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  • 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

  • 09 November 2020 11:19 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New national restrictions 

    To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 new national restriction measures have came in to force on Thursday 5 November, and will remain in place until Wednesday 2 December. Click here to find out how this will affect West Sussex County Council services, including libraries, Household Waste Recycling Sites, registration services and ceremonies.

    You can also find the latest weekly case numbers on our website.   

    The new tougher national restrictions include staying at home, only travelling if it is essential, and not meeting people socially. Restrictions do allow people to exercise or meet in a public, outdoor space with people they live with, their support bubble (or childcare bubble), or with one other person. It is vital that anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help. Further information, including working from home, business closures and the financial support available can be found on the government's website below.

  • 09 November 2020 11:13 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

    The Chancellor has announced that CJRS will be extended until the end of March‌‌‌ 2021 for all parts of the UK. For claim periods running to 31‌‌‌ January 2021, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The UK Government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.

    It was also confirmed that the Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in Fe‌‌‌bruary 2021, as CJRS will be available at that time. An alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time.

    What you need to do now

    If you intend to claim under the CJRS, please look at information published today on how you can check if you’re eligible to claim, and what you need to agree with your employees. You can find this on GOV‌‌‌.UK by searching 'Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.

    This latest information applies for CJRS claim periods from 1 November 2020. The final date for claims for the period up to 31 October is still 30‌‌‌ November 2020.

    The full guidance for claims from November onwards, including more information on how to calculate a claim, will be published on GOV‌‌‌.UK. Claims can be made from 11‌‌‌ November 2020.


  • 09 November 2020 11:07 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Post EU Transition - Are you ready?

    Date: 20th November 
    Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
    This event will be held as a webinar and is free to attend

    Once the Transition Period ends on the 31st December 2020, a new era of procedures, processes, trading, customs and checks on goods moving between the UK and EU countries will be ushered in.  This two-hour virtual event “Post EU Transition – Are you ready?” will provide updates on what trading businesses need to do to ensure compliance. In our efforts to sustain and develop trade between the UK and the EU, the Sussex and Surrey Chambers of Commerce are delighted to invite you to participate in our forthcoming virtual Q&A session, answering all your questions in a live and interactive panel session, incorporating breakout rooms for specific topics! There are numerous specialists joining us whose expertise cover a wide range of related topics who will each address key issues that are vital to maintaining and growing trade and ensuring you are compliant.

    Please book your free place online or email info@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk

    As well as an overview of the latest news on any requirements post transition, we will be offering “Topic breakout rooms” so that you can ask those detailed questions on the areas that concern you.

    Breakout Topics:

    • Regulation and certification marking
    • Tax
    • Food and Drink labelling, packaging  
    • Digital, e-commerce and data protection
    • Customs, borders and tariffs, documentation (including Customs Declarations) 
    • People

    Click here to book your place

  • 09 November 2020 10:34 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton makes 10 pledges on tackling climate change

    Influential leaders across Greater Brighton today came together to pledge that the region would lead the way in helping to tackle climate change and developing green growth.

    All members of the Greater Brighton Economic Board (GBEB) individually committed their organisations to support the GB10, a range of pledges underpinning energy and water projects which will help the environment.

    The board includes all local councils in the region, business groups, two universities, further education with strong support from companies such as Ricardo and Southern Water.

    A report before GBEB stated that supporting the pledges gave ‘considerable weight and commitment to projects that both create economic prosperity but also contribute to tackling climate change.

    ‘It is a clear statement of intent from a powerful range of voices.’

    The 10 pledges are:

    • Kelp:  backing a scheme to introduce a carbon capturing kelp forest off the Sussex coast.
    • Water Recycling:  partnering projects to introduce recycled water into new homes.
    • Zero Emission Fleets: committing to phasing out diesel cars, refuse trucks and vans
    • EV Charging Points: supporting a huge increase in electric vehicle charging points.
    • Rewilding: supporting an increase in natural landscapes and rain garden projects
    • Home Visits: supporting Southern Water’s 50,000 water and energy efficiency home visits 
    • Low Carbon Heating: rolling out schemes to replace oil home heating with electric and other low carbon fuels
    • Public Buildings: reducing energy use by 50 per cent by 2030
    • Innovation: establishing an Innovation Forum to share latest research and best practice
    • Lobby; using Greater Brighton’s powerful voice to lobby government for investment

    At the meeting all members of Greater Brighton individually backed the GB10 and outlining one area where they were already working successfully.

    Chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, said, ‘As a city region we have a very powerful collective voice and an ability to coordinate our work to make maximum impact.

    ‘In a post-Covid world economic recovery will depend on our ability to deliver clean growth projects which also tackle the ever-pressing climate change crisis. By making these pledges we have committed ourselves to initiating, backing, or supporting a genuinely innovative programme of works that will ensure Greater Brighton is at the forefront of sustainable development.’

    Cllr Humphreys, who is also leader of Worthing Borough Council, added that the board would receive reports on the progress of the schemes. This would be made publicly available.

    To back the GB10 pledges and the energy and water work beneath them a specially commissioned video has been produced and a new section of the Greater Brighton website created so that residents can be updated on the work and progress.

    To see the video and find out more about the pledges visit https://greaterbrighton.com/GB10/



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