Newhaven Enterprise Zone is a formal partnership between Coast to Capital, Lewes District Council and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). An enterprise zone is a designated area that provides tax breaks and Government support for growth. Businesses locating to Enterprise Zones benefit from up to 100% business rate relief over a five-year period and simplified local authority planning for certain developments within the Enterprise Zone area.


Newhaven Enterprise Zone is formed of eight sites in and around the centre of the town, including key areas of the port. More information, including the Newhaven Enterprise Zone Strategic Framework, can be found on the Newhaven Enterprise Zone website.


The Newhaven Enterprise Zone Strategy Board is responsible for taking formal decisions regarding Newhaven Enterprise Zone. Representation on the Board consists of:


  • Coast to Capital (Chair)
  • Lewes District Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Newhaven Town Council
  • BEIS


The Newhaven Enterprise Zone Community Fund supports charities and not-for-profit organisations which benefit the Newhaven area, in particular, those which help to encourage a sense of place and to build on the thriving community in the town. The Community Fund is managed and administered by Sussex Community Foundation.  


Work is ongoing to determine how Newhaven Enterprise Zone should best be constituted in the longer term, to ensure the strategic investment of income from business rate relief to promote and secure business growth in the area, including infrastructure issues. More information on future Enterprise Zone arrangements and investment will be made available as it is developed.



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