Business support & resources
Business support comes in many forms, it could be as simple as knowing where to turn for impartial advice, help to set up your new business, accessing grant funding or having a forum to discuss major local issues.
We represent businesses on wider issues and champion our local area and its growth, across all levels of business.
Up to date business support is posted on this page.
Business & IP Centre
Worthing & Adur Chamber
Together business is stronger
We are here to promote, support and connect our members, who are a diverse mix of large and small businesses all with the same aim – to succeed.
There are so many benefits to being a member, whether you want to raise your profile, accelerate your business growth, connect with your business community or simply just be part of it.
The Chamber's purpose is to support businesses, big or small to ensure and encourage success.
Low Carbon Across the South East (LOCASE)
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme. The aim is to help your business to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions.
To do this, LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services.
Local businesses invited to get a
The programme, which is delivered by Adur & Worthing Wellbeing, with funding from West Sussex County Council, is designed to help businesses cut staff absences due to sickness by supporting employees to improve their health.
Nationally, 131 million days a year are lost to sickness absence, which costs the UK economy an estimated £100 billion every year. And this figure is expected to rise as the fallout from the COVID pandemic continues.
Low Carbon Leaders
Low Carbon Leaders are adapting to operate carbon negative. Pulling way more carbon out of the atmosphere than we emit by:
- Minimising our carbon emissions
- Funding natural climate solutions including tree planting
We are on the front line of climate positive innovation and collective action. The climate challenge empowers us, engages our teams and influences our business strategies.
GrantFinder is a database for all types of funding including loans, awards and grants to help local companies, local communities and charitable organisations. GrantFinder is only available at Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing Libraries.
Local entrepreneurs can search independently through the thousands of funds available to them. These include:
local authority funds
prestigious business award competitions
Help to grow University of Brighton
Help to Grow: Management is the government's flagship executive development leadership and management course designed to help you to grow your business. It supports leaders and senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses from any sector through a 12-week programme designed to be taken alongside full-time work, with the cost 90% funded by Government.
The Help to Grow: Management programme is delivered by leading business schools across the UK who have been awarded the Small Business Charter (SBC) by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). The University of Brighton’s School of Business and Law gained accreditation in December 2021.
Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers
Employers have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment. Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this. This toolkit will help your organisation to support your employees and contribute to tackling domestic abuse.
First created in 2018 by Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community (BITC) the toolkit was informed by an evidence review by PHE, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Home Office Workplace Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse report.
Economic Development Team
The Economic Development Team are committed to encouraging growth in our area that balances economic success with providing the best quality of life for the people who live and work here, sustaining our region's rich natural assets and environment and continuing to attract increasing numbers of visitors.
You can contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A guide to making your small non-domestic premises safe from fire
This guide gives simple and practical advice to assist persons with responsibilities for fire safety in in small non-domestic premises that have simple layouts, low fire risk, with limited fire hazards and a small number of employees, customers, and visitors. The guide takes the form of guidance and recommendations to support the application of fire safety legislation, including advice about completing a fire safety risk assessment.
This guide has been published by the Secretary of State under Article 50 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) to assist responsible persons in meeting their duties under the FSO.
Eagle Labs at Freedom Works Worthing
Barclays Eagle Labs have partnered with Freedom Works to support founders and entrepreneurs across Crawley, Hove and Worthing to innovate and grow.
Providing business support, growth programmes and events for the innovators, founders and entrepreneurs across three sites in Sussex:
Astral Towers - Crawley
The Creative Hub - Hove
The Creative & Digital Hub - Worthing
Events are a core part of the Eagle Labs experience, providing access to experts and training on a wide range of topics to help entrepreneurs and startups to scale and grow.