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  • 04 April 2012 11:26 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership held its International Trade conference on Tuesday 20th March 2012 at the Arora Hotel, Crawley. Coast to Capital has ambitious goals to increase, significantly, the number of businesses which trade internationally and held this event for organisations that work to support businesses in trading overseas.

    The conference was presented with initial findings from new research commissioned by Coast to Capital about the patterns of current international trade in the Coast to Capital area – sectors, characteristics and locations, all specific to our area and the prospects for the future.

    Participants heard that findings from a recent survey of businesses in the area suggests that 10% of Coast to Capital businesses are active exporters and generate around £13.6bn - about 42% of the GVA for the Coast to Capital area.
    Businesses themselves are optimistic for the future, with a rising proportion of them expecting trade to increase over the next 12 months.

    Charles Carter, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), congratulated Coast to Capital on their initiative to encourage SMEs to consider exporting.  During his talk he encouraged businesses to use the ICAEW Business Advice Service for support and advice.

    Iain Shepherd, Coast to Capital Board member responsible for Internationalisation, said:

    "I was absolutely delighted by the positive and enthusiastic response from both public and private sector organizations to engage with Coast to Capital in the delivery of our Internationalisation agenda.  The conference demonstrated that our ambitious targets were both realistic and achievable. Coast to Capital wants to double the number of businesses that are regular and fully active international traders. It is a big target – much bigger than what we have seen before – and it will take a concerted effort by all public, private and third sector bodies who work with businesses – to make progress.”

    The Coast to Capital International Trade conference was attended by representatives of accountancy and legal firms, specialist service providers, banks, chambers of commerce, trade bodies, UKTI, universities, Gatwick Airport and local authorities.

    Coast to Capital’s Board will be discussing the new research and the feedback from the conference and the next steps will be communicated in due course.
  • 30 March 2012 10:34 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    The latest Chamber Newsletter is now available for download here

  • 28 March 2012 1:00 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Earlier this year, Adur District Council and Lancing Parish Council jointly commissioned consultants BDP, to prepare a Vision Document for Lancing Village Centre and Seafront.  This document, once completed, will give a clear direction for the regeneration of Lancing over the short, medium and long term.

    Residents and local interest groups have been really interested in the process so far and all comments and feedback received during the last few months has been taken into account in the preparation of the draft Vision Document.

    BDP has now prepared an exhibition for people to visit and give further feedback on.  The exhibition is very visually appealing and easy to understand so people are invited to come along and take a look.  BDP will be at the Lancing Parish Hall with the exhibition on Friday 13th April from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday 14th April from 12pm to 6pm, local Councillors and Council Officers will also be on hand to answer queries and gather comments.  The exhibition will then stay in place for the following week so that people can still come along and leave their comments on feedback slips which will be supplied.

    Cllr Jim Funnell, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Adur District Council said, “The Vision for Lancing is coming along really well and we are pleased that the people of Lancing have been very aspiration and vocal about their hopes for the future of the Village.  The Vision Document, once completed, will give a very clear picture for the regeneration of Lancing.  The Parish, Adur and West Sussex Councils as well as private developers will know very clearly where to direct investment.”

    So please come along on 13th or 14th April, see the draft plans and have your say in how Lancing can become a truly 21st Century Village.  You can also comment direct to the Regeneration Team by emailing or follow the Regeneration Team on Facebook.  The final report will be formally launched on 24th May 2012.

  • 28 March 2012 12:40 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    The Olympic Torch is coming to Worthing on Monday 16th July arriving at approximately 4.25pm at the top for the A24 Broadwater Street West. To view full route visit
  • 28 March 2012 12:28 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Ferring Country Centre Easter Fun Day Saturday 7th April 10am - 4pm Click here for more details
  • 28 October 2011 12:50 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    The latest Chamber Newletter is now available to read online click image below

  • 14 October 2011 11:38 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Love Where you live Day of Action on 17 October

    On Monday 17 October at noon, love where you live are asking everyone to give five minutes of their time as part of a special Love Where You Live Day of Action across the country.

    They are giving everyone the chance to show their support for Love Where You Live as part of the day and you can be part of it too by giving just five minutes of your tim...e at noon on 17 October to show your support.

    They are asking councils, schools, businesses and any other individuals and organisations to stop what they are doing for a few minutes and show a little love to their local area.

    It could be a litter pick outside your offices, a spot of weeding in a public place or just telling someone you know about the campaign and how to get involved. Whatever you decide to do, as Big Ben strikes 12 noon please show that you care and be part of a national movement.

    Events will be taking place across England on 17 October, with major set-piece activities planned in Wigan, Birmingham and London. You can tell us what you have planned on Facebook and Twitter, but don't forget to post news of your event on their website too

    The more that get involved, the more things can be changed for the better!
  • 10 October 2011 11:36 AM | Anonymous
    Congratulations to all the Winners at Saturday Night's
    Adur and Worthing Business Awards.

