January 29, 2012 · Posted in Business & Local Economy · Comment 

West Sussex County Council is spending £6.3 million to match the amount West Sussex was awarded by the government in August to improve and extend the county’s broadband network. A good broadband network is vital for businesses, many of which are home based. The aim is to ensure much wider access, for residents and businesses, to a fast Broadband connection.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

June 23, 2011 · Posted in Business & Local Economy, Roads & Transport · Comment 

As of June 2011, there are 54 taxis and 128 private hire vehicles operating in our district. Taxies have to be white. As soon as a taxi is flagged down they can start to charge. If the roof box is lit then you can flag down the taxi anywhere. It doesn’t have to be at a taxi rank. A private hire vehicle can be any colour except white. You cannot flag them down, they have to be pre-booked in advance. You should agree a price with them before they pick you up and they should have a roof box on top when being used as a taxi.

Business Broadband: WSCC needs your help

March 1, 2011 · Posted in Business & Local Economy · Comment 

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is asking local to help understand which geographical areas are affected by poor internet connection. By completing a questionnaire business can provide the information that will help WSCC to persuade network operators and internet service provider (ISPs) to invest in badly needed improvements to the broadband infrastructure. WSCC is keen to gain as many responses as possible so that local business and the local economy can prosper from the opportunity a fast broad band connection can bring.

As superfast broadband is being rolled out across the UK, there is a risk that less commercially viable areas will be left behind, creating a “digital divide” which could damage business that are left on the wrong side.

The questionnaire will only take about ten minutes to complete and the information provided wil be ised as the basis for lobbying for improvements as thje evidence for bids for funding that could help to bring improved quality broadband to them.

The online questionnaire is available here. Printed copies of the questionnaire are available from Horsham Library or by calling 01243 642119.

Horsham is Open for Business

February 27, 2011 · Posted in Business & Local Economy · Comment 

The annual MicroBiz small business fairs have continued to grow, helping local people with start up business and providing support for others. According to the Enterprise and Skills Board, Horsham is one of the best places to locate a business.

Horsham District Council actively encourages home-based small businesses and start up scheme. Also, the annual Food Festival has raised awareness and support for local produce, which in turn, has helped hundreds of local outlets.