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  • 09 September 2021 11:59 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    TeachAllAboutIt - Games Cafe

    Join TeachAllAboutIt at their Worthing Tuition Centre to play games on your laptop in the company of others, play Minecraft on a pitop or sit down and play a board game together. 

    Mondays 1pm-3pm at TeachAllAboutIt, 303 Tarring Road, Worthing BN13 1JH

  • 25 August 2021 1:46 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Business Hothouse - WSX events

    WSX Enterprise are running a number of webinars in partnership with and the Business Hothouse.

    Grants for Growth – Applying for Invest4 Funding

    This webinar is to help business to understand Invest4 Grant Fund criteria and process.  We discuss what projects or parts of the project are eligible for funding. After the webinar we also offer a 1-2-1 follow up, where we can discuss specific project and offer guidance on the applications.  The next webinar will be delivered on 14th September 10.00 – 12.00 

    Grants for Growth – Applying for Invest4 Funding Tickets, Tue 14 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

    We will also run a session on 12th October 10.00 – 12.00

    Grants for Growth – Applying for Invest4 Funding Tickets, Tue 12 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

    We have also started running a 2-day Grant application writing workshop – Invest4 Funding.  During the remote workshop we will be discussing where to start with the Invest4 grant application, what the fund is looking for, how to word the answers on the application, most common mistakes when writing the application. All attendees will be given a workbook and offered a 121 to review their application.

    Day 1 – 21st September 10.00 – 13.00 - Grant application writing workshop – Invest4 Funding - Day 1 of 2 Tickets, Tue 21 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

    Day 2 – 28th September 10.00 – 13.00 - Grant application writing workshop – Invest4 Funding - Day 2 of 2 Tickets, Tue 28 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

    Business Planning (How to Write a Business Plan) webinar 

    It is interactive online workshop to help business owners/managers to write a realistic business plan with a clear strategy.  All attendees will be given a workbook and offered a 121 to review their business plan. The next webinar will be delivered on 30th September 10.00 – 14.00.

    Business Planning (How to Write a Business Plan) Webinar Tickets, Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite 

    Planning, Managing & Growing My Business – Webinar – The Business Hothouse

    This programme will drive your business forward and give it best chance of success, whilst also providing a space for you to meet other business owners.  You will be provided with downloadable and printable resource to support each session and time to complete these during the sessions, with joint exercises also to complete to make it as interactive as possible.  This course will be delivered over 3 days, in 4-hour sessions: 26th October, 10.00 – 14.00, 2nd November, 10.00 – 14.00, 9th November, 10.00 – 14.00

    Planning, Managing & Growing My Business – Webinar – The Business Hothouse Tickets, Tue 26 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

  • 25 August 2021 1:20 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) -  Quarter 3 is now live

    This is your chance to drive change

    Since the COVID-19 crisis, the QES has consistently demonstrated the scale of impact on UK businesses. The survey has been essential in understanding the short and longer-terms impacts on businesses of different sectors and sizes.

    The QES carried out by the British Chambers (BCC) is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator. We are asking all Sussex businesses to complete the survey. 

    QES findings are vital in the BCC’s and Sussex Chamber’s lobbying efforts because they are broken down to individual accredited chamber-level, making sure your voice is properly heard both nationally and locally on the issues that matter.

    The results of the QES are published in advance of official figures and other private surveys and it consistently mirrors trends in official data. The results help influence the Bank of England and central Government.
    We encourage you to take just a couple of minutes to complete this extremely important economic survey.

    All data is treated as strictly confidential and will not be passed on to a third party.

    Once you click the link, please make sure to select ‘South East: Sussex’ from the ‘Which Chamber’ section

    Click here to start the survey

  • 25 August 2021 1:16 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Concessions tell of success as they help bolster local economy and create community destinations

    A record number of concessions are now operating across Adur and Worthing as the Councils continue endeavours to regenerate town centres and add social value to key areas.

    More than 40 concessions are up and running at a range of sites, including Worthing Promenade and popular walking spots like Storrington Rise, Adur River and Shoreham Lighthouse.

    Every year the Councils make a dedicated effort to create new opportunities for local businesses to operate concessions - a move which is more important than ever post Covid.

    Each cluster is part of a friendly, community-led atmosphere and visitors can enjoy a variety of different food, drink and activities - from kite surfing to street food stands, and ice cream to cocktails.

    While most seasonal concessions only operate during the Summer, the Councils have been exploring licence extensions, due to the increase in popularity of operating through the Winter season, in part down to the pandemic.

    In October last year, The Camp’s Coffee Bean Co set up shop on Worthing Promenade, opposite Steyne Gardens. In April, Worthing Borough Council gave owner Will Camp another Summer licence - so The Camp’s Artisan Gelato could operate from a separate pitch, within the same cluster.

    Will runs the business with his family, and said: “When we started our concession people weren’t able to shop properly, so it gave us a bit of a flying start. 

    “Lots of people give us very positive feedback and both of our concessions have really enhanced the promenade - making the area more appealing along with the other businesses around there.

    “It’s become a bit of a meeting spot for the community. The more people we can get into Worthing the better, and we know people come to see us and then head down to the shops.”

    Adur and Worthing concessions have worked hard to ensure the safety of their employees and customers during the pandemic. Each has been responsible for procedures, including social distancing guidelines, following advice and guidance from the Councils.

    They are also responsible for their own health and safety, waste management, and noise limitation procedures. 

    Ensuring there is a good and proper mix of concessions across the area are part of the Councils’ wider efforts to regenerate local spaces, including parades, town centres and other key areas.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We want to support local businesses and give residents and visitors places to meet, and a variety of different offerings from food and drink, to activities they can participate in.

    “Each follows a ‘no-trace policy’, meaning they manage their waste and litter while on-site, pack up after trading, leaving nothing overnight - ensuring our pitches are left clean and tidy.”

    Through a survey conducted earlier this year, the authorities found some have taken steps to limit noise by purchasing quieter generators, not using one at all, or buying noise-reducing baffle boxes.

    After leaving the group travel industry due to the pandemic, Nick Dawson set up Relay Coffee, and since November has been operating as part of the River Adur cluster near Shoreham Tollbridge.

    After the Government ruled open air food and drink stalls and concessions could continue to trade during lockdown, Nick said his spot became somewhat of a haven for people during this period.

    “It’s such a nice location to work in. I've lived in a few towns in Sussex, but there’s something special about Shoreham’s community and the friendly people being so willing to support small businesses.

    “We try to source produce locally. Our coffee roasters Cast Iron are from Chichester, our crisps are from The Sussex Crisp Company, and cakes come from Shoreham-based company, Twist and Bake.

    “We don’t use a generator and all of our cups are compostable - we put a bin out and make sure all waste is disposed of properly.”

    The Councils currently offer six-month summer and winter licences at designated pitches across the area. Each can be applied for online. For more information, visit:

  • 25 August 2021 1:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The WSCC Recover & Rise SME Digital Accelerator Programme

    Free online workshops start in September to help West Sussex businesses maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies.

    The Recover and Rise SME Digital Accelerator programme is a four-part series comprising more than 25 online workshops:

    ● Series 1: Getting Online
    ● Series 2: Customers and Marketing
    ● Series 3: Systems and Productivity
    ● Series 4: Growth Expansion and New Products. 

    The aim is to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) utilise digital tools and gain expert knowledge and advice on how best to grow their online presence, attract and retain
    new customers and work more productively.

    The workshops start on 9 September and will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will run through to January 2022.

    They can sign up to Event 1 for FREE - HERE

    The programme of workshops has been devised by local digital experts Freedom Works, Always
    Possible and Creative Bloom and is being delivered in partnership by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex district and borough councils. 

    Please note: businesses have to be located within West Sussex to be eligible for these workshops. Interested organisations can sign up for any or all of the sessions 

    Programme overview

    Series 1 – Getting Online: The Webinars in Series 1 cover everything you need to know to set up and maintain your business’s online presence to a professional standard.

    Series 2 – Customers & Marketing:

    Everything you need to know to enhance your online presence to take your business to new marketing heights.

    Series 3 – Systems & Productivity

    Everything you need to know about streamlining your business workflow and productivity with digital tools.

    Series 4 – Growth, Expansion & New Products

    Everything you need to know about using digital tools to innovate and grow your business.

    Link to Programme Events

  • 25 August 2021 1:00 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Sparkling new website sends out clear message: It's Time For Worthing

    A sparkling new website packed with information on investing and living in Worthing has been launched.

    The Time for Worthing inward investment project wants to attract visitors and businesses to the borough to boost the local economy.

    The new website has breathtaking videos, stunning brand artwork and is packed with information about the borough and what there is to do. The project believes it will help those who live outside the borough’s boundaries and even local residents take a fresh look at the place.

    The Time for Worthing place brand was launched in Feb 2020 with the overall aim of projecting the town's positive values, attracting investment and generating civic pride. Originally launched by the Borough Council the project is now managed by a board of local residents, community groups, businesses and creative industry professionals with support from council officers.

    The launch of the website comes as we emerge from the pandemic and begin to build a post-Covid economy.

    The site is divided into sections including:

    • Whats' On  - up to date event listings (with an option to event holders to list their event for free)
    • See and Do  - ideal for inspiration for days out in and around Worthing - places to eat and drink and experiences to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather
    • Live - an insight into Worthing for new and prospective residents with highlights of neighbourhood areas, schools and details of how to get involved in your local community.
    • For Business -  aimed at prospective investors to the town - from micro entrepreneurs right up to large developers and includes whos' here - with  testimonials from some of our most eminent business leaders

    The website has been built by local Worthing firm Huxley Digital with copy and content produced in house by the Time for Worthing Team.

    Andy Willems, chairman of the Time for Worthing Board, said, ‘Obviously as soon as we launched the investment brand the pandemic struck but that doesn’t alter the essential message which is that Worthing is changing, becoming more attracted to live in, come to for entertainment and, as importantly, to invest your business, talents and creativity here. 

    ‘So as we move to a post pandemic world it is vital that Time For Worthing sends out the message that there is a warm welcome here in a fantastic part of the world.

    Sam Whittington, proprietor of city centre jewellery and giftware store, Sewsilver and chairperson of the Worthing Town Centre Initiative (TCI), which is represented on the Board, said , ‘The TCI is pleased to be partners with Time for Worthing and is excited about the benefits the new website will offer. Having such a raft of information, easily available in one place, will help drive the Worthing economy by attracting not only visitors, but also investment into our town. The site is launched just in time to take advantage of the growth in staycationing and provides a platform for Worthing businesses and organisations to reach new audiences.’

    Bev Lees, Chief Financial Officer at ophthalmic innovators Rayner said, ‘The new website showcases what Worthing has to offer from education, social activities and infrastructure perspective .This will be of great benefit in attracting new businesses, to complement existing ones, leading to an excellent business network and engaging future external investment ,increasing employment opportunities.’

    The new website can be accessed here:

  • 25 August 2021 12:55 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coast to Capital launches new Business Plan

    Coast to Capital are delighted to share our Business Plan 2021-22 with you. Along with other LEPs across England, we have a crucial role to play in helping to support economic recovery and new business realities. As a region which has always made a significant net contribution to national prosperity, Coast to Capital has a lot to offer.

    In our new business plan, we have refocused the role of our LEP to add value to regional growth. This includes building even stronger relationships with our key businesses and sectors. We will be concentrating on the most important opportunities to sustainably grow our business base, attracting investment, and generating jobs. As an ambitious organisation, we aim to pioneer what an effective LEP looks like to support our local authorities, businesses and voluntary & community sector in delivering their wider priorities. 

    Click here to read the Business Plan

  • 25 August 2021 12:50 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Bid to restore climate tackling seabed kelp forest gets government seal of approval with major grant

    An innovative plan to restore a kelp forest off the coast of Sussex has resulted in Adur & Worthing Councils being awarded a government grant for major schemes tackling climate change.

    Working with the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project, neighbouring local authorities and other partners, the Councils want to support work to restore natural kelp forest in the seas out to 4km off the coast between Selsey and Shoreham.

    Coastal kelp beds help combat climate change by drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reduce coastal erosion by absorbing wave energy and provide a haven for wildlife. Eventually the hope is that a Sussex Bay marine park can be created across the entire county coastline.

    Now the scheme has been given a government seal of approval with the award of £79,000 from government department Defra and the Environment Agency to invest in the project. It is one of 27 schemes across the country to be awarded funds from the ground-breaking £10 million Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund.

    Funding has been awarded to environmental groups, businesses and local authorities to invest in a broad range of projects that deliver environmental benefits while also demonstrating a wide range of innovative approaches to generating revenues from ecosystem services.

    The Councils are in talks with The Crown Estate to become the first in the UK to lease the seabed for this purpose, in a pioneering project to invest in climate change measures and restore marine habitat.

    This would allow the authorities and their partners to create a trial ‘kelp blue carbon investment product’ as well as exploring the value of other ‘ecosystem services’. The project could provide Government bodies such as the Environment Agency, water companies and other companies a platform to invest in kelp forests to help in their own bids to become carbon neutral.

    Earlier this year the Nearshore Trawling Byelaw, which protects more than 300 square kilometres of seabed off the Sussex coast from trawling, was introduced by Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Sussex IFCA). It followed effective lobbying by the Help Our Kelp partnership led by the Sussex Wildlife Trust SWT). Both groups partnering Councils in the new initiative.

    Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said, ‘Given the scale of the environmental challenges we face, including climate change and biodiversity loss, it is crucial that domestic natural environment projects are able to attract private investment alongside support from the public sector.

