over 250 attendees from across Sussex, whilst exploring the exhibition packed with a variety of local exhibitors showcasing their services and promoting their latest products.

There will also be free seminars and workshops from Sussex’s leading keynote and business speakers as well as a speed networking session.

This event is completely free to attend – simply pre-register online today!