What is Forward Newhaven?

Intelligence-led action ensuring our industrious future.


Forward Newhaven is a cooperation between Newhaven professionals and the Newhaven Enterprise Zone providing survival and recovery assistance to our SMEs.

The COVID-19 crisis has had a severe impact on businesses and the government has announced a series of measures to help individuals and businesses get through it. We want all the businesses in our region to come out of this and be poised for a strong recovery. As such we have collaborated with a few highly experienced professionals with expertise in finance and property to provide you with some guidance and offer more specific support as needed.


Meet the experts

Michael Kianfar MSc.




Michael is a Partner at Synergy Capital and a business turnaround specialist. He has a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and he was founder and chief editor of Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance (Academic Journal). Michael has been running businesses both locally and international for nearly 40 years and is experienced with businesses in distress.

Andrew Halfacree BSc MRICS




Andrew is a Director and part-owner of Flude Commercial.  Flude Commercial was started in Brighton by Andrew and his partner Ed Flude in 1996.  It has since grown to comprise three offices in Brighton, Chichester and Portsmouth with 36 staff.  The firm specialises in commercial property advice and services.  Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor (qualified in 1995) and Member of the RICS – the internationally recognised governing body for the property industry.  He has 30 years experience dealing in the south coast property market.


Michelle Connors – 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. Michelle is the first point of contact for enquiries and helps businesses access the expert advice they need.



How can we help?

This initiative is about providing second level support to Newhaven businesses by:

  • Offering guidance through the technical financial analysis.
  • Supporting businesses relating to funding options and other cash flow support measures.
  • Guidance on scheduling rent with landlords.

If you are a business in Newhaven and you are struggling to access the right support and advice, please get in touch using the button, or email michelle.connors@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk.

Please note that there are details of all the business support available on the Lewes District Council website.

For more information from our experts please see the latest articles below in our new ‘Need to know’ series. Topics covered so far include: