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Annual Open 4 Business event

The King's Centre, Burgess Hill

Tuesday 17th October 2017

11.30am - 4.00pm


Following the great success of last year’s event, Mid Sussex District Council is pleased to present the second ‘Digital and You’ event under the Open 4 Business initiative.


Who should attend?

Any size of business from across Sussex, from start-ups to corporations


Why attend?

To learn latest insights and develop your digital knowledge arming you with a powerful toolkit of effective ideas, which you can take back and use within your business immediately. Find out how to become more digitally savvy.


What is the format of the event?

Free, presentation-led event with opportunities to meet some of the region’s most knowledgeable and engaging business figures.

To find out more about the event please see

Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers event 2017

18th October 2017

The Arora Hotel, Crawley

This is a unique event that connects Suppliers to Buyers across the Gatwick Diamond and wider area. Now in its 17th year, Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers has a proven track record of generating new business. The event is sponsored by Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Crawley Borough Council.

As a Supplier, you will have the opportunity to meet with Buyers that have money to spend on products and services.

For 2017 we have introduced a set of Buyer Zones to make sure that we get full interaction for both Suppliers and Buyers.  These are: 

·         Construction & Infrastructure: Buyers include Raven Housing, Thakeham Homes, Marco Airport Facilities & Kier

·         Public Sector & Utilities: Buyers include The Home Office, Gatwick Express, Southern Water and Local Authorities

·         Business Services: Buyers include B&CE & Central Sussex College

·         Manufacturing & Innovation: Buyers include Elekta & Varian

·         International: Department for International Trade and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce

So far Buyers have told us they are looking to secure a very wide range of services from Advertising to Waste Management, from Brickwork to Welding.

Here’s just a small example of one Buyer’s needs:

·         Recruitment Services – to £1m

·         Staff Uniforms – to £200,000

·         Cleaning Materials – to £30,000

·         Vehicle Parts – to £100,000

If you would like to attend Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2017 as a supplier, please complete and return the Supplier Registration Form.  Once we have found a match with one or more of our Buyers, we will confirm your place and issue you with an invoice.  For more details, please refer to the form or visit our website;

Funding for Rural Businesses

Grants of between £2500 and £50000 are available for rural businesses in the Sussex area. West Sussex County Council is the accountable body for two LEADER Local Action Groups:

  • Central Sussex which covers the rural areas of Horsham, Lewes and Mid Sussex Districts.
  • Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain which covers the rural areas of Arun and Chichester District and Hayling Island.

There is a map of the two LEADER areas and more information about for applying for the grants.

LEADER, Local Action Groups award grant funding to local businesses and organisations to help them carry out projects which create jobs and benefit the rural economy.

This money will be used to support projects proposed by farmers, growers, foresters, other small rural businesses and rural community groups that will benefit the economy of the LEADER areas.

The Sussex Internship Programme 

The University of Sussex is supporting this government programme, which offers businesses access to talented and enthusiastic recent graduates, locally based and with expertise across all disciplines from universities across the UK. This scheme can provide you with a low cost contribution to a project or development for your company that will also benefit the graduate with valuable work experience. You can gain from the enthusiasm, new ideas and energy of a recent graduate; promote your organisation as a supportive employer to a network of local graduates; assess without obligation the suitability of a graduate as a prospective future employee; and gain access to the resources and services of the University of Sussex. If you are interested in this opportunity you will need to act quickly. For more information go to Sussex internships or contact

Need Help to Grow Your Business in Europe?

The Enterprise Europe Network is a new specialist support network for SMEs. Its role is to raise awareness of business opportunities for companies within the EU and inform them of relevant regulations, programmes and initiatives. The Enterprise Europe Network acts as a one-stop-shop offering a range of tailored services to help businesses develop new products and access new markets. So visit Enterprise Europe South East to find out how to:

  • research new markets
  • develop new products through innovation
  • access public sector contracts
  • look for business partners
  • understand EU legislation and
  • find information on EU funding

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