LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme

The LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership  Programme is a free programme available in the Lewes District, funded by the ERDF and Lewes District Council under Chichester University’s Business Hot House initiative. It is designed to help business owners and team leaders to develop their leadership skills and implement new strategies to improve their business.

Applications for 2020 are now open. Click here to apply

Looking for our free Business Start-up Programme?

By joining the Leadership Programme, eligible business people will:

Attend a one-day workshop


Attend an interactive workshop covering the 6 steps of leadership, delivered by a qualified trainer.

Attend seminars


After shortlisting, 15 move onto stage two and attend two follow up seminars focusing on areas where their personal leadership strategies could improve and learning to implement a viable action plan into the workplace. 

Those on the programme also receive mentoring from a team of dedicated business experts to help them create viable, strong and robust action plans.

Go before a judging panel


Five action plans will be judged by a panel and the business with the best implementable changes will be announced. The winner will receive the £1000 grant to put towards their business.

Judging panel and experts

Christina Ewbank

Chief Executive EDEAL Enterprise Agency


During 23 years with Mercedes-Benz and smart UK, Christina Ewbank has run dealerships in Chichester, Eastbourne and Brighton and was also Regional Manager for Lexus Northern Europe based in Brussels. She has brought her expertise running multi-million pound businesses to Edeal Enterprise Agency providing business support for start-ups and existing businesses and runs the Town Centre Management Team, including the Eastbourne Borough Market and town centre promotions in Eastbourne.

Ian Woodward

Natwest Relationship Manager


Ian Woodward has been a Bank Manager for NatWest in Eastbourne for 15 years. He manages accounts for a wide range of businesses, specialising in finance to purchase freehold business premises. Outside of Banking Ian is a keen swimmer, and competes regularly for Eastbourne and Sussex Masters teams, as well as teaching swimming for Eastbourne Swimming Club. Ian also arranges occasional Charity events, the most recent being a Sausage Tasting Competition at the Matthew 25 Mission, where they provide meals for vulnerable people 5 days a week. As you can see he likes to get stuck in.

To be eligible to receive this support you must be 18 years old and over and work for a business in the Lewes District.

Ready to get started?

The programme is run once a year.

Registration for the 2020 Leadership Programme s now open.

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