MSDC Business Bulletin-Supporting Innovation and Growth

This Autumn’s newsletter includes highlights from the Let’s Go! Net Zero and Grow Digital programmes with information on how you can get involved and benefit from this fully funded business support as well as a roundup of information and resources to support your business. And, as we enter the all-important golden quarter for retail and hospitality, we ask you to consider what you could do this Christmas to support our local high streets and businesses? The team is always keen to hear from businesses to discuss ways we may be able to offer support, so please do get in touch with us

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Highlights include – Strengthening business relationships

Early Autumn provided two fantastic opportunities to get out and about and meet our local businesses.  Showing support and catching up with Mid Sussex businesses exhibiting at the Sussex Business Show in September and attending the sell-out collaborative ‘Power of Business Networking’ event in October.

The Power of Business Networking event brought together members from all three Mid Sussex-based business associations (BHBPA, EGBA and HHBA) and Gatwick Diamond Business. The event was a clear demonstration of the vibrant business community we are lucky to be part of here on our doorstep. Plans are already underway for the next collaboration in April 2024!

It was great to connect with new and re-connect with established businesses, previous grant award recipients, local community organisations and entrepreneurs. It provided an excellent opportunity to introduce the Council’s economic development team and promote the support available for businesses.  The team work closely with the business associations to share information signposting businesses to available support, as well as providing valuable business to business introductions. Please do get in touch with the team if we can help in anyway .

The business associations play an important role in helping us to spread the word about available support and funding opportunities. Further details about each of the associations is available via the links below.

Burgess Hill Business Parks Association
East Grinstead Business Association
Haywards Heath Business Association
Gatwick Diamond Business

Grow Digital events are selling out!

During September businesses across the County benefited from a series of free workshops with lunch and networking included! Feedback from this first series of Grow Digital workshops has been fantastic and the next series in November is already selling out. Businesses are urged to be quick to secure a place. BOOK NOW

Going Green – What Could You Do?

A variety of resources have been added to the Let’s Go! Net Zero webpages to help businesses navigate and simplify the wealth of information available, signposting businesses to the most useful support, such as this blog from the Federation for Small Business on How to reduce waste in your small business or the downloadable toolkit from Experience West Sussex on greening your tourism or hospitality business.

Events are happening across the County until Spring next year. Sign up to an event or be inspired by the experiences of other businesses seen in the Case StudiesVideos and being shared by the Green Business Champions.

To find out more and get involved visit and follow Let’s Go! Net Zero progress via LinkedIn.

Supporting Businesses to Innovate and Grow

Powering SME Innovation and Growth
Working with ‘start-ups’ and ‘scale-ups’ the University of Brighton can offer your business the support you need to innovate and grow. Helping your business to increase profitability, explore new markets and / or develop and create new products or services. Find out more here

Innovate UK Edge
Many businesses can be put off by the word ‘innovate’ and yet in reality most businesses are in fact innovating in some way. Innovate UK EDGE ( can provide government funded support for businesses from pre-starts to SMEs with an appetite for scale and growth. The team of sector specific business advisors with in-depth knowledge of various sectors can assist businesses to secure funding and finance, provide connections and guidance to expand into new markets, achieve scale and manage innovation.

Growth Champions
Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides free business support, including one to one support from specialist growth advisors. The support is available until Spring next year, businesses are urged to take advantage of the fully funded 1:1 business advice while it remains available