Issue 15 May 2019

Matters

Sussex firms gather to discuss skills and apprenticeships at Open4Business 2019

Representatives from over 45 Sussex businesses gathered to network, make new connections and gain valuable insights about how apprenticeships and other solutions could help them address skills gaps in their organisations at our annual The Open4Business event in March.

The focus this year was on Skills and Apprenticeships, so it was it was fitting that the Harlands Road College site in Haywards Heath was selected to host the event.

An extensive programme of speakers delivered interesting and informative talks on a range of topics including:

  • Busting apprenticeship myths
  • Launching the Young Apprenticeships Ambassadors network and the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses
  • The Catalyst team: a new way of sourcing talent in Sussex
  • The importance of STEM skills
  • How to match talent to your organisation
  • Meeting the skills challenge in Sussex
  • The different options available to fill skills gaps in your business

As an area with a period of rich development and growth ahead of it, Mid Sussex is poised to welcome many more innovative businesses and employees to the region. Events such as this help the business community to come together, share experiences and ideas and work together to prepare for this exciting future.

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Do you need a bit of extra funding to help your small business to grow in Mid Sussex?

We’ve opened applications for our 2019/20 Micro business grants scheme and grants of up to £2000 are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow.

Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth. Last year, our micro-business grants helped 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to have the same impact in 2019.

The grants are provided on a first come first served basis so apply now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants