Business Hot House Support Programme

The Business Hot House Support Programme is potentially a very important scheme and source of additional grant funding and support to local business.

Its aim is to address gaps in the Business Support provision across the Coast to Capital (C2C) region. It is funded through £5.5m of EU European Regional Development Funds through the C2C allocation.

Additional match funding is provided by local authorities in the region, including a combined contribution from the West Sussex local authorities; the Greater Brighton Economic Board; delivery partners plus SME match funding to the grant fund strand. Overall the Programme has a value of £11 million.

The programme brings together a consortium of 7 delivery partners across six strands of support and there are 6 strands to the support:

  1. Grant Programme
  2. Productivity and Growth
  3. Access to Finance
  4. Monetisation of Innovation
  5. Leadership and Management Development
  6. Start Up Support

There are three ways to refer to the Business Hot House Programme:

  1. Direct to University of Chichester – who will ascertain the most appropriate ‘strand’ for support and refer on.
  2. Direct to a delivery partner – they will then refer on if it is not suitable for their ‘strand’
  3. Via the C2C Growth Hub

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