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  • 06 July 2020 2:07 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Charity Golf Day in aid of Disabled Veterans

    A charity Golf Day is being held in aid of Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, at Ham Manor Golf Club on Wednesday 9 September. 
     
    With the majority of events either cancelled or postponed, Care for Veterans has lost a vital source of income. The Golf Day is one event that can take place as participants can socially-distance safely. 
     
    The Harry Colt designed course at Ham Manor Golf Club, Angmering is set in beautiful parkland, so golfers can enjoy the stunning views and fresh air as they play through each hole. 
     
    Care for Veterans’ Senior Fundraiser, Christine Gillott, said, “We are extremely grateful to Ham Manor Golf Club for hosting this golf day again for us. Following the popularity of last year’s event, it promises to be a fabulous day with lots of good golf in beautiful surroundings. All those who participate will be helping us raise vital funds, so that we may continue to provide our first-class and award-winning care to our veterans, many of whom are facing the toughest battle of their lives.” 
     
    A team of four costs £300 and includes coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, 18 holes of golf (shotgun start), a two course meal in the historic manor house, followed by a prize giving and auction. Teams can be all male, all female or mixed. For more information, or to register a team, call Care for Veterans on 01903 218444 or visit www.careforveterans.org.uk

  • 06 July 2020 1:40 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Local business success story - Nordell

    Regretfully, a lot of local & national business’s have had a really challenging year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nordell are a local Worthing business that has also been impacted as many of our customers have seen their sales decline; however we have adapted, and are now set for growth in a new market sector. We are currently recruiting an additional 10 roles locally to our current 80 strong team.

    Nordell is a privately owned injection moulding business based in Dominion Way, Worthing. Nordell have been injection moulding specialist plastic parts for over 50 years that are used in many well know brands and highly specialised sectors.

    As a manufacturing company they continued to manufacture through the pandemic (as they were making essential parts for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors) and did not need to furlough staff. They immediately implemented measures to safeguard the team at work whilst those that could worked from home.

    They have seen some of our large customers historical business decline as a result of Covid-19 which has impacted their like for like turnover.

    Nordell have adapted by very quickly, seizing an opportunity to manufacture critical parts for the medical sector; parts used directly to fight Covid-19. These parts need to be produced in a Cleanroom, which Nordell didn’t have. Nordell took VERY rapid decisions to invest over £350K in new machinery and a cleanroom to meet the demand and will be operational within a few weeks. It has taken less than 8 weeks from concept to manufacture.

    They employ 80 people in the local Worthing area. To meet the increased demand they will be employing a further 10 roles to increase the team to 90 (+12.5%)

    www.nordell.co.uk

  • 03 July 2020 11:16 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    A New Name for a New Normal in Financial Planning

    One of the south’s leading independent financial advisers is changing its name to reflect the growing depth of expertise being offered to local people.

    From July, MHA Carpenter Box, based in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton, is swapping ‘Wealth Management’ for ‘Financial Advisers’ to reflect the expansion of the services offered by the business in the 12 years since it was launched.

    Complete with its new name, MHA Carpenter Box Financial Advisers will be guiding its clients through an uncertain personal finance landscape brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, and providing expert advice in areas such as taxation, later life and estate planning, pensions and investments.

    “We live in uncertain times, but people still have plans for the future and getting expert advice on planning ahead has never been so important,” said Roy Thompson, Partner and Head of MHA Carpenter Box Financial Advisers.

    “Over the last 12 years, we have expanded our team of professional advisers to cover investments, pensions, later life and estate planning, and personal taxation. This enables us to provide the personalised and holistic approach to financial planning that is called for in the current climate.”

    To find out more visit www.carpenterboxfa.com.



  • 02 July 2020 3:52 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    University of Chichester introduces executive portfolio of online short courses

    The University of Chichester announces its executive portfolio of on-line vocational, practical and in-depth short courses available from August 2020 onwards.

    In these challenging times, some people may now be in very different employment circumstances.  Short courses can help them feel a sense of purpose, grow a new network and evidence what they have done to increase their skills and employment opportunities.

    This exciting initiative is designed to provide learners who may already be involved in people management, marketing, event management or related careers with the opportunity to refresh and enhance their skills and knowledge.   

    These short courses can be tailored to the needs of individual organisations and are designed to give learners the competence and confidence to further develop their skills.

    You do not need any special entry requirements as the courses cater for all types of learners.

    According to Paula Jenkins, one of the coordinators of the initiative, ‘Our lecturers have access to the latest thinking in their respective fields as well as industry experience working with a broad range of employers and are highly conversant with contemporary issues within different organisations”.

    For further information, please visit our website at https://www.chi.ac.uk/business-school/our-courses/executive-short-courses and download our brochure.

  • 02 July 2020 2:33 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Guide: Everything SMEs need to know about Furlough

    The government has announced a number of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more commonly referred to as ‘furlough’. These changes start to take effect from 1 July.

    As businesses look to getting back to some form of normal and start to ‘re-open’ they are faced with some crucial decisions.

    This guide has been produced to help SMEs consider the implications for their business and guide them on the choices they have. It also provides practical guidance on how they can start to bring back employees from furlough, whilst ensuring they do things correctly and understand, and continue to get, the support they are entitled to.

    Click here to view full guide

  • 02 July 2020 2:23 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres and Museum Restructure Consultation.

    The global Arts sector has been hit incredibly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Having originally advised the public not to go to the theatre but not offering any closure orders, on 20th March 2020 the British Government finally ordered ‘theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close ‘as soon as they reasonably can, and not to open tomorrow.’ 

    Since then no venues have been able to open their doors and the industry as a whole is still in the dark about when we will be allowed to hold live performances again or exactly what this will look like. Whilst we were thrilled to be awarded funding from the Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and have utilised the Government Job Retention (furlough) Scheme, without additional support from the Government we have no choice but to make the difficult but necessary decision to restructure and are currently in a process of consultation with employees.

    The proposed changes include redundancies and reduced hours. WTM has a staff of 150 and we have sadly added 19 staff members, from across all departments but weighted towards public facing, to a redundancy consultation list. A further 29 staff members will be facing a temporary reduction in hours and pay. We have consulted with Worthing Borough Council, and BECTU on these changes with the input of WTM union representatives.

    WTM became a charitable trust on Nov 1st 2019. Being ordered to close after only 5 months of operation is an incredibly challenging situation and we are doing everything we can to survive and to reopen our venues for the people of Worthing as soon as it is safe to do so. We were incredibly proud of our debut season as a new company with strong sales and an air of excitement about the future. This process has been absolutely heartbreaking to all of us at WTM. If we do not take this action then we fear we may never be able to reopen.

    Amanda O’Reilly
    CEO and Head of Programming
    Worthing Theatres and Museum

  • 02 July 2020 2:16 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    South East businesses looking to international markets for post-COVID bounce, finds research from Kreston International

    South East businesses are planning for increased international trade over the next 12 months looking for a post-COVID bounce, finds new research commissioned by Kreston International and accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves.

    The research, conducted in May amongst 514 SMEs and published in a report Trading internationally in 2020 - a post COVID-19 perspective, found that whilst 55% of businesses have cancelled or delayed plans to export to overseas markets or trade internationally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 51% say their view on the importance of international trade has increased.

    45% of businesses surveyed expect international trade to return within 12 months, suggesting they are expecting a v-shaped economic recovery. 40% of those surveyed also expect to see increased levels of import trade.

    Headline findings:

    • 71% of businesses in this survey told us that pre COVID-19 they were trading internationally.
    • 55% of businesses have delayed or cancelled plans to trade overseas as a result of COVID-19.
    • 51% of business leaders say their view on the importance of exporting has increased in a post COVID-19 world.
    • 40% of business leaders surveyed expect to see import trade increase.
    • 45% of business leaders expect international trade to return within 12 months, suggesting they are expecting a v-shaped recovery.
    • Of those businesses that were not trading internationally before the outbreak of COVID-19, 34% say they are likely or very likely to expand internationally in the next three years.
    • 39% of business leaders believe COVID-19 will provide opportunities for their business.

    Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner at Kreston Reeves and board member of Kreston International, said: “Our research has shown that UK businesses are outward looking, generating considerable revenues from international markets. COVID-19 has, unsurprisingly, placed businesses under varying degrees of stress and temporarily halted much international trade – 80% of businesses told us that they are under a little or a lot of stress, and that 55% of them have delayed or cancelled plans to explore export markets or trade internationally as a result.

    “But the research presents a much more positive picture. Over half (51%) of those businesses surveyed say that their view on the importance of international trade has increased in a post-COVID world, and that 40% expect to see import trade increase.

    “What is particularly encouraging is that 45% of businesses surveyed expect international trade to return within 12 months, suggesting the much hoped for v-shaped recovery.”

    In November and December 2019, Kreston Reeves surveyed 1,109 small and medium-sized businesses for their views on the reputation of the UK internationally and barriers to international trade as the UK looked to officially depart the European Union.

    That survey found 52% of businesses believed the UK’s reputation on the international business stage had improved in the last 3 years, with 70% of businesses saying that it is the skills and expertise of entrepreneurs and businesses that drives our reputation. 79% of businesses surveyed in late 2019 believe that it is the actions of politicians and policy that threaten our international reputation.

    Andy Wallis, Corporate and International Tax Partner at Kreston Reeves adds: “The first survey was due to be published in March this year but was delayed because of COVID-19. Yet as the UK looks to agree a trading agreement with the EU, its findings are still important and relevant.

    “Our research found that the biggest concerns for businesses trading internationally are tax, VAT and duties (23%), currency fluctuations (20%), and tariffs and trade barriers (19%). Red tape (18%), the cost of international trade (18%), logistics (17%), and getting paid (14%) are all very real barriers to international growth. As we look to redefine our position on the world stage these remain live issues.

    “We asked businesses what help they would most value when trading internationally, and, reflecting the complexity of international growth, there is no one single measure that would help more than others.

    “Businesses told us that free trade deals (32%) would be the most helpful but would also want to see tax breaks (26%), financial incentives (25%), partnering opportunities (25%), less red tape (23%) and help in identifying customers (21%). A package of support is quite clearly required to help British SMEs take on the world.”

    Businesses looking to trade internationally turn to many different sources of information for advice including professional or trade body (41%), Department for International Trade (39%), accountants or financial advisers (32%) and local chambers of commerce (31%).

    Andrew Griggs concludes: “Brexit has changed the face of international trade for UK businesses, and that will bring both challenges and opportunities. We are encouraged by the outward face of SMEs, but government, professional and trade bodies, and their advisers, all need to play a greater role in helping secure the long-term international future of British business.”

    A full copy of the report can be found here; www.krestonreeves.com/publications

  • 29 June 2020 11:42 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Observation Wheel set to return to the seafront

    The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) is set to roll into town next week ahead of opening again for the summer in early July.

    With the government announcing restrictions for open air attractions will soon be lifted, the private operator de Koning Leisure Ltd will start erecting the wheel on the seafront opposite Montague Place from Monday (June 29).

    Construction is set to take seven days with a section of the promenade being temporarily closed or partially narrowed to allow the specialist team to safely install the structure.

    It will mean that in just over a week the WOW will start turning again, offering visitors the chance to hop in a pod for unparalleled views of the town, downs and English Channel from 46 metres up in the air.

    The operator has pledged to ensure strict social distancing measures and regular cleaning of communal areas are in place to ensure the attraction remains safe for all visitors.

    Worthing Borough Council, which is responsible for the seafront, welcomed the news and hoped it would act as a catalyst to bring people safely back into the town centre to boost local businesses.

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The WOW was undoubtedly a huge hit last year, becoming a landmark which attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the town and helped bring money into the local economy, as well as creating an impromptu photography competition between local residents and enthusiasts alike.

    “While times have changed, the attraction of heading to the seafront and going on a large observation wheel remains. I’m sure there will be plenty of people wanting to take a ride so they can peer at the town from a different perspective.

    “Obviously there will be a little bit of inconvenience as the WOW is constructed in the next week or so. We ask for patience during this time, as a section of the prom will need to be closed or narrowed to allow this excellent addition to the seafront to be installed for the summer.”

    The Council entered into a three-year lease arrangement with de Koning Leisure Ltd last year. This allows the WOW to operate for a six to nine month period between April and October before it is dismantled for the winter. 

    More than 40,000 people went for a ride on the attraction last year when it operated from July through to October.

    The Council continues to incur minimal costs for bringing the WOW to town with de Koning paying for all construction and operating costs as well as assuming all trading risk.

    For a full FAQs on the WOW, which includes details on ticketing and installation, visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/wow/


  • 25 June 2020 3:22 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Official Visit Britain industry standard - We’re good to go’

    The We’re Good To Go industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place. 

    The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the sector. 

    To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through our online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online. 

    Businesses across the UK are required to follow their respective national guidance, including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place. In England, businesses must align with the UK Government’s official guidance for the sector which was published yesterday. 

    The Government's guidance for hotels and accommodation providers - such as campsites, caravan parks and short term lets - indoor and outdoor visitor attractions and conference and events centres outlines the processes and facilities that tourism businesses in England need to put in place before re-opening, so that both staff and visitors can be kept safe.

    These include:

    • Hotels and accommodation providers will need to introduce deep cleaning regimes between guests.
    • Meal services including breakfasts will need to be pre-booked and timed, and shared facilities will only be accessible to one family group at a time.
    • Timed tickets will be introduced for exhibitions, theme parks, galleries and attractions to reduce the number of visitors in locations at the same time.
    • One way systems, clear floor markings and a queue management system should be in place to maintain social distancing measures at all attractions and help to limit contact between both staff and visitors.
    • Organisations should also encourage cashless payments throughout to avoid cross contamination.
    In addition, visitor attractions will need to introduce regular deep cleaning regimes across their site and some interactive displays will need to be temporarily closed. 

    An ‘alert’ system has also been set up to ensure that businesses signed up to the‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard are notified if there are changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service will provide support and assessors will also carry-out random spot-checks to ensure businesses are adhering to the guidance. 

    https://www.experiencewestsussex.com/covid-19/

  • 25 June 2020 10:17 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Benefits of distance guided learning

    Distance learning has many positive attributes compared to classroom based learning.

    We as instructors love both methods of teaching but under the current circumstances distance learning is certainly the preferred method of teaching and learning.

    Benefits of distance learning:

    • Choice- Provides and opportunity to study more subjects  and reach out to training that is not available in local area
    • Flexible- Distance learning is much more flexile that traditional classroom based training. Learning who need to take other classes or work can do classwork whenever is suitable to them.
    • Networking- Open group distance learning courses allows learners to obtain a larger range of network opportunities. Instead of being restricted to network in the local area, enabling learners to make wider connections, which will also enhance their learning.
    • Pace- Online education allows the learners to work at their own pace in many circumstances. Due Dates of work are flexible and individual zoom webinars can be arranged to fit the individuals circumstances.
    • Scheduling- The schedules for distance learning are more open and allow for learners (which could be parents/students/professional) to take courses whenever it fits in with them and individual zoom webinars can be arranged to fit the individuals circumstances. This is beneficial over classroom based courses that require learners to schedule work and childcare around the class time.
    • Money- Any online courses tend to be cost less than face to face classroom based environment. There are less space limitations and materials required for each learner.
    • Travelling- A huge advantage to getting an online/distance learning education is that there is no need to travel to and from a venue. Someone who doesn’t drive or want to spend money on the cost of public transport will likely choose online training  (especially during the risk factors currently in place)
    • No classroom sitting- Sitting in a classroom is not always the best way for a learner to take on board all the course information. Everyone has their own learning style and will learn at their pace.
    • Effective- Having instructor zoom webinars during distance learning courses ensure effective learning and allows the learner to clarify their understanding and ask questions.

    Contact us kayla@safetymode.co.uk about our Distance learning courses for Safeguarding and First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace or visit our website www.safetymode.co.uk

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