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Regular news and updates from the Chamber, our members, local Councils and other relevant business news will be posted regularly here. 

Don't forget, as a member one of your many benefits is being able to submit your press releases and news for inclusion here as well as on either the members or business news emails and social media. Please submit to lauren@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk 

  • 03 March 2022 3:17 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Green light given to transform Colonnade House

    Worthing is set to benefit from a state-of-the-art digital hub that will bring a modern twist to the town’s historic Colonnade House and transform the partially derelict site.

    The historic four-storey Colonnade House is currently occupied by a mixture of buildings in varying states and Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave the green light to rejuvenate the area at a meeting on Wednesday, February 16th.

    As part of the project, Nos 2 and 3 and 5-7 High Street, as well as 52 Ann Street will be demolished and replaced with five residential flats and roof terrace, state-of-the-art Digital and Creative Hub consisting of art studios, exhibition space, cafe, office, meeting room and reception.

    Cllr Nicola Waight, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Colonnade House is an iconic building in the town, but some of the site is in disrepair and in desperate need of transformation. This project will see the site revamped to the benefit of the town.

    “The modern design will significantly enhance the run-down appearance of the premises and will restore the buildings’ image that are in keeping with the site’s history. This development will support economic growth, bring employment, as well as contribute to Worthing’s housing needs with the intention of being used as emergency accommodation.”

    It is hoped the £4 million scheme will attract more artists to the town with the additional creative workshop space, while also helping to regenerate the area, create more jobs and boost the local economy.

    The Adur and Worthing Trust, a registered charity who promote arts, culture, and heritage across the region, believes the redevelopment will be a huge benefit and will attract more artists to the town. 

    A spokesperson for the trust said: “Since opening in 2016 Colonnade House has maintained high occupancy of studio space - currently over 90 per cent and the two galleries are fully booked for the foreseeable future. There are waiting lists for both so we anticipate high demand for the proposed new work spaces.”

    Plans for a similar scheme were rejected by the Planning Committee last October. The revised plans will see the number of homes for temporary housing reduced from six to five, plus a new entrance and additional creative workspace facilities.

    In addition, there will be amendments to the design features that include stone frames around windows and subtle rendering, which is designed to enhance the current building and conservation area.

    Worthing has a shortage of housing and the project will provide much-needed temporary and emergency accommodation to help the Council meet local housing needs, while also saving it money that would otherwise have to be spent on B&Bs and hotels.  

    Councillors said they feared that if permission to demolish the vacant or dilapidated buildings was rejected then the entire gateway site to the east of the town would end up empty as it would not be viable to convert the buildings to meet modern standards.

    Colonnade House, which was built in the early 1800s as a library and post office, is located in the heart of the town centre. However, parts of the buildings have fallen into disrepair over the years and No 5 High Street has been badly fire damaged.

  • 03 March 2022 3:07 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Major employers flock to Worthing for young recruits 

    Young people in Adur and Worthing will be given a taste of the career opportunities available to them as part of National Careers Week 2022.

    The OneStop Youth Employment Hub - a joint project between Adur & Worthing Councils and the Department for Work and Pensions - will be running a series of activities and workshops during National Careers Week (7-12 March) to encourage young people to connect with local employers and gain employability skills.

    Throughout the week a host of local and national employers will be holding information sessions that give a glimpse into what it’s like to work in their sector and provide information about the roles they have available. Employers signed up include South Downs Leisure, The Grand Brighton, Focus Group, Adur & Worthing Councils, GSK, Willmott Dixon, Guildcare and the NHS.

    The sessions will all take place at the OneStop Youth Employment Hub in Marine Place, Worthing, and are free to attend.

    A group support session on Wednesday 9 March will also help young people gain valuable employability skills. During this session OneStop Youth Employment Hub staff will help young people research and apply for jobs as well as identify their skills and create a stand-out CV. 

    Aspire Sussex has also signed up to deliver a session on the various adult education courses it runs.

