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  • 12 December 2018 9:46 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Worthing is set to get the WOW factor with the proposed installation of a Giant Wheel on the seafront.

    The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) is proposed for the area between The Beacon and the Beach Office at the bottom of Montague Place.

    At a height of 46 metres, the equivalent of nine double decker buses, the WOW will give unparalleled views of the town, Downs and the Channel. There will be a total of 36 pods with a capacity of 6 people each. A temporary base will be built on the beach to support the ride.

    Worthing Borough Council is seeking to enter into a three-year lease arrangement with the WOW operating for a six to nine month period between April and October and then being dismantled for the winter.

    The new proposal builds on the fantastic success of the Big Wheel which operated in Steyne Gardens earlier this year and which attracted more than 10,000 visitors in a month, despite extremely poor weather conditions.

    Buoyed by that success the Council began to examine opportunities to bring a more longer term attraction to the seafront as part of its continuing efforts to stimulant new economic growth and visitors to the town.

    The Council undertook an open procurement exercise to identify an operator. One company, deKoning Leisure Ltd, which had run the Steyne Gardens wheel, responded to the call and after careful evaluation it was decided to proceed.

    The company will bear the costs of constructing the base on the beach, and the wheel, which will be a new construction specifically for Worthing. It has also agreed to make a financial contribution to the Council depending on profit. There will be no financial contribution from the Council except for some officer time and the company will bear the costs of dismantling the wheel and removing the base at the end of the three years.

    Permission to go ahead with developing the proposal, planned for next year, has to be given by Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, later this month and then gain planning permission.

    Cllr Jenkins said: “I have had a look at this proposal and, in principal, it looks fantastic. I will of course look at all aspects of the report but from what I’ve seen so far this has the potential to be a wonderful iconic seafront attraction which will give amazing  panoramic views of our beautiful town.

    “The company would be taking all the risk but when we saw the popularity of the wheel at Steyne Gardens earlier this year I thought it is well worth exploring a more elaborate offer, that could give Worthing its own unique selling point and  attract visitors to the town as a destination of choice.

    “We are transforming this seafront town with proposals to improve our streets and walkways and restaurants wanting to open up here. There’s plenty more to come!”

    Cllr Jenkins will spend the next few days weighing up the report produced by the Council’s Place and Economy team before deciding if to give the go-ahead. It will then go forward to the planning committee.

  • 05 December 2018 9:50 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

    Last weekend, we completed the last of the work for 2018 on the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project. Preparatory work is progressing well ahead of the 9-day line closure in February 2019. Since our last update, the following work has been completed:

    • Balcombe Tunnel Junction – New signal bases were constructed and the site is now substantially prepped for the February work with all track panels delivered and dispersed trackside.
    • Balcombe Tunnel to Copyhold Junction – We removed eight rail defects which reduces the threat of Temporary Speed Restrictions or broken rails along this section.
    • Haywards Heath to Keymer Junction – 10 track circuits were converted to jointless equipment along with reinforcement of the traction return system. A further two signals on the main line and three on the branch were converted to LEDs.
    • Wivelsfield - successfully integrated 610 yards of ballast cleaning 
    • Clayton Tunnel – 650 yards of track renewal were completed on the Up line
    • Clayton to Montpellier  – signalling and cabling works took place
    We also continued with tunnel structural examinations and the cleaning and proving of the drainage systems

  • 28 November 2018 3:42 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Pilbeam Construction wins Triple Crown at 2018 Adur & Worthing Business Awards

    A& F Pilbeam Construction, based in Southwick, on the West Sussex coast is celebrating not 1, not 2, but 3 award wins!

    At the annually held Adur & Worthing Business Awards, attended by almost 400 people on 16th November at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing, the company was named winner of the Building and Construction category and the Best Medium Business category. This resulted in them being crowned ‘Best Overall Business’ on the night too!

    Managing Director of the company, Simon Pilbeam, said, “We were hoping to win the Building & Construction category, but to win both categories that we entered and then be named ‘Best Overall Business’ is beyond anything we could have hoped for.”

