Including the Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) business growth programme
Why join the Green Growth Platform?
- Join 700+ environmentally focussed businesses in Sussex.
- Access free and heavily subsidised business growth support.
- Make connections and open up business opportunities at our networking events.
- Transform your innovation ideas into commercialised products and services with the support of industry experts, business advisors and leading academics.
- Keep up to date on business funding, events, opportunities and sector news.
- If you're based in East Sussex, get access to LoCASE business grants and support.
Can I join the Green Growth Platform?
Yes, if you are:
- An environmental sector organisation operating in Sussex
- Any organisation operating in Sussex wishing to reduce your environmental impact
Our 1-2-1 business support service is only open to environmental sector companies / social enterprises operating in Sussex, and demonstrating growth potential (due to funding conditions).
The Green Growth Platform is funded by:
By joining the Green Growth Platform you agree to the following terms and conditions:
- Your company contact details will be made available via the online Green Growth Platform business directory.
- If asked, you agree to participate in the preparation of, and consent to our publication of a case study about your involvement with the Green Growth Platform.
- Sensitive company data will be held by the Green Growth Platform team and will not be shared with third parties without your prior permission.
- You agree to take part in the Green Growth Platform's monitoring and evaluation process, in order to capture its achievements and the effects its work has on the local economy. This will involve a short online survey no more frequently than every 6 months. You may also be asked to participate in a short interview.
- If you wish to discuss confidential business issues (for example those involving intellectual property or sensitive business information) a non-disclosure agreement will normally be implemented.
- Any reliance which may be placed by you on advice, information or materials provided to you as a member of the Green Growth Platform by the university or any of its employees, agents, advisers or appointees will be made at your own risk. Neither the university, nor any of its employees, agents, advisers or appointees accept responsibility whatsoever for any use which may be made of such advice, information or materials.
- Funding drawn down via the Green Growth Platform may be subject to the de minimis aid regulation.Under articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union Commission Regulation EC 1998/2006 (de minimis aid regulation), there is a ceiling of €200,000 for all de minimis aid provided to any one firm over a 3-year period. It is a business' responsibility to ensure they comply with de minimis aid regulation and the Green Growth Platform assumes no responsibility in this regard. More information can be found here.
- Research & Development Tax Credits: If your company is planning to apply for research and development tax credits you should seek professional tax advice as to how state aid may impact upon any such claim.
- In accepting the terms and conditions you agree to take part in our bi-annual business survey. Business survey data is a requirement of our funding and businesses that don't take part will not be eligible for our support. Recipients of intensive support may be invoiced for any free or subsidised support received should they not complete a monitoring survey when requested.
121 Business Support Criteria - LCEGS
Our 1-2-1 Business Support is prioritised and focussed on high-growth businesses who are:
- Achieving or aiming for 20% growth in turnover (year on year)
- Planning to create new jobs, including internships
- Working with the University of Brighton on new product or service development
- In the process of developing or commercialising a new product or service
- Planning to access a new market or expanding operations
Brighton & Hove & West Sussex based business members must be from one of the following sectors
|Environmental||Renewable Energy||Low Carbon|
East Sussex based business members (*not Brighton & Hove) applying for support under LoCASE must have a strategic focus on:
- Decarbonising the energy system;
- Improving energy or resource efficiency;
- Preserving and enhancing the natural environment
Type of support
All Intensive 121 support is focused on business growth strategy and includes;
Business Clinics / Needs Assessment - Marketing - Grant applications - Funding - IP reviews - Coaching - Mentoring - Strategy on a Page - Processes - Profitnet - Business Plans - Legal - Info, Advice and Guidance
We also run regular group workshops on marketing and business strategy.
All support will be scoped and approved by our Business Support Manager.
To be considered an SME you must: employ fewer than 250 people, and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million or a balance sheet not exceeding €43 million.