THE Federation of Small Businesses sees economic progress in its Accord with Eastbourne Borough Council
At its recent Accord meeting Eastbourne Borough Council and the FSB shared its ambitious plans for the town.
Arthur Mapletoft, FSB Chairman of the Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden branch and Colin Slaughter, Vice-Chairman, updated council leader David Tutt (centre) upon ambitious plans to sponsor ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Sussex Business Awards which launched at the Chatsworth Hotel in June.
The FSB is also sponsoring the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Eastbourne Business Awards in November and ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the Women in Business Awards in September at the Cavendish Hotel.
Councillor Tutt spoke of exciting developments regarding the Arndale Centre and the ‘Cloud Connx’ superfast broadband roll-out in the summer.
This will offer supply of fast speeds across Eastbourne and district with free ‘wi-fi’ services across the seafront.
There were also plans afoot for establishing a regular market in Eastbourne town centre and also support for a second bid for Mary Portas funding from the Eastbourne Town Team.
The FSB fully supported the recently established Town Team and its efforts to boost sales through innovative improvements to the shopping experience and service in Eastbourne.
In relation to this, the FSB announced its support for Independent Retailers’ month in July where it is rolling out a campaign to ‘Keep Calm and Buy Local.’
The Federation emphasised that buying from independent retailers kept shoppers’ money circulating in the local economy, whereas buying from big chain stores took most of this money out of Eastbourne.
Councillor Tutt gave his full support for the campaign and said that he would be only too pleased to help.
Arthur Mapletoft, from the FSB, said, “We had a productive meeting and our goal for prosperity in Eastbourne through growth and support for small and medium sized businesses is well supported by the council.
“Car parking charges in Eastbourne remain an economic barrier and we will continue to lobby the county council with the borough’s support on this matter.
“As a ‘Champion of Real-Life Entrepreneurs’ we welcome David Tutt’s support for our ambitious plans to sponsor Business Awards in Eastbourne and East Sussex.
“He has also given a commitment to join us at an FSB monthly breakfast in Stone Cross to address businesses on the ‘Cloud Connx’ broadband service.”