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  • 08 July 2020 2:56 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Montague Place Summer Pop Up Business Space

    Adur & Worthing Councils have put in place temporary road closures in Montague Place, Portland Road and Montague Street west specifically to assist small businesses in these areas and other businesses by allowing limited outside trading in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

    Accordingly the Councils are inviting applications for a limited number of weekly street trading consents within the Montague Place Summer Pop-Up Business Space. Montague Place is subject to a Temporary Traffic Order closing the road to vehicles.

    Permits to trade will be issued by the Council on a weekly basis and the intention is to run the scheme whilst the road closure is in place through until the end of September 2020 but the Council reserves the right to cease the scheme earlier or to extend it.

    Applications will be considered on individual merit but are only likely to be given consent in cases where the proposed activity will add colour and interest to the local environment. For further information email the concessions team at investment@adur-worthing.gov.uk or licensing.unit@adur-worthing.gov.uk  

    For more information click here

  • 08 July 2020 11:57 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    St Barnabas House South Downs Trek

    The St Barnabas House South Downs Trek will be back on Saturday 19 September 2020. Take on the epic 26.2 mile marathon distance challenge across the South Downs, taking in breathtaking views and glorious countryside.

    The South Downs Trek is back for 2020!
    Join the St B’s trek team on Saturday 19 September 2020 as you take on a socially distanced marathon walk across the beautiful South Downs while raising funds for local hospice care.

    What is a socially distanced walk? Have fun and stay safe?

    This year, we’ve taken steps to ensure you can enjoy breathtaking views safely alongside other participants, whilst maintaining social distancing throughout. Take part with a small group of friends, your family, or take on this challenge for yourself.

    The walk will start and finish from different locations with staggered start times; walkers will naturally spread out along the 26.2 mile route, taking in the stunning views and fresh air.

    Additionally, hygiene and safety measures have been put in place throughout the event to keep you safe. For more information click here: How we will keep you safe on the South Downs Trek

    Click here to register

  • 08 July 2020 11:48 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Million pound boost for COVID-affected firms

    A further £1 million in vital support has been paid out to businesses in Adur and Worthing to help the area bounce back from COVID-19.

    During lockdown Adur & Worthing Councils helped distribute more than £25 million in one-off government grants to eligible organisations.

    With the money left unclaimed, a further round of discretionary support was established to support those in need but not deemed eligible.

    The Councils can now confirm 132 organisations have benefited from grants of up to £25,000, with funds due to be transferred this week.

    Among those to benefit include manufacturers, creative start-ups, retail and leisure firms.

    With £500,000 still remaining in the pot, the Councils is now opening up the programme to all businesses in the area.

    Applications launched this week with a closing date on Sunday July 19. Any applications after this date will not be considered.

    To be successful, firms will need to demonstrate they have been significantly impacted due to COVID and highlight how as a business it contributes to the wider local economy.

    Grants will primarily be one-off sums of either £10,000, £5,000 or £2,500 which do not have to be paid back. 

    Those firms which have already received COVID grants from the government are not eligible.

    A Councils spokesman said: “We realise the huge economic impact that COVID-19 has had on the area and want to support as many firms as possible through this challenging time. That’s why we’re encouraging all those who have not yet received grant support to apply for this one-off funding.”

    For full details and to apply visit here.

  • 07 July 2020 3:40 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Midnight Walk returns for 2020 as a Virtual Sunrise event

    Walk Together Apart for local hospice care

    Despite COVID-19 leading to the postponement and cancellation of many events, St Barnabas Housesupporters will still be able to put their best foot forward for the hospice this autumn. Thinking outside the box, the charity is replacing its biggest annual fundraising event ‘Night to Remember’ midnight walk with ‘Sunrise to Remember: Virtual Edition’.

    Taking place on 12 September 2020, Sunrise to Remember: Virtual Edition, will bring all the excitement and camaraderie of Night to Remember, but with a special virtual twist.

    Instead of walking through the night, hundreds of local residents will be setting off from their own homes at sunrise, walking from darkness into light on a seven-mile route of their choice.

