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Government funded support for business

The Business Hothouse is funded through the European Development Fund and Local Authorities within the coast-to-capital area. The funding enables us to offer free, expert business knowledge support to businesses across this area.

All of our support is free and is open to any pre-start or established business in the area through until September 2022. Our support takes the form of workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and is delivered by experienced business experts.

As part of our support program we can award business grant funding from our Invest4 Grant Fund. Established, growing businesses, looking to take the next step can be awarded up to £170,000 and we can award up to £5,000 to start-up businesses.

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Workshop & Boot Camp timetable

Until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted most of our support sessions will be held remotely. We offer workshops, 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and boot camps on an almost a daily basis, with new events announced every fortnight. Sign-up to our Emailer to be kept informed of all of our support sessions.

You can book your free place on our sessions by:

  1. Clicking the Eventbrite page links on our workshop pages
  2. Contacting our delivery partners directly
  3. Through the Coast-to-Capital Growth Hub

Who delivers the Business Hothouse Program?

The program of boot camps and workshops is delivered by seven expert partners:

Who is eligible for support?

The Business Hothouse program aims to support as many entrepreneurs and businesses as possible across the Coast-to-Capital area. Our program is designed to support the majority of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as entrepreneurs who are developing pre-trading ideas.   

To be eligible for support the business must:  

Size: 

Be classified as micros, small or medium in size or pre-start;   

  • Less than 250 employees  

  • Turnover of less than 50m Euros 

  • Balance sheet of less than 43m Euros 

Geography: 

Ideally you or your business needs to be located in the Coast-to-Capital area: 

  • All of West Sussex 

  • Brighton and Hove  

  • Lewes District  

  • Epsom and Ewell 

  • Tandridge 

  • Mole Valley  

  • Reigate and Banstead  

  Not be an ‘undertaking in difficulty’: 

  • A business in difficulty is an organisation that is unable, whether through its own resources or with the funds it is able to obtain from its owner/ shareholders or creditors, to stem losses which without outside intervention by public authorities will almost certainly condemn it to go out of business in the short or medium term. 

  • The above requirement has been relaxed due to the challenges in business caused by the Covic-19 Pandemic closures. This rule now applies pre 31st December 2019 and will commence again December 2020 

Not received more than 200,000 Euros in State Aid in the last three years 

  • This has been temporarily increased to 800,000 Euros until 31st December 2020 due to Covid-19 support from governments 

Business start-usupport 

  • Pre-trading: you are welcome to attend the boot camps and learn about starting a business even if you do not yet have an idea. 

  • Less than 12 months trading 

  • Fit Princes Trust young person criteria 

If you have any questions on your eligibility to join the Business Hot House business support program please email hothouse@chi.ac.uk.