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Business Advice and Support

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 12.50, 19 July 2021.

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.


Local Authority, District & Borough Councils

The district and borough councils were responsible for adminstrating some of the financial support for businesses during the pandemic. You can find further information and support on their websites:

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.


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.


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.

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 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. Members of IOEE have access to member mentoring and resident experts.


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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