    Sophie Henderson, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas House said: “Feedback from those who have signed up to take part in Night to Remember is that they would be really disappointed if they were unable to take part, so we’ve worked hard behind the scenes to come up with a way for them to do so whilst keeping safe and adhering to government guidelines. 

    “Whilst walkers will be physically walking apart from other participants, we’ll be bringing everyone together on the day, virtually, by broadcasting live on Facebook and YouTube both before and after their walk.

    “On top of this, More Radio Worthing (107.7FM) will be hosting an extra special Sunrise to Remember takeover, with interviews with walkers and the hospice care team, as well as the chance for participants to request songs and leave messages in honour of their loved ones.”

    Whether it’s for fun or fitness, as a challenge or in memory of a loved one, participants can take part alone, walk with someone from their household, or in a small socially-distanced group, following government guidelines.

    Marie Hamilton, 41 from Worthing, has walked in Night to Remember for the last four years and is relieved that the event is going ahead in its new form. Marie will be walking in memory of her mother, Kate Gladden, alongside her eight-year-old daughter, Beth.

    Marie said: I’m taking part in Sunrise to Remember in memory of my Mum. Mum and my daughter, Beth, were so close so its lovely for her to be able to take part and so special for me to have her by my side doing the walk together. My son, Frank, wants to join in too but he's only five and I'm not sure he'd make the 7 miles. We'll have to see!”

    Marie’s mother, Kate, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, a very rare and untreatable condition, in 2015 and received end-of-life care from the Hospice at Home team during her final days. Since the death of her mother, Marie and her family and friends have raised an incredible £21,365 for St Barnabas House by taking part in the event every year since 2016.

    Marie said: “St Barnabas looked after Mum so well, so it is the least we can do to say thank you.

    “The Hospice at Home team were incredible and we are forever grateful to them for being there in our darkest hours. Mum was at ease as soon as the team turned up and we knew we were in safe hands while we went through the hardest thing we ever had to do. It took away a lot of fear that Mum and the rest of the family were feeling. We were also supported a long time afterwards.”

    Marie has this message for anyone thinking of taking part in Sunrise to Remember: “Do it! It is an incredible thing to be part of and every penny raised and awareness of the hospice will help other families receive the same amazing care that we did in their time of need.”

    St Barnabas House hope that more people will sign up to don their Sunrise to Remember t-shirts and take on the seven-mile challenge, as the fundraising will help the hospice to continue offering free care to local people living with terminal illness.

    Sophie Henderson said: “The event holds a very special place in our hearts and we know it means a lot to the local community too. It was a tough decision to change the event, but the wellbeing of our patients, families, supporters, staff and volunteers is always at the forefront of every decision we make.

    “The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in families needing our support, so we would love as many people as possible to get involved so we can continue providing care for local people, now and in the future.”

    Sunrise to Remember is open to everyone. Registration is £12 per person, free for children under 16. Sign up today by visiting www.stbh.org.uk/nighttoremember


  • 07 July 2020 3:25 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Concession Areas in Adur & Worthing

    Concession areas include:

    • Worthing promenade - from King George V Avenue along to East Worthing
    • Adur's and Worthing's beautiful beaches, parks and gardens

    These areas are owned by the Councils and concessions are let to local businesses following approval by the Concessions Working Group, which includes relevant Officers of the Councils.

    Please note that certain concessions are subject to tender, although most are not.

    Concessions are managed by the Place and Investment Team at Adur & Worthing Councils and they can be contacted:

  • 07 July 2020 3:20 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Brand new free 1-2-1 sessions & workshops

    Our popular How to Start a Start-up boot camp is back in an all-new format of six daily two-hour sessions. This workshops series is open to anyone aged 18+ so if you know anyone with a business idea or who is facing redundancy or extended furlough - tell them to book a place. Click here to book. 

    Our all-new Action Learning workshops also kick-off this month - if you own a pre-start or early-stage business, this is a brilliant opportunity to submit a topic to our business experts and then to discuss it with them live. These free sessions are open to a maximum of eight business owners - so book quickly! Click here to book

    Our expert delivery partner, the Sussex Innovation Centre launches its Lead Out of Lockdown series of personalised 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and coaching interventions across a range of topics from Stress Testing Your Business Model to Media Training For a Noisy World. Click here to book. 

