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New Area in Action portal launched to help Sussex business bounce Back

Area in Action ( is a new business to business match making platform focused on helping our economic area bounce back as quickly as possible from COVID-19.


During the COVID-19 crisis a high proportion of businesses in the Sussex area were substantially impacted and continue to be so.

As coworking spaces with direct access to small businesses in the area founding partners Freedom Works and Rume2 saw the immediate and future struggles of the local economy first hand and embarked on creating a platform for b2b connection to help the area bounce back as quickly as possible.

“It became very apparent from a survey we ran across the Sussex region early in the lockdown that small business in the area had been dramatically affected, and we wanted to do something to help the previously vibrant business ecosystem bounce back as quickly as possible.”  Rosie Freshwater Rume2 Founder

Local web development company Sensible Development soon joined the founding team to help bring this portal to fruition.

Along with the support of Coast2Capital, West Sussex County Council, fellow coworking spaces and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, the purpose of Area In Action is to support the bounce back of the Sussex region by providing a place that local businesses can find and work with each other. A way for suppliers across all sectors to showcase themselves and for those businesses who have a requirement or challenge to find local suppliers they can work with.

Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Economy, said:

"I welcome this collaboration between Freedom Works, Rume2 and Sensible Development to move efficiently to provide an on-line portal for small businesses to interact with and support each other. We see again how out of adversity comes creative thinking, teamwork and a technical solution that will serve West Sussex well in supporting its economic recovery."


It is simple for any business in the region to register and completely free.

Please head to now if you would like to work with more businesses in your area.

further support please call the growth hub team on 01293 305965

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Lou Williams

Growth Manager

Matthew Heath

Growth Grant Project Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Relationship Team Leader

Jonathan Alderman

Business Analyst

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Growth Adviser

Richard Butcher

Growth Adviser

Carolyn Bentley

Growth Adviser

Luke West

Business Growth Executive

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

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