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  • 19 May 2020 3:21 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Office available to rent in Worthing

    157 square feet Office available in Worthing. 

    Rent - £350 per month which includes Broadband, heating and electric. We also have a meeting room which is available for a small cost on an as needed basis.

    Office will be available from middle of next month on a 12 month license with 3 months’ notice

    For further details contact Tony Hedger A & T Business Associates Limited Telephone: 01903 602211

  • 19 May 2020 3:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres and Museum announce unique contemporary collecting project Cutting Edge

    Worthing Theatres and Museum are seeking potential donations of high street or home made clothing from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s to join the museum’s nationally recognised costume collection as part of a unique contemporary collecting project called Cutting Edge. 
     
    Cutting Edge is a National Heritage Lottery Funded, year long collaboration that sees curators from WTM working with a group of students from Shoreham Academy to research, identify and source items that have had the greatest impact on fashion during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. 
     
    This includes high street favourites such as Red or Dead, Benetton, Chelsea Girl, Freeman Hardy & Willis, C&A, Ben Sherman, Kangol, Tammy Girl, Warehouse and Diesel, to name a few. 
     
    WTM's costume collection tells the story of everyday fashion and how it has changed over time. It reflects the clothing of real people - the average person on the street. At the moment the collection contains limited pieces from the 1980s and 1990s and almost nothing to represent the 2000s! Cutting Edge seeks to remedy this. 
     
    The Cutting Edge team are asking for donations of clothing, accessories, footwear, hats and bags from these decades and the history associated with them - whether it's a photo of the piece being worn, or a story of how the owner came by it. We will select a number of donated garments to include in the costume collection. 
     
    If you have an item you would like to be considered please complete the google form available on the WTM website, with as much detail as possible including photographs, and the Cutting Edge team will respond via email. 
     
    Perhaps you have an outfit or item/s of clothing that you raved in at Sterns or The Haçienda; a fabulous dress and heels that you discoed in at Rutherfords or Liquid Lounge in the 2000s and photos of you wearing them, associated gig tickets, flyers and stories? If so, we want to hear from you! 
     
    If you have a cherished piece from these decades gathering dust, we would love you to consider donating it for future generations to enjoy and study at our state of the art Costume Research Centre. 
     
    The museum is closed during the Coronavirus lockdown, so please DO NOT bring or leave items outside as we cannot acquire anything without prior assessment. 
    Find out more about the project and submit your items for consideration on their website at wtam.uk/stories/cutting-edge/.

  • 19 May 2020 2:59 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Business Awards 2020 - Cancelled

    It is with great disappointment that the Organising Committee have taken the decision to cancel the Adur & Worthing Business Awards for 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

    As we’re sure you're all aware, whilst lockdown restrictions might be relaxed over the coming weeks, the annual business awards is an event that requires a great deal of forward planning and effort. With so much uncertainty surrounding the situation, we felt it was impossible to continue with the planning and delivery of the 2020 event. Additionally, we are aware that businesses will be feeling the negative effects of the pandemic and they will need to prioritise their focus accordingly.

    We very much hope that Adur & Worthing businesses will come back bigger, better and stronger for 2021. In the meantime, we send you all our best wishes during this trying time and look forward to working with you again next year. 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we hope to update you soon with news of a new date for the 2021 event.

  • 19 May 2020 2:51 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coronavirus – what’s the best financial support for my business?

    Local businesses navigating funding options support during the Coronavirus pandemic need to do their homework to help them gain access to the schemes best suited to their needs.

    Sussex-based chartered accountants and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box, say that too many companies are unsure as to which scheme is best for their business. They find businesses also hit the buffers early in the application process because they haven’t got everything to hand at the outset. 

    The firm launched a new Funding Team last year and, along with its dedicated Coronavirus resource hub, is now providing independent advice on the finance options available. The team can help, whether it’s the new interest free small business loans backed 100% by government, Business Interruption Loan Schemes, corporate financing facility, grant funding, the Coronavirus Future Fund or loans and grants from Innovate UK.

    Charlie Eve, the Business Services Partner leading the team, commented: “The government is providing unprecedented support for business during this crisis, but it is vital that directors and company owners not only fully assess which schemes are best suited to their needs – and prepare what is needed for the application – but that they also understand any personal and business obligations they are entering into.

    “It can be easy to make mistakes under pressure – and having access to independent, expert advice can help not just in selecting the best support option but in collating and presenting the information needed for the application process.”

    This can include cashflow, profit and loss and balance sheet forecasts, historic trading performance and perhaps a business plan. 

    “It’s also very important that directors and business owners are aware of the guarantees and liabilities linked to any of the funding facilities, including specific criteria such as matched funding and loan conversions to equity as well as interest rates,” said Charlie.

    “These are generous support programmes and many companies need access to them quickly to ensure business continuity, but at the same time it is important to enter into these arrangements with eyes wide open.”

    For further information please refer to MHA Carpenter Box’s dedicated Coronavirus business information hub on its website available via www.carpenterbox.com/coronavirus .

  • 19 May 2020 2:33 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    British Chambers Quarterly Economic Survey Q2 2020

    The QES carried out by the British Chambers is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator.

    This will be the first QES since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK and the subsequent lockdown. While our weekly tracker data already demonstrates a very clear decline in business activity when compared against QES historical data, this will be the first major real comparison. Our data will mark the clear shift from pre-Coronavirus conditions to the current situation and will form a significant part of the historical record.
     
    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 policy at the Bank of England and central Government.
     
    We encourage you to take 5 minutes to complete this extremely important economic survey.
     
    Once you click the link, make sure to select ‘South East: Sussex’ from the ‘Which Chamber’ section.