    If you're looking for ways to fund your business, our Funding My Business workshop will show you the range of options available and coach you in how to get them. From July 20th we have an entire week of workshops dedicated to helping to improve your business finances delivered by the Dorset Growth Hub. Click here to book. 

  • 07 July 2020 3:12 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Go green and cut costs with the Councils’ commercial waste service

    Businesses and organisations looking to cut costs and go green are being encouraged to sign up to Adur & Worthing Councils’ revamped commercial waste service.

    With many firms now coming out of lockdown, the Councils are looking to reach out to companies, charities and community groups to help them dispose of waste responsibly while saving them money and the environment along the way.

    A new campaign highlights the benefits of the commercial waste service, namely that it is cheaper, greener and more trusted than alternative providers.

    As the strapline goes: “It’s our business to help companies reduce waste and cut costs”.

    One of those businesses already benefiting is ETI Ltd, which has three sites in Worthing and specialises in manufacturing digital thermometer probes for the food industry.

    Thanks to working closely with the Councils’ commercial waste team, more than half of the waste now collected is recycling which has saved the business 40% in costs.

    Debbie Bulled, of ETI Ltd, said: “All businesses, large or small, have a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of safely and efficiently and Adur & Worthing Councils provide the means to do exactly that. 

    “Recycling is, and will continue to be, an essential part of our waste management strategy and this service helps to meet our environmental objectives and reduce our associated costs at the same time.”

    With more than 30 years experience, the Councils has an excellent track record of offering regular and one-off collections to thousands of organisations across the area.

    There are no hidden costs, with fees coming in at 10% cheaper than national competitors. Plus they are VAT free for those based in the Adur and Worthing area.

    For those companies looking to go green, the Councils offer a dedicated recycling service at reduced cost which could save local firms up to 40%.

    With a locally-based fleet and optimised routes, organisations also know that the amount of fuel used is kept to a minimum.

    All collections are compliant with UK and EU legislation meaning clients have peace of mind knowing their waste will be disposed of in a responsible way.

    Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “Our commercial waste team do an excellent job supporting local businesses and organisations across the district, providing a top-quality service that never lets people down.

    “So if you know a business that wants to reduce waste and cut costs, I urge you to put them in our touch with our fantastic team.”

    Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said: “We know that lockdown has placed enormous pressure on local businesses and charities which is why our newly-revamped commercial waste service makes it easy, simple and cheaper for organisations to dispose of their waste.

    “There are no hidden costs and we're fully compliant with UK and EU legislation. With most fees VAT free too, there’s no reason to delay getting in touch with us today.”

    For further information visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/commercial-waste.


  • 06 July 2020 2:27 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kamelia Kids - Open For Business!

    When we first went into lockdown, we genuinely believed this would only be for a few weeks! It is hard to believe what has happened around the world and the immeasurable repercussions this has had on people, families, businesses and lives.

    Having cared for our key worker children and vulnerable children during lockdown, we were overjoyed to welcome back some of our children and families on Mon 1 Jun 20. We have undoubtedly seen unprecedented change and the requirement for constant flexibility in the Early Years sector in how we operate under government restrictions. Throughout this period, we have worked extremely hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff.

    While working under restrictions and with staff furloughed, we managed to transform part of our outside area into a wildlife and beach garden, so that the children can experience the natural world. In addition, we are set to create another outside space into a sensory and wellbeing garden to stimulate their senses and to provide a calm place to be.

    In September, we will be launching our new sensory room and providing access to the interactive ‘Magic Carpet’ a state-of-the-art floor projection system which will help take our learning, play and communication with children to an entirely different level. Creating this wonderful new space, the Magic Carpet will complement our existing programme for children to learn, play and develop new skills – all the while having great fun.

    Throughout the lockdown, we have remained positive and are looking forward to welcoming more children, families and staff back over the next few months.  We understand that this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone and we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones, are more connected and determined to seize the day and utilise the incredible freedoms and choices that we all possibly took for granted.

    As we head towards the latter part of the year and all it might bring, we wish everyone to stay safe and well.

    www.kameliakids.org.uk 

  • 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

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