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Buy with Confidence Buy with Confidence

Buy with Confidence hundreds of local businesses with the West Sussex Trading Standards stamp of approval

Useful Websites Useful Websites

Business West Sussex - Information and support from a variety of sources to help your business

Great Business - Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business


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 Home Business - Explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths about it 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.



Business Resources Business Resources

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 send out details of business events held in libraries via email. Sign up to find out more.

Business Workshops Business Workshops

For more information come along to one of our Business Workshops.  Times and dates can be found on our Whats On pages.

At our workshops, librarians and local businesses offer advice and guidance on starting a business.


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.

Books Available to Borrow
Author: Hodgkinson, Tom
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.041
Publisher: Portfolio Penguin
ISBN: 9780241244807
Author: Johnston, Lucy
Year: 2017
Format: Hardback
Class no: 658.87
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
ISBN: 9780500519615
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.872
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 9781119235590
Author: Presman, Gavin
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.85
Publisher: Bluebird
ISBN: 9781509814435
Author: Guillebeau, Chris
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.1141
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509859054
Author: Self, Jonathan
Year: 2017
Format: Hardback
Class no: 658.11
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781786691163
Author: Miller-Cole, Bianca
Author: Cole, Byron
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.11
Publisher: John Murray Learning
ISBN: 9781473655294
Author: Sander, Peter J
Year: 2017
Format: Hardback
Class no: 658.4052
Publisher: Adams Media
ISBN: 9781507202692
Author: Barrow, Colin
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.11412
Publisher: KoganPage
ISBN: 9780749480844
Author: Morris, Michael J
Year: 2017
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.11
Publisher: KoganPage
ISBN: 9780749480868
Library Links Library Links

Ask a Librarian - contact us with any business enquiry.
Local Clubs & Societies - find out about business groups or potential customers.
What's On - all events in libraries including Business Workshops.
eInformation - find out what resources are available from home and in the library.

Local Government Support Local Government Support

For local business information and support click on the relevant link below.

To find out which district or borough the area you are looking at belongs to, follow this link.

Adur and Worthing


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.

Room and Pod Hire Room and Pod Hire

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

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