    Click here to complete the survey

  • 15 May 2020 2:32 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Hygiene Screens from L&S Office Supplies

    L&S Office Supplies have a range of hygiene screens available to purchase, ideal for keeping your employees and colleagues safe. 

    Click here to the hygiene screens

  • 15 May 2020 12:58 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Veteran in Recent VE Day Coverage Takes on Charity Challenge

    Normandy Veteran, Len Gibbon, 96, who was featured heavily in the recent coverage of VE Day, is taking on a cycling challenge in aid of charity, Care for Veterans. 
     
    Len has decided to recreate his historic journey across the Channel by cycling the distance from Portsmouth to Gold Beach on a static bike. He aims to complete the 104-mile distance by 6th June, which will mark the 76th anniversary of the first Normandy landings.
     
    Fellow Normandy veteran, Peter Hawkins, 95, is supporting Len with his challenge by cycling his own 104-miles. Peter also landed at Gold Beach a few days after the invasion started. The men are cycling on separate occasions, of course, to ensure they keep their distance.
     
    Both men are residents at Care for Veterans, which is based in Worthing, West Sussex. The charity has provided care and rehabilitation to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families since 1919. It receives no regular government funding and must raise £1.9 million this year to provide its award-winning care to the veterans who live there. 

    Len came to live at Care for Veterans in December 2019. He realised he needed extra help after having several falls at home and his walking had become unbalanced. He loves dancing and so the physiotherapists at the charity incorporate this into his sessions; he loves to do the ‘Cha Cha’.

    He said, “Although I’m 96, I still like to be doing something. I like to have a dance at the concerts they have sometimes. I have physio as well, which I really enjoy. I'm doing this challenge to help raise money for Care for Veterans because it's a wonderful place. It's going really well so far, hopefully I'll finish on time!"
      
    Len’s challenge comes at a time when the charity needs it most. Due to the current situation, many of the events and initiatives that Care for Veterans had organised to raise vital funds have been postponed or cancelled, so he hopes to raise as much as he can to support the charity that cares for him. 
     
    You can show Len your support by donating via his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/lens-d-day-challenge

  • 15 May 2020 12:55 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Delays at Companies House leave struggling businesses with more debt, says accountants Kreston Reeves

    Delays at Companies House are leaving businesses wishing to dissolve with growing and unnecessary debt, warns accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves.

    Andrew Tate, Partner and Head of Restructuring at Kreston Reeves comments:

    “Many companies have seen business disappear as a result of the coronavirus with little prospect of it returning and are taking the difficult decision to close, or dissolve, a company rather than go through formal insolvency procedures.

    “It is a relatively straightforward process, costing just £10 and the completion of form DS01 that is then sent to Companies House. Two months later the company will no longer legally exist.

    “But severe staff shortages at Companies House caused by the coronavirus and the government’s lockdown measures together with the decision by Companies House in April to introduce a three-month pause to the strike off process has left companies unable dissolve, leaving them exposed to accumulating unnecessary expense and debt. It is particularly problematic for small businesses who cannot afford or do not need to go through formal insolvency proceedings.

    “The decision by Companies House was with good intention recognising that business owners may not be able to file accounts on time – which, in normal times, leads to the striking off of a company. However, many decisions taken to cope with the virus have unintended consequences.

    “Businesses are facing delays of up to five months, leaving them exposed to additional rent, business rates and administration costs they can ill-afford. Creditors may not object to the dissolution of a business if its debts are small, but as they accumulate they may force companies into more formal insolvency procedures.”

    Businesses that wish to close down do need to take the following steps:

    • Announce plans to HMRC.
    • Inform staff and comply with redundancy rules.
    • Correctly account for any assets of the business.

    Andrew adds: “Form DS01 will need to be sent to directors of the company, employees, pension fund trustees or managers, and creditors. Creditors can object to the dissolution of a company pushing it into formal insolvency procedures, but if debt is small it is usually not worth the trouble. The longer it takes to dissolve a company the greater levels of debt it is likely to accumulate.”

    www.krestonreeves.com

  • 15 May 2020 12:49 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Safe in Sussex Update

    Safe in Sussex is acutely aware that those living with domestic abuse during the lock-down have limited opportunity to reach out for help and support due to the perpetrator's constant presence in the home.  As restrictions begin to be lifted we anticipate an increase in demand for our services, with this in mind we have launched the following:

    A Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 10am -3pm. The number is 01903 896 202.

    An Online Chat available on our website Monday to Friday, 12.30 -2.30 pm. www.safeinsussex.org

    Our Freedom Programme is now available online with 3 different time slots, including an evening one. Please call 01903 896212 for more details or email elaine@safeinsussex.org.uk 

    Please keep up to date with Safe in Sussex by following us on Facebook or Twitter, just search safeinsussex or if you don't use Social Media, keep an eye on our website www.safeinsussex.org

  • 15 May 2020 12:41 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing High School VE Day

    Worthing High School marked VE Day on the 8th May by providing for some of their vulnerable and keyworker pupils the opportunity to appreciate what a (socially distanced) VE Day celebration may have looked like. As the school was open on Friday 8th May a special programme has been arranged for those students attending school on the Bank Holiday.

    Students spent the day making bunting, cooking cakes and digging for victory. These activities were all part of the students VE day experience, along with marking the 2 minutes silence at 11am to commemorate the 75th anniversary.

    Students were also given the opportunity to participate in games like hop scotch, marbles and skipping to help them appreciate what playground activities used to look like.

    Mr Panayiotou, Headteacher said:  said “It has been a great opportunity for us to commemorate the 75th Anniversary and to take the time to reflect on the sacrifices that were made during the Second World War. It also has been important not to forget the unprecedented situation we are all living through.”

    A special thanks to all the staff who made our special VE Day possible at Worthing High School.


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