    “The whole company has worked incredibly hard in the past few years. We live in interesting times and a challenging business climate and so these awards are testament to the dedication, commitment and professionalism of the entire team.”

    The Adur & Worthing Business Awards had received record entries this year and the judging panel said they were impressed by Pilbeam’s innovative approach and the passion and drive shown by the company in taking their business forward while still maintaining their heritage. They also liked the way Pilbeam Construction continues to win significant contracts across the area and beyond, saying the company promotes and represents their building and construction sector to an exceptional standard.

    A&F Pilbeam was established in 1955 and is still based at its original address in Southwick, West Sussex today. The company also celebrated wins at the Sussex Heritage Awards and Mid Sussex Design Awards earlier this year, and also won the contract to construct the new Lady Bee Enterprise Centre at Shoreham Port, which is now well underway with completion due early next year.

     “2018 has been a tough year, and I don’t expect 2019 to be any different,” says Simon Pilbeam. “However, this achievement proves that with the dedicated and professional team that we have, we can achieve our goal of being at the pinnacle of construction in the South East.”

  • 28 November 2018 3:34 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    ‘Platinum’ Accountancy Firm recruits 11 new trainees over the last 12 months

    MHA Carpenter Box has appointed 11 new trainees over the past year to join their Audit and Business Services teams in both their Worthing and Gatwick offices. They will be joining either the firm’s Platinum Accredited programme on the road to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification or studying for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification.

    The Audit team in Worthing welcomes Emma Sparrow from the University of Sussex, Will Sixsmith from Aberystwyth University and Rachel Cook from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Dean Downes-Avery, Tabitha Nicholls and Michael Davis all from Worthing College, Daniel White from The Littlehampton Academy Sixth Form and Chloe Rempel from Chichester College have all joined the Worthing Business Services team.

    In Gatwick, the Business Services team has welcomed Ben Roberts from Lancaster University, whilst the Audit team has been joined by Thagendra Bura from the University of Kent and Jack Gamon who was an estate agent for two years prior to joining MHA Carpenter Box.

    MHA Carpenter Box Managing Partner, Alan Edwards, welcomed the new trainees on board, commenting: “Training the next generation of accountants, tax and business advisers is a responsibility we take very seriously and we have always invested heavily in emerging talent.

    “We aim to give our students the best possible start to their careers which has been underlined by our accreditation as a Platinum employer, ACCA’s highest global standard of excellence.

    “I wish all our new trainees every success in their accountancy careers over the coming years.”

    The new trainees will undertake a comprehensive in-house training programme at MHA Carpenter Box working with a team of qualified and experienced accountants, business advisers and auditors – many of whom started their careers at MHA Carpenter Box as trainees themselves! They will also benefit from knowledge sharing across MHA, the firm’s national association and Baker Tilly International, its global network.

  • 28 November 2018 3:29 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New Appointments Strengthen Leadership Team at MHA Carpenter Box

    Rapidly growing Worthing and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, tax and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of two new Partners. 

    Peter Reading, who joined the firm in 2001 as a 21-year-old trainee, is now Partner in the firm’s Assurance and Advisory Group. His particular focus is on regulated audit work and compliance advice in the construction and real estate sector.  

    Peter commented: “I am delighted to have been made a Partner at the firm I first joined as a trainee. I have been supported every step of the way during my career, and in my new role I look forward to providing further opportunities around helping clients succeed in their business aims.”

    Sarah Fitzgerald has also joined MHA Carpenter Box at Partner level with the Business Services Group. Sarah previously ran her own accountancy practice in West Sussex. She brings over 25 years’ experience to the firm and will be providing owner-managed businesses with expert advice covering strategic planning and business development, as well as providing expert tax and accounting support.

    Sarah said: “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team of such a forward-thinking firm of accountants. MHA Carpenter Box enjoys a great reputation across the region reflecting its progressive values and the importance it places on client relationships.”

    In addition to the new Partners, MHA Carpenter Box has also appointed two new directors to its leadership team. James Gawman has been promoted from Associate within the Assurance and Advisory Group to Compliance Director, while Rachel Pearce has been promoted from Associate to Client Service Director in the Tax Services Group.

