Rural Business Support

Action in Rural Sussex 

Action in rural Sussex (AiRS) was established in 1931 as the Sussex Rural Community Council, and has worked with and for rural communities ever since.

AiRS campaigns for a living, working Sussex countryside promoting the interests of rural and market town communities, and provides practical support to young people, families, older people and others. Also, AiRs works with community groups to help them manage change and achieve their aspirations.

A wide range of projects and programmes are delivered across East and West Sussex which aim to deliver:

  • Affordable Rural Housing
  • Community-Led Planning
  • Community Resilience Planning
  • Family Outreach (COPES)
  • Food & Local Produce
  • Local Governance and Professional Support Services (link to SSALC)
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Rural Research and Policy
  • Village Care
  • Village Halls and Community Building Support
  • Young people’s services

eDEAL Enterprise Agency 

eDEAL is a not-for-profit enterprise agency which provides free, confidential and impartial business advice to all businesses, ranging from pre-start to mature.

High Weald – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  (AONB) 

The High Weald is a medieval landscape of wooded rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops; small, irregular-shaped fields; scattered farmsteads; and ancient route ways. The area lies at the heart of South East England; its 1461 square kilometres covering parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex (including north Wealden).

The High Weald AONB Unit provides land management advice and support to landowners.

National Farmers Union 

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales is the voice of British Farming providing professional representation for 55,000 members.

Plunkett Foundation 

Supporting local communities, rural enterprise and community co-operatives.

Pub is the Hub 

Help and advice on encouraging licensees, communities, pub owners, breweries, local authorities and the private sector to work together to match community needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub