Starting a business


The South East LEP is now inviting applications to its Local Growth Fund (LGF). Capital-only grants of between £250k and £8m are available – Expressions of Interest are to be submitted by 20th August 2018. Click on the LGF page for more information.

There are lots of things to think about when you set up a business or become self-employed, including:

  • type of business – from sole trader to private limited company, partnership or social enterprise
  • location – finding premises, working from home, business rates, rent or buy
  • legal issues – registering your business, employment law, food safety, tax and licences
  • finance – from grants and loans to cash flow
  • business knowledge – researching your market, create a business plan
  • technology – what do you need to run your business, planning for emergencies
  • training – finding courses, qualifications
  • selling your services – growing your business, networking and advertising.

Getting advice

The GOV.UK website is the best place to start looking for everything you need to start, manage, and improve a business. The site replaces the former Business Link website.

For guidance on setting up a business in East Sussex: