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Important announcements from the Chamber, our members, local Councils and other relevant business news will be posted regularly here.

Don't forget, as a member one of your many benefits is being able to submit your press releases and news for inclusion here as well as on either the members or business enews and social media. Please submit to lauren@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk 


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  • 24 November 2021 1:55 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Why are all the same people applying for your jobs? Chamber Members, Watch This Sp_Ce are running a workshop to help you recruit diverse teams 

    Date: Thursday 27th January
    Time: 1pm - 2pm 
    Cost: £10 

    A diverse workforce is vital for organisational success, so how can you encourage different people to join your team?

    Diverse teams make faster and better decisions, predict and handle crises better, are more creative, drive greater innovation and MAKE MORE MONEY.

    Yet time and time again we hear businesses say that they simply can't recruit different types of people - diverse people just aren't applying for our jobs, they say.

    So let's do something about it. Watch This Sp_ce's expert panel will look at the challenges when it comes recruiting diverse teams, and what you can do to overcome them.

    From building an inclusive recruitment process to improving your employer brand and demonstrating a commitment to inclusion across the organisation, this event will give you inspiration and practical advice to help you benefit from the variety of perspectives, ideas and experiences that you need to drive your organisation forward.

    Click here to book

  • 10 November 2021 4:20 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Start-up Day is back for 2021! Do you have a business idea? Have you got a small business and would like to grow it? Join us for a day!

    Come along to the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) in Jubilee Library Brighton on Thursday 11th November 2021, 10:00-17:00 and be part of a FREE BIPC National Network event Start-Up Day 2021, in partnership with Santander.

    Stay for the whole day or just come for a couple of hours!

    During the day there will be the opportunity to:

    • learn about how the BIPC can help you start and grow your business
    • meet experts from local business support organisations
    • watch live-streamed inspirational talks from the British Library's BIPC in London with a focus on sustainability in business
    • attend our in-person database and Intellectual Property information sessions
    • and network with your peers.

    Light refreshments will be on offer throughout the day.

    As this is an in-person event, please do register your place even if you don’t stay for the full day, as the BIPC  need to manage the attendee numbers in the Centre to keep everyone safe.

    There will be different activities you can attend in  their networking, workshop and conference rooms. 

    Further details on what to expect on the day and to register your place:  Start-Up Day 2021 Tickets, Thu 11 Nov 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

  • 08 November 2021 4:17 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Join Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce for their brand-new event on 12 November: Hybrid.

    Hybrid will bring together leading thinkers and entrepreneurs to share their stories of seizing opportunity, on Brighton & Hove’s newest stage. Hosted by Kathy Caton of Brighton Gin, three keynote speakers will talk about their journeys - working on the Covid vaccine; running a start-up charity to help an estranged father; to setting up a business with £10m turnover and a backdrop of series health issues.

    You’ll leave feeling inspired after an evening of networking, talks, drinks and nibbles at the brand-new Ironworks Studios. And, for Worthing & Adur Chamber members, they’re offering a discounted in-person ticket price. Grab yours here before sales end on 11 November.

    To find out more or to book visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/175535781247/?discount=Worthing


  • 28 October 2021 3:52 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Climate Action AW

    As part of Climate Action AW, Adur & Worthing Councils invite the local community to hear what they're doing to tackle climate change.

    Date: Thursday 4th November 
    Time:
    6pm - 7:30pm 
    This event will be held online via Zoom 

    Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to tackling climate change and protecting our natural environment. We declared a climate emergency in 2019 and developed a Carbon Reduction Plan which sets out an ambitious, challenging and yet achievable pathway for the councils to become carbon neutral for our own buildings and vehicles by 2030. Come and meet the Sustainability Team to find out more.

    This webinar is part of Climate Action AW, a fortnight of activity planned to coincide with the global climate conference, COP26. Throughout the fortnight we'll share actions being taken by a range of businesses, community groups and residents to inspire others to take Climate Action too.

    Click here to find out more: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-action-aw-tickets-195874003417 


  • 28 October 2021 3:16 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Join thousands of UK businesses tackling climate change

    A business opportunity like no other

    Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

    The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.


    How could your business make a difference?
    No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs! Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. We’re asking you to take the first step on your journey, by committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.

    What happens when you make the commitment?

    When you take the first step by making a commitment, we’ll get in touch with tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and community. And in the following months we’ll keep you up to date with ideas, support and incentives to help you meet your commitment.

    Join thousands of businesses and commit today!

    2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

    And you can be part of it. Become one of thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK this year and commit today.

    https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/ 
  • 28 October 2021 3:06 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The West Sussex Recover & Rise SME Digital Accelerator programme.

    This Autumn & Winter 2021, West Sussex County Council launches a FREE online workshop series designed to maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies for West Sussex Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

    The SME Digital Accelerator programme is a 4 part series consisting of over 25 online workshops

    These workshop sessions have been put together by local digital experts Freedom Works, Always Possible & Creative Bloom in partnership with the County Council & boroughs to help small and medium businesses utilise digital tools and gain expert knowledge and advice in how best to grow their online presence and attract and retain new customers.

    Workshops will be run online and will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays

    For full details of these free online events visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/west-sussex-recover-amp-rise-2021-34080963385

  • 28 October 2021 11:34 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kickstart Scheme Applications Closing on 17th December

    All the guidance for the Kickstart Scheme has been updated to confirm that the scheme will close for applications on 17th December. After this date businesses will not be able to:

    • apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant
    • add more jobs to an existing grant agreement

    However, they will process applications submitted before this time or that are already in progress so it is important that businesses get applications in before then. The scheme itself will continue running until march 2022

    Find out more here: www.gov.uk/guidance/how-the-kickstart-scheme-works

  • 28 October 2021 11:00 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Local Skills Improvement Plan 

    A unique opportunity to help share your skills needs and challenges.
    An opportunity to collaborate, to challenge and ultimately to help shape innovative and effective solutions to meet the needs your business will require in the future.

    Our plan will help people develop the skills our economy needs and give them prospects to progress in their careers, to drive economic growth, productivity, and help build an agile and adaptable workforce.

    We need your engagement, your voice, your say at our workshops.

    We have a real opportunity as a pilot area to add value, to be innovative and creative, to be different in the development of our roadmap for change to address skills barriers.

    Let’s put Sussex on the map and stand out as an area of excellence!
     
    We can only bring about this change through a strong collaboration and support from all businesses in Sussex. Book now and have a voice.

  • 28 October 2021 10:13 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Fire Safety team prepare to welcome businesses at Worthing event

    Landlords, business managers and care providers are being invited to a specialist fire safety event next month to help ensure they’re compliant with legislation.

    The two-day event, running from 9 – 10 November, will be held in the marquee at Steyne Gardens in Worthing.

    The service’s Fire Safety Protection team will be joined by key partners to deliver four sessions on fire safety in care homes and specialised housing, businesses, as well as in flats and high-rise buildings.

    Information on the four sessions can be found below:

    The sessions are free to attend and can be booked via Eventbrite.

    Businesses are also encouraged to come along to Steyne Gardens between 10am and 3pm on either day to meet the team, get advice on fire safety legislation and find out about our specialist fire safety training courses.

    Crews from Worthing Fire Station and members of our Prevention team will also be on-hand to give wider safety advice – such as information on fire safety in the home and how to keep safe on the roads.

    Area Manager for Protection, Garry Collins, said: “We’re really looking forward to meeting local business owners and helping to resolve any fire safety concerns they may have, in order to create a safer environment for everyone involved in business management and public safety.

    “Fire safety in the workplace is a legal requirement for all employers, as they are liable for the safety of staff and site visitors. Therefore, we will be on hand to help with tasks, such as completing fire risks assessments, to ensure they’re fully understood by everyone responsible.

    “Last year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 29 industrial building fires, and with more businesses returning to the workplace, ensuring premises are safe has never been more important. So please, pop along, meet the team and find out more.”


  • 26 October 2021 11:43 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing entrepreneurs crowned small business champions

    Watch This Sp_ce, an innovative diversity and inclusion consultancy based in Worthing, has won the hotly contested Business Boost competition.

    Almost 25,000 small businesses entered the competition to win £25,000, orchestrated by Simply Business, and the judges, including Dragons’ Den’s Piers Linney, The Apprentice’s Carina Lepore, and author Tony Robinson OBE, were unanimous in their decision to award the prize to entrepreneurs Mo Kanjilal and Allegra Chapman, who work from Worthing co-working spaces Freedom Works and Rooms.

    Simply Business provides insurance to more than 800,000 businesses across the UK, and they know that the self-employed have been hit hardest by Covid-19. With the pandemic costing small business owners an average of £22,461, many are facing desperate circumstances. But small businesses are vital to the UK landscape, accounting for 99% of all British businesses and contributing £2 trillion to the economy. That’s why Simply Business wanted to provide £25,000 to help a worthy business succeed in these challenging times.

    Watch This Sp_ce was born from the pandemic. As the world was forced to rethink the way it does business, Mo Kanjilal, Allegra Chapman and their fellow Co-Creator, Rachel Pearson, knew that a fundamental reimagination of the world of work was needed – and had been needed for some time. Having been running the networking group Brighton Digital Women since 2015, the team had heard many stories of workplace discrimination, harassment and burnout from their members. They had also experienced toxic and demeaning work environments themselves.

    Yet they knew that this approach to work culture was counter-productive. “We heard time and again that there was no room in business for pandering to ‘woke’ agendas,” Allegra Chapman recalls, “but all the research shows that organisations that make space for diversity and inclusion are more innovative, more productive, more successful and more profitable. It’s not about being nice or politically correct – it’s good business sense.”

    So, despite the challenges of multiple lockdowns, they set out to educate business owners about the value of inclusion, and launched their Inclusion Audit to allow organisations to create roadmaps for change. They began providing training courses for their clients, but the media message was against them.

    “There has been so much talk recently about how diversity and inclusion training doesn’t work,” Mo Kanjilal says. “And, on the whole, it doesn’t. You can’t fix deep rooted unconscious biases and become a diverse and inclusive organisation in a one-hour workshop, that’s impossible. To truly make change that will benefit your organisation, you need to commit to a long-term journey of growth and development. This is an approach that needs to be embedded in the fabric of your organisation, and that takes commitment.”

    Now that the Watch This Sp_ce team are in receipt of the Business Boost award, they will be building a subscription platform that will enable organisations to access a whole suite of training courses to support their diversity and inclusion journey. These courses will support everything from inclusive recruitment practices to inclusive communication and marketing methods. Organisations will learn how to increase innovation and to protect their business from potential crises in the future.

    It hasn’t been an easy 18 months for the Watch This Sp_ce team. Starting a business in a pandemic meant that they weren’t able to meet many of their initial clients in person. Their events all had to be online, and they were launching a new product at a time of economic uncertainty. They also faced a number of personal challenges. Rachel Pearson was hospitalised with Covid-19 in January 2021, and gave birth to her first child in August 2021. Allegra Chapman gave birth to her second child in January 2021, who arrived five weeks premature and with a kidney condition. Thankfully, both mothers and babies are doing well now!

    After all the struggles they have faced in the early days of the business, winning the Business Boost competition is a very welcome change of fortune. “This is going to change everything for us,” Allegra Chapman said. “This money takes us from the initial start-up stage, armed with only our ideas, passion and optimism, to running a viable business overnight.”

    “It’s incredibly exciting,” Mo Kanjilal agreed. “Getting a start-up off the ground is incredibly challenging, and we’ve been doing it all on our own around our day jobs and our families. Now we can concentrate fully on Watch This Sp_ce and on making it everything that we know it can be.”

    Watch This Sp_ce already has a number of fans across Sussex, with organisations they have worked with describing them as “powerful”, “engaging”, “insightful”, “a pleasure to work with” and “simply fantastic”. Now the team are set to introduce the rest of the UK to their energetic and inspiring approach to business.

    www.watchthisspace.uk 

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