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  • 09 July 2014 1:25 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Company formations hit an all-time high in Worthing during the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from Duport.co.uk.

    The latest Duport Business Confidence Report for Worthing has revealed an unprecedented number of company formations during the first quarter of the year.


    Between January and March, there were 261 new companies registered - more than any other quarter on record and a 22% rise on the previous year.


    In further good news for Worthing, a local enterprise partnership (LEP) investing in West Sussex, has recently secured £202 million in funding from central government. Investment will take place in flood defences, major transport schemes, international trade and support for businesses across West Sussex and the surrounding area.


    Managing Director of Duport.co.uk, Peter Valaitis commented:

     “A rising number of company formations is an excellent sign for the local economy of Worthing, suggesting business confidence is high and entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the area.”

     
    The Duport Business Confidence Report for Worthing is made up of a variety of data and statistics, giving a valuable insight into the local economy. More information can be found at
    http://www.duport.co.uk/worthing.

  • 07 July 2014 11:54 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Come and join us and  preview  our delicious New Summer Menu this  Friday (11th July 2014) - reduced price for one night only! We really  want to hear your thoughts!

    Including a third of a bottle of wine per person

    Two course £18:00 

    Three course £25:00 

     

    MENU

    Double baked goat cheese soufflé,

    apple and walnut salad (v)

     Aubergine and feta croquettes with tarragon aioli (v)

     Chicken liver and sherry parfait, 

    toasted brioche, Armagnac prunes

     Chilled pea and mint soup,

    crème fraiche and chives (v)

     …

     Pan fried fillet of plump locally caught plaice, herb and polenta crust,

    tomato salad and new potatoes

     Classic Italian Porchetta,

    olive oil and parmesan mash,

    roasted butternut squash

     Basque chicken slowly cooked with chorizo and sundried tomatoes, braised rice with sweet peppers

     Roasted aubergine and courgette, herb and ricotta tart, green salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing (v)

     Local lobster and smoked salmon salad,

    tarragon mayonnaise and new potatoes (£5:50) ~ if you would like lobster, please pre order when booking

    ..

     Summer pudding, fresh basil and mint sorbet

     Vanilla and saffron poached pear with almond cream and Belgian chocolate truffle

     Zesty lemon and lime posset,

    raspberry coulis and meringue drops

     A selection of British cheese ad biscuits with homemade apple pickle


    Including a third of a bottle of wine per person

    Two course £18:00 

    Three course £25:00 

     

    Reservations by Thursday Midday latest

    There will be a maximum of 70 guests on the evening

    Booking from 6:30 – 9:00pm

    01903 230451 

  • 07 July 2014 11:19 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Next Peer Mentoring Taster Session - 17th July Book your place now!!

    Following five successful groups of the Peer Mentoring Programme which supported over 50 local businesses owners we are ready to start GROUP SIX!!!! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting and beneficial programme.

    The Mentoring groups will consist of 10-12 like-minded business people all keen to share their business expertise and willing to learn from and support each other. What will you gain? Thinking time to work on (rather than in) your business

    The opportunity to explore projects in a confidential environment
    A diverse pool of wisdom and expertise to draw on
    A unique blend of challenge and support from your peers
    Think tank for practical solutions to specific problems
    Ideas for new products and services
    Develop your management skills
    Build relationships, trust and mutual understanding

    Please contact the Chamber office for more information or to secure a place! Email: info@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk or call the office on 01903 203484.

    Next Peer Mentoring Taster Session - 17th July Book your place now!!

    Following five successful groups of the Peer Mentoring Programme which supported over 50 local businesses owners we are ready to start GROUP SIX!!!! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting and beneficial programme.

    The Mentoring groups will consist of 10-12 like-minded business people all keen to share their business expertise and willing to learn from and support each other. What will you gain? Thinking time to work on (rather than in) your business

    • The opportunity to explore projects in a confidential environment
    • A diverse pool of wisdom and expertise to draw on
    • A unique blend of challenge and support from your peers
    • Think tank for practical solutions to specific problems
    • Ideas for new products and services
    • Develop your management skills
    • Build relationships, trust and mutual  understanding

    Please contact the Chamber office for more information or to secure a place! Email: info@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk or call the office on 01903 203484.

    Next Peer Mentoring Taster Session - 17th July Book your place now!!

    Following five successful groups of the Peer Mentoring Programme which supported over 50 local businesses owners we are ready to start GROUP SIX!!!! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting and beneficial programme.

    The Mentoring groups will consist of 10-12 like-minded business people all keen to share their business expertise and willing to learn from and support each other. What will you gain? Thinking time to work on (rather than in) your business

    • The opportunity to explore projects in a confidential environment
    • A diverse pool of wisdom and expertise to draw on
    • A unique blend of challenge and support from your peers
    • Think tank for practical solutions to specific problems
    • Ideas for new products and services
    • Develop your management skills
    • Build relationships, trust and mutual  understanding

    Please contact the Chamber office for more information or to secure a place! Email: info@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk or call the office on 01903 203484.

