St Leonards based business support company Let’s Do Business Group has been shortlisted from 590 applicants to gain access to a share of a £1 million fund to be used to help local residents in Sussex start their own enterprises.

Let’s Do Business Group is seeking support for their innovative Business Builder project- a project that provides start-up workshops, mentoring, online training and expert business advice for those in deprived communities.  The next stage of the application process is a public vote, for which the group requires vital support-you can cast your vote here.

The Let’s Do Business Group’s mission is to assist entrepreneurs and business owners with starting and growing their dream businesses, including aiding those based in areas of high unemployment. The grant of up to £35,000 would benefit up to 120 residents of Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne, who could also be set to obtain level 2 qualifications in setting up a business from the project.

The business support services provider has a wealth of experience helping start-ups, SMEs and local entrepreneurs including Sussex fashion brand Boom Boom the Label, popular local restaurant Half Man Half Burger, and much loved glasses designer, Kirk and Kirk.

Much of the support provided by the group is free to local businesses, and the business experts assist with everything from access to funding for those previously refused finance by traditional means, to writing a comprehensive, coherent business plan.

Sean Dennis, Deputy Chief Executive of Let’s Do Business Group says ‘At Let’s Do Business, we pride ourselves on helping people start their dream enterprises, demonstrating that business in East Sussex is thriving. Watching business in our local area grow is crucial, so we’re thrilled to be able to present our Business Builder project. The Let’s Do Business Group has been supporting business in the area for many years, but now we’re calling on our supporters to help us help the community as every vote counts.’

The investment the group is seeking is provided by Natwest’s Skills and Opportunities fund, and the judging panel has whittled the entrants down to a shortlist of just 64, with Let’s Do Business Group being one of only five companies in the South East in the finals. Launched in May 2015, the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund have given away over £5 million in funding to date.

Thom Kenrick, Head of Community Programmes said: “At NatWest we know that we can make the biggest difference when we help people help themselves. All our shortlisted projects have so much to offer people in their communities, so we’re asking the public to get behind the good causes that matter most to them.”

To vote for Let’s Do Business Group, please visit http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/