SelseyWorks, a support hub created to help jobseekers and the long-term unemployed get back into work is proving a real success. Following its launch in November 2013, the hub has received praise from Chichester District Council which is considering launching similar projects in other areas. Sam Tate, project manager of SelseyWorks is delighted that the hub has made its mark on the seaside town, benefitting around 120 people to date. SelseyWorks welcomes people seeking advice and also those who require hot-desk space.

The team focus on boosting the confidence of jobseekers, assisting with business advice, information, access to training courses and support with CVs and job applications.

Budding entrepreneurs with products to sell have the opportunity to use a pop-up shop, where they can display their own products and test them on the high street. Currently three artists, a jewellery maker and a furniture maker are displaying their goods.

Following its success over the last six months, Chichester District Council is considering opening hubs across other areas such as Chichester East, Chichester South and Tangmere. In recognition of their achievements, the team behind SelseyWorks received an Observer and Gazette Business Award for Innovation.