Coast to Capital Growth Hub - August Newsletter

Peer Networks programme launched

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for small business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.
Delivered locally by the Coast to Capital Growth Hub, the newly launched programmecreates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. 

Through interactive action learning, this enables the discussion of challenges and provides valuable feedback to implement practical solutions to overcome them. From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, an expert facilitator will give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network, helping to build and strengthen your business and improve overall performance. 

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Coast to Capital LEP AGM - 'Our Future Recovery'

We are delighted to invite you to our virtual Annual General Meeting on Thursday 17 September, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from our new Chair Julie Kapsalis, as well as an update on our recovery planning. Along with a live Q&A and discussion with some of our Board Members.
The full agenda will be confirmed and shared shortly.
However, if you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch via email

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Support and guidance for employers

We have brought together the top tips for local businesses with up-to-date information on COVID-19 guidance, organisational development and financial support.

  • West Sussex Public Health have produced a comprehensive document that summarises the information that you will need to follow in order to reduce the risk of outbreaks. This includes key guidance and advice on prevention and what to do if any of your employees develop COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Backed by government and supported by some of the UK's leading businesses, the Mentor for Growth by Be the Business scheme is structured to give ongoing support and advice to leaders of small and medium-sized businesses. 
  • Small businesses affected by late or unfair payment practices can use The Small Business Commissioner's complaint investigation service. If you are struggling with late payments, contact their team today.
  • The Step-up SME programme is facilitated by The University of Brighton and for SMEs in the South East Coast to Capital area which will introduce businesses to working with universities, and give them early access to the talented graduates you need for your business.

Webinars and online workshops

Preparing for EU transition

While the Government continues to negotiate a free trade agreement with the European Union, there are actions your business can take now to prepare for the end of the transition period that are not dependent on the outcome of the negotiations. 
You can use this straightforward transition checker tool to identify the specific steps you need to take to be ready on 1 January 2021. 
You can also sign up to receive a regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletinproviding information on major announcements and recently published guidance.

Case study: Lorama Foods

Our Account Managers helped Lorama Foods by providing advice that generated innovative ideas and established plenty of useful contacts as well as investment opportunities. With the usual worries about cash flow, staffing and a myriad of stressful problems faced by small business owners, they set to designing and building their own facility. Rachel was introduced to support programmes and met regularly with other business owners. At the Escalator peer-to-peer network for high growth businesses, run by Growth Manager Lou Williams, problems could be honestly and openly discussed. 

The confidence, ideas and positive energy had a huge impact at Lorama Foods. Although eligible for a grant from Coast to Capital's Growth Grant Programme, the business found funding through investors. Three years after its launch, the company has an anticipated turnover for 2020 of £1m. This is expected to rise to £3.5m by 2021, an increase of 350%.

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Keep up-to-date with latest news

Our website is regularly maintained with links to partner support and government information. Keep up to date with the latest news, information and events on Twitter. To speak to a Growth Adviser, complete the Request Form online. 

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