The LEAP Entrepreneur 2018 Programme is launched

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. 

The LEAP programme is split into 3 stages 

Stage 1 is to attend a full one- day business start-up workshop in either Lewes or Newhaven. We are running the one- day workshops on either the 24th Jan in Lewes or the 9th Feb in Newhaven.  In total up to 30 people will attend the 2 workshops (15 in each). From the 30 delegates, 15 are selected to move to stage 2.

Stage 2 comprises of attendance at 4, 3 - hour workshops, 1 on Finance, 1 on Law, 1 on Marketing and 1 on Social Media. The workshops are held in Lewes and are run from 10am to 1pm or 5.30pm to 8.30pm, these are run during March and April. During stage 2 each delegate is appointed a business mentor who works with the delegates to help them create a business plan. The business plans are submitted to a panel of judges who judge the plans and the person who submits the best plan is awarded £2500. The finalists are invited to attend the Lewes Business Awards, this is when the winner is announced. 

Stage 3 offers clients the opportunity to access 10 hours business mentoring with business advisors of their choice, they are given a list of the advisors we work with and they select who they want to work with to help them develop their business further.

You can register for LEAP via the web site using the following link

Below are photos of Anna Lane of Treatment Tents who won LEAP Entrepreneur of the year 2017. Here she is receiving her award at the Lewes District Business Awards 

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