Business Support Programme (2024/25)

Adur & Worthing Councils are pleased to be launching a Business Support Programme to assist our local businesses within the areas of innovation, sustainability and leadership & management. Additionally there will be support available for pre-start up and start up enterprises.

This support programme is funded with money from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund awarded by central government, Section 106 contributions from developers and pooled business rates as part of a national retention scheme.

The Business Support Programme has available a very small amount of funding, available to specific, eligible businesses in the form of a grant. Businesses will be identified as eligible to apply, following engagement through one of the support strands. Grants are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by a separate grants panel in order to ascertain the best use of the funds and secure the biggest impact for the amount of funding available.

The councils are pleased to be working with Freedom Works, Clean Growth UK and the University of Brighton to bring specialised support to this programme.

Each support strand content is defined as by our partners below:

  • Innovation (University of Brighton): Innovation can be the key to business growth, creating efficiencies and accessing new customers and markets. Access support to help develop new ideas for products, services, processes and explore new business models to create value in your business through innovation experts from the University of Brighton - via free webinars, workshops, action-learning sets and innovation vouchers (limited) for R&D projects.
  • Sustainability (Clean Growth UK): Do you want to tackle sustainability in your business but you’re unsure what to focus on? Get started here - join a free one day in person workshop and get to grips with what net zero means for your business and identify steps you can take to make an impact. Support provided to help you understand how to measure your carbon footprint and develop your unique net zero plan.
  • Leadership and Management (Freedom Works): If you are looking to grow your knowledge as a leader and how to enhance not only your Business knowhow but also advance those working for you, this is the stand Freedom Works can help you with. Unlock new ways to deal with wellbeing at work, delegating and letting go, hiring and retaining talent and managing difficult situations as well as many other aspects of Leading your business into the next level.
  • Pre-Start up and Start up (Freedom Works): Starting a business can seem daunting. Freedom Works is dedicating support towards those Starting or about to start a new business adventure, guiding them through such topics as Testing your market, Accessing Financial knowledge, Validating your business model, anything that comes with growing from your idea into production.

We are pleased to be able to open registrations to the new support programme. We ask that you read the eligibility criteria prior to registering:

Then please complete the registration form to start the process, it should take no more than 10 minutes to register:

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Page last updated: 12 June 2024

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