About us

At Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils, we’re passionate about supporting local manufacturers to help them grow their businesses.

Manufacturing is well represented in our area and has a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated to industrial use when compared to the national average. Manufacturers across the area include businesses that make anything by machine or hand and may manufacture specific parts or whole products. As well as designing products for businesses, many also deal with consumers directly.

The sector is also diverse, comprising a wide variety of industries and technologies from established sectors such as vacuum/photonics, food and drink, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, electronics and automotive to new industries developing around emerging technologies – low carbon, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, digital and advanced materials including composites.

We have also set up Eat Local – a directory showcasing the brilliant food and beverage offer in our area, and Shops Local – a directory showcasing independent retailers.

Our partners

Locate East Sussex is the official inward investment agency for East Sussex. The service is funded by the county council together with the district and borough councils of East Sussex and until 2020, the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, as part of a wider South East Invest project that involves East Sussex County Council and Kent County Council.

The experienced and dedicated team support any sized business already based in East Sussex and companies moving into the county to access funding to help grow our economy and create jobs in local communities.

The South East plays a pivotal role in the UK economy and is the gateway to mainland Europe. Locate East Sussex is key to ensuring that East Sussex remains an exceptional place to live, work and visit.

Since 2013 Locate East Sussex has delivered over £6.8 million to growing businesses through East Sussex County Council’s grants and loans programme, matched by over £24.8 million from the companies themselves.

This £31.3million boost to the local economy has resulted in the creation of over 911 new permanent jobs.


Newhaven Enterprise Zone is a collaboration between Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Lewes District Council and commenced in April 2017. Located between several key transport links and already home to a number of rapidly growing companies, Newhaven provides fantastic opportunities for businesses looking to thrive in this growing economy.

Enterprise Zones have been set up by the government to drive local growth. They offer a range of incentives to businesses, such as business rate relief and simplified planning. By unlocking key development sites, consolidating infrastructure, attracting new businesses and creating jobs, Enterprise Zones offer benefits to surrounding communities.

All business rate growth generated by the Enterprise Zones is kept by the relevant local enterprise partnership and local authority for 25 years, allowing them to reinvest in local economic growth.

How to get involved

If you’re a business owner that would like to be included, please contact us. We will need your business name, telephone number or email, address, website, if applicable Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account names and a maximum of 25 words to describe your offer to website visitors.

Listed businesses also have the opportunity to showcase their business on the Make Local Blog.

If you also sell food and drink or have a shop, you can join our sister websites Shops Local and Eat Local.

If you work in the manufacturing sector or know of a business that should be featured, please click here.
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