Start or grow your own business

Whether you’re thinking about setting up your own business or looking to grow an existing venture, there’s plenty of advice and support available to help. What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help.

Set up a business

The government website GOV.UK is a must-visit for advice on setting up your business. You can find information on running a limited company, importing and exporting, patents, tax and more.

GOV.UK setting up a business guidance

Business Rates

If you rent or buy a property, you may have to pay business rates. Small businesses can apply for a discount on business rates and some may pay nothing.

Find out more about business rates

Finding a premises

Finding the right office space for your business is important – you need somewhere that meets your needs now but has the potential for growth too.

Employing people

The government website GOV.UK is the best place to find up-to-date information on employment law. Find details about contract types, payroll, recruiting and worker's rights.

GOV.UK employing people guidance

Licences and permits

If your business carries out licensable activities such as selling alcohol, running events, charity collections, you may need a licence from Horsham District Council.

Apply for licences and permits

Food and drink

If you’re thinking of setting up a food or drink business, contact us to:

Join a business community

Networking groups are a great way to get to know other businesses in your local area. Some of the prominent networking groups include:

Further support and guidance

Find more useful links on our Start Up Local page.