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Since launching in July 2015, the service has engaged with more than 1,100 businesses across the county, providing in-depth consultations to more than 450 of them. It is one of 39 government-funded Growth Hubs around the country set up to support businesses, and is delivered by Let’s Do Business Group on behalf of East Sussex County Council.

Three free hours of impartial advice are on offer for companies from the experienced, friendly Business East Sussex (BES) navigators who provide guidance to help companies reach their full potential.

By understanding each business, navigators are able to signpost business owners to exactly the right organisation or person for their needs. Practical support is available across the board for issues ranging from finance and grants, to mentoring, accounting, distribution, insurance or regulations.

With a comprehensive network of contacts locally and nationally, BES is perfectly placed to make connections that lead to business success.


The Support Team

  • Kerry Byott - Business Support Navigator

    Kerry Byott

    My background is in corporate business and recruitment. The last few years I have been running my own business and have been heavily involved in the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses). I joined BES as I want to be more actively involved with companies local to me to watch them grow and succeed by offering a supportive and empathetic approach to business.
  • Christie Bristow-Diamond - Business and Project Co-ordinator

    Christie Bristow-Diamond

    I have worked for the Let’s Do Business Group since 2011. Working as Project Supervisor on the New Enterprise Allowance and Start Up Loans schemes, I assist with business planning and coordinating mentoring. My role with Business East Sussex involves administration, organising events, monitoring and reporting.
  • Fred Thomas - Business Support Navigator

    Fred Thomas

    I have run my own business for 17 years and as such have a real understanding of the issues and opportunities that face businesses in East Sussex. I will look at your business’ needs and will provide you with links, information and suggestions for the most relevant organisations and companies to assist you, allowing you to focus on running your business. I also have experience of setting up e-commerce platforms and retail outlets across the UK as well as running a Digital Marketing company. I always have an eye on the money and my area of expertise is in marketing, both digital and conventional, as well as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and utilising digital analytics.
  • Dana Orr - Project Support Apprentice

    Dana Orr

    I have gained qualifications in the principles of business, which I am continuing to expand in my Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. I can help your business by connecting you to our grant business navigators and informing you of the workshops that we provide to start-ups and growing businesses.”
  • Andy Turner - Business Finance Specialist

    Andy Turner

    I’ve worked with many businesses of different sizes in most sectors during a 35 year banking career, as well as having experience running a charitable company. As a finance specialist, I have expert knowledge in understanding the needs of a business and recommending the right framework of financial support.
  • Tim Brammer - Business Planning Specialist

    Tim Brammer

    I’m a finance professional with 30 years’ experience in Financial Management at a senior level across a range of industries. I’m highly proficient in business planning and analysis, which is an area of specialism for me. I also have substantial commercial and project management experience, including acquisitions and business system implementation, both in the UK and internationally.
  • Martin Menezes - Access to Finance Manager

    Martin Menezes

    I have 30+ years’ experience within the Banking and Enterprise sector, working with small businesses. This has equipped me with a wide knowledge of the financial services industry and professional skills. I develop strong relationships, gaining a deep understanding of clients and provide appropriate solutions based upon their requirements to help them grow and develop.
  • Stephen King - Business Triage Navigator

    Stephen King

    With a successful career working in and owning small businesses I am passionate about helping your business grow. I’m a dynamic business specialist with expertise in sales, marketing, personnel, finance and management, and I will work with you to achieve your growth ambitions
  • Ian Smallwood - Head of Business Services

    Ian Smallwood

    I’ve worked with small businesses for over 20 years within the Banking and Enterprise sector. I have had my own business too and understand the issues facing small businesses. I can help you develop your business strategy and offer support with accessing the right finance, making your business ambitions achievable.
  • Chris Smith - Business Support Navigator & Grant Specialist

    Chris Smith

    With over 30 years’ experience in high street and commercial banking I am now working with Start Up and established businesses across the south east, using my knowledge and experience to help them access the grants and funding vital to their ongoing survival, growth and success.

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