Helping your business

Networking groups are a great way to get to know businesses in the local area and around the region. There are various support mechanisms offered through these groups, who meet regularly to discuss economic and social matters affecting the local economy and that of the wider District.

New business drop-in session

HDC’s Economic Development Team is hosting a business drop-in event for new, prospective and existing businesses on Tuesday 18th February 2020. The event is designed to provide information and support on a range of topics from funding opportunities, through to planning permission, business rates, commercial waste etc. and help answer the questions that many businesses have when just starting out or wanting to grow and expand. The drop-in is being held at the Council offices in Horsham – Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL – between 11am and 3pm.

We have a range of Council service areas attending, as well as many business support organisations including; Coast 2 Capital, Billingshurst and Horsham Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Sustainable Business Network, Chichester University Business School, Optivo, ByJove Media and Job Centre Plus.  All are there to offer friendly advice and give you as much support and information as you need to make your business idea a success.

There is no need to book an appointment, just simply call in to the Council offices on the 18th February for this free support session. if you would like more information pleases use the contact page, or email,

Local networks

Horsham District has a great variety of groups available for businesses. Some of the prominent local networking groups accessible in the District include:

You can also view the online guide for networking events in your area at

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 Business Advisors 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, visit the Growth Hub website.

You are also invited to contact their team today on 01403 333840, to discuss your support needs.

Further advice

If you are looking for additional help, contact the team at Think Horsham District You may also find some useful help through some of these websites below:

Find or organise an event

Many of the networking events in Horsham District are listed on our news and events page, where you can find out more about events, their locations and the times.

If you have a networking or business event that you would like to place on our news and events page, please fill in this contact form with the necessary details.