Enterprise works was established in 2004 in order to help young and start-up businesses especially in 'manufacturing'.


We believe that with the right sort of support and facilities the failure rate among start-ups could be reduced. It was quoted that four out of every five start-ups failed in their first two years and we wanted to reverse this.


To date (2017) well over 30 companies have taken advantage of what we have to offer and between them have created over 110 new jobs. As well as being good for manufacturing this is good for employment in Newhaven.

There have only been three organisations that have not succeeded.


We expect new ventures to join Enterprise Works in their earliest years and then to move on as they grow.


However we do not have a set time  for clients to remain with us.


We are now a registered charity (No 1129457) and we do not strive to make a profit. 


We do not pay any wages (or dividends). Our management are volunteers who are able to help if required.

We offer good, clean, flexible industrial space and kitchens which meet catering standards, with power, gas, water and air. There is 24/7 access, security, broadband,  a meeting (board) room and a kitchen for clients to use.


We make a monthly flat rate inclusive Service Charge (plus VAT) which covers all the the above, plus rates (but not telephone) and which is generally less than the typical commercial rental charge.


Advice and management support can be provided if needed.


Our client list has included manufacturers working in metal, wood, plastic, cotton, electronics and glass, and food producers who make ice cream, pies, speciality bread, cakes, fast food, sausage rolls, and include outside caterers.


If you think Enterprise Works might be able to help you, we would be delighted to meet and discuss your needs and show you what space is currently available.


Please call on 01273 730876 or send us an email .

Hugh Burnett


Hugh Burnett OBE, DL, FCA

Hugh, a Chartered Accountant with a background in IT and retail systems has spent much of his career developing small businesses in that sector. His emphasis has been on sales and marketing and he has creatively led both manufacturing and distribution businesses to significant growth. His last company achieved two Queen Awards for Export and Enterprise, Sussex Company of the Year and the UK Best Small Manufacturer Award.

He has also been awarded personal Queens Award for Entreprise.

Hugh has also been actively involved with regeneration in Newhaven, was Vice Chairman of the East Sussex Economic Partnership, Chairman of Sussex Downs College, a Deputy Lieutenant and an ambassador for East Sussex. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his contribution to regeneration and exports.

Lucy Bracken BA (Hons) MSc, BOst

After graduating Lucy worked on large health and wellbeing projects and market research in the management consultancy arm of Touche Ross now Deloitte. This was followed by three years in Corporate Recovery, as an investigator on behalf of the Administrators, the Serious Fraud Office and the FBI. She also did a law conversion degree. 

Wishing to leave the large business environment, she set up her own corporate and event floristry business, Steel Magnolias. After 10 years of successful partnership which included a Mayfair shop, a turnover of over £1m, a loyal workforce and some hard won devotion from customers, and with significant experience of the difficulties facing small businesses, an offer to sell to a venture capital company was accepted.  Lucy worked for the venture capital purchasers for a year before embarking on a new career to follow a long held ambition to work to support victims of torture.

Now the Chair of Migrant Help and of Age UK East London and the Head of Physical Rehabilitation at the Helen Bamber Foundation, she has worked with a number of  of Human Rights  charities as both a Chair and trustee to address complex challenges in the  funding environment  for charities as well as leading two large charitable turnarounds.

Lucy brings to the Board this long history of understanding the challenges, hard work and excitement of  running both small businesses and small charities and the ability to scrutinise the financial information and market to encourage and support businesses and charities to thrive.

Dr Emily McWhirter, PhD, BSc, RN

Dr McWhirter trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and later as a midwife at the Nightingale Institute at Kings College University. She completed a Phd in 2011 at the University of Brighton.

She has undertaken a management course at Harvard Business School and has extensive experience in health care management in the NHS and charitable heath care sector, having been Clinical Director of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust for 3 ½ years, and currently as Director of Nursing, Royal Hospital for Neuro- disability, London.