Have you got a business idea that you would like to turn into a reality?

Set up by Lewes District Council in 2013, LEAP (Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform) is dedicated to championing new enterprise within the Lewes District. It guides local people through a training programme to help them with their plans to start a new business.

The initial one day business start-up workshop is open to all residents and potential new entrepreneurs who wish to establish themselves in the Lewes District and gain the essential knowledge to start a new business.

Following the workshops, 15 candidates will then be selected to advance to further training comprising a series of 3 hour seminars covering law, social media, marketing and finance. You will also receive 1-2-1 mentoring from our team of dedicated business experts to help create a viable, strong and robust business plan.

These business plans will be judged by our expert panel who will award a cash prize of £2,500 for the winner and the runner up will receive £500.

All candidates will receive a support package up to the value of £350 once the business plan has been submitted.

For more information or to register please call 01323 641144.

Meet our 2016 winner and finalists

Winner - Tracey Horan of Dolly Fixtures 

LEAP was the best thing that could possibly have happened to me when I was starting my business Dolly Fixtures. So much useful information from start to finish from experts in all fields and a mentor always happy to help.

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Finalist -  Jennie Hallett of Beacon Health & Safety Services

Shock redundancy and wanting to prove to myself that I could run a business made me decide to take the LEAP. Now, thanks to the amazing mentoring and support provided via the LEAP Programme, I am the Director of Beacon Health and Safety Services Ltd.


Finalist - Natalie James of Stitch of Broad Street 

'Leap gave me the confidence and support I needed to enable the dream of becoming my own boss a reality by opening Stitch of Broad Street’.


Finalist - Liz Rose of Elizabeth Rose Designs 

I took the LEAP as a friend told me about this initiative and I felt really in need of some advice in terms of getting together a formal business plan. I had a back of the envelope plan but nothing that would stand up against getting investment if I wished to do so. Feel lucky to have been involved.