Business Support and Advice

Research & Innovation Sussex Excellence (RISE)

The RISE project can help your business innovate and grow.

Business innovation is critical for enhancing your productivity and competitiveness. Through the RISE project, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex are offering free business innovation support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex. 

Find out more click on the link below or contact Lorraine Bell, Head of Project (RISE) at

Research & Innovation Sussex Excellence (RISE)


Coast to Capital

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is one of 38 local business led partnerships nationwide between local authorities and businesses driving economic growth and the creation of local jobs. The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides free and impartial government funded business support, including one to one support from specialist growth advisors.

Coast to Capital - Growth Hub

Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s deep investment in the pioneering businesses that drive economic growth. It is a publicly-funded service available to all high potential small to medium sized innovation-driven companies, including Innovate UK grant winners.

Innovate UK EDGE

Business & IP Centre Sussex

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Sussex with its Regional Centre BIPC Brighton & Hove at Jubilee Library and its BIPC Local at Crawley Library, supports entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses across Sussex, from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.

As well as being a hub for entrepreneurs to network and attend events, it provides 121 expert advice and access to a wealth of free information - business databases, market research reports, company data and information on intellectual property. 

BIPC Sussex is part of the British Library’s National Network of BIPCs and  one of 20 Centres currently available across UK.

Business & IP Centre Sussex

Net Zero 360

Net Zero 360 is a full-service net-zero business package, run by Clean Growth UK. This net-zero business package includes a free 3-part workshop series, a carbon calculator, and access to funding and innovation support to help you reduce your footprint faster. Further information can be found here

West Sussex Business Hub

The West Sussex Business Hub is free to join and open to anyone in West Sussex who runs or owns an independent business, providing access to training, business support, networking opportunities, and information - as well as enabling you to contribute your ideas and share your experience with other business owners. 

West Sussex Business Hub

Digital Futures West Sussex

The aim of the programme is to inspire jobseekers and people at all stages of their careers to discover the range of digital roles available in West Sussex, to connect local businesses with talented jobseekers, increase aspiration for digital careers across the county and ultimately, boost growth in the area. 

Do you run or work for a business with a need for advanced digital skills in West Sussex? Visit the Digital Futures website to find out more about the programme, upcoming events and hear stories from those in the industry via podcasts and videos

The Digital Futures West Sussex programme is being jointly funded by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Districts and Boroughs. 

Let’s Go! Net Zero

Let’s Go! Net Zero is an initiative aiming to inspire and motivate West Sussex Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and business sectors to embrace relevant and meaningful steps towards sustainability and net zero delivering a fully funded programme of free support, events and resources for local businesses.

Find out more about the support available, access useful tools and resources and sign up for upcoming events here

The programme follows on from the successful Low Carbon Business video series available to watch on YouTube

The Let’s Go! Net Zero programme is being jointly funded by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Districts and Boroughs.

Business and Membership Organisations

Mid Sussex benefits from the support of various business associations and organisations providing business support, networking opportunities and a wide range of events.

Useful Resources and Tools

Modern Slavery Toolkit

The toolkit is the first of its kind, being both free and specifically created for SMEs in consultation with business experts. The toolkit includes key features such as a simple risk self-assessment, practical steps to protect employees, and clear guidance on how to report modern slavery concerns.

The Modern Slavery Toolkit for Small, Medium Enterprises

A small business guide to EV charging points

Download a helpful step by step guide introducing small businesses to Electric Vehicle charging points and steps to installation
Last updated: 21 August 2023