New grants for retailers, an allergen law update for food businesses and how to sign up for our next Jobs and Skills Fair

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Apply for a Shop Improvement Grant of up to £4,000 to help improve your premises

Shop Improvement Grant

We're delighted to confirm that another £40,000 of funding is available for independent retail and high street businesses through the West Sussex Retail Training and Support Programme.

The Shop Improvement Grants are a small injection of funding up to the value of £4,000 aimed at independent retail and high street businesses with a physical shop presence within Horsham District. The grant can be used to go towards the key improvements that businesses need to make to their premises and/or in-store operations.

To apply for a grant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered with Companies House or HMRC
  • Must have a physical shop presence within Horsham District
  • Not be part of any regional, national or international chain or franchise
  • Have 25% match funding in place
  • Must have engaged in the Virtual Learning Hub Training Programme (evidence required)

Apply online

Support for food businesses ahead of allergen labelling law change

Pre-packed sandwiches in a refrigerator

Our Environmental Health team is working with Food Standards Agency (FSA) to help support businesses to prepare for upcoming allergen labelling changes.

On 1 October 2021, the law on allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change.

This means that any food business selling PPDS foods will have to include full ingredients on the product label with allergenic ingredients emphasised within that list.

Read the guidance on the FSA website

Find out more

Register now for the Jobs and Skills Fair Autumn 2021

Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair: October 2 2021

Are you currently recruiting? Register for our next Jobs and Skills Fair to showcase your vacancies to local job-seekers.

Saturday 2 October 2021, 10am-3pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the lives of people in our local area, not least in terms of their prospects for employment. To aid businesses in their recovery and help boost employment in the District, the Council are once again organising a Jobs and Skills Fair in October 2021.

The fair looks to build on the success of five previous physical events (and a number of online trials) which have in the past helped hundreds of local companies connect with local people looking to find jobs and grow their skills in our ever-changing jobs market.

Employer Information and employment opportunities will also be available to view online after the event along with resources to meet the needs of businesses and job seekers over the next year.

The fair will be an avenue for your business to showcase a huge range of opportunities including, full-time, part-time or temporary work, apprenticeships, traineeships, graduate placements, Kickstart or volunteering roles.

Register now

Training and qualifications for your employees

Whitehead Ross Education and Consulting

Looking for free courses to help develop the skills of your employees?

Check out Whitehead Ross Education and Consulting, an independent training provider, who provide government funded training and qualifications for employees of SMEs in the Coast to Capital LEP.

They provide a huge range of courses and qualifications, from marketing to wellbeing and first aid to business management.

Find out more

Workplace Charging Scheme

Electric Vehicle Charging

Looking for ways to make your business greener and reduce the carbon footprint of your employees and visitors?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints

The WCS is available to any business, charity or public authority, with some eligibility conditions.

Find out more

Let's keep life moving: COVID-19 guidance for businesses

The Government have released a set of posters to encourage business owners to help keep life moving by taking some simple steps to make their environment safer.

The posters are part of the Working Safely campaign that supports businesses to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace.

Visit for online guides for businesses


LoCase Grant Clinic

18 August 10am-12pm

A virtual clinic for the Green Growth Platform's Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) initiative.

LoCASE provides business support and grants of up to £10,000 to green, clean and low carbon focused businesses for business growth and development. The programme can also fund energy efficiency upgrades for any type of business.

Find out more about the Green Growth Platform

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