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  • 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 www.ardingtonhotel.co.uk

    The best rates are available by contacting us directly on 01903 230451/reservations@ardingtonhotel.co.uk 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. https://stridesempower.com/


  • 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)

    www.carpenterbox.com


  • 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

  • 09 November 2020 1:14 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) - Quarter 4 is now live.

    The QES carried out by the British Chambers is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator. We are asking all Sussex businesses to complete the survey. 

    QES findings are vital in the BCC’s and Sussex Chamber’s lobbying efforts because they are broken down to individual accredited chamber-level, making sure your voice is properly heard both nationally and locally on the issues that matter.

    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 the Bank of England and central Government.
     
    We encourage you to take just a couple of minutes to complete this extremely important economic survey.

    All data is treated as strictly confidential and will not be passed on to a third party.

    Once you click the link, make sure to select ‘South East: Sussex’ from the ‘Which Chamber’ section. 

    Click here to start the survey

  • 09 November 2020 12:45 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Temporary Cycle Schemes to be removed

    A decision was made on 3 November to remove the temporary cycle schemes Further details can be read here - Decision - Emergency Active Travel Fund Cycle Lanes.  Please note the appendices contain statistics and detailed monitoring data for all the schemes.

    We do want to assure you that all feedback, information and data collected will be used to support plans for future schemes and will help with our approach to design and implementation.

    We hope that any further government funding takes into account the desirability of proceeding in a more considered manner, with time for wide and meaningful public and stakeholder engagement and to enable impact/success criteria to be built into scheme identification and design.

  • 09 November 2020 12:40 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Funding Still Available from West Sussex County Council for Apprenticeship Training in Organisations across the County

    If you are a small to medium business or voluntary community organisation based in West Sussex and keen to train a new member of staff or an existing member of staff then an apprenticeship could be the way forward. West Sussex County Council has allocated over £400,000 since April this year on providing local businesses with the funds to support apprenticeships with a large range of skills. From health and social care level 2 and 3, nurse associates, digital marketing, engineering, business administration, amongst others.

    Not only does the transfer funding enable businesses in the county to upskill their workforce, it provides excellent career pathways and also supports the local economy.

    Additional funding is also available to employers under the new incentive scheme from the Government.

    To find out more information or to make an application to WSCC levy fund, please here You will be required to register with WSCC prior to accessing the application form.

    Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis and the application period could end at any time if the fund is exhausted. Or contact me directly karen.pirks@westsussex.gov.uk

  • 09 November 2020 12:31 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Building AW: September '20 Edition

    Building AW is a bright, informal online publication which keeps residents, stakeholders and businesses across both areas up-to-date with all the latest developments in their communities.

    Features in the September edition include the latest on plans to create hundreds of new homes on Shoreham riverfront; details on work underway at New Monks Farm in Lancing; and the latest on plans to expand Worthing's creative hub at Colonnade House.

    Click here to read 

  • 09 November 2020 11:49 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Sustainable homes at heart of Worthing Local Plan

    Sustainable homes, enhanced open spaces and flexible work places are at the heart of detailed plans to guide the future development of Worthing.

    The Worthing Local Plan sets out the vision for the town for the next 15 years, mapping out how it will look for residents, businesses and visitors in 2036.

    Central to the vision is the creation of 4,600 additional sustainable homes, primarily on brownfield sites such as Teville Gate and Union Place, while large open spaces, such as Brooklands Park, Goring Gap and Chatsmore Farm, will be preserved and enhanced for generations to come.

    A key driver is sustainability with Worthing Borough Council one of the first in the country to embed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into their development plan. This will help mitigate the impact of climate change and require higher levels of sustainability to be met, such as increased energy efficiency of new homes and work spaces, the provision of EV charging points and water reused on site.

    The plan also takes special steps to protect and create new employment spaces while ensuring they are flexible and adaptable as part of wider efforts to support the town’s economy bounce back from COVID.

    But even with the proposed development on brownfield and edge of town sites, the plan does warn that it will be 10,000 properties short of meeting demand in the next 15 years.

    The document will be discussed this week (November 11) by the Council’s Planning Committee before being considered by executive councillors and Full Council. 

    Pending approval, there will be a final round of consultation before being sent to the national Planning Inspectorate for review ahead of possible adoption next year.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “After years of preparation and input from hundreds of people I’m delighted that we’re able to present the final version of the Worthing Local Plan, which - if adopted - will affect everyone who has a vested interest in our town.

    “The final document balances the need to provide a good mix of homes with adaptable flexible work spaces whilst seeking to preserve crucial areas of open space, which have played such an important role in recent months during the global pandemic.

    “I’m also delighted we have been able to be ambitious around sustainability, making sure that the new development that does take place is sympathetic to our amazing location between the South Downs and the sea.

    “I look forward to hearing comments and feedback from councillor colleagues in the next few weeks and hope, after further input from the public, we are able to submit it to the Planning Inspectorate.”

    Those behind the Worthing Local Plan have spent the past four years carrying out extensive studies into every parcel of land in the borough as the Council looks to ensure the right mix of places for people to live, work and play in the future.

    This includes two major pieces of consultation with the public, land owners, developers and community groups.

    Even with the development of major brownfield sites such as Teville Gate, Union Place and Grafton Car Park coming forward, the plan uses comprehensive evidence to demonstrate there is only enough land in the borough to provide just 4,599 dwellings by 2033. This is way below the assessed need level of more than 15,000 homes.

    Among those areas proposed for development are land off Upper Brighton Road (123 homes), land east of Fulbeck Avenue (152) and part of the Northbrook Caravan Club site (75). 

    Other sites included in the final plan are land off Beeches Avenue and land east of Titnore Lane as evidence now indicates that previous key constraints can be overcome.

    However, even with housing pressure, the Council has made a commitment to place protected status on environmentally sensitive areas such as Goring Gap (South), Chatsmore Farm (between the A259 and railway line at Goring) and Brooklands Park.

    The 190-page document also includes detailed policies on a range of planning issues, such as affordable housing provision, heritage, design, retail and the economy. When adopted, these will be used when making decisions on future applications.


  • 09 November 2020 11:31 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    West Sussex Transport Plan Review Survey

    West Sussex County Council has started a review of the West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP). The current plan, which covers the 2011-26 period, needs to be reviewed to take account of changes to national and local policy, such as the Government’s legally-binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. The new plan will set out how we aim to continue supporting the economy and communities while protecting the environment.  We will consider the best approaches to tackle key transport issues such as congestion, road safety and pollution, and set out our plans for all modes of transport.

    The survey is accessible to all, so individual members of the public can also submit their views if they wish to do so. The survey closing date is Thursday 17th December 2020. To complete the survey please visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/WSTPsurvey

    The survey results will help shape the draft version of the plan, which will be published for public consultation in summer 2021.  We aim to adopt the plan in early 2022.

    Transport Planning and Policy Team


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