Crowborough Chamber News
Crowborough Chamber Facebook Page & Business Forum
The Crowborough Chamber has a Facebook page HERE where we share details of upcoming events and Chamber news.
Please like and share the page and feel free to add your comments to posts.
We have also have the Crowborough Business Forum where members can start their own conversations and share promotions. Please join HERE
Don't forget to check out our website HERE for the latest Member to Member discounts.
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New Crowborough Chamber Website
The Chamber is seeking a business to re design, host and update the Chamber website. To find out more and to provide a quote for this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org closing date for applications 1st March 2024.
VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme
he VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is offering independent energy assessments to help identify energy-saving opportunities in voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation buildings across England. As of this month, the scheme is also offering capital grants to implement measures recommended in the energy assessments. The scheme is funded as part of a package of over £100 million of support being delivered by the Government to help frontline delivery organisations with the increased cost of living. For further information please click HERE
Rural Business Grants Programme
Wealden District Council, Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council are pleased to announce the official launch of the Rural Business Grants Programme through the Rural England Prosperity Fund, which will be running in 2024. They are welcoming applications for 50% match-funded grants of up to £50,000, which are being made available to businesses based and trading in the Wealden and Rother District Council areas. The grants can be used for capital projects which will contribute to farm diversification, business growth, and both the creation and safeguarding of jobs. For further information please click HERE
East Sussex County Council Funding News
ESCC's monthly newsletter with up-to-date funding ideas and details on grants can be found HERE
Net Zero Workshops
Wealden District Council is working with Clean Growth UK to deliver a series of Net Zero workshops exclusively for Wealden businesses. These workshops will be free to attend, fully funded by Wealden District Council. To book your free place click HERE
Workplace Charging Scheme
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS); is a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charge points. To find out more and apply, follow the link HERE
Sustainability Tips for Businesses
Becoming a sustainable business (also known as a green business) is something that is becoming more common in recent years. The aim to achieve sustainability and a net-zero future is something that may be weighing on a lot of people’s minds, but where do you begin? For more information click HERE
Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF)
to Support Sussex Skills Development. The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new funding opportunity to support local providers in implementing the recommendations and actions outlined in the Sussex Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP). The Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) will provide financial assistance to eligible providers who are committed to enhancing the skills and employability of Sussex residents. For further information please click HERE
QES Survey Quarter 4
The QES is the flagship economic indicator of the British Chamber of Commerce and the Accredited Chamber Network. It is the UK’s largest and longest running independent survey of business sentiment. To complete the 2 minute survey asking businesses how they performed in the quarter, covering all aspects of business sentiment click HERE
Wealden District Council Funding Available
There are a number of grants, loans and funding streams available to businesses at every stage of development, from start-ups to those established businesses looking to grow. If you are interested in finding out more please click HERE
Looking to Kickstart a Project That Creates Positive Change in Our County?
Last year East Sussex County Council provided match funding to 26 projects and will be pledging a further £50,000 this year through Crowdfunder.
Each project can receive up to £5,000 in funding from the East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund.
