Start Your Own Business in East Sussex

If you are starting a business in East Sussex, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in East Sussex contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.

East Sussex Locations Covered

Adur  |  Battle  |  Bexhill  |  Brighton  |  Brighton & Hove  |  Crowborough  |  East Sussex  |  Eastbourne  |  Eastbourne Borough  |  Hailsham  |  Hastings  |  Hastings Borough  |  Heathfield  |  Hove  |  Lewes  |  Lewes District  |  Peacehaven  |  Pevensey  |  Polegate  |  Rother District  |  Rye  |  Seaford  |  St Leonards-On-Sea  |  Uckfield  |  Wadhurst  |  Wealden District  |  Winchelsea  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business in East Sussex
Start Your Own Business in East Sussex

This free 180 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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StartUp Latest

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

The Leap Of Faith: From Startup Founder To CEO

How to Use Pay-Per-Click to Help Grow Your Startup

East Sussex Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the East Sussex area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

Chris Dowling Business Mentor & Adviser

Starting a new business, looking to expand and develop, or stuck in a rut? If that's you we can help. We will look at where you are, where you want to go and then guide you on a route to business success

Dowling Creative Ltd

Eye-catching designs from a simple logo to a new corporate identity, and from brochures and leaflets to printed marketing material, we design to make sure your business presents itself competitively and professionally. Our graphic design service includes- • Logo design • Corporate design and branding • Design for print – brochures, leaflets and stationery • Design for websites WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT Your business online 24/7. We design and develop eye-catching website and our web developers and technicians build in all the functionality you need. Whether it’s a brand new website or a re-designed or refreshed site, we will give you business great online presence. Our website services include- • Consultancy and design • Development and construction • Hosting and maintenance • Complete functionality – optimisation, content management and e-commerce • Google Plus, Google Find My Business and Google Analytics • Social media links - Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn PRINTING We have over 30 years’ experience in print, so we know our customers expect affordability, excellent service, quality products and great value for money. We print everything to help you promote your business and its products and services. Our print range includes- • Brochures and catalogues • Leaflets and flyers • Newsletters and magazines • Letterheads, compliments slips and business cards • Folders, posters and price lists Our customers are businesses of all sizes in many sectors of the economy, including start-ups, SMEs and family businesses - come and join them today!

Enterprise Exchange

Enterprise Exchange specialise in helping people with additional barriers become self employed or start a business to transform their lives. We have a wealth of experience – not just providing business support, but also helping to build the confidence and self esteem of our clients. We are very aware that mainstream business support is either too expensive or not fit for purpose for our client group. Our business coaches and mentors understand the barriers that our clients face and use tried and tested techniques to help them overcome challenges. We work with offenders, ex offenders, long term unemployed and others who have experienced barriers to starting their own business. We also run enterprise programs for young people, have a dedicated women’s business adviser and a unique management development program for corporate clients.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Jason Cornes Business Mentor and Coach

Self-Employed, Small Business Owner or thinking of launching a Small Business? Running a business is about choices and decisions. I help my clients as an affordable "no risk business partner" in the following ways; * A "sounding board" for ongoing decision making. * Helping you to manage feelings and values when making decisions. * Creating and maintaining focus on what's important. * Managing Business change. * Work, Life balance issues. * Improving existing business model or creating new. * All aspects of business start-ups from concept to launch and ongoing. * Making an unprofitable business profitable. * Niching and Branding. New or existing business. * Converting "Jack of all trades" into * specialists. * Business Plans. For investment, loan applications and other uses. * Personality,Strengths testing and learning. * Marketing plans and social media * marketing. * Pricing of products and services. * Setting and achieving goals for business growth.. * Reaching target customers and increasing sales. * Helping you to get organised and efficient. * Business advice, mentoring, coaching support. Our first Discovery Session is free. Prices clearly set out on website. Please ring 07842 339639 or 01323 768755 You can join me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/jasoncornescoaching/ Jason Cornes. Mentor and Coach. To the Self-Employed and Small Business Owner.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Stehlik IT Services

We simply make IT better. Computer maintenance, networking, servers, software installations, data storage, security.

