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Get your start-up business set for success

 

20 October 2021

10-11.30am

Online event

 

Want to listen to a panel of experts discussing the best approaches for business start-ups? We've got just the event for you, aimed at people thinking of starting a business, have just started a business or have up to 18 months trading experience.

 

Speaking on a range of topics will be:

 

Tim Stanton - Librarian at West Sussex Library Service

 

Luke Cartwright - Local Enterprise Manager at NatWest Business Banking

 

Sam Carter - Director - Ashdown Hurrey Accounting

 

Chris Cooper - Seafon Business Services

 

Jo Williams - Partnership Manager, Experience West Sussex

 

Join our colleagues at Brighton's Jubilee Library Business Centre for a series of free business advice and support in-person events and webinars running in October:

 

Bitesize: How GRANTfinder can help find finance for your start-up

 

19 October 2021

10.30-11am

Online event

 

Top tips on how to be an Active Workplace

 

20 October 2021

12.15-1pm

Online event

 

Get your business online with a perfect website

 

26 October 2021

10-11am

Online event

 

Bitesize: How COBRA can help kick start your start-up

 

27 October 2021

10.30-11am

Online event

 

Protecting your brand and Intellectual Property

 

27 October 2021

12.30-1pm

Online event

 

You can also join any events run by the British Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre National Network

 

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eBooks about Business eBooks about Business

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You can now borrow e books about Business for free with your library card. Browse our Business reading list and download books through our e book provider, Libby

Theory Test Pro Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is available free to all West Sussex library members 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 read our helpsheet here


Watch the video below for an introduction:

 

Library Resources Library Resources

We have a wealth of eInformation Resources available for library members, plus information and websites that can help with Learning from Home

 

Plus our helpsheets on:


Universal Credit - some quick guidance on how to fill out these forms

Jobs and Careers - how the library service can help or support you find work or change career

Working from Home Working from Home

Lots of us are having to work from home during the pandemic. You will have guidelines set by your employer but here are a few general pointers:

 

BBC: 5 ways to work well from home.


Good Housekeeping: 7 effective ways to work from home.


ACAS: working from home


Employers are also using software for group chats and video conferencing. Here are some of their choices:


Zoom


Google Hangouts


WhatsApp


Slack


Jitsi Meet


Go To Meetings

 

For more information about working from home, visit our page about Digital Support.

Training Websites Training Websites

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GOV.UK - Straightforward and comprehensive information to get you started.

 

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National Careers Service - 

Information to help you take the next step to getting skills and qualifications, or just learning something new.  NCS provides a Lifelong Learning Account where you can store your CVs, course seraches and skills helath check.

 

 

Prospects logo

 

Prospects - Guide for students to help choose the right career.

 

Apprentices in Sussex logo

 

AIS - Help you search for apprenticeship, traineeship or pre-employment training in Sussex.

 

Do it logo

 

Do-it - Volunteer for people and causes that matter to you. This may help develop experience and skills to help you get in to work and develop (or change) your career. 

 

 

BBC Skillswise logo

 

Skillswise - Basic skills to get in to work.

 

Learn direct logo

 

Learndirect - Distance learning, online courses and Apprenticeships as well as part and full time classroom courses throughout the UK.

 

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

Current Offer › Business

Business Resources Business Resources

We have a wealth of FREE online business resources that can help you to start your own business, continue studying, build professional skills and connect with others.

 

We are now part of the British Library Business & IP Centre National Network (BIPC). With our partner at Brighton and Hove Libraries, we can provide entrepeneurs, start up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises in Sussex with free access to databases, market research, IP (intellectual property) information, networking and business events. 

 

Your local BIPC is based at Crawley Library.

 

For more information contact our Enquiries Team

 

These resources are available FREE to library members.

 

Not a member? Join here 

COBRA COBRA

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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.

 

For more help with COBRA, download or read our helpsheet or watch our video:

 

Kompass Kompass

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Kompass Easy Business contains information on over 43 million (mainly manufacturing) companies across 71 countries worldwide. You can use it to contact other businesses (B2B).

