Starting a business


The Government has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, visit the Government page: Coronavirus business support

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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

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice on setting up your business:

Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

The Business Support Helpline for England is also on:

The GOV.UK website also provides information on what you need to start, manage, and improve a business. The site replaces the former Business Link website.

For additional guidance on setting up a business in East Sussex there are the following resources: