In late 2012 our local Chamber, Eastbourne UnLtd invited all the Chambers and the Federation of Small Business across East Sussex to Eastbourne to ask whether they should work together as a team.
The answer on the day was a resounding “Yes!” As a result ACES was formed and agreed five key goals to help business grow throughout East Sussex:
One Voice: For business in East Sussex to influence policy makers and make structured, strategic approaches to local authorities to achieve these goals.
Improve the Road and Rail Infrastructure in East Sussex: Improve the A27 and A21; speed up the Hastings / Ashford rail link; reopen the rail link between Lewes and Uckfield
Connectivity: Provide high-speed broadband to rural and urban East Sussex by Spring 2016 and close East Sussex Mobile ‘Not Spots’; those annoying areas where your mobile signal drops out.
Promote East Sussex: As the place to do business outside London and develop coastal, urban and rural tourism offers across the county.
Workforce Skills: Develop links between business, schools and colleges to ensure all students develop the skills needed for our businesses.
ESCC has committed to rolling out high speed broadband across 90% of the county by spring 2016 and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership is working on a programme to close those irritating ‘not spots’ – where mobile cover fades out on major East Sussex roads. Funding for transport is more difficult in the current economic climate, but the government is now fully aware that the A21 and A27 in their current condition are not fit for purpose; so, when funding is available, these roads must be prioritised for development.
If you have any issue or concerns you would like ACES to communicate on your behalf, speak to your local Chamber of Commerce, the FSB or IOD, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ACES on 641144.
ACES includes the Chambers of Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Heathfield, Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford, Uckfield, the FSB and the IoD.