    ‘Unleashing innovation and developing new sources of finance, such as through the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund, are fundamental for delivering nature recovery and developing nature-based solutions to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.’

    Leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin, said, ‘There has been a tremendous response to the kelp forest project and indeed the idea of Sussex Bay. This government grant is another endorsement of this vital and innovative scheme.’

    Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, said, ‘This is great news. This partnership work on Sussex Bay has the potential to help us cut carbon emissions, restore our marine ecology and attract investment to support the creation of a marine park.’’

  • 25 August 2021 12:34 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Rampion 2 wind farm expansion project opens public consultation

    A nine-week public consultation on proposals for the expansion of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which could power over one million homes1 in the UK and reduce carbon emissions by around 1.8 million tonnes2 per year, opened at [14 July to 16 September].

    An ‘Area of Search’ eight miles off the Sussex coast has been assessed by renewable energy producer RWE for a maximum of up to 116 turbines, the same number as the existing Rampion Wind Farm but using the latest turbine technology, so that the Rampion 2 Wind Farm could create up to three times the amount of power. An underground cable route is proposed to carry the power under Climping Beach to Bolney Substation in Twineham, to connect to the National Grid via a new substation required close by.

    “We encourage people in Sussex to visit, where you can take a tour around a virtual exhibition, explore our detailed proposals with maps and videos, sign up to attend a public forum with the project team, and complete our questionnaire,” said Chris Tomlinson, Development & Stakeholder Manager, Rampion 2, RWE.

    Technical and environmental surveys and a four-week informal consultation earlier this year have helped to establish the proposed cable route, undergrounding the cables in short sections. Directional drilling would take them under Climping Beach, railways, major roads such as the A27, the River Arun, Washington Recreation Ground and other key areas, to minimise environmental impacts and disruption to local communities.

    Rampion is committed to full reinstatement of the land, so that it is returned to its former state or better along the whole cable route and the successful reinstatement of the Rampion 1 cable route demonstrates this commitment. Since January, possible sites for the new substation have been reduced from three to two in the Twineham area following further development work and consultation with the local community.

    Continued Chris Tomlinson, “We will consider all the consultation feedback alongside the results of technical and environmental surveys, to further refine our proposals and select construction methodologies and environmental mitigations that reduce impacts to a minimum. We will submit our final proposals to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in early 2022.

    “Rampion 2 is the only wind farm proposal off the UK’s south coast, where much of the country’s energy demand is. Should the project achieve consent, construction could start around 2025/26 with the wind farm fully operational before the end of the decade, contributing to Government targets to secure clean, green energy supplies and tackle climate change.”

    Discussions with local authorities, MPs, parish councils and experts on wildlife, environment, transport, geology, archaeology, business and fishing will continue throughout the consultation and beyond.

    UK wind energy context:

    The cost of offshore wind has halved in just two to three years and is now cheaper than nuclear and coal, while the industry is creating tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. The UK leads the world in offshore wind and the Government is committed to quadrupling offshore wind capacity to 40 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. Rampion 2 can make a major contribution to this target.

  • 16 August 2021 1:36 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Spectrum Racing for Autistic racing drivers

    Six racing drivers under the age of 21, including Corey Chapma a karter aged ten, and multiple kart race winner Jack Ferguson.

    Three of the six are on the Autistic Spectrum. (Autism, or autism spectrum condition, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.)

    All highly talented, dedicated, and determined. All proven race winners. We need your help to get them on track.

    We have supplied the cars, commercial partners have helped  and these drivers have the chance they want. We need them to top up the funding.

    We will not detail the drivers yet and they will introduce themselves when they feel comfortable to do so. You will have plenty of chances to meet them all eventually.

    We have two endurance specification Citroen C1s, ready to race. We also have two BMW 116i Trophy cars in build, scheduled for completion at the end of August, subject to funding.

    In addition to developing the drivers, we are raising funds and encouraging donations to the Norwich Foodbank, while raising awareness of homelessness through Shelter. 

    Our target is to raise £5000, to be split between the race costs, entry fees, etc and the charities.

    Big or small, all donations will be very gratefully received. Each supporter will receive regular newsletters, and those over £15 will receive a signed photo.

    Over £50, and we'll give you two race tickets, and if you’re able to contribute £500, you can drive the cars at the end of the season.  If you're able to contribute £1000, you can be in the driving seat yourself at the end of the season!

    Three drivers per car for the following events:

    • Pembrey 11 & 12 Sept 2 x 3-hour races
    • Oulton Park 23 October 1 × 3-hour race
    • Brands Hatch 13 November 1 x 3-hour race

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