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  • 28 May 2020 2:01 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New Course: Face Fit Train the Tester - Qualitative 

    Alpha Training Safety Solutions are running a new course – Train the Tester – qualitative face fit testing, a 4 hour course delivered by our fit2fit accredited trainer, Neal Daniels.  Your team can attend our site at Poling or we can arrange to come to a nominated site.                      

    Click here or go to their website for more information and for peace of mind please see their Covid-19 Risk Assessments and Policy documents.

    If you just want testing then Alpha Training Safety Solutions' sister company – Face Fit Testing UK Ltd - is also available to attend client’s sites to conduct face fit testing – we have a detailed Risk Assessment on our website.  Please contact or 07377 446462.

  • 28 May 2020 1:53 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New Mayor of Worthing pledges to build on lockdown community spirit

    The new Mayor of Worthing has pledged to help the town return to ‘some form of normal’ while retaining the spirit shown by residents during lockdown.

    In an unprecedented Annual Meeting of the Full Council ceremony on Tuesday night, conducted with members of the borough council via remote video technology, Clr Lionel Harman, was voted in as the new First Citizen. He replaces last year’s Mayor, Clr Hazel Thorpe.

    After leaving his screen for a few minutes to don the mayoral chains, Cllr Harman returned to tell members he was proud to be chosen to serve Worthing, particularly at a time when community cohesion was so vital.

    ‘Although these are unusual times I am looking forward to working with all companies, groups and individuals from our great Town to help return us to some form of normal,’ he said, ‘With all the good will and selfless acts of kindness displayed over the past few months, I wish to encourage all of us to continue to show this respect for others to build a better society for everyone now and in the future. 

    ‘I intend to use my mayoral term doing everything I can to make this happen.’

    Cllr Harman was first elected a councillor for Castle ward in 2015 and then reelected in 2019. Married to Karen, they have four children and six grandchildren.

    The new Mayor works tirelessly alongside Worthing Veterans and other military organisations as the Worthing Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

    He is also a Trustee for TS Vanguard the Worthing branch of the Sea Cadets. 

    Cllr Harman has chosen three local charities to support through fundraising in his Mayoral year. They are: Worthing Mencap’s Buddy’s drop-in centre and information hub, Worthing Sea Cadets and The Worthing Society. He told members that details of how contributions could be made to the charities would be released shortly.

    Cllr Sean McDonald was elected Deputy Mayor for the following year
  • 28 May 2020 1:48 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing centenarian saved from potential disaster

    A 100-year-old man avoided a potential disaster in his home after quick-thinking work from an Adur and Worthing Councils employee. 

    Jade Marshall, who works in the housing team, responded to a call from the gentleman’s carer asking for help to fix a leaking roof. Heavy rain water was coming through and there was a risk that it could come into contact with the electrics. 

    Jade, a volunteer in her spare time for the Councils’ COVID-19 support line, is used to dealing with all sorts of calls. But this one left her unsure about how she was going to solve it. 

    She explained: “The gentleman’s carer called us out of desperation, having tried but failed to find a roofer who was available to come out. I also called around to see if I could find a roofer but as it was late in the day, and with many tradespeople operating a reduced service due to Covid-19, no one was available until the next day. There was no way I could leave the gentleman in this situation. He is partially sighted and hard of hearing. I needed to find a solution.” 

    With no time to spare, Jade put in a call into Worthing Fire Service and soon members of the white watch crew were on their way to see how they could help the Goring resident. They made sure that all electrical equipment was moved out of the way or switched off so that the centenarian would be safe overnight, but they were unable to fix the hole in the roof.

    Thankfully, local firm Apex Roofing stepped into help the following morning and in no time had the hole in the roof fixed. What’s more, they did the repair work for free.   

    Apex Roofing’s Isabelle Charlier said: “We were glad to help and do our bit to help vulnerable people at this awful time. We checked in with the gentleman the following day after more heavy rain and were pleased to hear there had been no further leaks.” 

