Starting a business


The UK Community Renewal Fund is now open for project bids in East Sussex. The closing date for bids is midday Friday 30 Apr 2021.

Full details at UK Community Renewal Fund.

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)
Freephone 0800 998 1098

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.