 

You can search and view individual company information on Kompass on PCs in any West Sussex Library.

 

Kompass is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

For more help with Kompass, you can download or read our helpsheet or watch this video:

 

 

If you would like to download lists of companies in spreadsheet format, contact our Ask a Librarian service with details of the search you require.

Grantfinder Grantfinder

Grantfinder: identify apply for and manage funding

Grantfinder is a database for all types of funding including loans, awards & grants to help local companies succeed and grow.

 

 

Local entrepreneurs and individuals can search independently through the thousands of funds available to them.

 

These include:

  • Government programmes
  • regional schemes
  • local authority funds
  • prestigious business award competitions.

 

Grantfinder is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

Please ask library staff to sign you in to access this database.

 

For help with Grantfinder you can download our helpsheet.

 

Alternatively, you can contact our Ask a Librarian service with details of the search you require.

Local Data Online Local Data Online

 

Local Data OnlineLocal Data Online provides insight into high streets, shopping centres, retail parks, standalone stores and small parades for over 7000 locations, every retail chain and over 300,000 independent retailers across Great Britain.

 

Understand local, regional and national occupancy and vacancy trends, using primary research to enhance your decisions.

 

Local Data Online is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

Please ask library staff to sign you in to access this database.

 

For help with using LDO in any West Sussex Library, use this Local Data Online User Guide.

 

Alternatively you can Ask a Librarian to help you with a search.

IBIS World IBIS World

IBIS World

 

IBIS World market research and forecasting database provides:

 

  • Industry Market Research for the UK, Ireland and general global reports.
  • Industry Risk Ratings.
  • Analysis of hundreds of industries including risk scores & revenue forecasts.

 

IBIS World is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

You can search IBIS world in any West Sussex Library, but you can only download reports by contacting the West Sussex Ask a Librarian service to ask for the information you need.

 

For more help using IBIS world, download this helpsheet or watch this video:

 

Fame Fame

Fame (Financial Analysis Made Easy) provides information on 11 million private companies in the UK and Ireland. It can help you create searches to find companies with specific profiles and do detailed analyses on individual or groups of companies (including your existing customers).

 

  • Create targeted B2B marketing lists.
  • Create intelligent searches to promote your firm to the right companies.
  • Export your results for analysis or business development projects.

 

Fame is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

Please ask library staff to sign you in to access this database.

 

Read this FAME user guide to find out how to search this database.

 

Alternatively, you can contact our Ask a Librarian service with details of the search you require.

EMIS EMIS

EMIS: In, On and for Emerging Markets

EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service Information platform) provides a unique blend of analysis, data and news on companies, industries and countries in eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as global data.

 

EMIS licenses content from leading sources of company and industry intelligence, combined with a database of over 6.6 Million companies, M&A information and country level research.

 

You can access up to 10 reports and up to 250 companies in list form per day.

 

EMIS is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

To find out more about EMIS, you can download our helpsheet or watch these videos:

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatively, you can contact our Ask a Librarian service with details of the search you require.

Euromonitor International Passport Euromonitor International Passport

 

 

Euromonitor International Passport provides strategic business information to thousands of companies worldwide.

 

A useful tool if you're doing either very specific analysis or looking at big picture economic or social changes.

 

Euromonitor is only available on computers in West Sussex Libraries.

 

You can browse or search Euromonitor, view market reports, articles and data and print up to twenty pages per session, for use in personal research and private study.

 

For more information, watch these videos:

 

Euromonitor - Getting Started

 

Euromonitor - The Search Page

 

Or download the Euromonitor User Guide

 

Alternatively, you can contact our Ask a Librarian service with details of the search you require.

eNewspapers eNewspapers

Press Reader logoUsing 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.

 

Download or read our helpsheet here.

 

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eMagazines - borrow digital versions of magazines like this one for free to read on your computer, tablet, eBook reader or smartphone.

