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.
- Be the Business
is a West Sussex business support programme offering one-to-one support to local companies through a series of workshops, events and access to expert advice. It also includes a business ‘start up and grow’ grants scheme and apprenticeship support across the County for people aged 18-24 by providing employers with a grant of £2,500 towards salary costs.
- 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.
a new Department for Business funded-service to help up to 26,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) grow as much as they can over three years. Introduction to GrowthAccelerator
- Manufacturing Advisory Service
(MAS) provides business support for manufacturing companies helping them to improve and grow.
- 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
- Enterprise Opportunities
in the Gatwick Diamond is a web resource developed to help reduce complexity of starting a new business.
- 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 Enterprise
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.
On our web pages you can find some of the following advice and resources available:
You can find further information on the West Sussex County Council website
, covering a range of areas such as:
- Trading Standards
- Business Fire Safety
Central Sussex College
is committed to providing excellent education, training and development opportunities for large and small businesses. The College works closely with local businesses and have a very active employer service to support recruitment, training and workforce development.
A new University Centre
at the college has been developed in partnership with the Universities of Brighton and Chichester and provides local and flexible higher education and qualifications for adults and employers, and cost-effective progression opportunities for young people.
Universities in the surrounding area of Crawley have got a vast range of programmes and practical services to help business. Many of them aim to ensure that their knowledge and resources are available to both business and industry. Visit the websites to find out more about what each university can offer your business.
Working with Business in the Gatwick Diamond
is a brochure which details the offer for businesses in higher education, business development and workforce skills in the Gatwick Diamond area.
There are a range of additional national organisations which can help Businesses with Workforce Development, such as the National Apprenticeship Service
and National Careers Service
Many aspects of our community have been affected the recession, whether businesses, individuals, public services or voluntary organisations. However, there is a great deal of services, advice and support around which you can link into, some examples of these are below:
For details about the latest employment statistics
for Crawley, visit our economic profile page.
Unable to find the resources or support that you were looking for? Please use the details in the Contact Us section or complete this business enquiry form