LEAP Entrepreneurs

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 a comprehensive 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 2016 Entrepreneur winner Tracey Horan started a business called Dolly Fixtures offering a quirky range of home furniture and accessories based on mannequins. In addition to winning LEAP Entrepreneur of the year, Tracey was also nominated in the category of start-up entrepreneur of East Sussex at the Best of East Sussex Business Awards where she was highly commended. 


Our 2017 winner was Anna Lane of Olive Branch Mobile Spa, this business is the creation of a unique experience transforming any space into a world of relaxation, joy and peace bringing any individual to a point of tranquillity. Olive Branch Mobile Spa bring a ready-made spa to any location, whether that be hotels, festivals, hen parties, corporate days or local residences. Clients can be pampered in these stunning tents which offer bespoke services to businesses and private clients. They operate throughout the year and the packages are tailored to customers’ specific requirements which can range from a small indoor venue with one or two therapists to an outdoor spa with up to ten treatment pods and separate reception and hospitality areas.


The 2018 winner was Sarah Williams, Sara has set up a haberdashery shop with a café and classroom that will act as a community hub in Newhaven which can be accessed by all sectors of the community. This will be a place where like-minded people learn a new skill, combat isolation and encourage social contact and networking.


Our 2019 winner was Nicki Whitehead of Home Care Business Support. 

Nicki is an Independent Consultant working in Health & Social Care. Having worked in the care industry for 17 years as an award-winning home care provider in Sussex and Dorset she is now heading up her own unique management training and coaching company called Home Care Business Support.

Nicki specialises in developing the growth and quality of home care businesses through recruitment, retention and talent management strategies, pre-inspection and compliance audits for business planning, training workshops and 1-2-1 senior management coaching.

Nicki is offering a unique opportunity to share her personal style and individualised attention, in supporting people to create innovative People Plans that will embed a culture of high quality person-centred care.