Issue 22 September 2021

Matters

West Sussex Retail Hub launched to support local shops

West Sussex Retail Hub logoThe West Sussex Retail Hub launched in July to support independent retail businesses across West Sussex.

With high street businesses continuing to face challenges, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hub presents retailers with the opportunity to access FREE, expert-led, online training that's tailored to the needs of local shops. 

The online portal is designed to help business owners in West Sussex learn, develop and grow their businesses. There are over 100 videos available on demand, created by 10 subject matter experts, and regular Q&A sessions to help resolve specific issues. The videos are only 2-4 minutes long, so retailers can learn new skills in bite sized chunks.

The funding for the creation of the content and website has been provided by the seven District and Borough Councils in West Sussex.

West Sussex retailers can sign up now at https://westsussexretailhub.co.uk/  

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