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  • 25 October 2021 12:39 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton City Region can lead the UK fight against climate change

    Greater Brighton can be a flagship city region leading the fight against climate change but needs more government support to unlock powers to take action.

    That was the message from Greater Brighton’s spokesman on the environment as he closed a special conference on transitioning to a net zero carbon economy which attracted speakers from around the world.

    Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, who is also Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, told the conference, ‘I really hope that the PM and the UK governments accelerate the pace and scale of change that is so urgently needed. 

    ‘We need political leaders working together at national and international levels to give our planet and our ecosystem a fighting chance.’

    He added that time was not on the side for the battle nor were resources plentiful.

    ‘Hence, we need to pool our capacity as a region, put our political differences to one aside and pull together to solve this climate crisis for the benefit of all our communities now and for future generations,’ he said.

    The Greater Brighton conference attracted an online audience of more than 200 including climate change experts, government officials, local environment groups and members of the public.

    They were told that, without action on carbon emissions, temperatures were likely to continue to rise in the Greater Brighton area and winter rainfall would increase on average by 25 per cent with a corresponding decline in summer with dramatic effects on the environment.. 

    Figures show that the people in the region averaged around 8,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emission per person per year. This needed to drop drastically to around 3,000 to counter the effects of climate change.

    But the conference heard that actions were already being taken that could make a difference. Among the initiatives outlined were:

    • Plans to create a Sussex Bay marine park restoring the kelp forest off the coast which captures carbon up to 100 times more effectively than trees
    • Plans were developing to create a green hydrogen fuel hub at Shoreham Port using wind and wave power and cutting-edge technological work was underway at engineering company Ricardo creating carbon-free engines for the future
    • Work ongoing to transform Brighton & Hove bus fleet from diesel to clean electric and hydrogen fuel. A similar initiative is taking place with Metrobus in Crawley.
    • Groundbreaking co-operation between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex to create an Innovation Centre for climate change technologies
    • Work underway to create a Greater Brighton investment platform to attract support for new technologies, creating new jobs and opportunities.

    The conference heard from Andrea Durbin, Director of Planning and Sustainability at the City of Portland, Oregon on the US west coast which in the last two years has suffered record numbers of wildfires and soaring temperatures which killed 60 people.

    ‘The time is now, we need to act now, the next few years really matter. Be bold, be quick, don't hesitate and make a full commitment but do it in a way that really centres people,' she said.

    The Greater Brighton city region covers an area from Selsey in the west to Newhaven in the east and as far north as Crawley. By working collaboratively it has brought significant investment into the region and is now positioning itself as a key leader in clean, sustainable growth.

    A full recording of the conference can be found here 

  • 25 October 2021 12:30 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Howe wins unanimous backing for post of new Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing Councils

    Dr Catherine Howe has been recommended for the post of Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing Councils after a rigorous recruitment process.

    The current interim Chief Executive was the unanimous choice of the Joint Senior Staff Committee, consisting of ruling and opposition councillors including the Leaders of both Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council.

    The committee’s recommendation will now go before the Full Council meetings of both district and borough in the next two weeks for approval.

    Dr Howe joined the Councils in Spring last year as Director for Communities. In the summer she became Interim Chief Executive after the retirement of Alex Bailey who had led the Councils’ paid service for eight years.

    Dr Howe has considerable experience in social innovation and digital transformation and during her short time in Communities changed the department’s focus to develop data-led, targeted approaches to the delivery of service to residents.

    Previously she held senior management roles with Cancer Research UK, Capita, Public-i and the London Business School.

    She has built a reputation for leadership across technological, social and innovation work and a strong interest in democracy and place.

    Dr Howe will lead a shared Adur & Worthing Councils service of more than 750 staff working under the democratically separate entities of district and borough.

    Councils are responsible for, among others, housing, health and wellbeing, waste services, major economic projects, environmental health, digital services and open spaces.

  • 25 October 2021 12:25 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Would your business benefit from fully-funded expert support and a business growth grant?

    Building a successful business is not just about putting in the hours; it's about finding more profitable customers, entering new markets, managing change, finding and having the right resources in place, taking risks at the right time and keeping a close eye on the money. But we all know that getting access to high-quality expertise to navigate these areas can be costly. 

    That's why, thanks to The Business Hothouse Programme and the Invest4 grant on offer,  businesses can receive fully-funded support through GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital.

    Through a tailored programme, our Introduction to The Business Hothouse Programme & Invest4 Grant drop in sessions plus our core workshops combined with our Meet the Expert events, we can help you to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence which puts you in a stronger position to build your business. 

    Whether your company is micro size to medium sized enterprise, we can assist you to create or strengthen your business and financial plans to lead to a hassle free Invest4 grant application process, designed to secure you the finance you need to hit your goals. 

