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  • 15 September 2015 3:57 PM | Deleted user

    Leading businesses call on University expertise to upskill employees

    A trio of leading West Sussex employers have called on the expertise of the University of Chichester’s Business School to identify which areas of their businesses require additional skills.

    The companies, URT Ltd and Heirlooms-Linens Ltd both from Bognor Regis and ADF Milking based in Slindon, joined together for a pioneering programme at the University’s Business School’s Bognor Regis campus aimed at upskilling their employees.

    URT, ADF and Heirlooms worked with the Business School to identify their main skills and development priorities and highlighted Operations Management as one key area. 

    The programme, which was delivered over four days was tailored to each of the employers, who were keen to ensure their employees could react to changing markets at home and abroad and maintain their long-term competitive position.

    Andrew Adams, Business Development Manager at the University’s Business School said:

     ” Firstly we work closely with you and your team to identify what is needed and how this fits with your organisation’s goals.

    “Next comes how best this can be delivered: on-site, at the University, run over several months, or as an intense course, with or without a qualification”

    “Companies from different sectors working together can stimulate new ideas, identify different approaches and ways of working which can boost performance and maintain competitiveness.”

    The programme included to the development of skills which could be immediately applied in the workplace including inventory planning, planning and control, quality and project management as well as best practice in operations management. - Kevin Emmett Director URT Ltd 

    A highly interactive, innovative and engaging classroom training programme, supported with books and material for in-depth reading.

    The effective management skills developed throughout the modules will increase staff confidence and provide our organisation with immediate benefits.” 

    Robert Hogg, Laminating Supervisor URT Ltd

    “The course opened my eyes to approaching tasks and man management in an analytical and more productive manner, overall a very enjoyable and useful course. “

    - Harry Dixon, Trim & Assembly Shop Supervisor URT Ltd

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it be very informative.  I feel it let me understand how to better manage my time and the time of others and in doing so helped to make the workplace more efficient and smooth running.”

    - Ruth Douglas, General Manager, Heirlooms-Linens Ltd

    “We were delighted to be able to utilise the knowledge and experience of the University to assist us in developing our own staff on how best to increase our efficiency and optimising the resources we have. Training our own staff on up-to-date information will also help us to engage with the University’s students   to assist with implementing future specific projects.”

    - Niki Holcombe, Production Supervisor, Heirlooms-Linens Ltd

    “I thought the course was exceptionally helpful to enable me to further understand current manufacturing techniques and to get the best out of our current systems and processes. I am currently working on some of the plans created during the course which will improve our workflow and efficiency thereby saving on costs.”

    - Maureen Baxter, Production employee, ADF Milking

    “I could see where I could put things into practice. I would be interested in coming together later to see how everyone is getting on in implementing their systems.”

    All three companies plan to meet again together later in the year to discuss how they have each implemented the tools and techniques outlined in the programme.

    The University of Chichester’s Business School also offers programmes in other areas such as Coaching, Strategic Management, Team Building, Marketing, Supply Chain/Purchasing, and Performance Management on which other companies may like to work on staff development; individually or together. 

    If you feel your business could benefit from this exciting approach, or you would like to talk to any of the participating companies please contact: Andrew Adams at the University of Chichester’s Business School for an informal discussion.


  • 15 September 2015 2:24 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Shoreham Airshow Crash

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

    Shoreham Airshow Community Events: 
    Shoreham Airshow JustGiving Fundraising Page:
    Shoreham Airshow Book Of Condolence:

  • 04 September 2015 4:08 PM | Deleted user

    Sussex based Digital Services company? Interested in selling to Local Government & UK Public Sector?…

    Sussex based Digital Services company? Interested in selling to Local Government & UK Public Sector?

    Brighton & Hove based Public Sector Procurement Specialists and G-Cloud Consultants Advice Cloud are delighted to host this event aimed at demystifying Public Sector procurement for local SME’s.

    Come and meet with the Director of Digital & Resources Paul Brewer & the Head of Digital & Design, Dave Briggs at Adur & Worthing Councils as they explain the current & future opportunities for Local SME Digital Services business within their authority and local government as a whole.

    Also speaking will be Warren Smith of the Government Digital Service (GDS) who will talk through the procurement opportunities at a national & local level, specifically around the redesigned Digital Services Framework (DS3).

    More information & Agenda below

    There is a revolution taking place within the UK Public Sector. The October 2015 spending review will devolve more powers upon Local Government, however these powers come at a cost. Less Central Government money available to spend on services.

    This means that an ever increasing number of services are having to be transformed using digital techniques. How can Local Government and the UK Public Sector as a whole do this quickly whilst reducing risk to the most vulnerable in our society and keeping services available?

    This seminar will outline some of the progress made in transforming local government alongside explaining the future strategy. It will also clearly make the case for more local business involvement. Government procurement is no longer solely the preserve of Large Systems Integrators. With the success of G-Cloud (over £300m of business to SME’s in 3 years) and the redesign of the Digital Services framework on the horizon now is one of the best opportunities an SME business will have to do business with Government.

    –          2.00 doors open, welcome drinks & networking

    –          2.30 Welcome and introductions – Chris Farthing Director Advice Cloud

    –          2.45 Digital Marketplace (Digital Services & G-Cloud frameworks). Warren Smith (GDS)

    –          3.10 Being digital – progress at Adur & Worthing by Dave Briggs, (Adur & Worthing Councils)

    –          3.30 The local government Digital challenge inc Adur & Worthing digital strategy. Paul Brewer, (Adur & Worthing Councils)

    –          4.00 Q&A panel discussion

    –          4.30 Summary & Close – Chris Farthing (Advice Cloud)

               Networking till 5.15

    –          Maybe move to a local pub for more networking!

    Please note that priority will be given to local SME businesses for this event. If you are not an SME or located in the BN1, BN2, BN3, BN7, BN11 or BN41 postcode areas you are welcome to attend but we reserve the right to re-allocate your tickets to a company that is if there is demand.

    Book here:

  • 04 September 2015 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    The Picnic

    Sculpture by Tana Jackson on display in Worthing Museum & Art Gallery garden


    Exhibition of sculpture in the garden of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery from 8th September until 17th October


    Winner of one of the Adur & Worthing Arts Trust grants 2015, the sculpture has been made using shop mannequins covered in clothing that has been treated with Paverpol, a fabric hardener. The sculpture has also been covered with yacht varnish in order to protect it from the elements.


    The mannequins are weatherproof and have been strapped to plastic pallets that are covered with Astroturf.


    Tana Jackson is a local artist and sculptor belonging to the Sunny Worthing Arts Group (SWAG) and her studio and sculpture garden are a venue in the Worthing Art Trail each year.  Tana is also the creator of ‘The Flock of Seagulls’ previously exhibited in the Red Telephone Box on the corner of Steyne Gardens which was the smallest art gallery in Worthing.

    When creating ‘The Picnic’, Tana wanted to invoke the sense of a bygone era when life was somewhat simpler and people did not live with the demands of modern technology and a family picnic in the park, on the downs or on the beach was a regular summer family recreation.


    The launch of the sculpture will take place on Saturday 12th September, 13:00 to 16:00pm at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing where visitors will be invited to enjoy a free cup cake and take a seat next to the purple frisbee and have their photo taken with Alastair, Jan and little Susie Carter. Free postcards of the sculpture will also be available.


    The sculpture will be exhibited in the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery garden from 8th September to the 17th October. Entrance to The Museum and this exhibition is free and opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. This exhibition will be seeking a permanent indoor or outdoor home from the 17th of October onwards. Please contact Tana at on 07732 382513 or 01903 695593 if you have any ideas.

  • 02 September 2015 12:23 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)


    Enough is Enough

    Free conflict management training

    This 3 hour session will provide you with an introduction to:


    ·      Legislation

    ·      Self awareness

    ·      Assessing risk

    ·      Emotional Hijack

    ·      Signaling aggression

    ·      Communication skills

    ·      Defusing and calming situations


    Taking place on: 

    Wednesday 2nd September - 18.00 - 21.00 

     in Storrington, West Sussex


    To reserve a place on this workshop please contact 

    Sussex Leaning Solutions

    01903 204931

    or e-mail


    (Places are limited and they will be allocated on application)


    Sussex Learning Solutions Ltd. Registered in England No: 07628094

    Registered Office: Wiston House, 1 Wiston Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex. BN14 7QL

  • 01 September 2015 1:14 PM | Deleted user

    Starting off our #StartUpTuesday campaign leading up to the launch of The Innovation Hub on Broadwater Road, we are beginning with self-analysis! Are you really ready to start up your own business?.....

    Here are 2 self-analysis quizzes for you to take a look at and fill out to see whether you have got what it takes to start your own business...

    © Anthony Candler & Associates 2000

    © Business Link

    Click here to view the PDF version

    © Young Biz Uk

    Click here to view the full PDF version

    See you next Tuesday for another #StartUpTuesday!!

  • 01 September 2015 12:35 PM | Deleted user
  • 26 August 2015 4:29 PM | Deleted user

    Entries Rolling in for 27th Sussex Business Awards

    Entries are rolling in from across the county for the 27th Sussex Business Awards.


    Open to businesses of all sizes and sectors, these prestigious Awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in Sussex and widely considered to be ‘the one to win’.


    Past winners have included inspirational entrepreneurs such as Gary Peters,; Alan Margetts, The Kitchen Store and Kevin Byrne of As well as established international companies Qualifa, Cash Bases and Aspen Pumps Ltd and successful public sector departments such as the RSPCA and Chichester College.


    Last year Burgess Hill-based International Logistics Group Ltd, a leading provider of fulfilment services, international couriers and outsourced warehousing solutions, was named Responsible Business of the Year - and managing director Mike Stephenson has no doubts about the value of the award.


