The LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership  Programme is a free programme available in the Lewes District, funded by Lewes District Council and the ERDF as part of Chichester University’s Business Hot House initiative. All participants will be in with a chance to win a grant of £1000 towards their business.

Applications for the LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme 2020 are now open. Please see below our application form which is to be completed and submitted. There is also a shorter, word document version of the form available if requested via an email to

Once you have submitted your application, you will see a confirmation message appear on your screen – if you do not see a confirmation message, the form has not yet been submitted.

It should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you experience any problems completing this form please call 01323 641144 for assistance, or contact the EDEAL team at

Every application will be treated equally.

LEAP is funded by Lewes District Council and the ERDF under Chichester University’s Business Hot House initiative, and delivered by EDEAL.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 7th August 2020 subject to availability.

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LEAP Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme Application Form 2020

Welcome to The Business Hot House, a comprehensive business support programme delivered to you by the University of Chichester, Sussex Innovation Centre, WSX Enterprise, YTKO Ltd, Princes Trust, Brighton and Hove City Council and EDEAL. This form is the participant entry form to The Business Hot House and explains the aims of the project, a privacy notice, information we need to support you and a disclaimer to sign. Please complete this fully prior to receiving support.
The aim of this EU funded business support programme is to allow SMEs and Entrepreneurs to access the knowledge, insight, advice, guidance, and general business expertise you need to help your business grow or bring your ideas to life. This support is delivered to you through a range of methods, including workshops, one to one support, peer to peer workgroups, events, and a grant fund. The programme can offer you up to 12 hours of support via 1-2-1s, workshops, and events. This does not mean you cannot access any further support from the project; however, we may need to limit our resources to provide and prioritise support to other businesses who have not received any help from our team.
We hope the expertise and support we provide is beneficial to your business and helps you to progress and grow, and look forward to working with you.
Gareth Sear and the Business Hot House Team
Please read through the following Privacy Notice and Disclaimer prior to completing this application form.

Privacy Notice

Our lawful basis for processing the information we collect from you on this form is contractual and it is necessary in order for us to be able to administer and deliver the services we provide to you. These details will be stored securely and retained at least until 31 December 2033, in accordance with Data Protection Legislation, after which they will be securely destroyed.
The University of Chichester (UoC) will be collecting this data and is the joint data controller with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The University of Chichester is the Lead Partner for the Business Hot House and MHCLG is the Managing Authority. No information will be transferred to a country outside of the UK. The Delivery Partners; (Sussex Innovation Centre (SINC), WSX Enterprise, YTKO Ltd, Princes Trust, EDEAL Ltd, Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC)) are acting as the data processors for UoC.
The information you provide on this form will also be used to evaluate this project and report to MHCLG for monitoring purposes. You may be contacted by UoC, MHCLG or other organisations from time to time that have been procured to evaluate the Business Hot House project. You have the right to access of your personal data, and to request erasure and/or rectification. If you wish to do this please email
To find out more about your rights as a data subject and how the University complies with data protection legislation please visit:
If you have any privacy concerns regarding how your personal data is managed please contact the UoC Data Protection Officer at
If you wish to complain about any aspect of UoC's information rights practice you may do so by contacting the Information Commissioner's Office via


All information, advice and guidance provided to the SME participant is provided as-is and on the basis of information received. Other than as set out below, neither the University of Chichester nor any of the programme partners shall under any circumstances whatsoever be liable to the SME participant, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect consequential loss arising under or in connection with the programme, or any action taken by the SME participant in reliance on advice or information received.
For the avoidance of doubt, neither the University of Chichester nor any of the programme partners limit or exclude their liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by negligence, or the negligence of employees, agents or subcontractors; or (b) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or (c) any other action or inaction liability for which is made mandatory by applicable law

The Business Hot House Business Participant entry form

This form must be fully completed and signed to assess your eligibility for support. The form must be completed before any activities are completed as part of the project.

