LEAP Success Stories

Natalie James

A mum with two young children, Natalie approached LEAP in 2016 as she was looking to take over the haberdashery business Stitch of Broad Street in Seaford. Whilst she had 20 years experience in buying, she had always dreamed of running her own business and decided it was time to reassess her work/life balance and start working for herself.

Stitch of Broad Street was relaunched in 2016 with new branding. Natalie is working alongside the finalist of the 2016 BBC Great British Sewing Bee Jade Earley to run a series of sewing and crafting workshops in store.

Natalie has received multiple awards for her business including the Women in Business Awards (2017) and has since expanded her business to open a second branch in Eastbourne – Stitch of Compton Street.

“LEAP has a fantastic group of professionals with a lot of advice and knowledge who gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. I enjoyed working alongside like minded people, also it has been great for building contacts and new friends along the way”

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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