June 2016
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Crawley Centre Regeneration
Crawley’s Queens Square multi-million pound facelift is set to start work very soon following the appointment of the main construction contractor. Blakedown Landscapes won the bid for the work following a tender process which began in January.
The £3.2m scheme, which will regenerate the public space at the heart of the town centre, is being jointly funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and Coast to Capital.

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive, said: “Breathing new life into town centres such as Queens Square will act as a catalyst to attract new retail and development investment. We are very pleased to be supporting this exciting regeneration scheme, which has been awarded £1.5m through our Local Growth Fund.”

For more information click here. 
Grant helps secure £12m private investment

An innovative healthcare provider which received a £200,000 regional growth fund grant from Coast to Capital to help boost its business has now secured £12m of private investment from Apposite Capital. Sussex based Medical Imaging Partnership is a fast growing UK provider of medical diagnostic imaging services and the grant paid for a new mobile MRI unit to deliver a more comprehensive community radiology service. Click here for more information

£2.4m for SMEs available now 
The new Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants Programme has launched to help SME businesses that want to grow and create new jobs. The programme is being run by West Sussex County Council and £2m is available for this financial year. Grants range from £15,000 to £100,000 and the programme is inviting start-ups, existing businesses and social enterprises to apply. The grant may only be used for capital items. Applications for Expressions of Interest are now open and will remain open until 12 noon on 30 September 2016. Click here for more information.
Advanced Technology Centre opens

Central Sussex College’s new Advance Technology Centre, which was developed in conjunction with Coast to Capital, was officially opened by Lord Blunkett on 19 May 2016.
The centre boasts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and provides modern, industry standard learning environments and practical workshops for the next generation of individuals working or aspiring to work in the expanding engineering, technology and environmental technology sectors.
Kirsten Trussell, Coast to Capital Skills Manager, said: “With substantial growth predicted in the areas of engineering and environmental technology, it’s essential that students meet the skill needs of our region’s employers. So we are delighted that Central Sussex College’s new Advanced Technology Centre has opened its doors to support this priority sector and focus on the development of STEM related skills.”

Exporting is Great - the Growth Hub Truck
Malcolm Brabon, Business Support Manager, presented at the Exporting is Great Growth Hub Truck - which is a road-show exhibition run by UKTI - in Brighton on 26 May. He gave an overview of C2C and the support available to businesses with a particular emphasis on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) market as well as providing info on the growth grants and Business Navigator service.
Vietnam Trade Trip
Malcolm Brabon has just returned from a very successful trade mission to Vietnam which was organised by London Southside Chamber. This is the first trip of its kind that C2C has undertaken. It included an FDI visit to a major Vietnamese company, as well as meetings with the chamber of commerce which has 10,000 members in total, the embassy, consulates and trading organisations. It has generated lots of opportunities which Malcolm will be following up on. If you would like more information on trading in Vietnam please contact Malcolm at
Supporting Growth Hub Week
In support of Growth Hubs Week which ran from 16-20 May, the Business Navigator team took a stand at the We mean Business Expo in Croydon. The team hosted over 50 successful one-2-one clinics with businesses offering free advice and support and Jonathan Sharrock delivered a seminar on how C2C can help businesses. The Business Navigator team ran similar events at the Let's Do Business exhibition in Brighton and the Mid Sussex Business Show in Burgess Hill. Since the Business Navigator service was set up two years ago it has assisted over 6,000 people in the region. Visit for more information.
Enterprise Advisers Network Update
The Enterprise Advisers Network is developing well. Georgina Angele, Enterprise Coordinator, has now recruited 20 education centres and 26 Enterprise Advisers to the initiative and is still recruiting.  The Enterprise Advisers are made up of a range of people in the C2C region who are senior leaders, MDs, CEs and directors, as well as, founders of businesses and entrepreneurs across various growth sectors including Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, CDIT and financial and business services. If you would like to get involved or for more information please email
New business dashboard
Coast to Capital is pleased to release a revamped ‘New Business Dashboard’ for Q1 2016. The dashboard tracks the activity of new start-ups in the Coast to Capital region. The year got off to a good start with 5,600 new businesses in Q1, a 3.6% rise over the same period last year. The Croydon area in particular has been a fast growing location, new businesses increased by almost a quarter over the same period last year. Click here to view New Business Dashboard
Forthcoming events
The full list of regional business events can be found here.
Calls for EU funded projects now open
Calls are now out to all organisations to submit their project ideas for :-
  1. ESF/DWP on Employability worth £1.3m by 10 June
  2. ERDF Low Carbon worth £1.75m by 15 June
A workshop to launch a new specifications and how to prepare ESF/SFA bids is to be held at the Coast to Capital offices on 9 June.
Click here to register.
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