Business Support

Providing help to grow your business


STEP-UP Programme

 Step-up is a peer-to-peer development programme for SMEs in the South

East Coast to Capital area which will introduce you to working with universities, and give you early access to the talented graduates you need for your business.

Data has shown that graduates tend to leave the region to seek jobs in London. Step-up has therefore been devised to support business growth through retaining graduate talent in the Coast to Capital area, now and into the future.

The programme has been shaped by the outcomes of the University’s peer-to-peer networking programme.


    Coast to Capital Growth Hub

    The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides free and impartial government funded business support in the Coastal West Sussex area which can help your ambitious and innovative business achieve growth.

    We do this by:

    • challenging, encouraging and enabling strategic change
    • connecting you to experts, investors and funders
    • helping you develop national and international opportunities

    The Growth Advisers

    The Growth Advisers can undertake analysis to diagnose key areas of business improvement, helping you to unlock potential in your business operations

    What we do

    The Growth Champions Network is a collection of consultants, all carefully curated as experts in their respected field. The network can provide specialist support for businesses to unlock further growth. Coast to Capital are able to fully fund a day of specialist support from this Network.

    Growth Mapper Diagnostics & DNAsix

    The Growth Advisers can provide comprehensive business diagnostics through ‘Growth Mapper’ which includes a set of assessment questions designed to underpin coaching and advice, as well as a digital coaching programme ‘DNAsix’ that can help your business survive, compete and ultimately thrive in today’s digital marketplace. 

    Investment in the Coast to Capital area

    The Growth Hub supports investment enquiries and opportunities in partnership with the Department for International Trade and local partners. The team help identify solutions and support for existing and potential investors including those from overseas.



    How to access our services

    The Growth Hub website is regularly maintained with links to partner support and government information. Keep up to date with the latest news, information and events on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. To speak to a Growth Advisor, complete the Request Form online.


    Looking to retrain or upskill yourself or yourself?

    Sussex Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with East Sussex College to help retrain and upskill people following the Covid-19 pandemic.

    To find out more about the course click here