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Start Your Own Business in East Sussex

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


If you are thinking about starting a business in East Sussex or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in East Sussex contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in East Sussex since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in East Sussex

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Download the 2021 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc.

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in East Sussex.


Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support


Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

Starting a business in East Sussex
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Key Contacts in East Sussex

WordPress Pack
Bring together everything you need to design a successful web site using the WordPress content management system, using a WordPress Pack which includes your domain name, web hosting, premium theme and setting up assistance. WordPress Pack includes… Domain Name Your choice of domain name such as .com and Secure Web Hosting With a leading service provider recommended by WordPress Premium Theme Installed and ready to use with 80+ layouts and a visual builder Email Account IMAP, POP and SMTP. Works with PCs, tablets, and mobile phones Email @ Your Domain Personalise incoming and outgoing email with your domain name Spam Filter Improves productivity by keeping your inbox clear of spam Automated Backups Protect your data with automated daily backups of your files and database Email and Phone Support Personal one-to-one help with issues affecting your web site Setting Up Assistance Premium Theme and recommended plugins installed and ready to use
Quotes - Web Design and Web Hosting
Quotes specialises in helping new businesses to get online. We have built a reputation for creating attractive web sites that meet our client’s requirements at an affordable price. * Web Design * Web Hosting * Domain Names Our web design services are carried out in-house and tailored for each customer. We also provide and supervise our own web hosting services.
Experienced, Trustworthy, Reliable & Friendly. PcHelpMan® has been supplying IT support, PC and Laptop repair services to businesses and homes in the Brighton and Hove area since 1998. With the highest calibre, degree qualified, experienced engineers, we can offer an unbeatable level of professional service to all our customers. We are friendly, communicative and always willing to help. We have some of the best response times in the industry and because we keep our overheads low, we are able to pass on excellent value IT Support to our clients. So there you have it, a high quality bespoke range of services ….at an affordable price. Why not get in touch now for an informal chat about how we can help you.
Jason Cornes Business Mentor and Coach
Self-Employed, Small Business Owner or thinking of launching a Small Business? Running a business is about choices and decisions. I help my clients as an affordable no risk business partner in the following ways; * A sounding board for ongoing decision making. * Helping you to manage feelings and values when making decisions. * Creating and maintaining focus on whats important. * Managing Business change. * Work, Life balance issues. * Improving existing business model or creating new. * All aspects of business start-ups from concept to launch and ongoing. * Making an unprofitable business profitable. * Niching and Branding. New or existing business. * Converting Jack of all trades into * specialists. * Business Plans. For investment, loan applications and other uses. * Personality,Strengths testing and learning. * Marketing plans and social media * marketing. * Pricing of products and services. * Setting and achieving goals for business growth.. * Reaching target customers and increasing sales. * Helping you to get organised and efficient. * Business advice, mentoring, coaching support. Our first Discovery Session is free. Prices clearly set out on website. Please ring 07842 339639 or 01323 768755 You can join me on Facebook here: https:www.facebook.comjasoncornescoaching Jason Cornes. Mentor and Coach. To the Self-Employed and Small Business Owner.
Chris Dowling Business Mentor & Adviser
Starting a new business, looking to expand and develop, or stuck in a rut? If thats you we can help. We will look at where you are, where you want to go and then guide you on a route to business success
Dowling Creative Ltd
Eye-catching designs from a simple logo to a new corporate identity, and from brochures and leaflets to printed marketing material, we design to make sure your business presents itself competitively and professionally. Our graphic design service includes- • Logo design • Corporate design and branding • Design for print – brochures, leaflets and stationery • Design for websites WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT Your business online 247. We design and develop eye-catching website and our web developers and technicians build in all the functionality you need. Whether it’s a brand new website or a re-designed or refreshed site, we will give you business great online presence. Our website services include- • Consultancy and design • Development and construction • Hosting and maintenance • Complete functionality – optimisation, content management and e-commerce • Google Plus, Google Find My Business and Google Analytics • Social media links - Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn PRINTING We have over 30 years’ experience in print, so we know our customers expect affordability, excellent service, quality products and great value for money. We print everything to help you promote your business and its products and services. Our print range includes- • Brochures and catalogues • Leaflets and flyers • Newsletters and magazines • Letterheads, compliments slips and business cards • Folders, posters and price lists Our customers are businesses of all sizes in many sectors of the economy, including start-ups, SMEs and family businesses - come and join them today!
Sussex Innovation Centre
Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators. Its members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field - solving important problems in new ways. Memberships range from support-only and virtual office packages, all the way through to full tenancy at one of the organisations hubs across the South East.
Creative Bloom
Forget traditional PowerPoints, stuffy rooms and trying to politely hide your yawns - training works best when it’s hands-on, practical and relevant. We do training differently so you can engage and learn in a relaxed environment. Creative Bloom are a digital marketing agency based in Brighton who offer training courses that are informal and relaxed, giving you the chance to ask the questions you need answering and gain business specific insights, which is how we’ve helped thousands of small businesses get found online. Specialising in Local SEO, PPC, Marketing Strategy, and Google Analytics brings a range of different companies to our door; getting to know the client personally and tailoring our services for them is critical. Our weekly training sessions give you the knowledge to be better informed and know what to change and where, so you don't have to pay an agency to do it for you. Creative Bloom has always had sustainability and green business values at its core; working with clients such as Lush Cosmetics as well as smaller local businesses allows us to pass those values down. We believe that all companies could benefit from being a little more sustainable, both financially and ethically.
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The Lets Do Business Group
The Lets Do Business Group help businesses throughout the South East of England to start-up and grow through access to finance, business advice and training, as well as organising exhibitions in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. We are a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans scheme and help budding entrepreneurs to launch sustainable and viable businesses, as well as running free start-up workshops in Hastings and Eastbourne. For those established companies looking to grow and expand, we offer Business Growth Loans to those unable to access funding from the usual High Street sources and are an approved provider of the GrowthAcclerator service. Our in-house training team specialise in leadership and management training and apprenticeships to all types of organisations, from start-ups to large multinationals. The popular Lets Do Business exhibitions take place each year in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, giving companies across the region the opportunity to network, promote their services or products, make new connections and generate new business. For more information about how the Lets Do Business Group can help your business, please call 0844 415 2272 or email
Stehlik IT Services
We simply make IT better. Computer maintenance, networking, servers, software installations, data storage, security.
HomeCall Carpets
Homecall Carpets is an established flooring and carpet specialist in Sussex, with a mobile showroom and fitting service. We will measure up, give you an instant quote and arrange a fitting too. Visit our Ditchling showroom for our full range of carpets and hard flooring. Take a look at our website.
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
EDEAL provides CONFIDENTIAL and IMPARTIAL BUSINESS ADVICE to all businesses, ranging from pre-start to mature. The service embraces social enterprises and voluntary organisations as well as private, commercial companies.
Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Limited
When thinking of starting a business we would always recommend that you seek as much independent and impartial advice as possible. Services EDEAL can offer are: Pre Start Advice - Help and encouragement for new entrepreneurs combined with a dose of realism to ensure that your business idea is realistic and thought through; Business Plan Review - An independent, impartial and confidential review; Mentoring - an approach that has been recognised as one of the most effective methods of developing small business enterprises; Meeting facilitation - We can provide a facilitator to help your business planning meetings identify and reach their objectives.
Stephen Rimmer LLP Solicitors
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You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps