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  • Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Networks launched by Gov
    4th August 2020

    The Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Network scheme aim to enhance resilience and recovery from the impact of Covid-19, and enable SMEs to develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

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  • Hot House - Funding, Finance & Franchising fortnight
    31st July 2020

    Across the next fortnight, the Hot House support programme will be focusing their support.

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  • FastFutures Programme launches
    29th July 2020

    A new digital skills programme backed by leading global employers has launched to help prevent a lost generation of education leavers.

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  • Getting the West Sussex economy moving
    27th July 2020

    Priorities and partnerships are key to the county council’s draft Economy Reset plan in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.

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  • Step Up - New fully-funded graduate intern scheme launched
    22nd July 2020

    A new free fast-track training pogramme culminating with the opportunity to recruit for a fully-funded 6-week graduate intern.

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  • BRITE - a new business growth and innovation programme for businesses across Sussex
    21st July 2020

    A new business growth and innovation programme called BRITE (Brighton Research Innovation Technology Exchange) aimed at supporting ambitious businesses located in the Coast to Capital region has been launched.

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  • Partner sought to help make Horsham Enterprise Park vision a reality
    7th July 2020

    “This is an exceptional opportunity to join with the council in making our vision for one of the most exciting development sites in the county a reality"

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  • Green light for 21km of temporary cycleways in West Sussex
    29th June 2020

    Funding for all seven temporary cycleway schemes in West Sussex has been approved by the Department for Transport.

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  • Broadband boost for rural homes and businesses as councils announce additional funding for Government voucher scheme
    29th June 2020

    Residents and small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas of West Sussex can now benefit from the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity if they choose to ‘go gigabit’.

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  • VisitEngland launch new business recovery webinar programme
    19th June 2020

    This free webinar programme has been developed with businesses at its very core

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  • University of Chichester introduces executive portfolio of online short courses
    12th June 2020

    The University of Chichester announces its executive portfolio of online vocational, practical and in-depth short courses available from August 2020 onwards.

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  • Apply for apprenticeship training funding
    10th June 2020

    Applications are now open for West Sussex based businesses to apply for funding for apprenticeship training from West Sussex County Council.

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  • Chichester College launches free talks as part of the Festival of Learning
    8th June 2020

    Chichester College is hosting a series of free online talks as part of the Festival of Learning.

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  • The Startup Club
    4th June 2020

    A new startup support programme has been made available for businesses in Bognor Regis

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  • South Downs tourism sector pulls together for recovery preparations
    28th May 2020

    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
    18th May 2020

    How to survive and thrive during a pandemic.

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  • Business Resilience and Recovery Webinar Series
    15th May 2020

    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!
    7th May 2020

    '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
    4th May 2020

    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
    29th April 2020

    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
    29th April 2020

    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
    20th April 2020

    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
    9th April 2020

    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
    7th April 2020

    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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  • Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments
    1st April 2020

    Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

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  • Now open: Coast to Capital Backing Business Grants
    31st March 2020

    The Coast to Capital Backing Business Grants is a £2 million fund that has been set up to provide grants to small businesses and social enterprises in our area who have been affected by COVID-19.

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  • Keep empty buildings safe during COVID-19
    31st March 2020

    West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging business owners to undertake some simple checks on their buildings to ensure they remain safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Free workshops and meet-ups for Creative Digital Businesses
    4th March 2020

    A series of free workshops and facilitated networking sessions aimed at creative digital businesses are now available along the coast of West Sussex.

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  • Free export masterclasses for SMEs
    26th February 2020

    Designed to help SMEs expand into overseas markets, this series covers key topics that are essential for successful international trade.

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  • Association of Town & City Management - Upcoming Conferences and Events 2020
    25th February 2020

    The Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) have a number of upcoming events and conferences.

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  • Open4Business in Mid Sussex
    12th February 2020

    Mid Sussex District Council brings back its ‘Open4Business’ event on 26 March 2020 at the South of England Showground, Ardingly from 3.00pm to 6:30pm (7.00pm for networking). Bookings are now being taken for companies to exhibit or attend as delegates.

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  • #AWGetDigital Breakfast event
    5th February 2020

    Join this breakfast networking event and discuss the interaction between Innovation and Digital Skills.

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  • Calling all Horsham businesses and entrepreneurs!
    4th February 2020

    Don't miss the chance to visit the free to attend business drop-in event for businesses on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at Horsham District Council’s offices.

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  • New Pop Up Shop Initiative open for business in Chichester
    3rd February 2020

    Chichester District Council is calling for local entrepreneurs to take part in an exciting Pop Up Shop Initiative, which is being launched this week to help support small and start-up businesses in the district.

