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April 26 2016.

Partnership working and £2.5m funding have been the key to the completion of the Newhaven Growth Quarter. High quality spaces for growing businesses, a new community hub and improvements to the interior of Sussex Downs College campus, plus extra childcare places at Denton Island Community Centre, as well as a new community kitchen are all designed to strengthen the Newhaven economy for years to come.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council said: “The completion of the Newhaven Growth Quarter is just one step in our ambitions as a Council to regenerate Newhaven. We want to firmly re-establish the town as a place to live, work and do business and Newhaven is very much open for business. If you are a new or growing business in need of business space, then Basepoint will manage the renting of a unit to you at the newly extended Enterprise Centre, which now has a total of 60 units. The project has cost £2.5 million and much of this has been funded by the government through the Coastal Communities Fund. This has also been supplemented by contributions from Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council.”

New space for business start-ups has ensured one of the first businesses to benefit is an innovative research and development company – SFXC Special Effects & Coatings (Good Life Innovations Ltd), who specialise in researching smart materials whose coatings react and change colour with temperature, ultra violet light rays and moisture. This technology has great benefits to a number of sectors, including education, Health and Safety – to warn of changes in temperature, and in baby safety products where they can monitor harmful UV rays using items such as wristbands and cards. More information at

Oliver Dredge, pictured above, a director of Colour Changing said:  “The inspiration for the business came from my father Jeremy. I really wanted my business to enjoy the kudos and fantastic facilities on offer to new businesses in Newhaven. Basepoint, who manage the units, have been great in helping me secure a unit and settle in and I feel proud when clients come to see me.”

If you are a new or growing business and are interested in renting a unit in the Enterprise Centre extension, contact Abbi Burgess, Basepoint Centre Manager on 01273 615 250.

Following the successful bid to the Coastal Communities Fund in 2013, Lewes District Council has worked with its partners including Basepoint, Sussex Community Development Association, Sussex Downs College, East Sussex County Council and contractor Morgan Sindall to deliver this ambitious project, which includes:

• A large extension to Newhaven Enterprise Centre, making 60 offices and workshops available to local businesses 

• An extension to Denton Island Community Centre, creating extra childcare places, training space and a new community kitchen

• A new communal networking and break-out space within Sussex Downs College, available to all users of Denton Island.

The Growth Quarter project is one of a number of recent or imminent investments in the town, such as the completion of the University Technical College, the designation of the Enterprise Zone - which will start in 2017, the £18m investment in flood defences from the Environment Agency and the establishment of a Coastal Community Team led by Newhaven Town Council.