    The OneStop Youth Employment Hub staff have worked with local community group The Sid Youth to help young people secure Kickstart positions, including 50 employed at Adur & Worthing Councils. They have also run a series of workshops that have helped boost young people’s confidence and employment prospects. 

    Cllr Nicola Waight, Worthing’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Since it opened in September 2021, the OneStop Youth Employment Hub has provided vital support to young people whose employment prospects have been impacted by the COVID pandemic.

    “It’s great to see that work continue as part of National Careers Week. The team has created a fantastic opportunity for young people to connect with major local employers and support organisations, which I am sure will help secure positive employment outcomes.”

    More information about the events can be found on the OneStop Youth Employment Hub website: https://onestopjunction.org.uk/events-list/.

    To book onto any of the sessions please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/onestop-youth-employment-hub-38060591133.

  • 03 March 2022 2:56 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Grow your business with an Invest4 grant - online workshop

    Yes, there really is free money to help your business, available through the Hothouse programme, being administered by Brighton and Hove Council. Grants now have one single application form and we can help you with it all.

    As an SME ourselves, GetSet for Growth - Coast to Capital really understands that sometimes it can be a real hassle completing the paperwork and getting the right ticks in the right boxes. Don’t be daunted - we know the answers to the questions. Investing a little of your time now in order to complete your application correctly will really help accelerate the Council's consideration of your case and help get you the money quickly so that you can get on with growing your business! This workshop is only available to SMEs in the Coast to Capital region - please check before booking a place here

    The Details:

    Overview of the application process and what grant funding is available for your business.

    We show you how to complete your Invest4 grant application including going through the application form and Expression of Interest.

    Look out for other workshops being run by Get Set for Growth Coast to Capital too. Please note that the grants are based on eligibility criteria which includes your business location - more details available here

    This workshop series is run by GetSet for Growth - Coast to Capital which is part of The Business Hothouse, a three year Business Support Programme part-funded by the European Union. GetSet for Growth is offering specialist, free Access to Finance support to help businesses with the potential and ambition to grow, through a range of highly rated workshops, 1:1 support and access to a grant programme.

    Booking is essential as places are limited to ensure maximum learning and benefit for each participant. Please ensure that if you are unable to attend the session, that you let us know so that we can move this place to another participant. The workshop will be delivered via Zoom and full joining instructions will be provided on the morning of the session.

    Please be advised that while the workshop is free of charge, we will ask you to fill in a registration form and session feedback form. GetSet for Growth - Coast to Capital is a fully funded program, set up to support entrepreneurs and this paperwork enables us to track our progress, measure our impact and continue providing you free services.

    Click here to book

  • 03 March 2022 2:51 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Cut in short-term parking fees to lure shoppers back to town centre

    Worthing is to cut some of its short-term car parking charges to attract shoppers back to the town centre.

    Visitors will benefit from a reduction in parking fees for the second hour of their stay at Worthing Borough Council’s three multi-storey car parks from March 28.

    The new tariffs are also designed to support economic growth while raising enough funds to maintain and invest in the parking infrastructure for the future. 

    Improvements to Worthing’s car parks are ongoing with upgrades to payment technology already underway, as well as major investment in Buckingham Road due to take place this year.

    As part of Worthing Borough Council's annual multi-storey tariff review, fees for up to two hours’ parking Mondays to Saturdays in the Buckingham Road, Grafton and High Street car parks - which currently stands at £2.30 - will be reduced to £2, while the Sunday rate will remain unchanged at £2 for two hours. Parking at the town’s three multi-storeys for the first hour on any day will stay at £1.

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins, the Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “Our high street shops have endured some incredibly tough times over the last couple of years.

    “The idea in reducing the parking charges for the second hour of parking is to attract more visitors and shoppers in a bid to give a boost to those businesses in the town centre, while also bringing in some much-needed funds to improve and modernise our town’s parking facilities.”

    In line with Government guidance, there will be moderate increases to the tariffs for longer stays in the Buckingham Road, Grafton and High Street multi-storey car parks.

