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:
Free Business Guide
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:
- Planning Permission:
- Guidance for submitting planning applications
- Guidance of submitting loss of employment floor-space applications - Worthing Sustainable Economy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
- Planning policy guidance
- Business Rates
- Licensing and permits
- Environmental Health & Safety
- Waste collection and recycling
- Local parking provision and business permits
- Grants and funding for businesses
- Employing apprentices
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.
The Coast to Capital Growth Hub supports businesses in the area to achieve their growth ambitions through the provision of direct support and signposting services, completely free at point of use.
Since its launch the Coast to Capital Growth Hub has supported thousands of businesses.
The support includes:
- dedicated Account Managers who will assess the needs of your business and introduce you to local, regional and national support initiatives to help you grow.
- access to free diagnostic business reviews, resulting in impact-driven hands-on support to overcome organisational barriers.
- providing a bespoke website full of relevant resources, events and opportunities for your business.
For more information on the service, or to contact the team today to discuss your support needs, visit the:
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:
Businesses in the Adur and Worthing area can obtain R&D support from:
- Sussex Innovation Centre website - part of the Sussex University
- Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) - on the Brighton University website
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:
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.
- Starting Your Own Business - on the HMRC website
- Tax Advice for Driving Instructors (DIA) - on the HMRC website
- Tax Advice for the Construction Industry - on the HMRC website
- Tax Advice for Childminders - on the HMRC website
- Exporting Goods (UKTI) - on the HMRC website
- Trading with other EU Countries (UKTI) - on the HMRC website
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.
- Find out more about HMRC webinars - Online seminars for businesses and the self-employed - on the GOV.UK website
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:
Contact Economic Development, Place & Economy
Place & Economy,
Adur & Worthing Councils,
Worthing Town Hall,