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  • 19 November 2020 10:42 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Equipping Your Legal Toolbox For Later Life

    2020 has been an unexpected challenge for so many and for so many different and personal reasons. Businesses and individuals alike have been affected and we at Bennett Griffin have not been immune to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented.

    We have received a great number of enquiries from both existing and new clients with various questions that have arisen from the impact of Covid-19.  These range from looking to review and create Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trusts to a desire to ensure assets are secured and their legacy is maximised and simplified for their family and future generations. Sadly, it has been all too apparent that people have to make quick and difficult decisions about their loved ones care needs as well as the benefit of having thought through plans in place in advance of these difficulties.

    At Bennett Griffin we regularly present information sessions on the importance of ensuring your ‘legal toolbox’ is up to date and equipped for life’s uncertainties.

    For example, have you had any existing Power of Attorney checked to ensure that it is still fit for purpose? Have you created a comprehensive Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) as well as a Financial one? Have you purchased, or do you even know about Lasting Power of Attorney Bonds and their benefits? Do you need to make a change to your Will to anticipate potential care needs of your spouse or partner, or are you part of the majority who don’t even have a Will yet? What about your preferences and wishes for your health and future care? Have you received advice on key “legal tools” such as Option A and Option B in a Health and Welfare LPA, Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR), Advanced Directives or Statements of your Wishes? These are all important considerations before you even move into exploring the options for care provision and care funding!

    Navigating the legal and care sector can be confusing and draining, therefore it is critical that not only do you ensure that your legal toolbox is up to date, but that you have had the benefit of specialist, clear advice from an experienced and accredited advisor. Thankfully, we are experienced and here to help you understand the various options and make informed decisions.

    Our specialist team at Bennett Griffin is headed up by Ian Macara, our experienced Partner and one of just 71 panel deputies in England and Wales accredited by the Court of Protection. In addition, he is a full member of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), a Dementia Friends Champion, a full member of the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and on the Steering Committee of Dementia Friendly Worthing.

    Do you have any questions or wish to speak to Ian or his excellent team about your ‘legal toolbox’? We’d love to hear from you by contacting us on 01903 229999 or by emailing:

  • 19 November 2020 10:37 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Disability Awareness Q&A - supporting employees during lockdown

    Date: Wednesday 25th November
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    This workshop is held online via Zoom and is free to attend

    Aldingbourne Trust are holding a FREE Zoom Q&A session on Disability Awareness for Employers supporting employees with mental health during lockdown

    A relaxed open forum to discuss employers' questions on how to support their employees in lockdown. ​​- disability in the workplace ​- reasonable adjustments ​- supporting mental health ​​If you would like to take part in this discussion. OR feel you can support or contribute - please email

    Click here to book to attend

  • 19 November 2020 10:29 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Browns Natural Pet Store crowned 'Retailer of the Year'

    Browns Natural Pet Store crowned 'Retailer of the Year' by The Pet Industry Federation (PIF). This a national award and a really big deal for us! It included hundreds of entries from pet stores all over the UK. The PIF is the official trade association for businesses involved within the UK pet industry, so we are overjoyed to gain some national recognition for what we are doing in the sector against some well established and much bigger retailers.

    Because of the current pandemic, Browns Natural Pet Store were not able to celebrate in the usual way at their live awards ceremony in Milton Keynes, but they raised a glass from our living rooms as the awards presentation was streamed online.

    Browns Natural Pet Store would like to take this opportunity to thank all of their customers for their incredible support during the last few years; in particular, as they transitioned from Shoreline Pet Supplies into Browns Natural Pet Store. They really could not have done any of this without you and of course, your pets!

  • 19 November 2020 10:13 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres and Museum launch Crowdfunding Campaign

    Worthing Theatres and Museum (WTM)  has joined the national #SaveOurTheatres crowdfunding campaign  launched by the Theatres Trust to help prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres.  Save Worthing Theatres and Museum will launch to the public on Wednesday 18th November. The Covid crisis has placed many arts charities like WTM on unstable ground, meaning many organisations are in financial difficulty.

