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 Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend needs your help

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend is a unique 3-day running event taking place in East Grinstead 29th April 2017, Haywards Heath on 30th April 2017 and Burgess Hill on 1st May 2017.   

It is organised by Active House Solutions on behalf of Places for People Leisure, Mid Sussex District Council and the three respective Town Councils. As a not-for-profit event, all surplus finances are invested back into the local sporting communities.  Now in our sixth year, we have annually welcomed over 1000 runners and 100 volunteer marshals, as well as engaging with local businesses, organisations and charities, making the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend a genuine community event.   

We hope to increase these numbers this year as well as engaging with the local schools and youth groups. As a local company, there are a number of ways in which you can benefit from joining in with this community event and raising your business profile within the Mid Sussex area:


Sponsorship is important to the financial viability of this event and as such we are seeking local companies who may be interested in becoming event sponsors.  We realise that sponsors seek a return on their investment, so we place strong emphasis on a marketing and PR campaign, with each sponsor receiving a marketing plan tailored to their requirements. 

Donate a prize or discount voucher

We are also seeking companies who may be able to donate prizes/discount vouchers for the event.   These are awarded to the race winners in different categories, and help to enhance the experience of all those taking part.

Volunteers needed

We require event marshals between 9am and 1pm for each of the event days.  The volunteers will be kept fed and watered and will receive a t-shirt.  We are extremely grateful to all those who are prepared to give up their time.  Without the support of volunteer helpers, this event would not be possible. 

Take part

Employees may wish to take part in the event itself.   The races can be run individually or you can take part in all three and complete the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles.   There is also The Mid Sussex Mile - a one mile fun run for juniors and those new to running.  

All companies supporting this event in any way will receive exposure before and during the event in our extensive in media and marketing campaign.   


Micro Business Grants

New Micro Business grants are now available for firms with less than 10 employees in order to help small businesses in Mid Sussex grow. Your company could receive up to £2000 as long as you can demonstrate how the payment will benefit your business. This could include hiring more employees, building new business lines or increasing community benefit. Or, if an apprentice is taken on, then up to £1500 is available in funding.

If you bid for funding you will be visited by MSDC representatives and your application fully reviewed. The Council’s Cabinet Grants Panel will then make a decision and successful applications will receive funds by September 2017.

Grants are provided on a first come first served basis so apply now.

Apply online at


Rachel Crisp
Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1SS


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.

Annual Open 4 Business event

Last year's Open 4 Business event took place in Burgess Hill on 18th October 2016. The event is run by us at Mid Sussex District Council and aims to give free advice and networking opportunities to local businesses. Last year's theme was Digital. It was a presentation-led event, and consisted of 7 presentations on various digital hot topics from social media to search engine optimisation to content marketing. It also had an exhibition with 35 local digital companies show-casing their work.

To find out more about the event and view the videos and photos from the day please see

£30 Million Boost for Start-Up Loans

A £30 million boost to the Government's Start-Up scheme has been announced by the Prime Minister to give the next generation of entrepreneurs the finance and support to start their own businesses. The age range has now been increased from 18-24 to 18-30 to meet demand. Over 3000 people have applied or registered an interest in a Start-Up loan; these budding entrepreneurs receive support and mentoring to develop their ideas. When the business plan is robust and approved, they will be able to access financial support in the form of a low interest loan typically around the £2,500 mark with a repayment period of up to five years.

If you would like further information about the Government's Start-Up Loans, click here to find out more.

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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