Selsey firms get a helping hand from students

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Selsey businesses are being given a helping hand by enterprising students from Chichester College.

Ben Cooper, who is a member of Selsey Town Council, is looking to increase year-round employment and sustainability in the area.

He called upon the college’s Peter Jones Enterprise students to come up with new ideas for the area, following last year’s success in Emsworth.

The entrepreneurial students visited East Beach, Selsey High Street and the business parks to consult with residents, visitors and businesses.

Their results were formally presented to Mr Cooper on Monday, and he said: “Despite lots of recent general surveys and projects in the last decade, no-one had really concentrated on the out-of-season economy or how we can do more as a town council to boost business.

“The students picked out some really innovative and achievable actions that we should be getting on with straight away, and reiterated some desperately-needed actions that have been highlighted in other recent studies in the town. “The good news is some of their ideas are already in hand, which was a nice thing to feed back to them, but we can clearly still do a lot more.”

To boost the town’s out-of-season economy, the number of changes which they have recommended include: better signage from the A27 and to the beaches, developing East Beach with a new youth centre, supporting local production through community allotments near to the centre and many more.

Mr Cooper added: “As a result of the students’ input I will be presenting an economic development proposal to the full council very soon.”

Some of the students were keen to say how much they had enjoyed the experience. Hannah Wattam, Chris Barber, Antoine Grice and Chris Wright said: “It was a great experience for us all and engaged our business senses in trying to redevelop Selsey.

“It was inspirational as there is so much potential for Selsey.”

A full summary of the recommendations is available from Selsey Town Council and will be presented at its next meeting.