  • 28 May 2020 1:38 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Medicine, dance and now Adur’s new chairman

    Adur’s new dance-mad chairman has vowed to put his best foot forward in serving the area’s residents for the next year in office. 

    Cllr Andy McGregor, who represents Widewater ward, was officially confirmed in the role at the local authority's annual meeting this week (Thursday 22nd May 2020).

    As first citizen of the District, Cllr McGregor - who swapped a career in medical research and pharmaceuticals to become a dance teacher - will represent the Council at community and civic events for the next year.

    As a former champion fencer, martial arts enthusiast and keen racing sailor, Andy has plenty of interests away from the council chamber. He also regularly pops up as an extra, dancing in television shows - with Midsomer Murders and a remake of Dirty Dancing among those on his credits list.

    But his focus for the next year will be representing the communities of Adur while raising funds for his chosen charities - Safe in Sussex; West Sussex Mind; and the Supeta youth training vessel which is based in Shoreham.

    Cllr McGregor takes over the civic chains from Cllr George Barton, who was praised for the “big smile and big personality” he has brought to the role, despite the disruption from COVID-19.

    Cllr Barton said: “What a year it’s been, I don’t think anyone will have quite the year I have had, particularly with what has happened in the last few months due to this terrible disease.”

    During his term in office, Cllr Barton attended more than 100 community events and raised about £2,500 for his chosen charity Electric Storm Youth in Lancing.

    Paying tribute to his work, Cllr Carson Albury said: “George has been wonderful and shown so much enthusiasm in office. To be involved in so many different ways - schools, hospitals, community groups, picking litter, planting trees - he has displayed so much energy and I know he has enjoyed every single minute of it.

    “His eagerness to attend everything he has been invited to with a big smile and big personality has been tremendous, he really has been absolutely marvellous as chairman.”

    Cllr Stephen Chipp, who represents Southwick Green, will serve as Vice Chairman for the coming year.

  • 28 May 2020 1:28 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Changes to Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

    Following HM Treasury’s announcement on 19th May, several changes to the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) take effect from, Tuesday 26th May.

    Please find attached an updated CLBILS factsheet which you are welcome to share to support awareness.

    The scheme facilitates access to finance for mid-sized and larger businesses with a group turnover of more than £45m affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The maximum amount available through CLBILS to a borrower and its group has now increased from £50m to £200m. Term loans and revolving credit facilities over £50m will be offered by CLBILS lenders which have secured additional accreditation. The maximum size for invoice finance and asset finance facilities remains at £50m. Companies borrowing more than £50m through CLBILS will be subject to further restrictions on dividend payments, senior pay and share buy-backs during the period of the loan.

    Further information on changes introduced today, including new provisions on seniority of CLBILS facilities, can be found on the CLBILS page on the British Business Bank website. Please note that we have introduced a new, in-depth FAQs section for businesses, which has the full details of the changes to the scheme. This information can be shared with your SME clients and networks, but please note that any queries by SMEs in relation to their specific circumstances must be directed to their lender or one of the accredited CLBILS lenders and not to the BBB. 

  • 28 May 2020 12:10 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Work underway to prepare for Town Centre Reopenings 

    Work is underway at Adur & Worthing Councils to prepare town centres for the re-opening of shops and for the return of open air markets.

    Plans are being prepared to introduce social distancing measures in Worthing, Shoreham, Lancing and Southwick so that returning shoppers can feel safe and comfortable when all retail can open from June 15.

    Some road closures, one way walking routes and widening of pavements in town centres are being considered so that the government’s two metre social distancing rules can still be followed. Some on street parking bays may be removed to help this.

    A government grant of £56,000 to Adur and £98,000 to Worthing under the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help pay for implementation of the measures.

    The Councils will be working with businesses and organisations such as West Sussex County Council, Worthing’s Town Centre Initiative and the independent traders to develop the plans which are expected to be finalised next week.