  • 28 November 2018 3:07 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Free workshop for employers, hosted by Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

    Date: Wednesday 5th December 
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
    Venue: Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, The Centre for Leadership, Broadwater Campus, Broadwater Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 8HJ

    Why you should attend:

    Due to popular demand, the college will be holding a further workshop in Decembe rto support our employer clients on ways to engage and support apprentices.

    Topics covered will include recruitment strategies, fine tuning the interviewing and selection process and post appointment support startegies such as introducing a buddying and mentoring programme.

    Our expert facilitator will demonstarte how to introduce an impactful apprenticeship programme and how first time line managers can be supported.

    Feedback from previous workshop participants has been extremely positive: "It was certainly very useful and evoked many more questions about how we induct new staff to our organisation, so thank you!" - John Parker, Avtrade, April 2018 

    Book now!
    This is a free event, so we expect deamnd to be high. To secure your place, please contact: 

  • 28 November 2018 2:51 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton: we must face Brexit challenge head on

    The leader of Greater Brighton has urged for the region to tackle Brexit head on after research revealed one in 20 jobs in the South East could be at risk from a “No Deal”.

    With the region exporting £45.3 billion worth of goods, a report titled The Brexit Burden by the internationally-respected UK Trade Policy Observatory (UK TPO) claims that the UK crashing out of the European Union could have major ramifications on the local economy.

    Findings, which focus on the impact on 34 constituencies in Sussex and Hampshire, reveal there could be a potential loss of about 2.6 per cent (39,000) of total employment across those counties in the next three to eight years.

    Research added that when commuter habits are also taken on board, this indicative figure could rise to 43,000 jobs among residents in these areas -  with businesses in Brighton Pavilion (2,021 - 2.9 per cent of total jobs) and East Worthing and Shoreham (1,049 - 3.1 per cent) among those predicted to be worst affected.

    But, speaking at the launch of the report, Councillor Garry Wall, chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, said it was important that the City Region - which stretches from the south coast to Gatwick Airport - did everything possible to help the economy continue to thrive.

    Cllr Wall said: “Clearly Brexit poses major challenges and uncertainty, which this report only highlights further. Our job at a local and regional level is to make sure that we do what we can to meet those challenges head on.

    “We have faced adversity before. Like everywhere else in the UK we took a big hit with the banking and financial crisis in 2008. But over those ten years we have seen our economy continue to grow, with 40,000 jobs created across the city region.

    “The onus remains on the Greater Brighton Economic Board to present a strong unified argument to lever in investment that this region requires. It is only by doing that that we create the infrastructure to unlock growth and provide good-quality well-paid jobs for our residents.”

    The report by UK TPO, which is a partnership between the University of Sussex and Chatham House think tank, was launched this week (November 20, 2018) at the Clarendon Centre in Brighton.

    It noted that a "No Deal" Brexit scenario could be particularly disruptive to the economy of South East England because the region is heavily engaged in cross-border trade through Gatwick Airport, Newhaven Port and Shoreham Port.

    While the report noted that Brighton Pavilion would have the largest number of total jobs lost, the constituencies of Worthing West (1,300 - 3.6 per cent of residents) and Brighton Kemptown (1,269 - 3.5 per cent) would also be badly affected in terms of percentage of working population.

    The report also noted that a soft Brexit would result in the loss of about 20,000 jobs across Sussex and Hampshire during this time.

    Cllr Wall, who is also leader of Mid Sussex District Council, said: “Regardless of the outcome of Brexit one thing is clear: we know that with a modicum of investment we can launch ourselves into a brave new world.

    “We in the South East are the second biggest contributor to the UK economy behind London but do we have that status? Our region needs government help too in delivering growth through digital infrastructure, jobs and transport.

    “We do not have a Midlands Engine or Northern Powerhouse with a mayor who has a strong enough voice which government listen to. Whatever happens with Brexit we need to present a strong clear argument. It is only with clarity and evidence that we will be able to show that we can deliver.”

    Dr llona Serwicka, a Research Fellow in the economics of Brexit at UK TPO, said: “This research makes very clear that both soft and hard forms of Brexit, but in particular, a ‘no deal’ Brexit, are likely to have a negative impact on the lives of many residents in Hampshire and Sussex.

