Start Ups - Advice and guidance on many aspects of starting a business
Start Up Britain - Inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business
Small Businesses - Advice and guidance on all aspects of starting and running a business
eDEAL - Confidential and impartial business advice
GOV.uk Home Business - Explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths about it
GOV.uk Set up a Business - help with setting up a business
British Library - The British Library’s Business & Intellectual Property Centre at St Pancras, London, can help you start, run and grow your business
Virgin Media Pioneers - provide advice, peer-to-peer support and unique opportunities for small businesses.
Starting your own business can be an exciting yet daunting experience. We have a great selection of resources that can help small businesses and start-ups, some of which you can find here.
You can access these websites, resources and other services from the library's free WIFI or a library PC. Most are also available from home.
We produce a quarterly email newsletter with news and information about starting your own business. Sign up for a copy
For more information come along to one of our business drop-ins, times and dates can be found on our Whats On pages.
One of our Information Librarians will discuss what support we can give and how libraries can help.
COBRA is available to library members in all West Sussex libraries (not from home). It is a unique source of information for people starting small-scale businesses.COBRA is a continually expanding business encyclopaedia with information about starting and running a business. The directory includes around 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, funding resources and support. Listen to Sam, one of our Information Librarians, talk about how to use COBRA.
Download our helpful helpsheet on COBRA or read it online.
Law and Business summarises laws that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Scotland and Wales. The laws are just part of understanding the business environment; funding, business support information and business regulation complete the picture.
MyWorkSearch - an online toolkit that helps jobseekers find job opportunities. It also has a job finder and a CV builder. You will need to sign up in any West Sussex library for an individual account to access this resource, once you have signed up you can use it anywhere.
Help from HMRC to getting your tax right with a free online course
MOOC List - Massive Open Online Courses for business startups
Google Digital Garage - Free courses on everything from search to social media, to help you grow your business or career
Many of our libraries have meetings spaces or rooms you can use. To find out more information click here.
Or why not hire a Pod in Crawley Library?
Great for meetings in a central location. Call 01293 651751 for more information.
Large Pod seats up to 8
Small Pod seats up to 2