Section 1: Personal Details

Section 2: Business Details

Section 3: Business Details

Please select the option/s above that apply to the business
(SIC code where applicable or activity description/name of activity)
(If less than full time, please add pro-rata, if you are self-employed and do not have any employees, please add 1)
(Please detail their hours)
(R&D = research and development to improve processes/create new products)
"A business in difficulty is a company that is unable, whether through its own resources or with the funds it is able to obtain from its owner/shareholders or creditors, to stem losses which without outside intervention by public authorities will almost certainly condemn it to go out of business in the short or medium term." (Currently this has been relaxed due to the challenges in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic closures. This rule applies pre 31st December 2019 and will commence again December 2020)

Section 4: De Minimis Aid Declaration

You are being offered assistance under the European Commission's State Aid Regulations. This allows a company to receive up to €200,000 (at applicable exchange rate) of De Minimis state aid over a rolling three-year period. The following requested information is a mandatory requirement to enable you to receive the support offered. This limit has been temporarily increased to €800,000 for expenditure up to December 2020 due to the coronavirus aid being provided by the government. To confirm that you are able to receive this assistance you must declare the full amount of De Minimis aid you have already received over the last 3 fiscal years.
The following is not a comprehensive list of the possible forms of aid. However it should give an indication of the most common forms of aid, which you may have been given over the past three years. Potentially any assistance from a public body might be an aid. Should you have any doubts on this matter, please contact the body from which the assistance was received. - Grants: Grants from public bodies; Grants from an investment trust (including charities) which may themselves have received the funds from a public body; Grants from a part publicly funded venture capital fund - Loans: Loans from public bodies at favourable rates; Loan guarantees from public bodies - Training and Consultancy: Training provided either free or at a reduced rate; Consultancy advice provided either free or at a reduced rate - Tax reduction/benefits: Differential tax benefits; Waiving or deferral of fees or interest normally due to a public body such as the waiving or deferral of rent or waiver of interest normally due on late payment of taxation or other costs to a public body; Provision of a free or reduced rate feasibility study for research and development or other assistance with research and development - Other public support: Publicly administered funds, even if the funds were originally not public such as the national lottery; Advertising via a public channel such as a tourist board or state owned television; Benefiting from the provision of infrastructure where your organisation was pre-identified as a beneficiary - Other: Monopoly licences or guarantees of market share; Aid for investment in environmental projects; Purchase of public land or property at a less than market rate. These types of aid may have been provided under De Minimis (as De Minimis aid) or under another State Aid regulation. If you are in any doubt whether aid received was De Minimis aid or about its value, check with the organisation that provided the aid. If they are unable to say or there is any uncertainty, assume that it was De Minimis ais unless its value exceeded €200,000 in which case it could not have been De Minimis. Any De Minimis state aid awarded to you under this project will have to be declared if you apply, or have applied, for any other De Minimis aid.

I declare that the amount of De Minimis aid received by the company/organisation over the last three years is:

Section 5: Participant declaration

(Mandatory: to be able to receive ERDF funded support, please accept below declaration) By ticking and signing this declaration I declare that the information provided in the form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate. I understand that the resources and support on offer are limited and that I will be informed as to when I have reached 12 hours. After this period, I can still gain access to support but priority may be given to other businesses that have yet to receive any funded support. I understand that the support I will be offered is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. I understand that this information will be retained until at least 31 December 2033 for evaluation and audit purposes. After that time, it will be destroyed in a secure manner. I give permission for my personal details to be shared and stored in a secure manner with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and other authorised bodies. I understand I may be contacted at any time to discuss my involvement in the project. If I have ticked a 'Prefer not to say' option anywhere on this form, I confirm that I am refusing consent for this information to be collected for the purposes of equality monitoring. I agree to provide Gross Value Added (GVA) information when required (Gross Value Added (GVA) is a method of measuring the productivity and performance of a business) I give permission for my details to be shared with other business support organisations involved in the delivery of the Business Hot House (Sussex Innovation Centre, Princes Trust, WSX Enterprise, YTKO, EDEAL, Brighton and Hove City Council, Coast to Capital Growth Hub) I confirm the details contained in the De Minimis declaration are true and accurate, and I agree that the data can be used as described in the privacy statement.

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Optional (will not affect decision for ERDF support)
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