    Here's a summary of the Winners and Highly Commended
    New Business
    Winner: Green Fish Recruitment
    Highly Commended: La Belle Beauty Boutique
    Winner: Natural Landscapes
    Highly Commended: Osprey PR
    Highly Commended:Jellybean Marketing

    Small Business
    Winner: JSPC Computer Services
    Highly Commended: 24x
    Highly Commended: Ghodsi Barbers

    Medium to Large Business 

    Winner: Shoreham Port

    Highly Commended: Ricardo

    Charity Not for Profit 
    Winner: Worthing Town Football Club
    Highly Commended: Camelia Botnar

    Marketing & Promotion 
    Winner: Spofforths
    Highly Commended: Worthing Leisure Services

    Business in the Community
    Winner: Bennett Griffin
    Highly Commended: Barclays
    Highly Commended: Spofforths

    Education & Training
    Winner: Northbrook College
    Highly Commended: Reflections Nursery

    Retailer of the Year
    Winner: The Wool Bar
    Highly Commended: The Gallery
    Highly Commended: GH Pressley

    Winner: The Old Tollgate Hotel
    & Restaurant
    Highly Commended: Chilcha

    Tourism & Leisure
    Winner: M's Cycles
    Highly Commended: The Moorings
    Highly Commended: Coombes Farm 
    Highly Commended: The Dome Cinema

    Green Business:
    Winner: Worthing Leisure Services
    Highly Commended: Rabbit Group

    Manufacturer of the Year

    Winner: Electronic Temperature Instruments
    Highly Commended: Parafix
    Highly Commended: Penton UK

    Customer Care
    Winner: Elm Grove Newsagents
    Highly Commended: Emerald Finance
    Highly Commended: The Wool Bar

    Business of the Year
    Winner: Electronic Temperature Instruments

    Business Person
    Winner: James Stoner
    JSPC Computer Services

    Lifetime Achievement in Business
    Peter Saywell
  • 21 September 2011 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Volunteer Mentors Wanted

    New Enterprise Allowance scheme has been created to help people who have lets do business logopreviously been claiming Job Seekers Allowance, to start up in business with the help of business mentoring.


    Chamber members, The Let's Do Business Group has been awarded a contract to manage the Mentoring Scheme in Surrey and Sussex, along with the Loan funds in the South.  Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce is helping to recruit a team of experienced business people to act as mentors.

    The volunteer mentors will have suitable business experience, and also the usual "soft skills" - the mentoring commitment is likely to be - 

    •  6 hours for the initial 8 weeks to completion of the business plan
    •  1 hour per month for 26 weeks following start-up of the business
    •  The mentoring is on a volunteer basis
    •  The meetings will take place on the mentor's premises or other suitable public  place

    Mentor Role Description 

    • To provide encouragement and promote confidence and self esteem with the client regarding their own capabilities in relation to business start-up
    • To have an understanding of the barriers clients may face when looking to start a business
    • To work with the customer to produce a business plan which demonstrates viability and sustainability
    • To discuss with the Lets Do Business Group (LDBG) Project Manager any referral/signposting you consider would be beneficial to the client
    • To provide support, advice and signposting to enhance the clients' knowledge of business start-up
    • To use a mentoring pace and style appropriate to the client
    • To advise the LDBG Project Manager of any concerns regarding the clients' ability to produce a business plan within an 8 week period
    • To provide continuing support for 6 months following start up to assist the business growth
    • The mentor is not expected or encouraged to invest in the client business


    For more information, please contact: 

    Worthing and Adur Chamber on 01273 203484   

  • 02 September 2011 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Get your staff active with the Small Grants Scheme

    (Sussex Businesses only)
    Open for applications on the 5th September 2011

    Active Solutions manages the Active & Healthy Workplace Initiative on behalf of Active Sussex.  This year Active Sussex has teamed up with Brighton & Hove’s Healthy City Partnership to offer companies and organisations in Sussex the chance to bid for up to £500 to activate their staff.

    Active Sussex is pleased to announce that its Active & Healthy Workplace fund is re-opening for applications.

    The fund gives businesses and organisations throughout Sussex the opportunity to trial programmes that boost the health and wellbeing of their staff.  With a maximum of £500 per organisation up for grabs to help run a scheme, there’s never been a better time to get active and healthy at work. The fund opens for applications on Monday 5 September 2011.

    Click here for more information or contact Donna Imrie- Browne to request an application form.

    Please read the guidance notes fully below before completing the application form. If you have any questions please contact Donna Imrie-Browne.

    The deadline for applications is Friday 30 September 2011.

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