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Business Courses and Guides Business Courses and Guides
For information on free courses and guides follow this link to our helpful webpage.
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


West Sussex Gigabit Broadband for Businesses Scheme


More information if you have a business in West Sussex






Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme


This Scheme from the Dept. of Digital, Cuture, Media and Sport is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.

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


icould - Real life career videos, advice and information to inspire your career. Why not take the Buzz test!


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.

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.


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

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



COBRA is available free in all West Sussex libraries and library card holders can access it 24/7 from their computer, tablet or smartphone. It is a continually expanding business database with information about starting and running a small business. Access to around 4000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, funding resources and help and support.


It's a unique source of information for starting a small-scale business.


View the helpsheets for Cobra here.

eNewspapers eNewspapers


Using Pressreader you can read or download current copies of The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Guardian as well as a selection of over 7000 worldwide newspapers and magazines.


You can translate some into different languages as well as reading foreign titles in English.


View and print the helpsheets on PressReader here.


Books Available to Borrow
Author: Barrow, Colin
Author: Barrow, Paul
Author: Brown, Robert
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.4012
Publisher: KoganPage
ISBN: 9780749481797
Author: Layton, Mark C
Author: Morrow, David
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.404
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 9781119467649
Author: Mueller, John
Author: Massaron, Luca
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 006.3
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 9781119467656
Author: Welwyn, Paul
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.872
Publisher: Straightforward Publishing
ISBN: 9781847168009
Author: Whyte, Stewart
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 647.94
Publisher: Robinson
ISBN: 9781472140593
Author: Goodwin, Tom
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.4063
Publisher: KoganPage
ISBN: 9780749482282
Author: Reum, Courtney
Author: Reum, Carter
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.11
Publisher: Random House Business
ISBN: 9781847942302
Author: Priestley, Daniel
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 338.04
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9780857087829
Author: Eremenko, Kirill
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: 006.312
Publisher: KoganPage
ISBN: 9780749481544
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.

Theory Test Pro Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is available for free to library members in all West Sussex libraries and from home, you will need to sign up for an individual account to access this resource. It has all the driving theory test questions, a large amount of hazard perception tests and is frequently updated.

Download or print a helpsheet here.

Watch the video below for an introduction:

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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