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COVID-19 Business Support

The current Coronavirus situation is an unprecedented and worrying time for the whole community, including businesses and employers.

West Sussex County Council is working with the Government and our partners to provide businesses with support, help and advice wherever possible.

On this section of the website you will find regularly updated information for businesses and employers regarding the Coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). This includes:

For more general information about COVID-19 for West Sussex residents visit the West Sussex County Council website.


The STEP-UP Programme extended by 3 months

The STEP-UP Programme as been extended for three months, and applications have re-opened until mid September 2021.

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Brighton and Sussex universities join forces to support SME innovation in the region

A new business innovation project launches this week to help West Sussex enterprises innovate using expertise from the universities of Brighton and Sussex.

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Calling all SMEs! - Become a UK Business Climate Leader

2021 is the year of climate action - start your net zero journey today

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South East small businesses encouraged to apply for Brexit Support Funding before 30 June deadline

With two weeks to go before the deadline, SME businesses in the South East are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules.

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One month left to join VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

Businesses that deferred VAT payments last year have one month left to join online to pay in monthly instalments under the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme.

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Peer Networks - free support for your business

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme which brings together SME business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisations for future success.

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Workshop: management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Coastal West Sussex Partnership and University of Chichester presents Workshop: management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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Find out how your local Business & Intellectual Property Centre can support you

Increase your chances of business success and find out how your local Library BIPC can help

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SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

From 15 March 2021, smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU

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Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees

You must register by 11.59pm on 31 March 2021.

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