For business in East Sussex to influence policy makers For structured, strategic approaches to all local authorities to achieve stated goals.
Improve the road and rail infrastructure in East Sussex.
To develop sustainable retail centres in our towns.
Provide high-speed broadband to rural and urban East Sussex, as a matter of urgency Close East Sussex mobile ‘not’ spots.
Promote East Sussex as the place to do business outside London Develop the coastal, urban and rural tourism offers across the county.
Develop links between business, schools and colleges to ensure all students develop the skills needed for our businesses Influence local authorities to provide skills training as required in rural areas as well as urban.
ACES was formed to co-ordinate activity across East Sussex and make sure we are seen as a vibrant business destination.
And, as Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” so ACES will work with its partners to make sure its stated goals are achieved.
We have held talks with:
During these discussions ESCC improved high speed broadband cover from 3% of the county to 96%, and SELEP has started working on a programme to close the ‘not spots’ – where mobile cover fades out on major East Sussex roads.
Our successful lobbying has resulted in a £3 million pot to fund a new road study for a better A27 between Beddingham and Polegate. We are also lobbying to extend the improvements to the A21 from Pembury all the way down to Hastings to really open up the economy of East Sussex.
ACES also supports the highspeed railway to Hastings and Bexhill; improving the marsh-link rail line to Ashford and opening up the Uckfield to Lewes line.
When Londoners decide to visit the seaside for a family day out, they jump in their cars and drive to Whitstable or Brighton as they can be there quickly via the M2 or M23. They don’t visit Hastings or Eastbourne unless they plan to stay overnight. Fast roads and rail will therefore make all the difference to tourism across the East Sussex coast line.
We are working closely with Locate East Sussex, Cobb PR and all ACES members to promote the county as a successful business destination, and we are working with the universities and colleges across the county to ensure that all students are work-ready when they graduate.
If you have any issues or concerns you would like ACES to communicate on your behalf please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Edeal on 01323 641144.
To get support relocating to Eastbourne or East Sussex visit Locate East Sussex.