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 and Eastbourne Borough Councils

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.

Michelle Connors - Newhaven Enterprise Zone - Business Engagement Officer

With strong business development experience across public and private sector organisations, Michelle is adept at building strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. Her role with the Enterprise Zone will focus on supporting the delivery of objectives across key sectors and businesses and to lead a programme of business events in collaboration with key partners.

Nick Stockman - Towner Eastbourne - Newhaven Creative Producer

As Brighton Fringe’s first director and Culture24’s campaign leader, Nick has been involved in placemaking culture throughout his career. He led on the annual, UK-wide Museums at Night campaign which was a part of an international effort to attract young audiences to heritage sites. A Churchill Fellow, he has authored four published reports tackling audience development in museum visitation. Nick's role will be helping to develop Newhaven's cultural offer and supporting the town to maximise its creative energy.

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

Kirsti Peters, Group HR Manager at Brightwell Dispensers Ltd

Dan Shelley, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement at East Sussex College Group

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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