COVID-19 Business Support

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 11:40, 27 May 2020.

The current Coronavirus situation is an unprecedented and worrying time for the whole community, including businesses and employers.

West Sussex County Council is working with the Government and our partners to provide businesses with support, help and advice wherever possible.

On this section of the website you will find regularly updated information for businesses and employers regarding the Coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). This includes:

For more general information about COVID-19 for West Sussex residents visit the West Sussex County Council website.


South Downs tourism sector pulls together for recovery preparations

The South Downs National Park Authority is working with partners on recovery plans to help revive the region’s important tourism sector.

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Sussex Innovation: Survive & Thrive Weekly Webinars

How to survive and thrive during a pandemic.

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Business Resilience and Recovery Webinar Series

A free webinar series responding to the emerging themes in the road to business recovery has been launched.

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FREE support webinars for local tourism businesses - REGISTER NOW!

'Tourism in the time of Coronavirus: Survive, Revive and Thrive' is a series of dynamic webinars for the Sussex tourism sector.

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New webinars to boost support for SMEs during coronavirus

The Department for International Trade to host a series of coronavirus webinars, free for SMEs across the UK.

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New FREE online learning platform to boost workplace skills

UK Government has launched a new online platform, The Skills Toolkit, to help boost the nation's skills whilst people stay at home.

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Callout to West Sussex businesses for PPE

West Sussex County Council is calling on local businesses who may be able to supply or donate PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Local growers donate well-being garden to Nightingale Hospital

Local West Sussex growers, Biotecture, have pulled together a fantastic project to install a temporary well-being garden for NHS staff working at the Nightingale Hospital in London.

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Arts Council applications now open

Two Emergency Response Funds: the fund for individuals and the fund for organisations outside of the National Portfolio are now open for Round one.

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Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave ('furlough') because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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