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Start Your Own Business in West Sussex

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

Start Your Own Business in West 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 West Sussex since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in West 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 West 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 West Sussex
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Key Contacts in West Sussex

Tipton Marketing
Tipton Marketing & PR offers a fresh look at your marketing through inspirational ideas supported with solid expertise. Be it a full marketing strategy or a simple digital campaign I am able to work flexibly either alongside you or your marketing team providing bespoke consultancy support so you have an expert on hand as and when you need them. My aim is to absorb myself into your business and bring innovative ideas into your existing plans or create new, exciting ways of promoting your business but ultimately ensure that your results are targeted and achieve what you need. With excellent contacts throughout the business network I always ensure my clients are given 110% in everything we do and that together we achieve the outstanding results that every business requires in todays competitive marketplace, take a look at my client base and testimonials for reassurance! My work includes Marketing Strategy, Digital & Content Marketing, Public Relations, New Business Development, Training and Event Management. So, whether your business needs a full marketing & PR strategy put in place or just a little bit of marketing support every now and then, please do get in touch and lets see how we can work together to move your business forward.
Merranti Consulting
For a startup company, things can move quickly, and this is where Merranti Accounting comes in. We can help you in the process of starting your own business by always being available and flexible. We understand that occasionally, you may need more assistance, which comes at no added cost as we work solely on fixed fees. Merranti can assist with: • Business Registration • Management Accounts • Cash Flow Forecasts • Tax Returns • Self Assessments • VAT • Business Planning • Bank Finance Reports • Start-up Finance • Investor Reports • Business Formation HMRC Registration
I am a graphic designer based in West Sussex. I have a great passion for graphic design and would like to express that by helping other with my skills. KyDesign is a freelance design company specialising in graphic design. KyDesign has designed work for many business. We provide; Logo Design, Posters & Print Material, Packaging Design, Branding, Advertisements,Webgraphics and More.
Enterprise Exchange
Enterprise Exchange specialise in helping people with additional barriers become self employed or start a business to transform their lives. We have a wealth of experience – not just providing business support, but also helping to build the confidence and self esteem of our clients. We are very aware that mainstream business support is either too expensive or not fit for purpose for our client group. Our business coaches and mentors understand the barriers that our clients face and use tried and tested techniques to help them overcome challenges. We work with offenders, ex offenders, long term unemployed and others who have experienced barriers to starting their own business. We also run enterprise programs for young people, have a dedicated women’s business adviser and a unique management development program for corporate clients.
Compass Pools UK
Compass Pools is part of the Waterstream Group, designers, suppliers and installers of luxury swimming pools. Specialising in ceramic composite one-piece pools, the team transforms properties around the UK.
Maltaward provide security and civil engineering solutions to clients in the public and private sector across the South East. From concrete and plastic barriers available for hire and purchase, to temporary fencing, airline service and more. Visit the website today for more on their services.
Chichester Print
Chichester Print is a print management and supply company in Chichester, West Sussex, providing a quality, affordable print solution for all of your marketing needs. We offer a wide range of print products including letterheads, business cards, leaflets, brochures, folders, posters, banners and just about everything you need to promote your business. Our experienced team have been supplying great quality print to businesses for over 30 years; always the right product at the right price! We also offer a full design service to ensure your business communications always give the right first impression. We are always happy to discuss your printing needs, even if you’re not sure what you are after our experience can help you choose the right products for your marketing goals… just ask us!
PatchWorks UK supply topical vitamin patches and supplements that are delivered directly into the bloodstream. Ideal for sensitive stomachs and incredibly easy to use, the wide range of products covers all the usual nutrition and health issues. Visit the website and enjoy 10% off your first order.
Document Options Ltd
Crawley-based Document Options have provided clients with document storage and management services for nearly 30 years. Why not see what they could do for you and your business? Visit their website for further information.
The Bag
The Bag Broker EU provide commercial packaging solutions to customers in the food and drinks industry. Available in a range of designs, sizes and premium finishes, our bags are manufactured in ISO-9000 certified factories at competitive prices and fast turnaround times. Order on our website.
The Bag
The Bag Broker UK works with clients in the UK tea, coffee and food industry to provide pre-made bags and pouches as well as custom-printed designs. Browse the website to see materials, colour options and closures.
George Ide LLP
Experienced solicitors George Ide LLP are dedicated to delivering excellent legal advice to you or your business. You can be assured that the knowledgable team are focussed on achieving the best possible outcome whatever your situation. Get in touch to discuss your legal needs.
Stephen Laundy
I have been mentoring Startups professionally for 10 years and also volunteer at The Princes Trust as a specialist fashion, retail and trading mentor and have in total mentored over 300 people either part time or one off trouble shoot meetings. I have worked for conglomerates and startups and every size in between. I mainly work now in international trade with brands globally. I work with them to find partners in new markets. I have worked with some of the biggest fashion brands as well as startups, large and small. You can see my bio on my website here: ourteam You can see my current work here: stephenlaundy I am now based in Bognor Regis despite 0207 number.
Business Buddy
provide business training and advice not available from the Government sponsored Agencies or Government bodies in the Sussex area. We always recommend that you investigate any FREE support so we have done the research for you.
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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps