There are a number of business support programmes available in the area that can accessed via the following organisations:
Coast to Capital business navigator is a web portal for businesses. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area.
Its aim is to help business people in the region quickly find the most relevant support. The site does not provide any direct advice. It is a sign posting service that links to existing websites and other local and national business-support initiatives.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website provides a wide range of information for small businesses, consumers and employees.
Federation of small businesses is a national, non-party-political lobbying organisation with more than 155,000 members representing the self-employed and small businesses.
Enterprise First is a non-profit making company which provides free, independent and confidential advice to existing and intended small businesses in Surrey. Contact: 01252 319272
Surrey Chambers of Commerce is the county's largest independent, not for profit business supporter and networking organisation. Representing the interests of 1500 businesses (55,000 employees). All of our services and products are directed by the business community for the business community.
The Princes' Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under-employed or who have limited means to start up businesses. Grants of approximately £1,500 per person or £3,000 for a group working together are available to meet the setting up costs of their own business, or low interest loans of up to £5,000. Ongoing training and support are provided once the business is set up.
The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business-led partnership, run by people with proven commercial and economic development experience.
Fredericks Foundation funding is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance. For start-up businesses they offer up to a maximum of £10,000 for established businesses with a financial track record of at least 3 years the maximum loan is £20,000.
The FSE Group is dedicated to bridging the funding gap for innovative, ambitious and saleable small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It can provide debt and equity funding between £50,000 and £250,000 to eligible early stage or established businesses.