Business Resources and Support
These pages are designed to provide businesses with a broad range of resources and support service, whether you are starting a new business or an established business looking for help.
The Council’s Economic Development Unit and its partners aim to maintain sustainable growth and nurture local businesses and encourage entrepreneurs.
Below is a range of both local and national organisations and initiatives to support business through various stages.
- Start & Grow
is a business start-up initiative supporting budding entrepreneurs with ambitions for sustainable growth and job creation.
- Coast to Capital Business Navigator
is a web portal for businesses. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area.
- UKTI South East
can help businesses achieve international success, why not book an appointment with local International Trade Advisor Carolyn Bentley
- Virgin Start Up
can help with a business start up loan and provide advice and support. They are also looking for mentors to help their entrepreneurs.
- Business is GREAT
offers information, inspiration and advice for business.
for businesses, the self-employed and sole traders. Information ranging from starting up and running a business in the UK to BIS policy updates.
brings together support and mentors in one place. It connects small businesses with mentoring organisations across the UK that can support and guide their development.
- Open to Export
is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK
- StartUp Britain
a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.
- Crawley & Gatwick Chamber of Commerce
is a vibrant and active part of the local business and community, it provides place to learn, share, lobby and socialise.
- Federation of Small Businesses
(FSB) specialises in promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
- Gatwick Diamond Business
independent and representing business in the region, providing a united voice to influence Local and Central Government issues.
- Sussex Chamber of Commerce
an accredited Chamber of Commerce supporting and representing businesses at a local level.
- West Sussex Social Enterprise Network
is a group of organisations supporting social enterprise ventures.
- Business Debtline
provides free debt advice for small businesses and self-employed individuals respectively.
HMRC Offering Free Learning Products for Businesses
HMRC now provides a range of digital services and products, specifically designed for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), as they face key business life events such as starting in business or taking on employees and as businesses want to pay the correct amount of tax, may need help with doing this correctly.
The following ‘e-learning’ packages have been tailored specifically with SME customers in mind. These are proving popular because of their accessibility and flexibility. The packages are broken down into modules, which the customer can ‘dip’ in and out of at their own convenience and fits in with different lifestyles, workloads and schedules.
HMRC also offers ‘ Webinars
’ (Online Seminars) and these can either be pre-recorded or ‘live’, and again these are on a range of subjects. Other useful guidance from HMRC includes Tax Fact Help Sheets
and record keeping Apps
For a quick insight into the help available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) have a look at this short You Tube video about Help and Support for New and Growing Businesses
Sustainable Business Partnership CIC
We work closely with the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit company that offers a range of free and subsidised services to help businesses save money through resource efficiency. Services include:
- Free environmental helpline – covering topics such as renewable energy, local recycling services, grants and funding schemes
- Sustainable Business Network - learning and networking breakfast events, online directory, monthly email update with sustainability news and local case studies
- Training courses and site visits – for all organisations looking to improve energy, waste and water efficiency and reduce costs
- Specialist seminars – for those working in the environmental sector to explore new business opportunities
For more information, as well as local best practice case studies, please visit the Sustainable Business Partnership: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk
Alternatively contact Email Sustainable Business
or 01273 964239.
Green Growth Platform
The Green Growth Platform is a five year programme led by the University of Brighton that aims to help develop a local low-carbon economy in Sussex. A range of free and subsidised services are on offer to businesses in the following areas:
- 1 to 1 business support
- Innovation, research & development
- Business events and opportunities
- Skills and training
For more information please visit the Green growth Platform website: www.greengrowthplatform.co.uk
Available resources include:
You can find further information on the West Sussex County Council website
, covering a range of areas such as:
- Trading Standards
- Business Fire Safety