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Sussex businesses get cash boost with Argus-backed bid
A CAMPAIGN backed by The Argus has secured government funding which will create jobs throughout the county.
Two bids by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership for financial backing from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund have been approved.
The Argus joined forces with Brighton and Hove City Council, West Sussex County Council, Wired Sussex, Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, Marine South East and Oxford Innovation to secure the cash.
It will directly create jobs, particularly in those areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector. The programme will help small firms make the most of the highly qualified workforce who live in the area by providing routes into jobs via a new placement scheme.
Businesses will be supported by specialists from the Universities of Brighton, Chichester and Sussex and the Sussex Innovation Centre. Those businesses which are developing new low carbon and environmental technology products and services, will be able to tap into further support and networks from the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.
John Peel, Chairman of Coast to Capital, said: “It’s testament to the power of collaboration. It was a real team effort and that is a large part of what Coast to Capital is about – bringing people and organisations together to generate growth.”
Michael Beard, the editor of The Argus, said: “We are delighted to have thrown our weight behind this successful campaign. It will make a real difference to the community we serve.
“Let’s hope it is just a start but it is a real success and we are happy to be part of it.”
Ron Crank, chief executive of Coast to Capital, said the success of The Argus-backed bid is a real boost for growth and jobs - a vote of confidence in our region's businesses.
He said: "This is exciting news for our region as it is the first time we have ever received RGF funding. This will enable us to back those businesses that are investing in innovation and environmental technologies.”
Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Jason Kitcat, said last night he “could not be more delighted”.
Full details of how to apply for funding will be made available in due course. For more information about Coast to Capital LEP, visit www.coast2capital.org.uk.
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