April 8th, 2019.

Newhaven is emerging as a hot-spot of small and medium-sized companies with proven business models that are on the cusp of an impressive growth phase.

A business support programme, specifically for companies in the Newhaven area launched earlier this year, has revealed the first round of successful applicants and uncovered a treasure-trove of exciting, innovative and creative enterprises.

Seven companies have been selected for the Scale-Up East Sussex (Newhaven) programme following a round of applications and interviews. “The key attribute we are looking for is ambition, with a desire and belief that the companies could, with a little help, grow the business by at least 50% in the next 3 years,” says project lead Gavin McWhirter.

The project is being managed by Gavin McWhirter of Digital Islands, an economic development and growth acceleration company specialising in start-ups and early-stage companies. The 7 companies selected for this project are Tin Tab, CTEC
Energy, Paul Cox Sculptures, ValetPRO, Lincolns Kitchen and Granite, MyTeamSafe, and Arbeco.

Scale Up East Sussex (Newhaven) is one of three Scale-Up programmes of support for ambitious companies in the county. Companies benefit from 1 to 1 support in developing a growth action plan, membership of a business network exclusively for participants of the growth programme, and identification of a mentor to work with the leader of each company. The current phase of the project is being provided at no cost to the companies, thanks to government funding.

Further details can be found at

Tin Tab is a specialist manufacturer of high-end, design-led staircases. The business is evolving from being a more general specialist joinery company, into the UK’s finest manufacturer of stunning staircases.

CTEC Energy is a company with the potential to change the world as we know it. Having refined a sophisticated technology to convert waste into energy, including plastic and other household rubbish. Crucially the tiny level of emission from the process is environmentally neutral.

Paul Cox is a producer of creative garden sculptures and can boast the National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society amongst his many customers. With the opening of a new production facility and showroom in 2019, the business is set for great things.

ValetPRO is a manufacturer of high quality, specialist car care products. With an in-house chemist and new warehouse facilities in Newhaven, the company is developing and expanding its product range with a view to increasing sales in the UK and abroad.

Lincolns Kitchens and Granite has just moved into a new production facility in Newhaven, greatly expanding its manufacturing capacity. Enhancing both efficiency and quality control, the company now directly manages design, manufacture and fitting of kitchen work surfaces throughout the south-coast.

MyTeamSafe is a new App. from an established enterprise that enables charities and small businesses to take responsibility for the statutory duty that every company has for the care and safety of its employees, particularly those that regularly have people working remotely or on their own. MyTeamSafe is a simple, secure and low-cost solution for ensuring that lone worker colleagues are safe.

Arbeco is an arboricultural, tree and practical habitat management consultancy, providing pragmatic solutions and mitigation to wildlife and environmental challenges.
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