At Chichester District Council we recognise that the wealth of the community is generated by it's successful businesses. The authority works in close partnership with other business support agencies throughout the county, offering support and information on the range of issues that affect businesses.

Coronavirus updates

Please visit our coronavirus support for businesses webpage.

More information:  Coronavirus support for businesses

Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

£4000 is available for rural SME's upgrading their broadband.

West Sussex County Council has recently relaunched their Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme .  Now rural eligible premises can claim up to £4,000 each towards the installation cost of gigabit-capable broadband, when part of a group of premises.

Find out if your premises is eligible by checking your postcode on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport  website.

If you have any questions please email

New and existing businesses


Chichester District Council's business contact programme

We have a dedicated team with a variety of specialist skills that can assist your business on its road to success. We are closely linked with support organisations that offer further training and advice, therefore we are ideally placed to offer networking and identify new business opportunities.


We can offer support and advice on:

  • Access to business grants;
  • Planning applications and enquiries;
  • The key issues impacting on your business;
  • Relocating to the district;
  • The availability of business premises within the area

There are a variety of local and regional business support organisations that offer a wide range of different services to local businesses.

The Business Hothouse

For anyone with an established, growing business, a business idea or an early-stage business,  The Business Hothouse  is a government funded business support programme that offers free, expert-led workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring to help get your business idea going or your current business growing.

Workshops range from intensive boot camps for start-ups to supporting you through the range of business finance options to helping your business to become more productive and profitable. The programme has a grant fund of £2.65 million and can award funding of up to £5,000 to start-ups and up to £170,000 to growing businesses. It's open to any to anyone aged 18+ in the coast-to-capital area.

Starting up a business

The support and advice we offer includes:

  • Access to business grants
  • Relocating to the district; and,
  • The availability of business premises within the area - Setting up  has extensive advise for new businesses, please visit their website for more information.

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Business Welcome Pack

We know how difficult it can be when setting up a new business or relocating to a new area. This booklet has been put together as a guide to Chichester district based businesses, on the local support agencies available to them and the services provided here at Chichester District Council. The Business Welcome Pack provides information and links to relevant sources you might need when setting up a new business or when relocating an established business to the area.


Inward investment and growth

Chichester District Council has developed a strategy and are supporting businesses who want to move into the district or relocate within the district

We can offer support and advice on:

  • Access to business grants;
  • Planning applications and enquiries;
  • Relocating to the district;
  • The availability of business premises within the area

There are a number of development sites within the district; these are just a few of them.

If you would like to discuss any further, please contact 01243 534595.

Pop Up Shop Initiative

Applications are now open for the Christmas trading period. Potential occupants have until 19 October to apply, with a view to potentially being set up and trading from the spaces by 1 November.

If you have any questions regarding the application please email:

Initiative details below for your reference:

Chichester District Council is calling for local entrepreneurs to take part in an exciting Pop Up Shop Initiative, to help support small and start-up businesses in the district.

The scheme, which makes use of vacant properties owned by the council, provides affordable temporary premises. This means that smaller enterprises and start-up businesses will have the opportunity to trial business concepts and trade in a high street location without the commitment or cost of a longer-term lease.

Two properties on Crane Street in Chichester City Centre are the first to become available as part of this initiative.


Food safety in the workplace


When buildings reopen after lockdown, it is essential that water systems are not put back into use without considering the risks of Legionnaires' disease. Please see our Coronavirus food safety guidance page for further information.

Food safety

You can also find guidance about re-opening your business  on the Food Standards Agency website.

Risk assessments

The HSE have put together some guidance to help employers and those that are self-employed and work with or near other people. The guidance covers latest information and advice on coronavirus and managing risks  and risk assessments at work. 

Green business support

Chichester District Council works closely with the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit company that offers a range of free and subsidised services to help businesses save money through resource efficiency.

