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Initiatives are being undertaken to increase broadband speeds to more than 2Mbps by 2012 and to more than 15Mpbs by 2018.

Business Support

HMRC: Every business needs to know how to stay on the right side of HM Revenues & Customs, and run an online series of webinars to help you stay on top of things. See upcoming events on their webinar calendar or see recorded webinars and other advice on their youtube channel. You can also check out their online training courses, such as Starting a business, Becoming an employer, Exporting, or Trading with other EU countries.

Other Support

There is an abundance of business advice, support and ongoing initiatives available for businesses helping them to grow and prosper.  Check out the links below for more information. Also, find out about how to encourage your staff to stay in full health and so full productivity.

Action in Rural Sussex: Offers support to social enterprises and rural shops.

Apprenticeships: All an employer needs to know about the apprenticeship scheme in Sussex.

Be the Boss: Run by the British Legion to help ex-service personnel set up in business.

Be the Business: Seeks to drive the levels of entrepreneurship, productivity and employment growth within West Sussex. They are also offering free peer to peer action learning workgroups across Sussex.

Business Coaching for Growth: A new national scheme aimed at SMEs.

Business Growth Service: A government service providing integrated support for SMEs

Business Link: The government’s telephone helplines for business with a wealth of useful information to help you start up, improve and grow your business.

Country, Land and Business Association: A membership-based organisation for land owners. Runs events and offers professional advice.

Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Department for Work and Pensions: Job Centre Plus

Design Council: Offers a mentoring service for manufacturing SMEs

Enterprise Nation: Help to start and grow a business.

Enterprise Nation meet-ups: Startup classes, expert workshops, and meet-ups.

European Information Service Centre: Provides links to European information re searching for grants and doing business internationally. 

Federation of Small Businesses:  A membership organisation for the self employed and owners of small firms.

Fredericks Foundation: A charity helping disadvantaged people to set up a business.

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards: Open to any business within the Gatwick Diamond and entry is free. Looking for the best of the best in the Gatwick Diamond.

Great Business: A comprehensive online portal signposting to sources of help. 

GrowthAccelerator: Part of the Business Growth Service, GrowthAccelerator is a business support and advice service that helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid, high and sustainable growth. 

Growth Vouchers: Help for small businesses to grow.  

Horsham Unlimited: Horsham Town Centre Partnership. Focal point for the Horsham Town Centre businesses.

HM Revenue and Customs

Institute of Directors: Provides online information plus telephone and 121 business advice and support.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service:  Part of the government's Business Growth Service, providing support for manufacturing businesses.

Mentor SME: A new UK scheme to offer support on a range of issues faced by  businesses.

Open to Export: A new website managed by UKTI and Yell to connect people with businesses and organisations that can help them to trade successfully abroad.

The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME): Helping the over 50’s set up in business.

Princes Trust: Supporting unemployed 18-30 year olds to start a business.

Pro-Actions: Offering free business briefings in Sussex.

Royal Mail  

Shell Live Wire: Offers an online community for young (16 - 30yrs) entrepeneurs.

Technology Strategy Board Innovation Vouchers: Vouchers available for a range of technology-related investment up to £5,000 for SME's, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups. New rounds every January, April, July and October.

The Royal British Legion: 'Be the Boss' scheme helps people who have served in the UK Armed Forces to start up and grow a business, including funding.

UK Business Advisors: Privately-run chargeable business advice, plus some online services.

UKTI:  UK Trade & Investment with help and advice about exporting including subsidised and arranged trade missions to overseas markets.

Universities of Chichester and Brighton: Offers business support, events, student placements and start up help.

Web Fuelled Business: Free one day intensive bootcamp on using the web for SME's - presented by Doug Richards from Dragons Den.

West Sussex Country Council Trading Standards Service: Provides services to businesses and consumers to ensure high standards of consumer protection and business compliance.

West Sussex Growers Association: Primarily a lobbying organisation but offers some networking events.

West Sussex Social Enterprise Network: Offering a series of support sessions being run regularly for anyone thinking of starting a social enterprise.

West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership CIC: For free help and advice on how to achieve savings through energy, waste and water efficiency.  With free workshops, audits and grants.

Wired Sussex: Brighton-based member organisation for those involved in the digital, media and technology sector in Sussex. 

Women in Rural Enterprise: A membership organisation offering networking, training, online support and bespoke business advice.

Young Enterprise: Scheme allowing businesses to partner with local young people to aid their progress into industry.

Young Start-Up Talent: A community-based project whose aims are to help 16 to 25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business and make their dreams a reality.

Promoting a Healthy Workforce
More and more organisations are realising that their biggest asset is their workers and the importance of promoting employee wellbeing. Keeping the workforce healthy – both physically and mentally – is beneficial for individuals and business. Horsham District Wellbeing can help you to find local wellbeing information and services for your staff, as well as tips on how to make your workplace healthier.

Visit our dedicated health and wellbeing website for more information or call (01403) 215111 and ask to speak to our Healthy Workplace Co-ordinator.


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