    “Of course, we cannot say for certain that this number of job losses will definitely happen, as employers may choose to reduce number of hours and wages rather than cut workforce numbers. But this analysis gives some indication of which places in our region may be most vulnerable to Brexit.”

    To read the full report visit: The Brexit burden: A constituency level analysis for Hampshire and Sussex.

  • 23 November 2018 11:05 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Senior Administrator Support Role - Self-employed role

    We are a growing management and leadership development consultancy. Our speciality is helping organisations to manage behaviour in the workplace, through tailored programmes, workshops, coaching and team facilitation.

    We are now looking for an experienced person to join our support team as the assistant to our support manager. The role provides a range of administrative services to our trainers and clients, such as producing workbooks and liaising with training venues and client organisations to set training programmes up.

    This is a self-employed role so you will be based from home and will need to be set up to provide support services (have your own PC, printer etc) Focal Point provide a company phone, materials for producing handouts and training on all our systems.

    While the role offers a degree of flexibility, we are looking for someone to be available during the working day.  It also requires the ability to respond to tight deadlines where necessary, along with strong organisational skills and a focus on customer service.

    The team is a very supportive environment and although you will be based from home, there is lots of opportunity for interaction with the rest of the team through team meetings, team conference calls and one to one catch ups.

    In the first instance please contact our support manager, Debbie Stanfield for a job description and how to apply on 01903 732 782 or

  • 23 November 2018 10:55 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd is presented with Highly Prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation

    On Wednesday 7th November Susan Pyper the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, accompanied by a number of distinguished guests including Caroline Nicholls the West Sussex High Sheriff and the Mayor of Worthing Paul Baker, visited Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd.’s (ETI) manufacturing facility in Easting Close, Worthing, and presented the company with their prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.   It is the fourth time in six years that ETI have received The Queens Award, and the Lord-Lieutenant commended the company on its outstanding achievement, in her address.

    The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance which recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. The Awards are made each year by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, Industry & Commerce, together with the Trade Unions.

    On receiving the news of the award, Peter Webb MBE, Managing Director of Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd commented: "We are immensely proud and honoured to have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a fourth time.  We have always prioritised investment in research, development and innovation and the Queen’s Award for Innovation recognises our continued commitment to providing our customers with pioneering temperature measuring solutions using the latest technology.  I am lucky to have such a dedicated and supportive workforce, who without their hard work and commitment this honour would not have been possible.  By keeping our manufacturing and Research & Development in the UK we have been able to support our local economy whilst successfully continuing to grow the business and have recently invested £500,000 in a new R & D facility in Dominion Way, Worthing.”

    Trading for 35 years, since 1983, Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd is the UK’s largest digital thermometer manufacturer and exporter of electronic thermometers and temperature probes.  Thermapen thermometers, manufactured by ETI Ltd are used worldwide for many different applications and are the UK’s number one selling food thermometer.  Offering a combination of speed, accuracy and convenience of use, the Thermapen Professional uses advanced technology and incorporates a number of innovative features including a patented 360° self-rotating display.  Various models complete the Thermapen range including the new Thermapen IR infrared and Thermapen Blue with Bluetooth technology.

    For further information contact Nicky Dumbleton

    Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd

    Easting Close


    West Sussex BN14 8HQ

    Phone 01903 202151


    website www.etiltd.coma

  • 23 November 2018 10:32 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Year 11 Aspire to Achieve Day 

    Friday 7th December, 11:30am - 2:00pm 

    There's still time to sign up to join us. We are running an event for year 11 students on 7th December. We have an INSET day at the school and invite year 11 only who get their mock exam results and have a day of motivational speakers, mindfulness, and revision tips.

    We are keen to involve the local business community to talk about different sectors, careers, employability skills, and more. 

    There are 3 careers sessions between 11.45am and 2pm in which you can speak to small groups of students about your career journey, and what employers look for in new recruits.

    If you are interested and available on Friday 7th December, click Sign Up to respond.

    And you will be glad to hear, we have twisted our catering manager's arm, so there will be light refreshments and sandwiches.

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