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Business Advice and Support

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 9.15, 10 June 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 https://www.ppeexchange.co.uk/.

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