At the heart of Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP) is a commitment and undertaking to provide appropriate, up to date, support, knowledge and signposting for the local business community. Working in partnership and collaboration with over 20 stakeholders, the AWBP ensures the local business community has a voice on all matters relating to growth, economy and lifestyle for the area.
Please click on the links below for more specific information.
Business Navigator Growth Hub
Free business support for businesses wanting to grow!
The Coast to Capital Growth Hub supports businesses in the area to achieve their growth ambitions through the provision of direct support and signposting services, completely free at point of use.
Since its launch the Coast to Capital Growth Hub has supported thousands of businesses.
The support includes:
- dedicated Account Managers who will assess the needs of your business and introduce you to local, regional and national support initiatives to help you grow.
- access to free diagnostic business reviews, resulting in impact-driven hands-on support to overcome organisational barriers.
- providing a bespoke website full of relevant resources, events and opportunities for your business.
For more information on the service, visit the Growth Hub website here.
You are also invited to contact the team today on 01403 333840, to discuss your support needs.
Adur & Worthing Councils
Adur & Worthing Councils work closely with businesses on a range of issues. These include business rates, council property and licensing through to environmental health, planning and waste. The Councils also works in partnership with organisations to develop projects which benefit local business and residents. Adur & Worthing Councils are also responsible for writing the local area Economic Plan, written in conjunction with neighbouring Councils to provide clear direction for the area.
Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce
Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce is the local chamber, of a UK wide powerful and influential network of trusted champions of business, place and global trade. The Chamber provides a voice for the business community, amplifying priorities and concerns. The Chamber exists to support and connect companies, bringing together firms to build new relationships, share best practice and foster new opportunities. Through practical support they also provide mentoring and training.
Business West Sussex is an arm of West Sussex County Council. Along with partners, Business West Sussex provides a broad range of business information, advice and support. Information can be found on local business networks and grants as well as essential information for doing business in the county. An overview can also be found on business rates and Trading Standards.
As experts in business, the Federation of Small Business offers members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. The Federation of Small Business aims to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.
Local Economic Trends
“Worthing’s economy has seen a 16.6% increase and
Adur’s an 18% increase in business creation since 2010”
Worthing's Employment Rate
Adur and Worthing are ideally placed for business, benefiting from close proximity to Gatwick Airport and Shoreham Port. We are proud of our successes so far including:
- Business Survival rates over 5yrs are impressive with a higher survival rate than that of the South East Region
- Worthing’s largest business sector is Professional, Scientific and Technical, followed by construction and Information and Communications. Worthing’s knowledge economy is showing reasonably strong growth
- Worthing has relatively high percentages of retail, accommodation & food, health, arts & entertainment businesses
Adur has a high net churn rate, demonstrating a dynamic economy. The below demonstrate the top business sectors in Adur
Major employers continue to establish themselves within the area. These include GlaxoSmithKline, LEMO Electronics, Rayner Lenses, HM Revenue & Customs, the Environment Agency, MGM Advantage, Southern Water, Ricardo, Electronic Temperature Instruments, Duddman Aggregates, Infinity Foods and Higgidy Pies
- Construction 19%
- Retail 8%
- Manufacturing 7%
- Wholesale 5%
- Motor Trades 3%
Adur and Worthing are actively working towards a dynamic and innovative Economic Strategy (2018 – 2023). Please feel free to review the Strategy and it’s transformational solutions.
Grants are available through the government’s Business Basics Fund to help SMEs.
Adur and Worthing’s premier Business to Business show is nearly here!
The Adur & Worthing Business Awards welcomed back sponsors, judges and winners for a post awards celebratory meal following the success of the 2018 awards.