Advice and networking
Chambers of Commerce
A vital network run for and by local businesses. They run networking events and training workshops with the aim of connecting local businesses and helping them to succeed.
- C2C Business
Free and impartial local advice and support service.
A not-for-profit enterprise agency providing confidential and impartial business advice.
- Let's Do Business
A social enterprise helping businesses to start-up and grow throughout the South East of England.
Business support organisations
- Federation of Small Business
Provides legal advice, insurance protection and help with financial questions for self-employed people and small businesses.
- The Thrive Effect
A purpose-led membership organisation in Sussex on a mission to give female founders the inspiration, knowledge and connections they need to start and grow a thriving small business.
National support programme for aspiring social entrepreneurs and growing social enterprises.
- Wired Sussex
Business development agency for over 1,200 digital and new media companies and freelancers across Sussex and the South East.
NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator
Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Email Accelerator@natwest.com for more information.
The UK government’s grant finder tool enables you to search for funding according to various criteria.
- Start Up Loans
The government-backed provider of loans between £500 and £25,000. No application fee and 6% interest.
- The Prince’s Trust
Provides money and support to help people aged 18-30 start up in business.
- Shell Livewire
£5,000 is given out every month to start-ups that are addressing energy and resource challenges. Also includes a fund-finder tool.
An increasingly popular way to fund high growth businesses. Platforms include: