Restart Grants now available and more business news from Horsham District Council

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Restart Grants for non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation and gyms

Open shop sign

A Restart Grant is a one-off grant funding scheme from 1 April 2021 to provide support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

Find out more and apply

Local start-ups benefit from LEAP Small Business Grants

Billingshurst Dairies is a new local businesses who recently applied for and were offered a grant from our LEAP Small Business Grant Scheme. We spoke to Chris from the dairy to find out how the grant will help grow their business:

Chris from Billy Dairies LEAP grant

“We are a new business bringing local growers, butchers and bakers products from Horsham District together in one delivery platform: the milk float!

Our LEAP grant will enable us to develop a smartphone app that will simplify the ordering process and enable customers to quickly and easily order goods from their phone or tablet.

This will be a huge boost for both us and our customers, and enable us to serve the more rural villages and those who cannot get to the shops because of the pandemic or mobility reasons.”

The latest round of funding is open to applications from businesses with less than 20 FTE employees and who have registered within the last 12 months (as at 1 September 2020).

Apply now

Display the NHS COVID-19 poster when you reopen

NHS Covid19 App

It's probably been a while since you last thought about displaying NHS COVID-19 QR code posters at your business. The NHS is reminding all businesses about what you need to do ahead of reopening.

Please remember that there is a legal obligation for your business to display the NHS QR code poster.

Visit the NHS website for answers to all your questions

Affordable Food Safety and Health & Safety courses

We run a range of food and health & safety courses that help your business and staff comply with laws and regulations. The courses are currently taking place online through video-conferencing app Zoom and are led by experienced course leaders.


Food hygiene courses

Do you own, or work for, a business that deals with food? Did you know that all food handlers must be supervised, instructed and/or trained in food hygiene? Our Food Hygiene Course offers all the content you need in a supportive environment for an accessible price.

If you have already taken a Level 2 or equivalent food safety course, it is recommended that you take the Update Course three years later. We offer a three-hour course for just £40.

Book now


Health & Safety courses

To help raise the awareness and standards of health and safety within a business, we offer training for the CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, a nationally recognised course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. 

If you have already taken a Level 2 or equivalent health & safety course, it is recommended that you take the Update Course three years later. We offer a three-hour course for just £40.

Book now

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) extended for three more years

Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) sign

There is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place across the Horsham District.

As of 1 April 2021, the Order has now been extended for a further three years (ending on 31 March 2024) and includes additional prohibitions.

Find out more about PSPOs and the additional prohibitions

Grant to help small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting

The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

Find out more

Guidance to help you reopen your business safely from lockdown

A quick reminder that we have published guidance to help your business reopen safely and securely following the national lockdown. The guidance is based on the Government roadmap.

Read the guidance