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Business Advice and Support

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 12.15, 7 September 2020.

Government support 

The Government is providing COVID-19 guidance for employees, employers and businesses. Please check the government website regularly for updates. 

Government has announced a series of measures to help support businesses, employers and the self-employed during these unprecedented times. These measures for businesses include financial support, schemes for furloughed workers and help for the self-employed through cash grants. Visit the Government’s business support web pages to find out more. 

A 'support finder' tool for businesses and the self-employed has been established by Government to help you determine what financial support is available for your business during the coronavirus pandemic.

A list has been compiled of coronavirus support available for businesses outside of Government. Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful for both employers and employees.


Coast to Capital LEP & Coast to Capital Growth Hub

The Coast to Capital LEP are offering free and impartial 1-2-1 Business Recovery Support Sessions. Through their network of experts, sessions will cover topics including:

  • Developing a COVID-19 compliant working environment
  • Supporting teams back to work
  • Supporting leadership resilience
  • Funding
  • Repurposing the business and introducing innovation
  • Remote team building
  • Recovery planning
  • Building an online presence

To access this support please complete this online form and outline the topic you want to discuss.


The Coast to Capital Growth Hub have launched the Peer Networks programme. Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for small business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

The programme, being delivered locally, creates a diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, an expert facilitator will give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network.

The programme is free for any SME business that has:

  • operated for at least one year
  • at least five employees
  • a turnover of at least £100,000
  • an aspiration to improve
  • and ideally has the potential to scale up or export or is exporting already.

Register your interest.


There are a variety of webinar and training sessions being hosted by both local and national organisations to help support you and your business during this time. For an up to date list, please visit the Coast to Capital Growth Hub’s Business events page.


The Recovery Advice for Business scheme

Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from Coronavirus. The scheme is supported by government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website. It will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.


Other useful sources of information and advice:


Federation of Small Businesses

British Chambers of Commerce

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub

Sussex Chamber of Commerce 


Support is also being provided for individuals, businesses and employers in particular sectors:

The Government has provided specific guidance for healthcare professionals, food businesses, transport and freight. 

The Food Standards Agency has also published guidance to help food businesses better understand how to work safety during this time.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have put together a list of Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations who are providing coronavirus stupport across specific sectors.

Wired Sussex have set up a Slack channel for creative digital members and non-members to share information and offers of support such as getting started with e-commerce or legal advice. Wired Sussex also have a live jobs board and are collecting information to lobby the government. 

Tech Nation have a wide range of resources to help the tech industry.

Visit England Business has a dedicated page on the Tourism Business Advice Hub to provide information on staff management, cleaning guidance, insurance, finance and more.

UK Hospitality is working with industry suppliers and Government to help redeploy industry talent. To register your interest, please email Richard Clifford.The Government is collating a central booking system for hotels willing to take NHS staff and other key workers. To offer support, please get in touch.

Area in Action is a new business to business portal launched by Freedom Works, Rume2 and Sustainable Development. The portal aims to support the bounce back of the Sussex region by providing a place that local businesses can find and work with each other. The platform is simple to use and completely free for businesses.


PPE Exchange

PPE Exchange is a new website set up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is designed to help link buyers and businesses with suppliers of PPE. Free to join and use, this resource can be used by both those seeking protective equipment and those able to supply it. For more information visit

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