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Hundreds of jobs on way in East Sussex after £7m boost from Government
Hundreds of jobs will be created in East Sussex after the county received a multi-million-pound Government funding boost.
East Sussex County Council, in partnership with the Let’s Do Business Group, was successful in its bid for a share of £506 million offered under the latest allocation of Regional Growth Fund cash.
The programme is expected to receive about £4 million and will be boosted by an additional £2.7 million in county council funding for business growth.
It will roll out later this summer and will create about 500 jobs.
The scheme has already funded projects under East Sussex Invest and the Rural Growth and Employment Fund for schemes which boost the economy in rural areas of the county.
Councillor Rupert Simmons, the council’s lead member for economy, said the Regional Growth Fund cash will build on investment made under the council’s £6 million Economic Intervention Fund, announced last year.
He said: “This is fantastic news for East Sussex and will enable us to build further on all the work which has already been done to assist businesses in the county.
“A thriving economy and a buoyant jobs market are of paramount importance, and this funding will enable us to give even more support to both existing and inward investing businesses which want to grow and develop.
“The money will be allocated to schemes which build for the future by creating jobs and drawing on the wealth of local talent available.”
Graham Marley, chief executive at Let’s Do Business, said: “Our role is to engage with businesses and support then through the application process.
“There is a good mix of businesses in East Sussex which will benefit from this funding, including the Chaucer Business Park development and the Bexhill link road scheme.”
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