They aim to support and provide exposure to projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality, and environmental sustainability in East Sussex. Set up a Crowdfunder for your project idea and apply for the East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund by 7 June 2024. For further information click HERE
Net Zero 360: Become a sustainability pioneer:
Net-zero is transforming business at a pace. Get left behind and you risk becoming irrelevant in the eyes of consumers, investors, and funders. But where do you start? How do you work out what’s right for you? And how do you deal with the complex issues, such as supply chains and product lifecycles? For more information click HERE
Each weekday Peter Suter hosts a show on Ashdown Radio called East Sussex Today that conducts interviews (10:35 & 11:35) with a wide range of local people and organisations. He is always looking to expand the range of topics and interviewees to make the subjects as diverse and informative as possible. They are normally not more than 10 minutes in length and can be conducted in person at their studios in Uckfield (preferrable) or via internet or telephone connections if more convenient. If you would like to be interviewed regarding your business or anything you think the local community would be interested in please contact Peter. For more information click HERE
Are You Looking to Transform Your Workforce
Does your business need help with workforce skills and training, but not sure where to start? Thinking of taking on an apprentice? Small and medium sized enterprises across East Sussex can access free and impartial support and funding for apprenticeship training. Transform is a FREE workforce skills information and brokerage service that offers East Sussex businesses impartial information and supported access to funded workforce training .For further information click HERE
East Sussex Business Grants and Loan Programme
The East Sussex Business Funding Programme provides vital loan and grant funds to businesses looking to expand and grow in the county. The fund offers grants and loans for capital investment to stimulate business growth and job creation in the county. For the full set of criteria and more information on applying for an East Sussex Invest loan or grant click on the link HERE
SECEN (South East Creative Economy Network)
The Create Growth Programme is targeted at creative businesses with the potential to grow. This free programme will provide the South East’s creative businesses with the support, the networks and the investment they need. The programme launched in January 2023, to find out more and discover if you might be eligible click HERE
Boiler Upgrade Grants from £5,000
The government has a Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) for domestic and non-domestic properties to encourage the adoption of low carbon heating technologies. For further information click HERE
Bridging the gap between education and work, Wealden Works provides an opportunity for 40 young people aged 16-24 in the Wealden area each year take an important step on their personal journey into employment. For more information or to get your business involved click HERE
Business Start-Up Loans
A Start-Up Loan provides an ideal leg up to start or grow a small business. Alongside the loan, businesses can also benefit from 12 months of free mentoring to keep their business on track. For more information please click HERE
The Help to Grow Management Programme
Available through Sussex University, the government's flagship executive development leadership and management course designed to help you to grow your business. It supports leaders and senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses from any sector through a 12-week programme designed to be taken alongside full-time work, with the cost 90% funded by Government. For more information click HERE
Become a Voluntary Enterprise Adviser with the Careers Hub
Have you got a passion for supporting education, and helping to shape careers provisions and opportunities for a local school or college in East Sussex? If so, a role as a voluntary Enterprise Adviser with The Careers and Enterprise Company and East Sussex Careers Hub may be for you. For more information please click HERE
The Journey to Net Zero
The Carbon Trust has published a guide to help SMEs through their Net Zero journey by detailing the available options for sustainable, long term change and highlighting the key challenges they may face along the way. For more info click HERE
Free Support for Businesses
Locate East Sussex has an overview of free business support and funding available to businesses in East Sussex, scroll down the webpage HERE for more info.
Wellbeing Accreditation Scheme
Registrations for the East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Awards are now open to East Sussex employers.
This accreditation programme, operated by Public Health at East Sussex County Council, is the county standard for workplace wellbeing and it provides a holistic framework for improving health and wellbeing in your workplace.
For more information please click HERE
Free Business Advice
East Sussex Trading Standards offers free bespoke advice concerning a number of business matters. For more info click HERE
For legal guidance for business regarding consumer law please click HERE
To find out more about how to protect your business from scams click HERE
For a guide on how to spot business scams click HERE
East Sussex Wellbeing at Work website
This website provides a hub for health and wellbeing at work information and resources to East Sussex employers, and also has information about the Accreditation Programme which is due to launch later this year.
Free Leadership and Management Programmes
These programmes will help you make decisions to adapt your business to the current economy. Whether you manage a multi-million pound business or are a sole trader, these programmes can help you by providing a specialist business coach to work at your side. For more info please click HERE
ESCC Business and Jobs Information Web Page
ESCC has a web page HERE designed to help new and established businesses, job seekers and customers.
It includes information on Business Support Services, Adult Learning and IT.
Give an Hour & Make a Difference
The Give an hour campaign is a great way to give something back to your community and ignite your team at the same time. It helps give young people the skills and knowledge that they need while also potentially finding new recruits for your business. For more information on how to get involved click HERE
The Explore Wealden website is designed to promote the area and encourage tourism. Visit the website HERE
Please note: Advertising of non Chamber events does not constitute endorsement.