    Mike said: “Winning the award for Responsible Business gave our managers and staff the recognition that they deserved and a reason to celebrate what we had achieved as a team.”


    Other winners from 2014 include Tracy Smith of Homes Partnership in Crawley who has gone from strength to strength, proving just how much clout being an award winner can bring.


    Tracy comments: “Winning Sussex Businessperson of the Year was such an honour and has helped my business in so many ways with the use of timely and appropriate promotion of the Award. The response from customers and industry colleagues has been amazing and it has reinforced our credibility as a great company to work with.”


    Brighton-based Preston Insurance Brokers, a specialist commercial insurance broker, was also named Most Promising New Business - and managing partner Noel Preston has no doubts about the value of the award.


    Noel said: “Winning a Sussex Business Award confirmed our credentials with local businesses, our clients and staff alike. Our client retention levels are over 98% and new enquiries have been rolling in ever since, helping to grow our business to the next stage.”


    Caraline Brown, organiser of the Sussex Business Awards, commented: “The quality of businesses that have entered so far is outstanding, and the standard of entries is very high. The aim is to make this year’s Awards the best yet, and we are certainly on target for that. To anyone considering entering, my advice is to take the plunge – as soon as possible.”


    There are fifteen trophies up for grabs this year so there is sure to be something for everyone – from the prestigious Sussex Company of the Year and the award for the Most Promising New Business, along with special awards to recognise innovation, customer service and hospitality.


    There is a small admin fee of £50 (ex vat) to enter one award or £100 (ex vat) for up to three entries. You can also make nominations for the Healthiest Workplace, Best Boss and Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Charity free of charge. 


    To enter simply go online at to review all of the categories available and determine which are appropriate for your business.


    The deadline for entries is 9 September, with winners announced at a prestigious ceremony at The Grand Brighton, on Thursday 3 December, 2015.


    The Awards are sponsored by Morgan Sindall, HSBC, Domestic & General, Mazars, Sussex Innovation Centre,, Wealden District Council, Thomas Eggar, Vantage Professional Risks,, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Basepoint Business Centres. Media partners include The Argus, Heart FM, Title Sussex and Sussex Business Times.


  • 26 August 2015 4:11 PM | Deleted user

    Next Tuesday, we will be launching #StartUpTuesday. A campaign dedicated to sharing information, advice and guidance to new start up businesses, small start up businesses and those that are simply thinking about starting up their own business. This will be leading up to the launch of The Innovation Hub, due to open on Broadwater Road in Worthing later on this year.

    Keep your eyes peeled for regular updates every Tuesday!

    (Starts Tuesday 1st September 2015)

  • 26 August 2015 2:00 PM | Deleted user


    ​FIRMS across the Sussex and Hampshire are in the spotlight once again, with the launch of the 6th Johnston Press South Business Awards.

    The awards celebrate the best in business across the south, bringing together winners from Johnston Press titles’ own award winners.

    Winners​ only​ from awards run by The News in Portsmouth, the Worthing Herald series, the Chichester Observer series and Littlehampton Gazette, and the Eastbourne Herald are already short listed​, They will be joined by those from the ​Sussex Express’ ​​Lewes & Wealden Business Awards, ​Hastings Observer series’ 1066 Business Awards and West Sussex County Times’ Business Matters awards.

    Headline Sponsor:


    The headline sponsor JSPC Computer Services are the awards’ headline sponsor for the fou​r​th year running. JSPC Computer Services work with businesses across the south, delivering a wide range of IT solutions to meet the needs of both small and large corporate clients. The company also support more than 200 primary and secondary schools across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

    ​Join us for the 2015 Johnston Press South Business Awards​ at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on 2nd October for a superb three course dinner with wine.

    Just some of the shortlistings include.......

    • Andrew Swayne (Ricardo UK Ltd)​ (Worthing)
    • The Health & Beauty lounge​ (Worthing)​
    • ETI Ltd​ ​(Worthing)​
    • Darren Crabb Wealth Management (Worthing)
    • Pixel by Pixel ​(Worthing)​
    • Worthing Piers Southern Pavilion​ (Worthing)​
    • Silcotec Europe UK Ltd ​ (Worthing)​
    • Littlehampton Book Services Ltd ​(Worthing)​
    • Tosca Ristorante ​(Shoreham By Sea)​
    • Creatiques Bridal Boutique​ ​(Portsmouth)​​​​ 
    • Panic Plumbing & Electrics ​​(Worthing)​​
    • Flare Audio​ ​(Worthing)​​
    • Sian Panton (Sussex Transport)
    • Northbrook College ​​(Worthing)​​

    Dress code: Black Tie

    ​The evening’s itinerary​
    ​6.30pm – Welcome drinks
    7.​30pm – ​Seated for dinner
    9.​00pm – Awards ceremony
    11.00pm – ​​After-Show Party
    01.00am – Carriages​

    For more information contact or call 07841 800401

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