  • 07 July 2014 9:35 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Growth Vouchers ... helping SME’s access strategic advice.

    Growth Vouchers help SME’s access strategic advice to grow their businesses and offers up to £2000 match funding along with a free initial business consultation.  The funding may be spent in the following areas:


    • Raising finance and managing cash flow
    • Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
    • Making the most of digital technology
    • Improving leadership and management skills
    • Recruiting and developing your staff

     

    Apply online at www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers or for further details please contact www.enterprisefirst.co.uk

  • 04 July 2014 12:58 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Mandate Fraud - Please share with your accounts departments

    Please be aware of the following fraud, two businesses locally have been victims of this crime in the last 10 days.

    Companies should be aware when receiving letters from suppliers notifying them of changes to the suppliers bank details (even when on a professional letterhead).

    Always follow this up with a call to your supplier to validate its authenticity.

    Please click the link below for more details
    http://www.channel4.com/news/fraudsters-reap-millions-with-simple-scam

  • 04 July 2014 12:56 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    The Social Enterprise Fund 2014-15 has now launched!
     
    All the information you’ll need including the Guidelines and Application Forms are available at http://www.wssen.org.uk/social-enterprise-fund-2014-2015/
     
    There will also be some FREE information workshops about the Social Enterprise Fund. These will be held at the following times and locations:
     
    •         Centenary House, Worthing - Tuesday, July 8 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
    •         County Hall, Chichester - Wednesday, July 9 from 10am to midday
    •         County Hall North, Horsham – Friday, July 11 from 10am to midday


    If you would like to book a place on one of the workshops above please email social.enterprise@westsussex.gov.uk with your full name, a contact telephone number and the location of the workshop you’d like to attend.

    Please note that there are a limited number of spaces and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

  • 04 July 2014 12:50 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)


    Business Growth Grants are available to any business in the Coast to Capital region who want to increase turnover and profits, but need additional finance.

    Grants are available from £5,000 to £250,000 and it is expected that the grant will form no more than 25% of the total costs of the growth plans. Companies that are awarded a grant are expected to create new jobs as a result nof increased business.

    During the clinic session development advisors will be available to provide expert advice on growth plans and help businesses with making a successful grant application.


    It is advisable that businesses wishing to attend book a slot in advance, however there will also be a drop in clinic between 10.00am and 4.00pm and we will assist as soon as an advisor is available.

    To book a slot or find out more information about the scheme please contac t the Business Growth Grant Programme manager, Hayley Shepherd on 01403 333840 or
    rgf@coast2capital.org.uk


    Depending on your interest we may consider holding further clinics in other locations within the Coast to Capital region over the next few months. If you would like to register your interest for either of these future clinics please email Hayley Shepherd on rgf@coast2capital.org.uk


  • 04 July 2014 11:53 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    GROW YOUR BUSINESS

     

    Are you a small to medium sized business with a dilemma that needs a SOLUTION?

    Would you welcome ADVICE from a world renowned expert?

    Are you keen for your employees to be more business savvy?

     

    Would you like them to have a greater awareness of the challenges you face as a boss?

     

    We’re currently producing a brand new cutting edge business series for a major UK broadcaster and are looking for small to medium size businesses who’d be interested in taking part in a project designed to uncover hidden talent and promote greater understanding of the challenges of running a business at all levels of your company.

    We are interested in small to medium sized companies with approximately 30+ employees.

    The business owner will work with a well-known entrepreneur across a number of weeks, exploring and testing out fresh strategies to suit their business.

    We are keen to focus on businesses in the leisure, services, food, retail and manufacturing sectors. Ideally, we are looking for companies that are open to explore new ways of transforming their business and making them more profitable.  

    This is an exciting opportunity to be featured on a prime time series and to create innovative ideas with one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.

    Please contact lucie_rose@victorytelevision.com or on 0207 406 3057 to find out more information about this exciting new project.

    About Victory Television

    Victory Television is an independent production company with a background in both factual and entertainment programmes, most famous for producing Who Wants to Be  a Millionaire and, more recently, Tough Young Teachers for the BBC.

  • 11 June 2014 3:34 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Patrick Woodward of Voiceovers and Audio Production interviews Worthing and Adur Chamber members and guests at the AGM in April

    Listen Now!
  • 09 May 2014 11:14 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Dementia Friends Session for Local Businesses

    With numbers of people with dementia rising rapidly, dementia is receiving lots of media attention – many businesses are realising that they should know about it and how it affects their customers.
    Having a better understanding of dementia and the small things that you can do to help someone living with dementia will benefit your business in many ways such as:
    • Having the opportunity to stand out and have staff wear the Dementia Friends badge
    • Helping to make your community more dementia friendly
    • Providing better customer service through understanding

    A free Dementia Friends session will be held on Tuesday 20th May 1-2pm at the Town Hall Worthing. To book a place please ring Chris Moon-Willems on 07505103955

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