CREATION OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Did you know that 81% of businesses in Sussex were started by individuals and employ fewer than ten people?
The majority of these were started by individuals like you; already employed in the business community, or with a business idea they were convinced would be a success. It's worth taking a look at the problems other business people faced when moving into the Wealden area. They did not know of the high rates (taxes) and harsh enforcement actions against farmers and other skilled crafts persons, which in some case drove them to the wall. One engineering firm at Mayfield scored when Wealden had made an error on rateable value and still insisted the firm should pay up. The Court ordered Wealden to rethink its demand.
Greenpower event sponsored by Sussex Enterprise
Learning about the planning pitfalls on this site can dramatically improve your chances of survival in the early stages.
Sussex Enterprise and other regional Enterprise Agencies may be able to help in a number of ways by, for example:
Spend a little time now doing research, planning and seeking advice. This can save a great deal of time, money and heartache.
Many people work from home nowadays and find it rewarding. If you are planning to work at home or even if you already do, here are some of the things that you should consider:
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs For examples of best practice and numerous sources of financial assistance.
Inland Revenue For help with the tax implications of working from home
Health & Safety Executive To assess the safety of your new working environment
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Personnel advice and discussion.
Sussex Enterprise, the 'voice of business for Sussex', welcomes you to our website. For all your business needs - we are here to help you! We are a membership organisation, but also deliver business link and learn direct services available to all businesses. Contact them on 0845 036 0144.
Creating new income streams for Farmers
Many rural businesses, especially farmers, are having to widen their sphere of activity to make even a modest profit. Traditionally, they have been producers of raw material but increasingly have to diversify to survive.
As a result of competitive pressures, farm incomes have become very volatile and the average net profit of a British farm in 2001 was only £3,500. This has forced the farmers to investigate alternative sources of income, to look upon the farm as a business with assets to be exploited.
Some of the main types of diversification encountered are:-
Conversion of redundant buildings for non-farming uses:-
Use of land for leisure activities:-
Creating added value to raw products:-
Finding Property in Sussex.
Moving into new offices - or starting to work from home - should be a motivating experience. Whether you're looking for commercial property for the first time or seeking a change, consider the main factors in advance, to reduce the headaches later.
the right sort of office space for your business can be a challenge
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