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  • 25 August 2015 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    Nominations are now open he Adur & Worthing Business Awards.

    Enter now and don’t miss out on a great opportunity. Don’t miss the deadline!

    Getting involved will enhance your business, encourage your customers and your clients, and energise you to do better. It doesn’t cost you anything – except your time and your efforts. The Adur and Worthing Business Awards provides a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the successful businesses and professional individuals we have in our area. The awards are now in their ninth year and we are looking for entries from those who can prove business achievement and excellence in their field. Whether that be in growth,innovation or contribution to the community we want to hear from you.

    You may have a high achiever or team of excellence within your company – why not put them forward for an extra special award?

    Nominations close on Wednesday, September 23. You can nominate your own business or another that you would like to shout about. The winners of these awards will be announced at a gala black tie dinner held at the Worthing Pavilion on Friday, November 13. What makes a good entry? On Wednesday, September 9, at 5.30pm come along and join

    Worthing and Adur Chamber at their monthly networking meeting at the Southern Pavilion in Worthing, where a panel of

    experts will be covering why you should enter the business awards.

    Previous winners will be there to share their stories and explain why they entered and how your business can benefit from entering.

    The panel will share some top tips to consider when submitting your entry including:

    Reading the rules – carefully 

    Choosing your category 

    Why you should ask for testimonials

    Nominating others

    Involving your staff

    Go ahead and do it. It’s not too late.

    Good luck!

    If you would like to book for

    the event or want mor details on

    the Business Awards please visit

    the Chamber website at www.worthingandadurchamber.co.uk

  • 25 August 2015 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    Worthing Rotary Carnival 2015

    Worthing's Rotary Carnival celebrates everything great about Worthing. A weekend packed with things to do locally including free family festival, vintage day, carnival procession & free family party.

    SATURDAY 29th AUGUST 2015 - BEACH HOUSE GROUNDS

    BEACH HOUSE FESTIVAL
    Free theatre performance of FLYAWAY KATIE by Polly Dunbar.
    The Fontana's & Carnival Collective, Junk Modelling, Story Telling, Live Music, Food & Beach Bar, Inappropriate Handclap DJ's And more - a day aimed at families hanging out beside the seaside...


    ATOM BIG-TOP POPUP
    Open Air Music with Sea Views atom presents CASH plus support & DJ's. Payin' respect to the man in black. One of the UK's leading Johnny Cash tribute acts. "When they play, you close your eyes and feel like you are at a real Johnny Cash concert."
    Doors: 7.30pm Supoort: 8.00pm Cash: 9.00pm


    SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2015 - THE STEYNE

    STEAMING ON THE STEYNE
    Vintage Car Show, Live Music, Great Food, Vintage Hair & Make-up Salon, Tea Rooms, Live Jazz.
    Hang out, eat, drink and be entertained with a chilled out vibe.


    MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2015 - THE STEYNE

    CARNIVAL PROCESSION & FREE FAMILY PARTY
    Celebrate all the Carnival Floats & entries, Dog Show, Live Local Music, Seafront Market, Beach Bar & Fabulous Food.
    Carnival Procession times: Assemble Grand Avenue: 11.30am; Depart: 12.30pm; Arrival at the Steyne: 1.00pm


    A weekend packed full of things to do locally. Raising important funds for Rotary. Keeping it FREE: Collections for Rotary will be taking place across the weekend and we'd rather your pounds went in their bucket, please give generously. You can also give online at www.worthingcarnival.com.

    This event is brought to you by Rotary and Bartie Presents.


  • 25 August 2015 9:19 AM | Deleted user

    Three of Worthing’s best amateur cyclists were lucky enough to qualify to race at the national finals of the televised ASDA StreetVelodrome Series held in Central London. Local rider Rowena Price went on to beat other competitors from around the UK to win the ASDA StreetVelodrome Series Female Amateur Champion title.

    Riders Rowena Price, Harriet Goss and Gavin Stephens all managed to impress the StreetVelodrome officials when they took part in Worthing’s round of the national series. They were invited to compete in the series finale, called the SuperFinal, which was held in Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London on 13th August.

    Uniquely the ASDA StreetVelodrome Series enables local amateurs to qualify to compete along side their professional counterparts at regional events racing in exciting head to head Olympic style pursuit races.

    Worthing’s round of the Series, hosted by Adur and Worthing Councils, was seen as the best of the regional events with huge crowds enjoying the free cycle sport action on track over the two days. In addition the event also saw the highest number of local entrants and, according to race organisers, the best quality field of amateur riders so far in StreetVelodrome.

    StreetVelodrome Series Director Carl Thompson comments “Looking back at the morning of the Worthing round of the ASDA Series it was amazing to see the queues of amateurs waiting to register for their chance to get on track. The level of competition was like nothing we had previously seen. Rowena was a great competitor both at the Worthing round of the Series and at the SuperFinals in London. We are very proud to have her as our 2015 Female Amateur Champion and it’s a fitting tribute for Worthing having hosted the most successful regional event of the Series.”

    Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Councils, adds: "I would like to congratulate Rowena on taking home the 2015 Female Amateur Champion title - this is really quite an achievement given the high standard of amateur competitors from around the country.”

    “We are putting substantial time and energy into bringing the right events into the town, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy and establishing Worthing as a vibrant destination for active holidays. I’m delighted at the reception our StreetVelodrome weekend received and am looking forward to seeing it in the town again.”

    The ASDA StreetVelodrome Series will be shown on BTSport in September with further repeats on other networks expected throughout the autumn and winter. More details about the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series can be found at www.streetvelodrome.co.uk

  • 25 August 2015 9:18 AM | Deleted user

    The latest tourism stats are out for Worthing...

    Staying Trips

    366,329

    Staying Nights

    1,426,100

    Average Stay (nights)

    3.98

    Staying Trips Spend

    £75,527,921

    Average Spend per night

    £52.96

    Day Visitors

    4,290,000

    Day Visitor Spend

    £108,600,200

    Average Spend per day

    £25.31

    Total Visitor Spend

    £182,127,000

    FTE Jobs

    3,406


    The latest Economic Impact of Tourism figures produced by Tourism South East (TSE) show that the contribution from tourism to the overall economy continues to grow. Here are some of the key figures. 


  • 25 August 2015 9:17 AM | Deleted user

    7-8 October 2015


    ExCel London
    The challenge of securing corporate data and networks to mitigate risk is greater than ever. CISOs need new tools, new thinking and policies to meet these challenges.

    Cyber Security EXPO 2015 has been designed to do just that. Key themes to be included - Internet & Network Security, Social and Consumer Trends, Cyber Crime, Log Data & Advanced Analytics, Identity & Access Management, Privacy & Data Protection, Cloud Security & Governance and Mobile Device Management.

    Read more


  • 25 August 2015 9:16 AM | Deleted user

    The government has released its latest set of guidance papers for suppliers who supply goods or services to the public sector via the Crown Commercial Service

    The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is in place to make sure that small and medium‑sized enterprises (SMEs) have access to government contract opportunities, making it easier for them to do business with government, and making sure that 25 per cent of government’s spend, either directly or in supply chains, goes to SMEs by 2015.
        
    Additionally, CCS makes sure that departments publish details of future projects and contracts on the Contracts Finder website every six months, giving businesses the confidence and time to invest in relevant skills, labour and capabilities to win these contracts. It works to obtain simpler, more flexible EU procurement rules in Brussels to support economic growth by making the procurement process faster, less costly, more effective for both business and procurers; this will affect more than £45 billion of central government spend (more than £230 billion for the UK public sector) every year. This will help commissioners of public services to become more effective through the Commissioning Academy and use commercial intelligence more effectively to improve the value gained from contracts across government.
        
    As a guide for suppliers and buyers there is a standard set of terms and conditions for framework agreements and call-off contracts for goods and services bought under the agreement. The template for call-off contracts forms the basis of the terms and conditions in individual further competitions and can be supplemented or refined with additional terms to suit the requirement.
        
    All CCS suppliers must submit monthly management information (MI) returns. This is done online through the MISO system. You will need to include the unique reference number (URN) for each customer listed on the return. Failure to submit MI returns correctly or within the agreed timescales may incur admin fees.
        
