The Bexhill-based insurance broker 'Hastings Direct' is to create 200 jobs this year. The posts will range from entry level positions to senior management roles.
The firm said it will be able to expand because of growth from its car, van, bike and home insurance products.
A second protest group has been set up to fight plans to build a Bexhill to Hastings link road. The new Bexhill Link Road Resistance group will back the the Combe Haven Defenders. Earlier this month the High Court turned down an appeal against plans to build the £100m relief road.
Sussex is getting a cash boost to help boost growth and protect jobs. Sea Change Sussex, a not for profit economic development agency, has been given a £5.5million grant to regenerate Hastings and Bexhill.
It aims to create six thousand jobs over the next decade.
A national campaign of non violent resistance is to be launched against plans for a relief road between Hastings and Bexhill.
It comes after the High court turned down an appeal concerning the scheme last Friday. The Combe Haven defenders recently held a protest against the plans at Combe Haven valley.
Campaigners fighting a controversial one hundred million pound link road in Sussex say they are prepared to take direct action to stop it being built.
Traders say it's vital to improve business links between Bexhill and Hastings but environmentalists say it's not necessary and it will kill rare wildlife and plants.
Iain McBride reports.
Iain McBride's report features Charlotte Potter-Powell, Combe Haven Valley campaigner.
Protesters angry at plans to build a £100 million pound link road between Hastings and Bexhill are holding a rally against the plans.
Local traders say the new road is vital to boost the economy.
But campaigners say that the route will endanger a site of special scientific interest and that there is no economic need for the new infrastructure.
Work on the scheme is due to start next January but opponents of the plans are hoping to win a judicial review.
A soldier has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager near to a railway station. The 18-year-old woman was allegedly attacked in New Park Avenue, Bexhill, East Sussex, as she walked away from the town's railway station at about 3.40am on August 19, a Sussex Police spokesman said.
The spokesman said: "As a result of intensive police inquiries since Sunday, the arrest was made on Saturday August 25."
Trevor Anthony Clark, 20, a serving soldier stationed at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, who has been staying in Buckhurst Road, Bexhill, has been charged with sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm. He will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court tomorrow.