The Newhaven Enterprise Zone, designed to further accelerate the rapid economic growth and job creation already underway in the town, has been officially launched.

Around 100 residents, local businesses and community leaders, including Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, attended the launch at the UTC@harbourside on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Launch of Newhaven Enterprise Zone at UTC in Newhaven

The Enterprise Zone is a collaboration led by Lewes District Council and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and aims to shift the town to a higher value economy over the next 25 years, creating space for new businesses as well as employment and training opportunities for local residents.

It will also support the development of the wider regional economy by creating large, cost effective commercial space within the Greater Brighton City Region.

Businesses locating to any of the eight designated areas within the Enterprise Zone can benefit from simplified planning rules, access to free business support, investment in the infrastructure across the local area, and could also receive reduced business rates.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“It is my belief that the launch of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone will be judged as a defining moment in the history of the town.

“Opportunities abound for people with vision, drive and dynamism; these individuals will thrive within the zone by taking advantage of the new infrastructure and financial benefits on offer.  

“It’s a very exciting time for an area that has the potential to become a major force in trade and industry on the south coast.”

Speaking at the event, Steve Allen Coast to Capital Vice Chairman, said:

“Newhaven is unique, with a deep sea and cross-Channel port and ferry, great access to key domestic markets, a rich history and a stunning landscape on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It is also a town which has great untapped potential and space for growth in a way other towns and cities in the region don’t have. 

“Enterprise Zones in other areas have shown they can be a driving force for local economies as they help unlock development, attract businesses and create jobs. We believe, with the right support, this will also be true of Newhaven.”

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