Business support

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Adur & Worthing Councils supporting local businesses

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

The Councils' Place & Economy Team 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' Economic Strategy provides a framework on growth. Further information can be found here:

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, Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Business, Job Centre Plus, Community Works (Charities & Third Sector Lead) as well as local training providers, colleges and universities. Based on your business enquiry or start up idea, we will sign post you to the most appropriate partner.

You can also use the following template from The Prince's Trust, to begin outlining your business idea in preparation for any referral we make.

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Coast to Capital Growth Hub

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:

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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 for 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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Page last updated: 16 April 2021