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February 2016
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Sussex post-16 education review
Government is carrying out a national programme of area-based reviews of post-16 education and training to address significant financial pressures and a declining 16-19 population. The planned outcome is fewer, often larger, more resilient and efficient providers. It is expected that this will lead to greater specialisation and centres of expertise that will better serve the needs of business and the economy.
 
The Sussex area review is underway, fully supported and informed by Coast to Capital, and a real sense of collaboration is apparent amongst the colleges. Consideration is being given to widening the spread of shared services, greater use of technology and identifying and addressing the skills gaps of the area.
 
The Surrey area review begins in March, and leter in the year Croydon will form a part of the South London area review.

If you would like further information or to make comment on the review please contact Kirsten.trussell@coast2capital.org.uk
Growth Deal Update
British Airways i360
 

The latest milestone for the British Airways i360 tower in Brighton has been the completion of its glass pod. It has had £4m investment from Coast to Capital and is on schedule to open this summer.

Set to be the world’s tallest moving observation tower at 162m high, it will allow visitors to enjoy views of the South Downs and the coastline from Bexhill to Chichester. It will deliver 440 new jobs in the region as it becomes a beachside venue as well as providing business and conferencing facilities. Gift vouchers are now on sale. 

More investment for Dearman
Dearman – a British global company based in Crawley - which is developing zero-emission technology, has recently announced it has won a further £16m private investment following an initial £2m from our Growing Places Fund project.

It will allow the company to bring the first application of its technology to market.  It will also enable Dearman to establish initial UK-based manufacturing activity, achieve international commercial deployment, while continuing to invest in R&D.
Going Live...

Watch out for the new Business Navigator website which will be going live in the near future.  The new site will be more user-friendly, easier to navigate and will include videos and how to guides as well as providing access to over 180 business support organisations and initiatives. 

www.c2cbusiness.org.uk

Trade in Vietnam
We are currently recruiting companies in the Coast to Capital region that might be interested in exploring exporting opportunities in Vietnam.
The sectors that we want to hear from include education and training providers, CDIT (creative, digit and IT), advanced engineering and medical technology.

To find out more please contact  malcolm.brabon@coast2capital.org.uk 
Share your views on the business cases for A259 and A284 road schemes

We are calling for the views of local residents and businesses on two major road schemes to ease congestion in West Sussex. 

Improvements along the A259 and the A284 Lyminster Bypass, which will improve journey time reliability and boost the local economy, have already been agreed.

West Sussex County Council has now submitted business cases for the two proposals which will assess whether they should receive the money that has been earmarked for them.

Read how you can have your say...

New Chief Executive takes up post
We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Sharrock, has officially taken up his post as chief executive. Jonathan has been busy meeting the C2C Board, local authority leaders and area partners. Over the coming months he plans to meet other key stakeholders including the heads of many key businesses in the region. 
Forthcoming events
Keep in touch! 

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Want to know more about the views of our Board Members and team? Take a look at our Blog Page.
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