    CCS is updating its internal Customer Relationship Management system and as a result the weekly downloadable list of URNs will be changing. The existing sheet of four tabs will reduce to three, listing all live URNs with customer details, a second detailing merges and a third detailing name changes. Legacy tabs will be added for the time being showing older changes that are not present on the new system. The sub-sector is now known as organisation type and is being updated to better and more accurately describe the organisation within its sector.

    Lord Young recommendations
    In February this year, a report by the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Advisor Lord Young outlined a set of new reforms that will give smaller companies more opportunities to win government contracts. The report, which was five years in the making, analysed the developing nature of business since Lord Young’s appointment as Enterprise Advisor in October 2011.
        
    A stand out feature of the report was the government’s plan to abolish Pre‑Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) for all low value contracts, and to standardise these for contracts above the EU threshold. This represented a change to the previous system, whereby small businesses often lacked the resources that were made available to larger firms, making it harder for them to compete in the public sector.
        
    The proposed changes came into place in April. Lord Young said: “PQQs have been found to be onerous by small businesses, often imposing more than 40 pages of questions before they can be considered for bidding for a contract.”
        
    The report also detailed a ‘golden age’ for small businesses, commenting on how a record number of said small businesses now operate in the UK. Since 2010, the amount of small firms has increased by 760,000, and now numbers 5.2 million. This has boosted employment levels, with 48 per cent of private sector employees now operating in small firms.
        
    The report stated how obstacles which previously prevented small firms from initiating a business were slowly falling away – in part due to the growing influence of new technologies, particularly the proliferation mobile and digital devices to further business prospects.
        
    Lord Young was quoted: “In the last five years I have met countless numbers of inspiring entrepreneurs and small firms – from all ages and backgrounds and all reporting that starting a business is the most exciting and challenging thing they have ever done.”
        
    The findings of the report were hailed by David Cameron, who stated: “Lord Young has made a huge contribution as my Enterprise Advisor, with his reports driving home the importance of getting things right for small businesses and start-ups.”

    NHS Agreement
    CCS has signed an agreement to help the NHS meet their non-medical, non-clinical temporary and fixed term worker needs in a flexible, efficient way. The new agreement has been developed to provide the NHS and other public sector organisations with access to temporary and fixed term staff in white and blue collar roles from the most junior to the most senior, including board level roles.
        
    The agreement has been specifically developed to help manage the legal and commercial risks associated with engaging temporary staff, with suppliers required to ensure compliance with NHS Employers Employment Check Standards. The agreement has been awarded to 176 suppliers, 83 per cent of which are small and medium businesses. In 2014/15 the CCS helped save the NHS in excess of £343 million and this new agreement is one of a number of initiatives designed to help the NHS make further savings.

    Potential Savings
    Meanwhile, Sally Collier, chief executive of the Crown Commercial services, has publicly said that the public sector could save up to 25 per cent through better supplier management. Collier based the claim around possible savings via improved procurement and supplier innovation and management.
        
    Speaking at the Public Sector Show in London, Collier said: “There is no reason why suppliers can’t make a healthy profit. What we have to agree is what the optimum profit is in any deal. I accept we may not be an intelligent client but we are getting better at being an intelligent client.” Collier also commented on how the CCS was reducing the number of frameworks used to channel a percentage of the £230 billion spent on goods and services across the public sector each year.
        
    She said: “Framework agreements are great when they are great but not when they are used inappropriately and don’t produce the best outcome. For many, if you are a young fast streamer you perhaps wanted to be in the diplomatic service or other departments.
        
    “I am absolutely delighted to say the tide is turning. For the first time we have a commercial fast stream. We see people who want to come into commercial. Where else could you do something exciting with £15 billion? I’m not interested in buying tanks and trains: I’m interested in taking the pain away of buying and managing common goods and services.”


  • 25 August 2015 9:15 AM | Deleted user

    Former CIA employee-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden is confirmed as a keynote speaker at IP EXPO Europe 2015, which takes place on October 7th at the ExCeL Centre, London.

    Snowden will speak to the audience live by satellite from an undisclosed location (believed to be somewhere in Russia) and interviewed on stage by journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil.

    In 2013, Snowden leaked large number of classified National Security Agency documents to journalists and is wanted by the US Department of Justice to face charges including two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property.

    Snowden’s disclosures have fuelled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.