    Monday to Saturday parking for visitors for up to three hours will rise from £3.60 to £3.90, while up to four hours increases from £4.80 to £5.20, up to five hours goes up from £6 to £6.50 and all-day parking increases by £1 to £11.

    On a Sunday, the maximum charge is £3 in the multi-storey car parks for the first three hours before rising slightly to £4 for up to four hours and £5 for all-day parking.

    There will also be a small increase in the town centre workers’ tariff. Currently staff working in the BN11 postcode are entitled to apply for a town centre workers’ permit which caps the fee at any of the three multi-storeys.The current tariff is £4 for Buckingham Road and £5 for High Street and Grafton car parks, but will go up to £6 across all three car parks.

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins added: “The increases for longer stays are very modest and remain incredibly competitive compared to similar local authorities in the area.

    “There is also a slight increase to the town centre workers’ tariff, a scheme specific to Worthing. But even with this increase, those using the scheme benefit from a 45% reduction in the cost of all-day parking. 

    “As we respond to the Climate Emergency we really need to be encouraging car users into more sustainable forms of transport when accessing the town.”

  • 03 March 2022 2:46 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    How to write an effective business plan - online workshop - The Business Hothouse 

    Date: Wednesday 30th March 
    10am - 12pm 
    This event will be held online 

    Designed for start-ups, this 2 hour session will guide you through the key component parts of a good business plan. Includes a Q&A session.

    Sponsored by Mole Valley for Business and delivered by our start-up expert, Paul Dallibar, this remote, interactive workshop will ensure that you have the ability to write a business plan that covers all the bases and enables you to apply for business funding or grant funding.

    The components covered will be:

    • Executive Summary
    • Your product/service
    • The market and the opportunity
    • The competition and understanding what's special about your business
    • Why do you need the money?
    • Financial forecasts
    • What are the risks?
    • Contingencies

    We'll finish on why all of the above components are critical to an underwriter agreeing to finance your business, or a grant fund manager agreeing to award you a business grant.

    We'll then have a Q&A session where Paul will help you towards your next step in gaining funding and finance for your start-up or early-stage business.

    Click here to book your place

  • 02 March 2022 12:28 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Support for Ukraine 

    My name is Irma Latsanych, I’m Ukrainian artist and art teacher living in Worthing. And a member (Irmas Craft) of Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce and I am asking for your help.

    My morning now begins not with coffee, but with the phrase "how are you?"  sent to dozens of my friends in Ukraine.  And then a long tart wait for an answer.  Thank God, every morning I receive answers to all my messages.  

    I contacted doctors in Lviv, they wrote me a list of essentials that are needed. All of these items can be found online on Amazon, Ebay Etc. 

    • Ambu Perfit ACE Collar (for adults)
    • QuikClot Combat Gauze
    • ARS for Needle Decompression (14ga x 3.25in)
    • Sich Strengthened Individual Combat Hybrid Tourniquet Tactical
    • Nato Emergency medical kit

    If you are able to support in any way please email Irma on saveirma@gmail.com for further details, Irma is organising the shipment of supplies via Nova Poshta Global mailing service. 

    You can also donate via the Red Cross Crisis Appeal here
  • 10 February 2022 9:47 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Carpenter Box Financial Advisers awarded Trading Standards Buy with Confidence membership

    The Worthing-based financial advisory team, Carpenter Box Financial Advisers, has been awarded membership of the Trading Standards exclusive Buy with Confidence scheme.

    The Buy with Confidence scheme provides an approved-trader list, increasingly used by consumers seeking to ensure that professionals appointed on their behalf are reputable and trustworthy.

    Trading Standards vets and approves all businesses granted membership to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair manner. Candidates must also agree to abide by the scheme’s code of conduct in line with the letter of the spirit and the law.

    During the rigorous application process Carpenter Box Financial Advisers were subject to a series of checks, including an expert audit, as well as a review of its customer feedback history and current references. 

