About us

Newhaven Enterprise Zone is a collaboration between Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Lewes District Council and commenced in April 2017. Located between several key transport links and already home to a number of rapidly growing companies, Newhaven provides fantastic opportunities for businesses looking to thrive in this growing economy.

What is an Enterprise Zone?

Enterprise Zones have been set up by the government to drive local growth. They offer a range of incentives to businesses, such as business rate relief and simplified planning. By unlocking key development sites, consolidating infrastructure, attracting new businesses and creating jobs, Enterprise Zones offer benefits to surrounding communities.

All business rate growth generated by the Enterprise Zones is kept by the relevant local enterprise partnership and local authority for 25 years, allowing them to reinvest in local economic growth. For more information you can visit Enterprise Zones.

Why Newhaven?


Newhaven has substantial physical capacity for growth and is evolving to become a key harbour town on the South Coast. Its transport links offer strong opportunities for business growth and excellent employability prospects.

Newhaven is also part of the Greater Brighton City Region which is home to 695,000 people and almost 30,000 businesses. It is the home of growth, with an economy worth more than £15 billion and a large workforce.

The town is home to a growing and diverse economy with an emerging specialism in innovative, high-value growth sectors including offshore wind and marine engineering.

How will it affect Newhaven?


The Enterprise Zone aims to facilitate the regeneration of the town over the next 25 years, including a wider range of activities within the town centre and new facilities that will benefit businesses and the local community alike.

Newhaven is benefitting from being part of the greater Brighton city deal area which will enable it to fulfil its economic potential and become a high-performing urban economy.

Meet the team

Corinne Day – Newhaven Enterprise Zone Programme Director

Programme Director, Corinne, has more than 15 years’ experience building partnerships, effective strategy and organisational capacity for public and private sector organisations. Working with partners of the Enterprise Zone, the local community and businesses, Corinne is responsible for the delivery of the Enterprise Zone’s three strategic priorities; quality growth, inclusive growth and sustainable growth.

Peter Sharp – Head of Regeneration – Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Peter has around 20 years’ experience in economic development and regeneration across the private and public sectors. He heads up a small team at Lewes District Council leading on projects that deliver enhanced economic prosperity to local communities. Peter wrote the bid to establish an Enterprise Zone in Newhaven and supports Corinne in delivery of the EZ’s three core strategic objectives.

Our board

Robert Cottrill, Chief Executive Officer of Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils

Chris Rasmussen, Director, Brightwell Dispesnsers

Ian Fitzpatrick, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils

Iain McNab, Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Duncan Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of The Wave Leisure Trust

Susie Mullins,Head of Strategic Development, Newhaven Town Council

Adam Bryan, Chief Executive Officer of SELEP

James Harris,Head of Economic Development, East Sussex County Council

Get in touch

Whether you're a business looking to move to Newhaven, you need more space to grow or you live or work in Newhaven and are interested to find out more, please get in touch.
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