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Networking for business at FSB Connect Eastbourne

The latest breakfast for the Eastbourne and Wealden group took place at the Sovereign Harbour Sailing Club in the Crumbles. With a pleasant outlook over the Harbour on a sunny morning, Phil Evans from Eastbourne Borough Council took the floor as our invited presenter.

Phil is the Director of Tourism and Enterprise and it was timely, on the cusp of the Summer months, to hear plans to attract visitors to the town, which is good for business!

He explained that Eastbourne has the only working bandstand in the Country (pictured), has introduced a Lifeguard service on the beach for visitor safety and employs over 200 people supporting the thriving tourism, events and entertainment sector in one of the most sunny coastal towns in the UK.


Businesses enjoyed the ‘inside story’ and images on developments at the Devonshire Park Quarter – including the refurbishments of the Congress Theatre and Winter Gardens and development of the Tennis Centre. The theatres project is on-track for a March 2019 re-opening with a new Welcome Centre – a key driver for business conferences - and a people-friendly plaza to the front, just right to support the Quarter’s café culture.

FSB had a clear impression that Eastbourne is an exciting place to be with additionally, investment in redeveloping the Sovereign Leisure Centre, Wish Tower restaurant and at the Redoubt Fortress.

The next FSB Connect breakfast is on 12 June – always the second Tuesday of each month - in Wealden at the gorgeous Blackstock Country Estate, north of Hailsham. Non-members are welcome and there is free parking on site. You can book on-line via the South East Region events calendar and by following us on twitter @FSBEastSussex