Hastings is in the top five for the amount of new businesses created since 2011 in the South East, according to statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) has meant 150 starts-ups have been founded in the last four years.
Hastings is in fifth for the region, with Brighton and Hove, Medway, Thanet and Canterbury above the town.
The NEA provides benefit claimants who have a solid business idea with financial support and a business mentor.
Employment minister Priti Patel said: “We want everyone in all parts of Britain to benefit from the opportunities being created by our growing economy.
“We are supporting people, regardless of their background or where they are from, who want to work hard and get on.
“This scheme helps claimants with a good business idea to become their own boss so they can support themselves and their families, and turn their lives around.”
More than 5,500 new businesses have been started by jobless benefit claimants in the South East.
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