  • 25 October 2021 12:20 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New initiative offers employment boost for young people

    A new centre where young people can get help with training, apprenticeships and employment has opened for business in Worthing. 

    The One Stop Youth Employment Hub in Marine Place in Worthing, which is run as a partnership between the Department for Work & Pensions, local community group The Sid Youth and Adur & Worthing Council, provides support to young people whose employment prospects have been impacted by the COVID pandemic. 

    Many young people in Adur and Worthing have lost their jobs or training opportunities as a result of the COVID pandemic, while others have struggled to secure employment since leaving education. 

    As the fallout from the pandemic continues and the furlough scheme comes to an end later this year, it is anticipated that there will be further job losses and redundancies, with young people, in particular, being affected. 

    At present, more than 1,100  people under the age of 25 are currently claiming unemployment related benefits in Adur and Worthing.

    To support young people back into work, they will be able to get one-to-one support from a careers coach and help with CV writing, interview preparation and communication skills. Health practitioners will also be on-hand to provide support with mental or physical health issues that may be getting in the way of young people finding work or training opportunities. 

    The initiative is supported by several training providers and local businesses and organisations, including GBMET, Albion in the Community and Worthing’s new creative space, Audio Active. 

    Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

    “Young people at the start of their careers are among the worst hit by the impact of COVID and we’re now seeing high unemployment rates in this age group. 

    “Through the One Stop Youth Employment Hub, we aim to give young people the best possible chance of finding work in these uncertain times by connecting them with local employers and training providers.”

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

    “We know that many young people have been struggling with their mental health as a result of the pandemic and are concerned about their loss of education or prospects for finding work. 

    “By having a physical premises in the town centre for young people to meet with careers coaches and access wider support services, we can provide more tailored and holistic support, including addressing the physical and mental health needs of individuals to help them find work.”

    The One Stop Youth Employment Hub is part of a wider package to support young people to find employment in Adur and Worthing. Earlier this year, the Councils secured work placements for several 16-24-year-olds under the Kickstart scheme. This Government-funded project provides young people who are on Universal Credit or deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment with six-month work placements. 

    Find out more about the One Stop Youth Employment Hub at:

    Follow @OneStop-Youth on Instagram to learn about job opportunities, hear about events and get tips for applying for jobs.

  • 25 October 2021 12:14 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Project fabric to bring business and community together in Lancing

    A deal has been signed to turn a former police station into a hive of community activity and support with the emphasis on job creation.

    Adur District Council has taken a pioneering approach to community rebuilding post pandemic by signing a deal with cutting edge coworking and flexible office company Freedom Works to transform the former Lancing Police Station.

    The programme, called Fabric, aims to offer community, charity and small business space in the North Road premises both to create sustainable jobs in Lancing but also to encourage the new tenants to work together on ideas that can bring new opportunity to the village.

    The Council purchased the building last year.

    Freedom Works, which already has creative spaces and flexible collaborative workspace in Worthing and Hove among others, will now begin the search for tenants who can demonstrate they are enterprises that provide social value, the community can tangibly benefit, and have a commitment to Lancing.

    An agency called The Ideas Alliance will work on an initial project to ensure that the building is fully integrated into the community of Lancing, embracing residents and organisations to develop best ways the new Fabric building can serve the community and create employment.

    Adur District Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Angus Dunn, said, ‘We have taken an innovative approach to community coherence and opportunity with this Fabric project.

    ‘By working with partners and more importantly the residents of Lancing we want Fabric to be seen as a beacon of excellence in community building and collaboration to enhance the prospects of local people.’

    Executive member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Kevin Boram, added, ‘‘Through the pandemic we have learnt how important our local communities are for our well-being.  This project is a great opportunity to invest in Lancing to create jobs and bounce back better.’

    New and emerging businesses are likely to be the target for Fabric as well as charities and community groups, who can take advantage of up-to-date low-cost working facilities to grow their business but also have the creativity to contribute ideas collaboratively for the benefit of Lancing. Community events will also be hosted there.

    Freedom Works Managing Director, Jon Trigg, said, ‘We are delighted to sign this deal to transform the old police station. Work starts now both to make it fit for the local community to work from and to ensure we get the right mix of businesses and organisation in it. We want it to be buzzing with activity and also be very, very welcoming to local residents.’

    It is hoped Fabric Lancing will be open for business and ideas in late October. Fabric will roll out across the Adur & Worthing Councils area with another scheme set to open across the council border later this year.

