Motorcycle start-up moves into the fast lane thanks to business navigator

Starting your own business is never easy and can be a daunting process, but for one of many start-ups in East Sussex the journey was made easier with professional support from a business navigator.

After leaving his job in the pharmaceutical industry, motorcycle fanatic Gary Davis Miller sought assistance to help him set-up his own Motorcycle Training School in Eastbourne.

He turned to the Business East Sussex (BES) Growth Hub, a navigation service that connects new and established companies in the county to the right support.

BES Navigator, Fred Thomas worked with Gary closely to help him make the necessary preparations.

Gary said:

“I had a very solid meeting with Fred and Ian from Business East Sussex, they really helped me understand the business environment and what help is available to me – the support has been instrumental in helping me get my business off the ground.

“We still keep in contact now and I know they are always at the other end of the phone should I need any guidance or help going forward.”

Since its inception in July 2015, BES has helped more than 200 businesses across East Sussex to start-up and grow.

BES is a ‘one-stop shop’ for business support and offers companies a lifeline: guiding them to the right support, at the right time. This ranges from connecting businesses to support organisations, services, information, finance and events to enable them to reach their growth potential.

BES Navigator, Fred Thomas explained:

“It has been great working with Gary and supporting him in setting up his business.

The breadth of support available to new and established companies alike is huge, it can be time-consuming and confusing for business owners to sift through all the white noise and find the key information relevant to them.

That’s where Business East Sussex comes in. From business advice, sharing information to accessing finance and overcoming barriers to growth our expert navigators can help connect you with the most relevant support available.”

The service is part of a wider initiative of growth hubs set-up across the UK with the aim of simplifying access to business support.

Get in touch with BES to find out how they can help your business to survive and thrive at and call 0844 415 2260 or email  Follow @BizESussex.