    Before the second lockdown, WTM had been working hard to reopen all five of their venues step by step and safeguard as many jobs as possible as a priority to ensure the future survival of WTM. With the capacity for socially distanced events at the Connaught Theatre, Connaught Studio, Assembly Hall, Pavilion Theatre and Worthing Museum vastly reducing the charities income, WTM are reaching out to their community to support them in raising £10,000 for the Save Worthing Theatres and Museum crowdfunding campaign. 

    Supporters can choose a range of unique rewards for different levels of donations including; ticket vouchers, memberships, an exclusive tour of the costume collection, an archeology walk, a private film quiz and sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, WTM will be hosting a streamed fundraising event on Friday 27th November, the night their annual pantomime would have opened. Accounting for a substantial proportion of the charity's annual income and a firm favourite with their audiences, this event celebrates all things pantomime, with a star studded cast of supporters making guest appearances throughout the night

    Amanda O’Reilly, CEO, Worthing Theatres and Museum said: 

    On 1st November, WTM celebrated our first year as a charity and what a year  it’s been! Typically we would be welcoming over 340,000 people through our doors for live performances, films and exhibitions. Then Covid-19 struck, resulting in WTM having to close our doors in March. We are fighting to ensure the future of WTM, making savings wherever we can. We’ve been blown away by the warmth and support our community have shown us, and we are extremely grateful for the support of Worthing Borough Council and emergency funds from Arts Council England. If you are in a position to do so, please donate to our Save Worthing Theatres and Museum Crowdfunding campaign, and help us raise £10,000 towards our long term survival. The challenge ahead will not be easy, but we know that with the support of our wonderful community we will be back soon, bringing you the programme you know and love.

  • 17 November 2020 9:52 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    "Not much going on in Worthing this Christmas"...Are you joking???

    There is A LOT going on at Indigo this Christmas, there will be no silent nights! 

    "More entertainment that a Royal Variety Performance", Simon Margaroli, Director of Indigo says "I can say, with great confidence, that the performers are of the same world class standard!" 

    Come along and join the party! There is something for everybody. Click here to have a look at the Christmas Calendar.

    Take a look and make a booking here

  • 16 November 2020 8:54 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Free webinar: Is your business really ready for Brexit?

    As the clock ticks down on the Brexit transition period, local businesses are being urged to check that they everything in place to continue trading successful with Europe from 2021.

    Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box and law practice DMH Stallard will be running a free webinar on November 25 to help companies navigate the customs and tax changes they will face next year.

    “With businesses understandably focused on disruptions caused by COVID, many may still be unsure about where to begin in managing the risks associated with the UK leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union,” says Dan Hobbs, VAT Partner at MHA Carpenter Box.

    “This webinar will look at key tax and contract considerations and provide practical steps to help companies prepare for the changes ahead. It is really important that businesses take action now if they are to avoid preventable disruption.”

    Dan will be joined by John Yates, Partner at DMH Stallard, and between them they will cover VAT changes, trade arrangements, contractual issues and data laws.

    To register, go to

  • 12 November 2020 12:21 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Ardington Hotel is OPEN during the November Lockdown !!

    We will be pleased to welcome Key Workers, Corporate Travellers and those involved with construction and manufacturing, in accordance with Government guidelines.

    The following Services will be available –

    • Overnight Single/Twin and Double Accommodation serviced and refreshed daily by our housekeeping team unless requested otherwise.
    • Full English Breakfast from Room Service or Packed Breakfast from 6.30am.
    • Complimentary supply of crockery, cutlery and glassware for takeaways and Food deliveries.
    • Use of Indigo Lounge
    • Room Service of Bar Drinks and Hot Beverages.

    For full details please visit the hotel website

    The best rates are available by contacting us directly on 01903 230451/ or making reservations via the hotel website.

    We look forward to welcoming your visitors !!

  • 12 November 2020 10:29 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    How well does your website stack up? 

    Strides Empower have written an article to help you evaluate the effectivness of your website. 

    1. Plan — Have an outline of the journey you want your customer to experience from when they first click on your site to when they become a customer — ensure that your website is effectively meeting the needs of the visitors you want to attract.

