The Business Training Team is based in the Sussex Rural Business Centre, a dedicated suite at the main College campus. Our aim is to support the development of the South East rural economy, via the delivery of appropriate education, training and consultancy.

You will receive the high quality, flexible and professional service that you would expect from the first UK land-based college to receive Action for Business accreditation and which is currently certificated under the Training Quality Standard.


Collectively, our team have the specialist knowledge to satisfy the business training needs of the land-based and rurally-located industries.

Our current work includes coordination of the following projects, initiatives and activities:


Work-based Learning:
Apprenticeships in Agriculture, Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, Butchery (Food Manufacture), Environmental Conservation, Floristry, Forestry, Horticulture (Hard Landscape, Parks & Gardens, Production Horticulture and Sports Turf), Horse Care, Land Based Service Engineering and Trees & Timber


Vocational Short Courses and Bespoke Training for employers and businesses:

We offer a comprehensive range of short courses for land based businesses and can tailor the training to meet the needs of your business; for course details, please click here. For Bespoke Training, please contact Sarah Firrell on 01273 890454, with details of your business requirements. We also offer training for farmers and foresters through our out centre at Flimwell, the Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry


The Sussex Rural Business Centre houses a number of rooms which are available for hire, for business use. Fully equipped with multi-media facilities, including laptops, Powerpoint projectors, interactive whiteboards and DVDs players, these rooms are suitable for:

  • meetings
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • training events

Plumpton College

Ditchling Road


East Sussex


01273 890 454

The team are here to help. Please use the contact form, leave a voicemail message on 01293 305965 or send an email to with your name, contact details, postcode and support request.

Ryan Davies

Growth Hub Team Leader

Karen Tyrrell

Growth Relationship Associate

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

Tom Hughes

Peer to Peer - Admin

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Interim Growth Relationship Manager

Richard Butcher

Interim Growth Relationship Manager

Malcolm Brabon

SME Manager

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