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  • 21 January 2021 9:57 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    ETI supports local charity campaign to help brighten Christmas for those spending it alone

    Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd, the UK’s largest digital thermometer manufacturer and exporter of electronic thermometers and temperature probes, is delighted to support local charity, Guild Care this Christmas with a donation worth £3,000. 

    Guild Care has been making a difference to the people of Worthing and its surrounding areas since it was first established in 1933. Today the charity runs three care homes and over 30 community services helping over 3,000 people of all ages each year. Due to Covid, the charity was forced to close its doors in March to many of these services including the popular Friendship Club.  This has had a devastating impact on those effected and many in our community have never felt as lonely as they do now.  ETI wanted to help those dealing with loneliness over the festive period and the money donated will help Guild Care’s Christmas campaign, “Worthing Cares” by providing gift hampers and a much needed, socially distanced doorstep chat to those facing Christmas alone.  

    Jason Webb, ETI Operations Director commented: “The opportunity to work with Guild Care is always a pleasure and we have supported them for many years.  From our longstanding partnership we have seen just how important the services Guild Care provide are, and this has only become more apparent during the Coronavirus pandemic. As our chosen charity, we look forward to supporting their Christmas campaign and continuing our collaboration into the New Year”.

    Nicki Freeman, Head of Community Services at Guild Care said We are so grateful to ETI for this amazing donation.  Their generosity will enable us to deliver hampers to 60 older people who will be on their own on Christmas day.  With ETI’s help we can bring Christmas cheer and comfort to some of the most vulnerable people in Worthing.  To see a friendly face, and know that someone is thinking of them at Christmas, will mean so much”.

    If you would like to help support “Worthing Cares” by donating, please visit the campaign’s JustGiving page:

  • 21 January 2021 9:53 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Join Team Fit Feb and support local hospice care

    Fit Feb is your chance to join hundreds of others and kickstart 2021 in a positive way whilst raising money for local hospice, St Barnabas House. 

    Whether you take part alone or challenge a friend or family member, all you have to do is an hour of physical or mental activity a day throughout February 2021, and get sponsored for doing it.

    You can choose any challenge you like, and you can mix it up throughout the month. So, whether you jive, juggle, or jog … row, ride, or rollerblade ... scoot, skateboard or space hop, there’s something for everyone.

    Or, if you’d rather focus on your mental fitness, you could meditate for an hour each morning, get lost in a book for an hour before bed, or give up an hour’s TV and tackle a giant jigsaw for a month instead.

    How will you be making a difference?

    However you decide to complete your hour each day, you can feel good knowing that as well as looking after yourself, the money you raise will help ensure local people with terminal illnesses are cared for by St Barnabas House throughout their journey.

    Wendy Bardsley, Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House, says, “After the rollercoaster that was 2020, there’s never been a more important time to look after our physical and mental health. And by doing so, you can be there for St Barnabas too.

    “Raise £35 and you could provide a patient with one hour of physiotherapy; raise £50 and you could pay for two hours’ care for a patient staying on the hospice ward; raise £120 and you could provide three hours of counselling for a bereaved family member.”

    Registration is just £5 and all challengers will receive a free St Barnabas t-shirt to wear while completing their challenge. Visit to join Team Fit Feb today.

  • 20 January 2021 8:47 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    One-off COVID funding of up to £9,000 now available for hard-hit retail and hospitality sector

    Extra COVID funding of up to £9,000 for those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors is now available from Adur & Worthing Councils.

    Businesses eligible for the top-up funding, which was announced by the Chancellor earlier this month, can now register for this vital support via the Councils’ easy-to-use online portals.

    The funding is in addition to a range of support to businesses and community organisations forced to close by the latest set of lockdown restrictions.

    Anyone who pays business rates and has been forced to reduce trading due to either the Tier 4 or the current national lockdown can apply for the one-off funding. It does not have to be paid back and covers the period until the middle of February.

    To make things easier for businesses and ensure funds can be distributed as quickly as possible, the payments for Tier 4, National Lockdown (closed addendum) and the top-up grant, have been rolled into one registration process.

    The 400 businesses which have already applied for Tier 4 or lockdown funding have been contacted directly to avoid the need for re-registration.

    To apply, visit:

    All businesses - including freelancers, sole traders, tradespeople, taxi drivers and B&Bs - are also eligible to apply for a further discretionary pot of support.

    The Councils currently have up to £1 million of government funding available via this scheme. There are no restrictions on who can apply but applications will be assessed against published criteria.

    To apply for funding visit

    A Councils spokesman said: “As with previous grants, we have worked hard to get this system up and running as quickly as possible. To make things easy for businesses, we have created a single registration process for tier four and the latest lockdown.

    “We know there are plenty of hard-working freelancers, sole traders and small businesses who have not applied for support yet and we encourage them to come forward as soon as they can. If in doubt, our team is on hand to talk you through the process.”

    To contact the team with a query email

    For further information visit:

  • 13 January 2021 2:11 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

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  • 08 January 2021 9:19 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Brexit transition period has now ended

    Changes have now come into effect for businesses that trade goods with Europe or represent businesses who do. Register on our webinars to find out what you need to do now to keep trading with the EU. 

    The free trade agreement announced on 24 December is the first that the EU has ever reached based on zero tariffs and zero quotas. We have always been clear that this means there will be new customs processes on goods moving between GB and the EU.

    By registering for our webinars below, or watching our videos on HMRC's YouTube channel you can familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU.

    The trader checklist is also still available on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK to help you ensure you’re familiar with the new rules that affect you.

    Webinars to register for now:

    Exporting: Actions you need to take now: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Key processes include – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.

    Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.

    Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: You now need to complete import or export declarations to trade goods with the EU. These are complex and a lot of businesses choose to use an intermediary to do these for them.

    This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary.

    Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.

    What are customs import declarations?: If you import goods, you now need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June. This webinar will help you understand what they are in more detail. This includes what is needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, how to make them, and delayed import declarations.

    Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

    Importing: Staged controls and how to prepare to use them: This webinar will walk you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage.

    Please register to take part if you’re planning to import. 

  • 07 January 2021 11:31 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Fundraising Boost for Sussex Charities through Local Charitable Foundation

    Charities across Sussex have received a boost to their income, thanks to the work of a local charitable foundation founded by chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box.

    Many charities and voluntary organisations have faced fundraising challenges in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the support provided by the Sussex-based firm, which has offices in Worthing, Brighton, Gatwick and Chichester, is particularly welcome at this time.

    Among the charities to receive a share of £10,000 raised this year through the foundation are the West Sussex Mediation Services, Sussex Community Foundation Crisis Fund, Turning Tides, Crawley Open House, Circus Starr’s Winter Tour, Care for Veterans and the Down Syndrome Development Trust. The foundation has also continued its support for Lizzie Williams, a Worthing-based wheelchair athlete.

    Robin Evans, Partner and Head of Charities, Not-for-Profit & Academies at MHA Carpenter Box, commented: “Many charities have been struggling throughout the pandemic, so we are delighted to be able to continue with our support for local groups that first started when we launched the foundation 11 years ago.

    “These are difficult times for everyone, so we are very proud of the way that our people have rallied round to help local grassroots organisations meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society. In total, the foundation has now raised £230,000 for local good causes since it was formed.”

    MHA Carpenter Box was one of the first businesses in Sussex to set up a charitable arm with a focus on supporting smaller local organisations that often find it difficult to raise funds. The foundation is run by staff and partner trustees, who together decide on donations and grants.

  • 07 January 2021 9:49 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Save Worthing Theatres and Museum! 

    Worthing Theatres and Museum have launched a Crowdfunder campaign called Save Worthing Theatres and Museum to help them raise funds towards the imposing funding gap they are facing this year. 

    The support so far has been amazing, and they have reached over £7.5k of their £10k target at this point. They just need one final push to keep that momentum going to get them to their target for 15th January. 

    If you are in a position to donate this would mean a great deal to Worthing Theatres and Museum, all donations can be made here . There are also a selection of rewards you can also choose from; backstage tours, memberships, exclusive archaeology walks and many more!

  • 21 December 2020 12:53 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coast to Capital Growth Hub – Brexit Transition Newsletter

    December 2020

    Check what actions you need to take

    The UK has left the EU. As we transition, your business needs to prepare for the changes that will affect the way you trade. The transition period ends on Thursday 31 December 2020

    This newsletter covers some of the actions you need to take and where to find support, including on the website. For example:

    • the way you can move goods across the border with the EU;
    • how you provide services in EU markets;
    • the immigration status of your workforce.

    Prepare for changes to importing and exporting

    If you are importing or exporting, you will need to take a number of actions to prepare:

    Sector-specific letters

    Letters from the Business Secretary detailed below, provide tailored advice on what key actions your business must take. These include links which will direct you to government resources, where you can view the online transition checker, sector specific webinars and access further guidance.

    Trading with Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on Friday 1 January 2021 and entails new administrative processes for traders, notably new digital import declaration requirements, and digital safety and security information, for goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

    The UK Government has established a new, free service, the Trader Support Service (TSS) which will provide an end-to-end service to guide traders through all import processes and can also be used to complete digital declarations, at no additional cost.

    Recruitment from January 2021

    Starting Friday 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. The new system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will impact your ability to hire from the EU. The Home Office podcast for businesses explains the new immigration system. Likewise, for more details on:

    • Recruiting workers from outside the UK visit here
    • Recruiting EU citizens who already live in the UK visit here

    Providing services to EU markets

    UK businesses and professionals will be treated by the EU as originating from a ‘third country’ from January 2021. This means that there will be different rules that you need to comply with. The precise rules will depend on which Member State and what sector or sectors you operate in.

