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New partnership offers boost for entrepreneurs network in Sussex

An exciting new partnership has been announced to support thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses in Crawley, Hove, Worthing and the county of Sussex.

Workshops and events, sector specific meet-ups, seminars and digital learning material plus networking and more, will be on offer thanks to a new collaboration between Freedom Works and Barclays Eagle Labs.  Founded in 2016, Freedom Works has been supporting businesses offering co-working and flexible space to encourage growth for those wanting to work near their home along the South Coast.

The new Barclays Eagle Labs partnership will support three of Freedom Works current sites; Astral Towers, Crawley, Hove Business Centre, Hove and The Mill Building, Worthing.

The Freedom Works and Barclays Eagle Labs partnership will provide a more extensive package of support for over 2,000 businesses across the Freedom Works network.  This will include support from a dedicated ecosystem manager providing access to technical expertise, mentoring and connections required to integrate companies into Barclays’ UK wide network, bringing businesses together to create potential new partnerships to help start-up and scale-up businesses alike achieve their ambitions.   Barclays’ local business banking teams and specialist ‘high-growth’ managers will also be available to provide banking support to companies and entrepreneurs.

Jon Trigg, Founder and Managing Director of Freedom Works, said “One of our goals is to provide a collaborative environment for our members to help provide more than a roof over their heads.  To date we have benefited from peer-support within the community.  But, the partnership with Eagle Labs will now enable our members to benefit from the fantastic curated supported delivered through Barclays Eagles Labs programmes and hands on support.”

David Hamilton, Lead for Transformation and Partnerships, Barclays Eagle Labs, said: “We’re looking forward to expanding the support offered by Barclays Eagle Labs to further deepen our commitment to entrepreneurs working alongside Freedom Works at Crawley, Hove, Worthing and across Sussex. Barclays Eagle Labs is committed to supporting the development of entrepreneurship skills and has a mission to inspire and educate ambitious founders and start-ups across the UK to help them succeed.”

Barclays Eagle Labs is one of the largest co-working and incubator networks for start-ups and scale-ups in the UK, supporting over 30 business ecosystems throughout the country. The Labs are spaces to help entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses collaborate, innovate and grow – effectively skills factories for the UK – and they have supported over 6000 businesses to date.

An official launch will take place in the New Year.