Support for local retailers and more business news from Horsham District Council

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Be the first to hear about the West Sussex Retail Hub

West Sussex Retail Hub

The West Sussex Retail Hub is a fantastic set of online learning modules and training to support independent retail businesses in West Sussex.

Set to go live on 12 July, the hub is the first part of an exciting range of support measures for retail and high street businesses in West Sussex you'll see this summer. We're delighted to be a part of the project, which is a partnership between all West Sussex local authorities.

The programme will include live events, pre-recorded learning modules as well as downloads and useful resources, which will be free to access at any time of the day.

There will be an online launch event for the hub on 12 July at 6pm with guest speaker Mark Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Sweaty Betty. You'll also meet the module presenters and have time to ask questions about the programme. Register to take part in the launch event via the following link:

In the meantime, register for email updates now to make sure you're the first to hear about the upcoming sessions. 

Register for email updates

COVID-19 update: Summer 2021 roadmap

Following the Prime Minister's press conference on Monday 5 July, the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’. This document sets out the details of the final roadmap step (Step 4) as we transition out of lockdown.

Familiarise yourself with the potential upcoming changes. The decision on whether to move to Step 4 on 19 July will be taken on 12 July.

Watch the Government's short 'Moving to Step 4' video on Facebook

Read the Summer 2021 Roadmap

Don't miss out on extra business support funding

If you have already received a Restart Grant, there's still time to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant for your business.

The deadline for eligible businesses to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant is 18 July.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is top-up funding to cover the restriction period up to 19 July.

Find out more and apply online

Horsham station

Network Rail engineering works 

If you work at the weekends, or if your customers get the train to visit you, make sure you're up to date with the Arun Valley line engineering works schedule.

This summer, Network Rail is upgrading the Arun Valley Line, which runs through Horsham, to replace 1980s track and infrastructure with new, more reliable, equipment. This means that Southern will serve the line with buses for seven weekends between July and October, including a nine day closure from Sat 14 August to Sunday 22 August. Enabling work is due to begin on Sunday 11 July.

Visit the Network Rail website for more details and to sign up for further updates

Webinar: Revival of Tourism and Hospitality

July 7 2-3.30pm

Hear from local guest speakers in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors including: Andrew Coggings – MD of Entertaining & Hospitality, The Goodwood Estate; Stewart Drew – Director, De La Warr Pavilion; and Corrie Ince - Show Director, South of England Events Centre.

They will share best practice on how they have adapted their venues in order to re-open to the public, and innovative plans and the measures they have put in place to help them meet current government rules and guidelines.

Book a place

Webinar: Why small businesses are the secret to sustainability 

Being sustainable in business is on every business owners' radar but it can often be unclear what being sustainable actually means, how to start and know what you are doing already.

This session will hear from business owners offering their tips, insights and experiences on how we can all be more sustainable with actions we can start implementing straight away.

The event is part of the Small Business Britain 'Inspiration series' with Lloyds Bank Academy.

Book a place

Find more business advice and information at 

We've updated our website to make it even easier for you to find local services and national guidance to help you run your business.

Visit our Business page to find:

  • Local opportunities for business promotion
  • Council services you might find useful
  • Employment and skills information
  • Tendering opportunities

And much more. Be sure to bookmark the page so you can always find it quickly!

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