    Gill Lynes, Senior Financial Planning Manager at Carpenter Box Financial Advisers, commented: “We are especially delighted to have been granted approval by Trading Standards having successfully completed a lengthy and thorough vetting process.

    “The exceptional feedback that we received from our clients reinforces our strong reputation – something that we’re incredibly proud of.

    “It’s extremely important to us that all businesses and individuals have access to ethical and reliable financial services, hence our decision to go the extra mile to prove our credibility.”

    Carpenter Box Financial Advisers’ team offer an integrated financial and tax advice service for individuals, business owners and professionals throughout the various stages of life.

    For more information, please visit: www.carpenterboxfa.com 

  • 01 February 2022 1:54 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kreston Reeves strengthens Legal Services team with experienced private client solicitor

    Accountants, business, legal and financial advisers has strengthened its Legal Services team with the appointment of experienced private client solicitor Taynia Pemberton. Taynia joined the firm on 25 January.

    Taynia brings to Kreston Reeves considerable experience and expertise in wills, probate, trusts, succession, long term care planning, powers of attorney and securing the interests of elderly and vulnerable individuals. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly, and a volunteer for Age UK.

    Commenting on joining the firm, Taynia said: “Kreston Reeves has a strong reputation for advising private individuals on a wide range of legal issues alongside its financial and tax planning team. Clients recognise the value in having Kreston Reeves provide that holistic approach to their personal and financial affairs. I look forward to developing my career further with the firm.”

    Kreston Reeves growing legal team provides individuals with a wide range of support and advice from wills and probate to inheritance tax planning, trusts and lasting powers of attorney.

    Simon Levine, a Partner in the legal team said: “In a complex and increasingly uncertain environment, the demand for high-quality advice and support for private individuals has never been greater. Kreston Reeves offers advice from highly experienced solicitors to help individuals shape their futures.

    “We are thrilled by Taynia’s decision to join us. She has a fantastic track record in representing elderly individuals and will be a valuable new addition to the firm.

  • 28 January 2022 2:33 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kick Butt & Stay Positive Day

    Date: Wednesday 30th March 2022
    9am – 4pm.
    Lodge Hill Centre, Watersfield, Near Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1LZ

    Chamber Member, Debbie Stevens is hosting her first health & wellbeing discovery day to help you to make life changes to lead to a happy, healthier lifestyle. 

    Find out more here.

  • 25 January 2022 9:03 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Ardéche Challenge: 13th to 16th May 2022

    Trek and kayak the stunning Ardéche in May 2022 as part of a once in a lifetime ultra-challenge in support of Guild Care!

    Choose from two routes designed to ensure the challenge is suitable for every level of fitness. The first, more challenging ‘Double Marathon’ route includes a marathon distance trek along the side of the stunning Gorge followed next day by an exhilarating 42km kayak down the undulating river – this is one for those wanting a real challenge. The ‘Marathon’ route is a little easier, comprising of a 12km trek and 30km kayak.

    More information can be found below.

    If you have any questions or would like to register your interest, please email fundraising@guildcare.org.

    Costs and sponsorship

    To join, we are asking for a deposit of £150 and a minimum raised sponsorship of £600. The deposit will be refunded on receipt of sponsorship - or it can be counted as part of the sponsorship.


    Travel costs are not included in the down payment and you will be expected to make your own way to the Ardèche.

    What the Ardéche Challenge looks like


    If you decide to travel with the group, you will be collected by minibus and driven to base. Alternatively, you can make your own way to the base.

    At the base there will be a brief about the upcoming challenges, as well as opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Finally, there will be dinner, the bar, and a night’s rest in a bell tent.


    You will complete either a marathon distance or 12km trek through the stunning Ardéche.


    Double marathon participants will be transported to the start of their 42km kayak, whilst Marathon participants will begin their 30km kayak from the base. After a day on the water, there will be evening celebrations and surprises.


    Following the above challenges, you will have a day of rest and recovery, with the option of visiting the local town.

    Finally, there will be lunch and then the trip back to the airport.


    If you’re interested, please email fundraising@guildcare.org or use the form below to book.