Business support and advice in the Lewes District 


Set up by Lewes District Council and delivered by Edeal (Eastbourne & District Enterprise Agency Ltd) LEAP (Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform) is dedicated to championing new enterprise within the Lewes District; it supports local people through an intensive training programme to help them with their plans to start a new business. Not only do the LEAP delegates benefit from the intensive mentoring and support but the overall winner wins £2500 cash to help them get their business started. 

From 2020 the Programme is now also funded by the ERDF via the Chichester University HotHouse initiative. 

Lewes District Council and ERDF have invested more into its Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) programme. Originally launched in 2013 to help entrepreneurs’ start-up a business, the service has expanded and now provides free business support and advice to all residents and businesses in the Lewes District to develop and grow their ideas and enterprises.

The team will listen and talk to you about your ideas, plans, concerns or ambitions to make sure you get the right business advice. We can offer the following

The 2020 LEAP Entrepreneur Programme is now closed for registration, please register your interest for the next programme by emailing your details to

If you do not wish to register for LEAP but still want to attend a business start-up workshop, we are running FREE one day workshops on the following dates.

Dates for 2020

Workshops are a full day 10am to 4pm and focus on specific business start-up topics to give entrepreneurs the essential skills they need to set-up and grow a successful enterprise.

How LEAP could help you:

Check out LEAP’s new website to hear from local people on how LEAP has helped them, plus much more. Click here to find out more about LEAP

Edeal is contracted to deliver the service on behalf of the Council. Edeal has been providing impartial and confidential expert business support services to new, small and medium sized businesses in East Sussex for over 34 years.

Contact Edeal 01323 641144

Below is a photo of Clare Smith of Clare Smith Floristry. Clare won LEAP Entrepreneur of the year 2020