About LEAP

LEAP is a free business support service in the Lewes District funded by Lewes District Council. LEAP helps pre-start, start-up and young businesses to succeed and grow, as well as developing leadership and growth in experienced business entrepreneurs.

LEAP Programmes are funded by Lewes District Council. The programmes include:


– LEAP Business Start-up Programme

– LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme

– Starting a Social Enterprise

– 1-2-1 Business Mentoring


It is a priority for Lewes District Council to support and grow entrepreneurs and businesses. The Council funds and supports a number of business services so residents and businesses have access to free expert advice to turn ideas and ambitions into successful businesses. 

The Council has invested more into its Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) programme. Originally launched in 2013 to help entrepreneurs’ start-up a business, the service has expanded and now provides free business support and advice to all residents and businesses in the Lewes District to develop and grow their ideas and enterprises.




The LEAP Programmes is delivered by Edeal.

Edeal has been providing impartial and confidential expert business support services to new, small and medium sized businesses in East Sussex for almost 40 years.

Edeal is a not-for-profit organisation, working with experienced advisors who have had experience running their own business. They come from all business sectors including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, creative arts, charities and technology.

We can help overcome barriers to business – so if you are struggling in areas such as getting your finances right, maybe your marketing campaign hasn’t hit the mark, or you are struggling to get to grips with social media – get in touch

Lewes District Council and Edeal work closely with Locate East SussexBusiness East Sussex and the Business Navigator Growth Hub.

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