Last updated:
25 September 2015

Local and national support for businesses

Access links to networks, organisations and services at local and national level.

Access links to networks, organisations and services, both at local and national level, offering support at different stages of your business life - from pre-start-up support to business expansion.

Local chambers of commerce

Chambers of commerce exist to make a difference to your business, whether that means ensuring your views are heard within government, opening new business opportunities in local, national and international markets or providing critical business advice, services and skills development.

There are a number of chambers that you may wish to search for and contact that are more local to you, but below are some of the larger chambers in West Sussex you may find useful.

Local business support organisations and networks

National networks and support organisations

  • GOV.UK – provides guidance on regulations and access to government services, as well as information on a number of business topics and a business finance and support finder.
  • Business Growth Service - GrowthAccelerator is now part of the Business Growth Service, a government-backed service offering support to businesses with the potential to improve and grow.
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Surrey and Sussex - the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
  • Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - provides manufacturing business support for companies based in England, helping them to improve and grow.

 Links to government departments and offices

Funding and financial support

  • West Sussex 4 Business - a search engine to find funding sources for businesses in West Sussex.
  • Finance South East - a Fund Management organisation delivering a range of debt and equity growth finance solutions and support.
  • LEADER - is a source of funding for farmers, foresters, rural businesses and community organisations
  • Coast to Capital Growing Places Fund - for both public and private sector with projects that have been stalled due to lack of investment that will create or unlock job opportunities.

Educational support

  • University of Brighton - provides practical, applied solutions to meet the needs of business, from developing a new product to making improvements to existing processes.
  • University of Chichester - provides a range of services, from consultancy and research information, to commitment to the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), as well as new services in business planning and new business incubation.
  • University of Sussex - works closely with the business community, government and voluntary organisations, using its strengths to develop novel approaches and solutions, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and sharing the benefits of engagement with its external partners. 

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