LEAP Success Stories

Alison Grant

Alison Grant, formerly an Artistic Director of a small semi-professional 130 seat theatre in Oregon USA for 10 years took over the iconic building Fitzroy House in Lewes.

Fitzroy House was built in 1862 by Hannah Fitzroy (nee Rothschild) as a memorial library in honour of her deceased husband the Right Honorable Sir Henry Fitzroy, a long time MP for Lewes. Built by Queen Victoria’s favourite architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (who also created the Albert Memorial in London) this building has been described as one of the best small Gothic buildings in the country. For forty years the building has been a private home.

Alison will be re-opening Fitzroy House to the public as a performance and art venue and came second in LEAP 2017.

Who we've helped

Jennie Hallet


Jennie Hallet

Beacon Hands Safety has provided practical Health and Safety training for businesses across the region, recently training Edeal staff to comply with the fire safety regulations.

Amanda Teale


Amanda Teale

GGwizz is currently working with the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust to help rehabilitate troubled equines and co-ordinating training for staff.

Natalie James


Natalie James

Stitch of Broad Street received support in 2016 - and has now opened a second business

Esther Eggerton


Esther Eggerton

A former recruiter with experience in the retail, corporate and property sector.

Tim Danson


Tim Danson

The Green Man’s Garden is an ecologically-driven landscape design and maintenance company based in Lewes, East Sussex that’s a little bit art, and a little bit science.

Shirley Sweet


Shirley Sweet

Bambino Beatz provide music classes for 0 – 5 year olds using traditional nursery rhymes, pop songs, classical and world music.

Alison Grant


Alison Grant

Alison will be re-opening Fitzroy House to the public as a performance and art venue and came second in LEAP 2017.

Katie Griffiths


Katie Griffiths

Katie creates personalised portraits and her work has recently been featured at galleries in Brighton and Ashdown Forest.

2017 Winner – Anna Lane


2017 Winner – Anna Lane

Anna Lane applied to take part in LEAP after her mum read about it in the local paper! Anna and her business partner Nicola had 14 years’ experience working as therapists but had never run their own business.

2016 Winner – Tracey Horan


2016 Winner – Tracey Horan

With a creative background, Tracey decided to apply for LEAP to see if her hobby of converting mannequins into furniture could be the basis for a successful business.

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