    2. Focus — With an audience that only has an attention span of about 8 seconds, you need to create a first impression that easily gets the main points across. A good web design caters its navigation to its target users so that it feels intuitive — the less users have to think about it, the better. This should be done with short, powerful sections of content and applicable photographs/icons that are sectioned off by clear and concise headers. Easy navigation enables your potential customers to find what they need faster.

    3. Social Share and Links — Include icons of different social media to allow your site to share the page directly on the social media channel of your choice. These buttons also act as a non-pushy tool that encourages social sharing from your customers’ persona.

    4. Call to Action Buttons — Are one of the many elements that indicate the next step users should take on a page. While many of us know that, it can be easy to fail to accurately use them to guide users through your website; Keep them clear and relevant — they should lead users to answers that are helpful to resolve your customers’ pain points.

    5. Use the Right Images — Ones of real people that work for your company and the office itself — this will generate your customers’ trust. Make sure the images fit the messages you are conveying.

    6. Use White Space as a Benefit — Whitespace is an essential design element that helps break up the page and increase readability. Also, strangely known as ‘negative space’, white space refers to the areas around elements on a page that are empty and lacking content or visual items. However, this space helps with readability and content prioritisation. It also plays an important role in the design process and positioning website design elements. Strip out what isn’t necessary to the purpose of the page or to your plan in 1.

    7. Mobile Optimisation — Ensure your website is user friendly on a mobile devise — obvious? — I have discovered many sites which are not! “Google says 61% of users are unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing and 40% visit a competitor’s site instead”.

    8. SEO Strategy — Identify the proper keywords first that your audience is actually searching for. This strategy should also include creating content that’s relevant to the needs of your visitors; videos, blog articles, and e-books are a few examples of content that can do this.

    9. Write for YOUR Audience — Use ‘You’ and ‘Your’. Explain what you can do for them and how your business solution will resolve your customers’ pain points — subconsciously this will enhance how your customers see your business.

    10. Testing— Evaluating conversion paths, how far users scroll, and where they are clicking, etc, are important qualities that can reveal if your pages are performing the way you intended. Your pages may contain out dated information or simply need some tweaking or design changes.

    So how does your site stack up? — Speak to Strides Empower Ltd for a no obligation assessment of your site.

  • 10 November 2020 10:09 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    MHA Carpenter Box expands despite the COVID-19 pandemic

    Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box continues to expand across the region, despite the challenges of the wider business environment.

    The firm has opened a new office in central Chichester, which is being led by Partners Peter Reading and Kevin Blake. It is a full-service operation offering business and personal advisory services, including taxation, audit and financial services.

    Peter commented: “There’s no doubt the economic climate makes for a challenging trading environment for many businesses. However, we already have a number of clients in the Chichester area and have taken a decision to invest further to provide first-class support and advice to all local businesses and individuals, with a particular focus on property and agriculture.

    “We will, of course, be respecting current rules around social distancing, but this is a long-term commitment which will deliver expert support to businesses both large and small in the area, and also to provide independent financial advice.”

    The new office reflects the rapid growth of the firm in recent years, with Chichester now added to offices in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton. The business has 16 partners and employs 170 staff.  

    (Image shows l-r: Peter Reading, Kevin Blake and John Christopher, Business Development Consultant at MHA Carpenter Box, outside the new office at Sussex House)

  • 09 November 2020 2:44 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Rebuilding the workforce for the future:

    Date:  Thursday 12 November 2020
    Time: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

    This webinar will offer a unique opportunity to gain insight into the current discussion around the workforce.

    For many companies and employers, the future of their workforce is unclear. Whether they are considering redundancies, longer periods of remote working or utilising new government initiatives, the weight of decision making can feel vast and overwhelming for any employer.

    We’ll be discussing the best ways to manage remote teams to ensure you’re taking care of your team’s wellbeing, how to engage with a workforce looking for more flexibility and agility, and understanding the legal implications of what working from home can bring for the employer.

    Our select panel of influencers will include:

    Click here to book now

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