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.

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

Starting up a business

The support and advice we offer includes:

  • Access to business grants
  • Co-ordination of preliminary planning enquiries;
  • Consult with you on key issues impacting on your business;
  • Relocating to the district; and,
  • The availability of business premises within the area

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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.


How to prepare your business for Brexit


Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

The Government has been producing guidance for businesses regarding preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

This link helps you find out

  • what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what's changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

The British Chambers of Commerce  have developed a preparation checklist for businesses.

The Federation of Small Businesses  has produced a Brexit Pack to help small businesses with their contingency planning.

There is also guidance on what to do if there is a no-deal scenario.

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

Coast to Capital growth hub

The  Coast to Capital Growth Hub  supports businesses in the area to achieve their growth ambitions through the provision of direct support and signposting services, completely free at point of use.

Since its launch the Coast to Capital Growth Hub has supported thousands of businesses.

The support includes:

  • dedicated Account Managers who will assess the needs of your business and introduce you to local, regional and national support initiatives to help you grow.

  • access to free diagnostic business reviews, resulting in impact-driven hands-on support to overcome organisational barriers.

  • providing a bespoke website full of relevant resources, events and opportunities for your business.

For more information on the the Service, visit the Growth Hub website.

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.

Chichester Vision - delivery action plan

Following the approval of the Chichester Vision document "Chichester Tomorrow", the Vision Delivery Action Plan has also been developed.



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.