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Coastal West Sussex Partnership Presents

Better Together: Kick-Starting The Coastal Economy 

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Wednesday 15 July | 3:00 – 4:30PM

As the lock down measures start to ease, it’s time to start thinking about restarting the economy here on the West Sussex coast. In a brand new series of webinars brought to you by the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, we’ll be discussing how the business community and the public sector can work together to get our economy moving again, and what changes we can make now to ensure the area sees long-term benefits. 

Our select panel of influencers from both the private sector and local authorities will include:

The first webinar will take place on Wednesday 15 July 2020 from 3 – 4.30pm, and will offer a unique opportunity to influence our leaders.

Please send us your questions for the panel before the event, and come prepared for a discussion on what your business needs in order to recover and how, together, we can help the economy move again. 

The second webinar in our series will explore the impact that the lockdown has had on young people with a particular focus on skills and employment.

Don’t forget to sign up for this exclusive series of webinars to receive the first event link. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Register Here


This page will be updated regularly to try and keep the information as up to date as possible.  Last updated 1st June 2020

The current Coronavirus situation is an unprecedented and worrying time for the whole community, including businesses and employers.

The CWS Partnership is working with public organisations and private businesses across the region  and with our partners to to help implement the Government’s support and recovery packages

The Government is providing COVID-19 guidance for employees, employers and businesses. Please check the government website regularly for updates.

For sector specific guidance for employers on social distancing please CLICK HERE


Government has also announced a series of measures to help support businesses, employers and the self-employed during these unprecedented times. Visit the Government’s BUSINESS SUPPORT HUB  to find out more.


The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.


The DWP have designed a dedicated webpage to help support people who are currently claiming or need to claim benefit during this challenging time.  To access the site Click here


The link to the online portal is here 

The Government’s furlough scheme is open and changing from the 1st July to allow previously furloughed staff return to work part-time.

The scheme will close to new entrants from the 30th June 2020


Government has published guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new guidance is broken down according to type of workplace rather than sector. There are eight sets of guidelines in total. Businesses that operate in more than one type of workplace may need to look at several publications.


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.

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.