Apply for LEAP grant funding for your small business | The Big Nibble is back! | Virtual events for tourism and hospitality businesses

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Apply for a LEAP grant to secure up to £2,000 for your small business

LEAP small business grants

The next round of LEAP funding is now open.

LEAP grants are a small injection of funding of up to £2,000 aimed at start-ups and small businesses based in the Horsham District, with less than 20 FTE employees. You will need to match fund the grant funding by contributing towards 25% of your total project cost with your own investment.

Apply now

Last chance to register for the next Jobs and Skills Fair

Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair 2019 at Drill Hall Horsham

Are you a local employer looking to recruit new staff this year? Come along and exhibit at the Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair which, after a break last year, is now back for 2021.

The 2021 Jobs and Skills Fair will take place on Saturday 2 October from 10am to 3pm at the Drill Hall in Denne Road, Horsham.

Register now

Shop Improvement Grant

Get up to £4,000 to improve your shop

Shop Improvement Grants are a small injection of funding up to the value of £4,000 aimed at independent 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.

You will need to match fund the grant funding by making a small contribution of 25% of the total project cost. Applicants must also have engaged with some virtual training sessions  delivered under the Virtual Learning Hub Training Programme.

Find out more

The Big Nibble is back this weekend!

Firebird Brewing at their stand at the Big Nibble 2019

Sunday 5 September

The ever popular Big Nibble food and drink festival will return to Horsham’s Carfax on Sunday 5 September this year.

This year’s rally call for the event is to ‘Shop Local, Eat Global’ as the festival is set to showcase the very best of local produce from across the Horsham District, alongside the very best of internationally inspired street food.

The Big Nibble event is being delivered this year by Horsham District Council’s contracted market operator Food Rocks.

Support your local food business colleagues and get down there this weekend!

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10% off annual parking season tickets at BT Exchange car park

BT Exchange car park is just 200 yards to Horsham Station and a five minute walk to Horsham town centre, making it a great parking option for commuters to and from Horsham.

Get 10% off your annual parking season ticket if you buy it in September 2021, saving you £93 on the usual price. This offer is valid throughout September, so if it's good value for money for you or your colleagues then do act quickly.

Buy an annual parking season ticket

Visit England

Visit England Business Support Roadshow

Experience West Sussex are partnering with VisitEngland to host a free virtual business support roadshow on Wednesday 22 September at 11.00am.

VisitEngland will present a diverse package of resources, initiatives and opportunities to help your tourism business grow and support business recovery.

Join the session to learn:

  • How to find a wealth of free business advice
  • How to promote and sell your tourism products in the UK and overseas
  • How to navigate government and industry body guidance
  • What data and insights are available for you, to help inform your business decisions, business development and growth
  • How to access VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s professional image library for use in your marketing and more.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend Q&A sessions with subject experts from VisitBritain/VisitEngland in the following weeks.

Register now

Webinars to look out for

Developing a quality customer experience for the modern independent retailer

September 1, 6pm

A live Q & A session with Debbie Pinder, presenter of Understanding Today’s Customer. Part of the West Sussex Retail Hub

Join in

Creating an exceptional customer experience

September 8, 6pm

A live Q & A session with Paul Mackie, presenter of Creating an exceptional customer experience. Part of the West Sussex Retail Hub

Join in

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