The latest updates, events and information

This is a worrying time for businesses, employees and residents alike and the Coastal West Sussex Partnership is working with public and private organisations across the region to help implement the Government’s support and recovery packages.

To access the Government’s BUSINESS SUPPORT HUB

Report reveals decade of economic recovery for West Sussex, urges local collaboration

A report commissioned by the Coastal West Sussex Partnership offers stark warnings about the future of the local economy and urges a collaborative approach to combating the economic impacts of Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Impact Assessment for Coastal West Sussex, by Hatch, found the region’s challenges include a dependence on tourism, high populations of people self-employed in the creative/digital sector, and concentrations of older residents. The impact on young people, particularly those with fewer skills, was highlighted.  To see the full report click here

News around the region

The DISTRICT AND BOROUGH COUNCILS across coastal West Sussex are administering a number of elements of the Government’s business support package as follows:

  • The business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a maximum rateable value of £51,000
  • Cash grants for businesses already receiving Small Business Rate Relief and/or Rural Rate Relief and who occupy property.
  • Top Up Discretionary Grants which are available from 1st June 2020 – refer to your Local Authorities for further information.


The Coast to Capital Growth Hub are offering a series of free 1-2-1 ‘SME Emergency Response Clinics‘. The sessions will be run by business experts and will cover a range of topics and challenges being faced by businesses in the area.

The events page is regularly updated with new events.  Click here for see the events calendar

If the support you require is in another business area please complete this online form and one of the Growth Hub Team will respond to you.

The Impact of Covid19 on the Tourism Industry is significant.  Read here to find out more 

Support is also being provided for individuals, businesses and employers in particular sectors:

The Government has provided specific guidance for healthcare professionals, food businesses, transport and freight.

Historic England have announced the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund.  The grants available will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.

Arts Council England have announced a £160 million support package for individual artists and for organisations who are currently funded to deliver projects or receive regular funding. Full details will be announced on 30 March.

Wired Sussex have set up a Slack channel for creative digital members and non-members to share information and offers of support such as getting started with e-commerce or legal advice. Wired Sussex also have a live jobs board and are collecting information to lobby the government.

Tech Nation have a wide range of resources to help the tech industry.

Visit England Business has a dedicated page on the Tourism Business Advice Hub to provide information on staff management, cleaning guidance, insurance, finance and more.

UK Hospitality is working with industry suppliers and Government to help redeploy industry talent. To register your interest, please email Richard Clifford.The Government is collating a central booking system for hotels willing to take NHS staff and other key workers. To offer support, please get in touch.

National Heritage Fund is running a survey to gather information about the immediate and longer-term impact of the pandemic. Responses will help to shape their rescue and recovery support which they will be announcing soon.

Sport England have announced a £195 million package of support to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus. The money will help partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Groups can apply for grant funding up to £2,500.

The Creative Industries Federation has announced a partnership with Crowdfunder’s Pay It Forward scheme. The scheme provides an online platform to enable creative businesses and individuals to pre-sell tickets, products, bookings and services now, to be redeemed later.