    To find out more search ‘selling services to the EU’ on the website and for information on Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein visit here

    VAT and overseas goods sold online and directly to customers

    Additional guidance has been issued to help you understand your VAT responsibilities and what you may have to pay if goods are sold overseas:


    We have listed a few business support events below that focus on Brexit Transition advice and guidance. To see our complete list of events please visit the Growth Hub events page.

  • 10 December 2020 2:04 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Councils step up to fund festive displays to boost town centres

    Adur & Worthing Councils are providing a seasonal boost to traders by ensuring spectacular Christmas trees bring cheer to town centres.

    Despite the COVID pandemic, the Councils have stepped up to source and provide five evergreens to give its high streets a much-needed festive lift.

    It forms part of the #WinterWelcomeAW campaign, which is being run by the Councils to encourage people to get out and support the local economy now national lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

    Festive trees have already popped up in Southwick Square and East Street in Shoreham. They will be accompanied by a series of lights adorning the main parades in both areas, which are funded by Adur District Council.

    The Shoreham tree is sponsored by Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors, who pitched in to help spread festive cheer in the town centre.

    Cllr Brian Boggis, the Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We know it's been a challenging year for everyone but we wanted to keep up the Christmas cheer to support our valued businesses through the festive period.”

    This week three further trees have been popping up in Worthing. 

    The fir in South Street Square has been sponsored by Empire Construction and will be officially switched on later this week. 

    Christmas trees have also appeared outside Worthing Town Hall and in Montague Place emblazoned with Time for Worthing banners as part of the town brand launched earlier this year.

    Along with Christmas lights, which have been paid for by local businesses and stretch from Brighton Road to Heene Road, the town is aglow with seasonal spirit.

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “By funding these trees, we hope to bring some well-needed festive cheer to Worthing town centre after a difficult year for all. I would like to thank Empire Construction for helping us make the South Street Square display possible.”

    All the trees will be sourced sustainably from Balcombe Estate Sawmill near Haywards Heath.

    The news comes as part of the Councils’ wider efforts to give businesses a festive boost by working with Worthing Town Centre Initiative and other traders’ groups.

    That includes distributing £3 million of Government-funded financial support to businesses in the area affected by the second coronavirus lockdown.

  • 10 December 2020 1:56 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Councils give major boost to solar power as green drive continues 

    Plans to install solar energy panels across buildings owned by Adur & Worthing Councils could help to reduce the authorities carbon emissions by a third, according to a report.

    Rooftop, solar carports and the establishment of a local solar farm form part of the programme of action aimed at helping the Councils become carbon neutral by 2030. The Councils are also investigating the purchase of a large scale solar farm outside their boundaries to contribute to the carbon neutral drive.

    A report, backed by the Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee, says that introducing more solar panels is an important first step towards the carbon neutral target as electricity demand rises with the introduction of new heating systems and electric vehicles.

    The news comes as the Councils launches the latest SustainableAW magazine later this week detailing it’s latest initiatives to help tackle the climate crisis. The Councils declared a climate emergency last year.

    The latest edition edition includes the work of the Climate Assembly, a meeting of citizens who are reporting back to Councils with proposals for more climate change fighting action, support for the establishment of a kelp forest off the Sussex coast to capture carbon and the work being done by environmental groups to rewild green spaces.

    Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Emma Evans, said, ‘I hope residents are now assured that our commitment to an environmental programme that plays our part in fighting climate change is serious and tangible.

    ‘The target of using solar energy to reduce our carbon emissions by a third is certainly ambitious but we are determined to make real progress on this.’ 

    Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital  and Environmental Services, Cllr Edward Crouch, said, ‘I hope residents will take a few minutes to flick through SustainableAW because it shows the work that very many people, organisations and volunteers as well as ourselves, are undertaking to protect our natural environment and help the fight against climate change.’

    The solar energy plan has identified several phase 1 rooftop solar panels at locations including Worthing Town Hall, Goring Recreation Ground, Worthing Assembly Hall, Commerce Way, Eastbrook Manor Community Centre, and Adur Homes’ properties at Manor Court and Shadwell Court.

    The first car port scheme, roofs with solar panels placed above car parks, is set to be the Pond Road car park in Shoreham with energy generated powering the Shoreham Centre.

    The report identifies a former landfill site north of Brooklands Park as a possible solar energy farm and says officers will continue to identify possibilities for investment in larger farms outside of the area which can contribute to offsetting, counteracting, Councils carbon emissions.

    An initial investment of £2.2m is required but, says the report, each scheme will eventually contribute savings to Councils’ energy budget.

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