Services include:

  • Free environmental helpline - covering topics such as renewable energy, local recycling services, grants and funding schemes
  • Sustainable Business Network - learning and networking breakfast events, online directory, monthly email update with sustainability news and local case studies
  • Training courses and site visits - for all organisations looking to improve energy, waste and water efficiency and reduce costs
  • Specialist seminars - for those working in the environmental sector to explore new business opportunities

For more information, as well as local best practice case studies, please visit the Sustainable Business Partnership website. You can also contact them directly.

Green Growth Platform

The University's Green Growth Platform is an award-winning green business-innovation network on a mission to help create robust, future-proof businesses that minimise their impact on the planet.

For more information please visit the Green growth Platform website.


Networking and events

The Chichester District boasts a variety of events and opportunities to meet and network with other businesses. The district council also works in partnership with local organisations to provide a rich variety of events, opportunities and discussion forums for the development of local people and businesses.


The UK has left the EU

The UK has left the EU  find out about the new rules that are now in place for doing business with Europe. You can use the Brexit Checker to get a personalised list of actions for you and your business.

Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

The FSB has designed a 'Transition Hub' to support small businesses and the self-employed understand and prepare for what comes after the end of the UK/EU transition period You can find out more here

The Coast to Capital LEP Growth Hub is able to support businesses to address the challenges faced by the UK's transition from the EU

Cyber security

If you're a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) then there's around a 1 in 2 chance that you'll experience a cyber security breach.

Falling victim to cyber crime can be devastating for your business, and when you consider that SMEs make up 99.9% of Britain's 5.5 million private sector businesses, it represents a real threat to the whole of the UK economy.

The National Cyber Security Centre  has produced a Small Business Guide to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost.

Following the five quick and easy steps outlined in the guide could save time, money and even your business' reputation. This guide can't guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, but the 5 steps outlined  can significantly reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cyber crime.

Coast to Capital growth hub

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub team provides fully funded advice, support, investment and strategic leadership to help small and medium sized enterprises drive sustainable business success and regional economic growth in West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and East Surrey (Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge and Mole Valley).

They do this by:

  • challenging, encouraging and enabling strategic change

  • connecting you to business support programmes, experts, peer business leaders and funding opportunities

  • helping you develop national and international opportunities

The Growth Relationship Managers

The Growth Relationship Manager provide you with long term free and impartial support. As part of their support they can undertake analysis to diagnose key areas of business improvement, helping you to unlock potential in your business operations.

Growth Champions

The Growth Champions are a network of consultants, all experts in their respected fields. The network can provide specialist support for businesses to unlock further growth. Coast to Capital are able to fully fund a day of specialist support from this Network.

GROWTHmapper Diagnostics & DNAsix

The Growth Relationship Manager can provide comprehensive business diagnostics through GROWTHmapper which includes a set of assessment questions designed to underpin coaching and advice, as well as a digital coaching programme 'DNAsix' that can help your business survive, compete and ultimately thrive in today's digital marketplace.

Investment in the Coast to Capital area

The Growth Hub supports investment enquiries and opportunities in partnership with the Department for International Trade and local partners. The team help identify solutions and support for existing and potential investors including those from overseas.

Contact the Growth Hub

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub  website is regularly maintained with links to partner support and government information. Keep up to date with the latest news, information and events on Twitter and subscribe to the Coast to Capital Growth Hub Newsletter . To speak to a Growth Relationship Manager, complete the  Coast to Capital Request Form online.

Chichester district business directory

It's Local Chichester is the official internet business directory for Chichester containing hundreds of local organisations based in the Chichester district.

We are proud to be part of launching this exciting new service for businesses in the Chichester District, connecting local businesses with local customers and keeping trade inside the local economy. It is free of charge to register your business or to view the online business directory. For more information please visit the website.




Developer & partner charter



The developer and partner charter is an informal voluntary agreement between Chichester District Council, developers, skills and training providers, and, where relevant, local businesses, to secure opportunities for local residents and local businesses arising from developments and associated business activities within the district.

Businesses are increasingly judged on the values they demonstrate. Adopting this charter is a public demonstration of those values. It shows a willingness to engage with the local community, support the local economy and it is not intended to be onerous or force partners to adhere to unachievable goals.

For more information about the charter, please see the relevant document.