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  • Final call for EU Capital Rural Grant Funding
    23rd January 2020

    Food and drink producers, businesses and farmers, visitor attractions and accommodation providers, community organisations and public bodies in rural West Sussex learn about capital grant funding opportunities.

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  • NatWest Business Growth and Start-up Workshop
    6th January 2020

    Thinking of starting your own business?

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  • Capital Grant Funding Opportunities Workshop
    16th December 2019

    For food and drink producers, businesses and farmers, visitor attractions and accommodation providers, rural community organisations and public bodies in the Coast to Capital LEP area.

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  • National experts spark Talk About Our Towns
    29th November 2019

    West Sussex is home to a wonderful and diverse range of towns

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  • Employers for Carers
    18th November 2019

    Did you know that one in nine people in every workplace care for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill and this number is set to rise as our population ages?

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  • Businesses to get a boost through University of Chichester's £11M project
    13th November 2019

    Businesses in the south of England could be boosted by a new £11 million project from the University of Chichester Business School which will drive economic growth in the region.

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  • Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2020 Finalists Announced
    11th November 2019

    The Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2020 have been announced.

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  • Horsham funds available to support local businesses
    11th November 2019

    Horsham District Council’s highly successful LEAP Small Business Grants programme is now open for applications until end December 2019. The current programme is targeted at the District’s small businesses and start-ups.

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  • Growth grants now available
    6th November 2019

    The Coast to Capital growth grants programme has opened for 2019-2020, with £3.5m available to businesses to fund capital grant projects.

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  • New grant funds for rural productivity and jobs launched
    4th November 2019

    A new round of Growth Programme grants has launched today to provide capital investments to create or grow micro and small businesses in rural areas. The aim is to grow the economy of rural areas and create new jobs.

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  • Horsham Enterprise Park proposals take a big step forward with outline planning permission granted
    17th October 2019

    'We can now develop these proposals more roundly and focus on how we will deliver this vision to the people of Horsham and wider'

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  • Brexit Boot Camp
    27th September 2019

    The Sussex Chamber of Commerce are holding a series of FREE practical workshops to help you prepare your business for Brexit.

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  • Funding for apprenticeship training available to local organisations
    6th August 2019

    The second round of West Sussex County Council Apprenticeship funding closes on 31 October 2019.

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  • FSB - Gatwick Airport Procurement SME Opportunities
    8th July 2019

    The FSB has been keen to engage with Gatwick Airport and their procurement team in order to ensure effective small business access to supporting their supply chain. As a result of a number of successful meetings with Gatwick Airport, FSB has been given the go ahead to co-host information events specifically for potential small business suppliers to Gatwick.

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  • Apprenticeship Levy Business Transfer
    9th April 2019

    West Sussex County Council is now accepting applications from employers seeking funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

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  • Coast to Capital Growth Hub - Brexit Week
    7th March 2019

    The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is holding a Brexit Week where there will be scheduled 1 to 1 clinics for businesses to come and discuss Brexit concerns with Account Managers and partners.

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  • Prepare your business for EU Exit
    7th February 2019

    The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.

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  • Smarter Business Shortlisted as TPI of the Year at the Energy Awards
    4th October 2018

    Haywards Heath energy brokers Smarter Business are thrilled to have been announced as a 2018 Energy Awards finalist in the "Third Party Intermediary (TPI) of the Year (Broker) - Over 50 employees" category.  

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  • Global Investor Snaps up West Sussex Firm
    19th September 2018

    A West Sussex-based company specialising in force and torque testing systems for quality control has been acquired by global investment firm Battery Ventures.

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  • Coast to Capital LEP Area - Growth Grant Programme 2018-2019
    11th September 2018

    The Coast to Capital LEP area Growth Grant Programme is a capital equipment (capex) grant. The grant provides last resort investment to part-fund projects undertaken by innovative, high growth small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital LEP area. Eligible projects will result in an increased turnover of at least 20% per annum and improved productivity in the company and wider economy.

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  • Food Industry Leaders Summit in West Sussex
    27th February 2018

    With 2018 tipped to see a growing trend in British demand for local, traceable food and drink, over 100 industry leaders debated the importance of supporting local produce in today's political and economic environment at the Taste West Sussex Food & Drink Summit at Selden Barns in Patching on 26 February.

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  • Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) Seeks New 5-Year Term
    19th January 2018

    The Manor Royal BID in Crawley has published an ambitious Business Plan for a new five-year term and is urging businesses on Manor Royal to vote in its renewal Ballot on 1 February.

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