    Any enterprise interested in taking space in Fabric Lancing can contact Freedom Works on 01903 681100 or via their website at

  • 25 October 2021 12:06 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Tributes pour in honouring the life of Cllr David Simmons

    Cllr David Simmons - one of Adur’s most popular and well-respected councillors who “had time for everyone and helped countless people” -  has sadly died.

    David represented Cokeham Ward from 2006 to 2014 and Hillside Ward,  in Southwick,  from 2014 until the time of his death and was Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing until 2020. He passed away peacefully last Friday.

    Prior to retirement at the rank of Inspector, David had a successful 30-year-career with Sussex Police. He was also the serving Chair of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy’s governing body, and a former West Sussex County Councillor, representing Southwick, until May this year.

    He leaves a widow, Pauline,  plus a son, Damon and two daughters, Paula and Hanna, with his late wife, Tina, and 14 grandchildren.

    David was renowned throughout Adur and West Sussex as a man with an unrivalled work ethic, strong sense of community and a phenomenal desire to help people and champion the underdog.

    During his time as both a senior Police Officer and subsequent election as a councillor in 2006, he fought tirelessly to help  local people, particularly the young and those with special educational needs. He also strived to improve community race relations and to divert young people away from lives of crime.

    Following his death, friends and colleagues gave thanks for the huge contribution he made to  local communities and highlighted his lasting legacy.


    East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton said:

    “Dave was one of the hardest working and most dedicated councillors I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I am immensely grateful for all the kindness he showed me. He gave so much to his community, in so many ways, and will be greatly missed by many constituents.

    “Whether it was his involvement with the schools he served as Governor such as the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, his distinguished career in the police service, his work on protecting vulnerable children and families both at County Hall and at Adur, his support for his church and particularly through the choir, or his skill and compassion in just solving problems for local people as a local councillor,  Dave always threw himself into everything he did with great gusto and success.

    “He could always be relied on to take up problems and casework and see them through and he was highly effective in the many years of public service that he generously gave and which touched so many people’s lives for the better. He will be very, very hard to replace and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, of whom I am proud and fortunate to have been one of many.”


    Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council added:

    “It is with great sadness that I learned of Dave’s death last week. He was a true gentleman and worked tirelessly and with phenomenal energy to make our communities a better place.

    “He was committed to giving everyone a voice and had time for everybody, despite his incredibly busy schedule.  I have never met anybody with more commitment, passion and a very sincere desire to help. He touched countless lives across this county, in an incredibly positive way, and leaves a lasting and enduring legacy.”

    Chairman of ADC, Cllr Stephen Chipp, was also deeply saddened.  He said:

     “Dave was the first Executive Member  I interviewed in my role as new member of the Scrutiny Committee back in 2014.  I actually apologised for submitting so many questions in my first meeting and he told me that he was delighted to have been asked so many relevant questions relating to his portfolio. 

    “ I found Dave to be a true gentleman, dedicated to his role as a Councillor and also great company just for a social chat.  He will be sorely missed by all of us at the Council and I would like to extend my own sincerest condolences to his loved ones. ”

    Principal at Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Kieran Scanlon, highlighted the major role that David played in the Lancing school’s success.

    He said: "Dave joined the Academy in 2013 as a Councillor, he took over as Chair in 2015 and I can honestly say he played a huge part in helping to build  the momentum that the Academy enjoys today.

    "He has supported me personally in good times and bad, he was a great listening ear and a critical friend when he needed to be. More than anything he had great faith in the staff and pupils of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy  and he will be sorely missed. "

    Close family friend, The Rev’d Pat Alden, emphasised Dave’s  contribution to St Nicolas Church in Shoreham.

    “Dave was a member of St Nicolas Church for many years, sang in the choir and was the principal soloist at all important times.

    He also sang with several choirs including the Shoreham Chamber choir.  He had enjoyed singing from a very early age and his voice will be sorely missed. Thank you Dave for all the contributions you made to our choir as well as to the worship and life of the Church,  as well as the community you served.

    Finally, his close friend Cllr Joss Loader paid tribute to his warmth and humanity.

    She said, “Kindness can be a very under-valued attribute but Dave always had time and genuine concern for people, particularly those who felt they lacked a voice and were enduring real problems and hardship.

    “His humanity, compassion and sheer kindness always shone through.  I respected him hugely as a councillor, school governor and community worker but above all I valued him as my friend.  Dave was one of a kind - he is simply irreplaceable.”

    *The funeral service  will take place in Shoreham on a date to be confirmed. As a mark of respect,  the flag will fly at half mast at the Shoreham Centre on the day.

    A minute's silence will be held at October's Full Council meeting, plus the meetings of the Joint Strategic Committee and Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee this month. 

  • 25 October 2021 11:43 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Free Expert Support and Grant Funding for business

    The Business Hot House offers six powerful strands of free business support delivered by six expert support providers. 

