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Business Advice and Support

Finding support for your business during the Coronavirus pandemic

Government support 

For the latest government advice, visit GOV.UK: Coronavirus Business Support


Local Support

The district and borough councils can offer further information on localised support and advice, including on topics such as business rates relief:


Adur & Worthing Councils

Arun District Council

Chichester District Council

Crawley Borough Council

Horsham District Council

Mid Sussex District Council


Coast to Capital LEP & Coast to Capital Growth Hub

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub offer free and impartial 1-2-1 business support sessions. Through their network of experts and growth managers, they can cover a wide range of topics including, HR, Marketing, Innovation, International Trade, Leadership and Management.

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


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.


Tech Nation have a variety of resources to help those in the tech industry.


Visit England Business are providing the latest support and guidance for tourism businesses.

UK Hospitality host up to date Coronavirus information for businesses working in the Hospitality sector.

Area in Action is a 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.

The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) have put together a Free Small Business Survival Kit. The package includes online learning modules about business resilience, social media and legal matters.


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