Sussex Innovation Centre

Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators. Its members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field - solving important problems in new ways. Memberships range from support-only and virtual office packages, all the way through to full tenancy at one of the organisation's hubs across the South East.

The Let's Do Business Group

The Let's Do Business Group help businesses throughout the South East of England to start-up and grow through access to finance, business advice and training, as well as organising exhibitions in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. We are a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans scheme and help budding entrepreneurs to launch sustainable and viable businesses, as well as running free start-up workshops in Hastings and Eastbourne. For those established companies looking to grow and expand, we offer Business Growth Loans to those unable to access funding from the usual High Street sources and are an approved provider of the GrowthAcclerator service. Our in-house training team specialise in leadership and management training and apprenticeships to all types of organisations, from start-ups to large multinationals. The popular Let's Do Business exhibitions take place each year in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, giving companies across the region the opportunity to network, promote their services or products, make new connections and generate new business. For more information about how the Let's Do Business Group can help your business, please call 0844 415 2272 or email info@ldbgroup.co.uk.

Tipton Marketing

Tipton Marketing & PR offers a fresh look at your marketing through inspirational ideas supported with solid expertise. Be it a full marketing strategy or a simple digital campaign I am able to work flexibly either alongside you or your marketing team providing bespoke consultancy support so you have an expert on hand as and when you need them. My aim is to absorb myself into your business and bring innovative ideas into your existing plans or create new, exciting ways of promoting your business but ultimately ensure that your results are targeted and achieve what you need. With excellent contacts throughout the business network I always ensure my clients are given 110% in everything we do and that together we achieve the outstanding results that every business requires in today's competitive marketplace, take a look at my client base and testimonials for reassurance! My work includes Marketing Strategy, Digital & Content Marketing, Public Relations, New Business Development, Training and Event Management. So, whether your business needs a full marketing & PR strategy put in place or just a little bit of marketing support every now and then, please do get in touch and let's see how we can work together to move your business forward.

Da Costa Coaching Ltd
Business coaching for SME businesses. Helping businesses create a clear vision and turn it into a measureable plan and giving start ups the confidence to succeed. Kick start your coaching programme by using some government funding available. Get in touch to find out more. 7775644588

Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Limited
When thinking of starting a business we would always recommend that you seek as much independent and impartial advice as possible. Services EDEAL can offer are: Pre Start Advice - Help and encouragement for new entrepreneurs combined with a dose of realism to ensure that your business idea is realistic and thought through; Business Plan Review - An independent, impartial and confidential review; Mentoring - an approach that has been recognised as one of the most effective methods of developing small business enterprises; Meeting facilitation - We can provide a facilitator to help your business planning meetings identify and reach their objectives. 01323 489 800

EDEAL
EDEAL provides CONFIDENTIAL and IMPARTIAL BUSINESS ADVICE to all businesses, ranging from pre-start to mature. The service embraces social enterprises and voluntary organisations as well as private, commercial companies. 01323 489800

FSB East Sussex
FSB East Sussex is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Martin Searle Development Manager Martin.Searle@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

South East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The South East LEP is a partnership of leaders - from the business community and from local authorities with their democratic mandates - and will perform a leadership role. This leadership role means acting as strong advocates for the area - working with Government to find solutions to enable delivery of strategic transport infrastructure that will drive national prosperity and economic growth. SELEP will be a strong voice on behalf of businesses and communities and work to ensure that Government and the European Union realise the national and international importance of the South East LEP area in the allocation of scare resources. Advocacy will be supported by project specific economic intelligence which will provide the evidence base for investment. 01245 431469

Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Sussex Chamber of Commerce is holding 4 Your Future Careers Fairs in 2016. These events are for young people aged 14-24 to inspire, enthuse and motivate them to think about prospective careers, the employment options available to them and to make the most of their remaining time in education. The Your Future Careers Fairs is a government funded national project to deliver 250 events through Chambers of Commerce, attracting over 70,000 young people across England. Address: Unit 4, Victoria Business Centre, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9LR 01444 259 259


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