  • 25 August 2015 9:14 AM | Deleted user

    Construction company creditors set for £29m hit

    Unsecured creditors of a South East-based construction business look set to miss out on more than £29m following the company's collapse.

    Lee Manning and Matt Smith of business advisory firm Deloitte were appointed as joint administrators of Longcross Construction on 16 June 2015 and subsequently Longcross Group on 29 June.

    Longcross Construction, which reported turnover of £190m in its 2014 financial year, was the largest company in the group. It provided construction management services from offices in London, Sidcup, Surrey, Oxford, Birmingham and Sheffield and employed about 140 staff.

    Longcross Group's engineering divisions - LX Engineering (North) Ltd, LX Engineering (South) Ltd and Longcross Fire and Security Ltd - are unaffected by the administration.

    New documents seen by Insider have revealed that unsecured creditors of Longcross Construction are expected to suffer a shortfall of more than £29m, while secured creditors are expected to be paid in full.

    The report to creditors has also shed light on the lead-up to the company's collapse.

    A substantial proportion Longcross Construction's client base was historically made up of national grocery retailers, including Tesco and Sainsbury's.

    However, in the last 18 to 24 months, the business sought to diversify its client base into sectors such as academia, residential developers and hospitals.

    But the company began to suffer from financial losses on both ongoing and previously completed projects.

    Prior to Longcross Construction entering administration, its directors entered into discussions with potential lenders to seek new finance for the company, but were ultimately unable to secure sufficient funding.

    In addition to the deteriorating cash position, two winding-up petitions were filed against the company in June 2015.


  • 25 August 2015 9:13 AM | Deleted user

    Unilever's Advanced Manufacturing Centre set for go-ahead

    Plans to build an Advanced Manufacturing Centre that would allow scientists and engineers to test new ideas for personal care and homecare products at Unilever's Port Sunlight complex look set to be given the go-ahead.

    The £24m scheme, which has secured backing from the government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF), will test new and "transformational" technologies.

    Wirral Council's planning meeting is due to consider Unilever's full planning application for the erection of an Advanced Manufacturing Centre that will form part of its current R&D facility on Quarry Road East in Bebington on Thursday (20 August 2015).

    The proposed development would feature ground- and first-floor offices, conference facilities, warehousing and a pilot plant chamber enabling scientists and engineers to test new ideas during product development up to factory scale for personal care and home products.

    The scheme would provide 80,729 sq ft of new floor space. The proposed building would lie to the west of the existing MTC building, with the pair being linked by a new bridge.

    The majority of the site earmarked for development is currently used for staff parking. However, the overall parking provision across the site is expected to remain the same as present at 767 spaces.

    Ahead of the meeting, a report prepared by the planning officer has recommended that councillors should approve the scheme.

    It said: "The proposed development will promote sustainable communities and economic development via the creation of jobs and increase in economic output. The extension this building in this location will contribute to making the best use of resources and infrastructure."

    In September 2014, Unilever unveiled plans to open the £24m facility at Port Sunlight in 2016. It said the centre, which would be boosted by £4m from the RGF, would be unique within Unilever globally.

    Speaking at the time, Cameron Jones, Unilever Port Sunlight site leader, said: "Unilever has been in the manufacturing business for over 125 years and this is the next step on that exciting journey. The centre creates a step-change in our ability to bring truly innovative products to market faster."

    The announcement was also hailed by then-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Wirral Council leader Phil Davies.

    Port Sunlight is the centre for Unilever's home care and personal care R&D team.


  • 23 August 2015 10:12 PM | Tina Tilley (Administrator)

    Following the tragic incident at Shoreham Airshow on Saturday, the Royal Air Forces Association, the event organisers and Brighton City Airport are continuing to work closely with the emergency services.

    Our thoughts are with those who have been killed or injured, their families and friends and all those who have been affected by the events.

    We would also like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their work at this distressing time.

    Sussex Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have asked that anyone with photographs or video footage that may help with their investigations should send their contact details to shoreham.aircrash2015@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Do not send files, just contact details and information about the material you have.

    All vehicles, irrespective of size are now able to leave the airport. Motorists are being asked to avoid the A27 in the Shoreham area while investigations into the crash continues.


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