Start Your Own Business in West Sussex

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

Start Your Own Business in West 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.

Free start-up pack

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 and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this West Sussex section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in West Sussex who would love to help you.

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 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 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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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...

Tips to Keep Your Business Healthy

Common Start-Up Mistakes... and how to avoid them

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

West Sussex Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the West 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.

Chichester Print

Chichester Print is a print management and supply company in Chichester, West Sussex, providing a quality, affordable print solution for all of your marketing needs. We offer a wide range of print products including letterheads, business cards, leaflets, brochures, folders, posters, banners and just about everything you need to promote your business. Our experienced team have been supplying great quality print to businesses for over 30 years; always the right product at the right price! We also offer a full design service to ensure your business communications always give the right first impression. We are always happy to discuss your printing needs, even if you’re not sure what you are after our experience can help you choose the right products for your marketing goals… just ask us!

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.

Merranti Consulting

For a startup company, things can move quickly, and this is where Merranti Accounting comes in. We can help you in the process of starting your own business by always being available and flexible. We understand that occasionally, you may need more assistance, which comes at no added cost as we work solely on fixed fees. Merranti can assist with: • Business Registration • Management Accounts • Cash Flow Forecasts • Tax Returns • Self Assessments • VAT • Business Planning • Bank Finance Reports • Start-up Finance • Investor Reports • Business Formation HMRC Registration

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.

Stephen Laundy

I have been mentoring Startups professionally for 10 years and also volunteer at The Prince's Trust as a specialist fashion, retail and trading mentor and have in total mentored over 300 people either part time or one off trouble shoot meetings. I have worked for conglomerates and startups and every size in between. I mainly work now in international trade with brands globally. I work with them to find partners in new markets. I have worked with some of the biggest fashion brands as well as startups, large and small. You can see my bio on my website here: fashioncompass.co.uk ourteam You can see my current work here: linkedin.com stephenlaundy I am now based in Bognor Regis despite 0207 number.

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.

Business Buddy
provide business training and advice not available from the Government sponsored Agencies or Government bodies in the Sussex area. We always recommend that you investigate any FREE support so we have done the research for you. 01903 728128

Coast to Capital LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Coast to Capital LEP vision is straightforward and exciting. It places international growth and entrepreneurship at its very heart. It aims to transform business and economic performance so that its region can compete in any international marketplace. 01403 333840

FSB Surrey & West Sussex
FSB Surrey & West 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: Ray Abrahams Development Manager Ray.Abrahams@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

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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