 

Books about Business
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Author: Cheesewright, Tom
Year: 2020
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Author: Serdula, Donna
Year: 2020
Format: Paperback
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Author: Cumberland, Nigel
Year: 2020
Format: Paperback
Class no: 650.1
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
ISBN: 9781529353310
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0749498412
Author: Beevers, Kathy
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Author: Hayden, David
Year: 2020
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.3124
Publisher: Kogan Page
ISBN: 9780749498412
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Author: Anderson, Steve
Year: 2020
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Class no: 650.1
Publisher: John Murray Learning
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Author: Allcott, Graham
Author: Watts, Hayley
Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Class no: 658.456
Publisher: Icon
ISBN: 9781785784750
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Author: Lewis, Clive
Year: 2021
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Author: Smith, Jon
Year: 2020
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Free Courses Free Courses

The Digital Garage logoDesigned by Google to boost your digital knowledge, The Digital Garage courses include everything from building a web presence to social media, to help you grow your business or career. You even get a certificate at the end.

 

 

 

MOOC List logo

MOOC List - Find a whole host of free courses provided by many different organisations. Topics include:

  • Finance and Growth
  • Start Ups
  • Creativity and Planning 
  • Entrepreneurial Mindsets

 

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HMRC Free Online Course about Starting a Business and Tax

 

Includes information on:

 

  • Choosing a structure for your business
  • Telling HMRC about your self employment
  • Keeping your business records and claiming expenses
  • Sending HMRC your tax returns and payments
  • Finding further help and support

 

Skills Toolkit 

 

A collection of training resources to help people to use the lockdown to acquire jobs skills for when more businesses reopen. Includes Open University courses on basic maths and how to write computer code, Future-Learn courses in digital skills and producing online content, Google courses in digital marketing and resources to help people get started online provided by the digital-inclusion charity the Good Things Foundation.

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Business Websites Business Websites

British Library Business Centre Brighton & Hove

 

Business & IP Centre Brighton & Hove

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Brighton & Hove, based in the Jubilee Library in central Brighton, provides 121 expert advice and access to a wealth of free business database, market research reports, company data and information on intellectual property.

 

West Sussex Retail Hub

 

West Sussex Retail Hub

Register to access a world of free expert-led training designed specifically for retailers. Learn new retail skills in bite-size chunks. Each section is 2-4 minutes long.

 

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West Sussex County Council

 

Advice and information about Trading Standards, business safety, waste, rates and more.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Federation of Small Businesses 

Helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

 

 


Startups logoStart Ups

Advice and guidance on many aspects of starting a business.

 

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British Business Bank 

Government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.  

 


Small Business logoSmall Business 

Advice and guidance on all aspects of starting and running a business.

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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.

 

GOV.uk Business Support

Government support for businesses.

 

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Gatwick Diamond Business

Virtual Events to keep you connected with other business members.

 

 

 

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Make it British - Manufacturers Directory

An easy way to find British Made products and UK manufacturers.

 

Make it British - Brands Directory

Discover product brands made in the UK

 

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Digital Boost

Free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers.

Business Events Business Events

Library business events will be held online for the next few months.

 

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

 

Times and dates can be found on our What's On pages.

 

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

Useful TED Talks Useful TED Talks

Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love
 



Carol Fishman Cohen: How to get back to work after a career break
 

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.

Arun
Adur and Worthing
Chichester
Crawley
Horsham
Mid-Sussex

 

Chambers of Commerce:

 

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

 

Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce

 

Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry

 

Buy With Confidence Buy With Confidence

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Buy with Confidence

Hundreds of local businesses with the West Sussex Trading Standards stamp of approval.

Staying Safe Online Staying Safe Online

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Don't forget to stay safe online. For the latest advice, guidance and information:
 

Sign up to WSCC's monthly Staying Safe Online newsletter and follow @WSxSafeOnline on Twitter.

 
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