    In the meantime discussions are underway with organisers and traders about the timing of the opening of open-air markets with the farmers’ market at Shoreham on June 13 likely to be the first up and running.

    Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, ‘Staff are working hard to prepare plans to bring the town centre back to life. We need measures that help under pressure retailers with their reopenings but also make visitors feel safe and comfortable and help them keep to distancing guidelines. I’m sure we can achieve both.’

    His counterpart at Adur District Council, Cllr Brian Boggis, said, ‘Of course we want to see life returning to our centres but we know we have to do this in a measured way. By creating clear new navigation routes and signage we are sure we will be able to reassure shoppers and help retailers as they emerge from lockdown.’

  • 27 May 2020 12:57 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Gemini Print is here to help you get back to work

    The Prime Minister outlined his road map for easing the coronavirus lock down, indicating a return to trading for retailers from 1st June. With a target date in mind, our retail community can now begin preparations to provide a safe sanctuary for business returning to work. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer a range of products to enable staff and customers to work with peace of mind while observing the new guidelines around hygiene and social distancing.

    These include hand sanitiser, clear protective screens and a range of face masks, all fully certified and available at cost price to our valued clients. Our hand sanitiser is available for order now in a range of sizes for use in the work place, individually or for refills. Prices as shown, orders welcome by case or pallet.

    Our sanitiser has a 75% alcohol content for maximum protection. It is fully compliant with biocidal products regulation and has HSE approval. It also carries 24-hour emergency contact details, managed by Chem-Tel, thus meeting all relevant legal and regulatory requirements for distribution in the UK.

    Gemini Print Group has secured a steady supply of hand sanitisers, stored within our warehouse facility and delivered to you on a next day service.

    For more information or to place an order, please email me at or call me on 01273 086 240

  • 27 May 2020 9:43 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

    These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

    Click here for more information

  • 26 May 2020 1:05 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Clouds and Claws Exhibition

    Tuesday 26 May to Sunday 7 June

    Artists Diane Bailey and Alison Tyldesley are looking forward to exhibiting their work after having to cancel in April. Their show is our first step back into the gallery and to help you get to know the artists and their work we have put filmed interviews, along with plenty of information and images on our website. The exhibition itself will be in the gallery, and we hope to be able to open the doors to visitors in a limited way after the 1st June. Until then, why not make a detour on your daily walk and enjoy their vibrant wildlife and landscape work through our windows. 

    Diane's wildlife paintings sizzle with colour and create a close sense of connection with the creatures she depicts - which range from rabbits and rats to polar bears and monitor lizards - and most of which she has met in real life!

    Alison's dreamy landscapes enfold you in colour and remind you of mountains, moors, sand dunes or lakesides. At a time when being outdoors has even more significance than usual, these paintings bring a real sense of joy. 

  • 26 May 2020 12:06 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Virtual Run Raises £1,800 for Worthing Veterans’ Charity

    On Friday 8 May, 122 people took part in the Victory for Veterans VE Day virtual race in aid of Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, and raised £1,800. 

    The participants walked, ran or cycled either 5km or 10km in their own time on VE Day, ensuring they followed the guidelines around social distancing. The virtual race had an incredible community spirit with many of the runners choosing to run past Care for Veterans on Boundary Road, where a refreshment station was set up for them.
    The charity, which provides care and rehabilitation to physically disabled ex-Service personnel, has seen many events that were planned for this year either postponed or cancelled. Care for Veterans relies on these important events to fund the work they do. 
    Head of Fundraising and Marketing, James Bacharew, said, “We truly appreciate that these are frightening and uncertain times for everyone, but at Care for Veterans we must continue to provide the very best care and rehabilitation for our disabled veterans, and we can only do so with the kind and continued support of our community. On behalf of our residents and staff, I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the virtual race and helped to raise these vital funds to support our veterans. If anyone has any ideas on how they would like to support us, we would love to hear from you, as we need your help now more than ever.” 
    To support Care for Veterans, contact the fundraising team on 01903 218444 or visit the website

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