    We offer 12 hours of free expert business advice and guidance via workshops, intensive programmes and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions. Whether you are an experienced business owner, a start-up founder or if you just have an idea for a business, the Business Hot House experts will help to plug your business knowledge gaps to help your business or business idea to grow more quickly. 

    1. Building Products Customer's Crave intensive programme

    Do things differently and stay competitive: this free programme draws on SINC's 20 years of experience in helping businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and launch new products and services. From developing your SWOT analysis to harnessing consumer insights and shaping your idea into a launch-ready entity, if you have an innovative idea take a closer look

    2. Lead Out of Lockdown intensive programme 

    This free programme will help you to find out what type of leader and manager you are and show you how to play to your strengths. You’ll work with the Sussex Innovation Centre’s management consultants to explore the range of management styles and find out how to use your natural personality, values and communication style so that you can lead your team in a way that improves morale and productivity. Find out more

    You can discuss these programmes in more detail by contacting

    3. Business start-up support 

    We offer two unique support packages to help you to develop the knowledge and gain the confidence to turn your business idea into a commercial entity.

    Princes Trust

    If you’re aged 16 – 30, via the Princes Trust, we offer a free programme that is specifically designed to support younger entrepreneurs. You can find full details of this programme at

    Or you can contact

    University of Chichester

    The University of Chichester Business School offers a free intensive boot camp, currently delivered online, that is open to anyone who is aged 18+. You can find full details of the boot camp at business-hothouse/how-to-start-a-business

    Or you can contact

    4. Access to finance 

    Combining over 50 years of experience in helping businesses to raise finance, WSX Enterprise and Get Set for Growth offer a range of advice and one-to-one support sessions to help you to apply to the Invest4 Grant Fund and to access other sources of finance.

    Get Set For Growth

    Find out more at

    Or contact

    WSX Enterprise

    Find out more at

    Or contact

    5. Leadership & management development 

    The University of Chichester Business School offers a series of conference-style events. Participants attend seminars, join peer-to-peer workgroups and find out why they need to invest in their leadership skills and in their managers and what opportunities we offer to support that. Find out more at

    Or you can contact

    6. Invest4 Grant Funding 

    The Invest4 Grant Fund has £2.65 million to help to grow businesses and start-ups. 90% of applicants to the fund successfully secure a cash award of up to £170,000. You can find out more and see what business projects the Invest4 Grant Fund Panel has already agreed to fund at

    Or you can contact

    For more information visit 

  • 25 October 2021 11:28 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Start, grow and protect your business with support from the Business & IP Centre

    The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Brighton & Hove offers free support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators across Sussex.

    As well as being a hub for entrepreneurs to network, it provides access to over £50K worth of industry, market and company specific research data and analysis, one-to-one expert advice sessions, intellectual property support and a programme of business events to help you imagine, start or grow your business. For more information click here to visit their website. 

  • 20 October 2021 11:33 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Green Sustainability & Climate Challenge Conference - Sussex Chamber 

    Date: Tuesday 2nd November | 10:00am - 2:30pm 
    Venue: Crowne Plaza Felbridge, East Grinstead, RH19 2BH
    Cost: Worthing & Adur Chamber Members: £45 + VAT (you will need to email Sussex Chamber to receive the member discount) | Non-members: £65 + VAT 

    The climate challenge is a key policy priority for the Chamber of Commerce Network worldwide. It is imperative that businesses take steps to manage their carbon emissions now, and the Chamber Network will play a crucial role in supporting members to achieve this.

    This year COP26 is being held in Glasgow in November and in the run up to the event, the global Chamber network has plans on how to amplify the climate challenge message to help their local business communities take the steps they need to create a greener future for all.

  • 20 October 2021 11:25 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Are you looking for educational fun during the school holidays?

    Join one of our Ofsted registered holiday kids club sessions run by qualified tutors for ages 11 – 16.

    Try your hand at coding with Rasberry pi, getting inventive with our Worthing DnD Club. or create your own board game to take home!


    • 9am – 10am : Supervised early session
    • 10am – Midday : Terrifying Tik Toks! – Create your own spooky video
    • Midday –  1pm : Supervised early session (please bring a packed lunch)
    • 1pm – 3pm : Code Club With Scratch – Design a game using the number 1 coding app from MIT.  Age 11+  – laptops provided


    • 9am – 10am : Supervised early session
    • 10am – Midday : Design & 3D Print Your Own Minature – Take home your own 3D printed design
    • Midday –  1pm : Supervised early session (please bring a packed lunch)
    • 1pm – 3pm : DnD Afternoon!An afternoon battling Dungeons & Dragons at our tabletop gamen

    Find out more here:

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