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Business support

Adur & Worthing Councils supporting local businesses

Supporting and improving the local economy is a key priority for Adur & Worthing Councils.

The Councils' Economic Development Officers, Tina Barker and Suzy Bastable, work in partnership with business organisations and local businesses to provide a strategic approach, which aims to encourage a strong and diverse local economy.

The Councils are currently preparing an Adur & Worthing Economic Action Plan, to identify the key business priorities and future development projects for this area.

For further information see the:

  • Adur & Worthing Economic Action Plan

Free Business Guide

Business Guide and Online Business Directory (cover)

We are pleased to offer a free Business Guide that details the business support available across the Adur and Worthing area and features the services provided by the councils, to help support the local business community. To obtain a free copy of the Business Guide please email or telephone Economic Development.

The councils also support local businesses to:

Gain a better understanding of the local economy:

Identify suitable employment floor-space:

Economic Development provide direct support to businesses looking for employment floor-space and publish quarterly commercial property registers, listing available commercial properties in both Adur and Worthing. For more information see the commercial property registers.

Obtain information regarding:

To start up and plan your business:

The Councils work in partnership with Adur and Worthing Business Partnership, Northbrook College, Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, Job Centre Plus and Worthing Council of Voluntary Services on a joint initiative called Enterprise Hub. The hub provides training and workshops aimed at encouraging employability and entrepreneurial skills. For further information please see:

For further information on any of these services:

Please contact Tina Barker or Suzy Bastable in Economic Development.

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Coast to Capital Business Navigator

The Coast to Capital Business Navigator Service provides FREE one to one support to help your business grow and develop, by identifying business support and funding opportunities specific to your business needs.

This FREE independent service includes:

  • Act as your direct point of contact
  • Offer you one-to-one practical and bespoke support
  • Signpost and refer you to local and national schemes supporting business growth
  • Connect you with the right businesses to business support groups and organisations

This service is available to all businesses from pre-start to large businesses, in the Coast to Capital region. For further information please contact our local Business Navigator:

Alternatively you can visit the Coast to Capital Business Navigator web portal for businesses. The portal includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area:

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gov.uk (was Business Link)

The gov.uk website, provided by the Government, offers business support and advice. This online resource has been designed to help you start up a new business, improve your existing business and grow your business:

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Business innovation, research and development support

Businesses in the Adur and Worthing area can obtain R&D support from:

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Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs.

For further information please see their website:

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HM Revenue & Customs - HMRC e-learning courses

Starting your own business? Got a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? If so, these HMRC e-learning courses are for you.

How long does it take?

It's entirely up to you. You can work through the learning at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You don't need to do it all in one go, you can dip in and out as you need it and even come back to it at a later date.

Watch HMRC tax information videos on YouTube

You will find lots of 'bite-sized' tax information videos on HMRC's YouTube pages. If you need reassurance, quick help or are just interested in finding out more about a subject like statutory payments then this may be the option for you.

Online seminars fo businesses and the self-employed

Webinars are free online presentations that enable you to attend a seminar without leaving your desk. HMRC offers a wide variety of live and pre-recorded webinars on subjects such as business expenses for the self-employed, operating PAYE in real time, statutory sick pay, VAT awareness and many more.

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HMRC Launch New Business Support Tax App

HMRC have launched a new app for businesses, providing easier access to a wide range of our digital help and support. The app links to services which provide the right advice in helping businesses with their tax obligations.

The new app, part of our continuing commitment to make tax easier, quicker and simpler for business, allows access to the following via a tablet or mobile device:

  • Business live webinars and recorded videos
  • Business e-learning
  • Signing up to our email alerts
  • HMRC Business Help Twitter account
  • Commercially developed Record Keeping apps

The app is available to download from the:

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