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  • 11 June 2020 11:45 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Working From Home Top Tips from Warnes Projects

    1. Are you sitting comfortably?
    - Ensure regular movement throughout the day - take a couple of minutes to stretch or walk.
    - Ensure your chair is positioned correctly

    2. Difficulty transitioning from PC to laptop?
    - Invest in a laptop stand 
    - Ensure the top of your screen is roughly eye level
    - Rest your feet flat on the floor 

    3. Need a break?
    - Take microbreaks - anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes 
    - Stretch, take a walk, change your activity or grab a snack

    4. Fighting digital eyestrain?
    - Adjust screen settings to suit your personal preference 
    - Take regular breaks and try to do non-screen related activities 
    - Have your eyes tested every 2 years

    5. Struggling to be productive? 
    - Take a look at your personal habits and behaviours such as exercise, sleep schedules and your work-life balance 
    - In your "workplace", deal with noise, be clever with your surroundings and find how planning out your day works best for you

    For more information click here or visit www.warnesprojects.co.uk

  • 11 June 2020 11:32 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    D Day Challenge Events Help Raise Over £8,000 for Veterans’ Charity

    Saturday 6 June 2020 marked the 76th anniversary of D Day. To commemorate the occasion, two special events helped to raise vital funds for Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans. 
     
    Firstly, 48 people took part in a virtual race organised by the charity. Participants walked, ran or cycled either 5km or 10km in their own time on D Day, ensuring they followed the guidelines around social distancing. Altogether, the racers raised over £1,000 for Care for Veterans. 
     
    Then, two Normandy veterans, Len Gibbon, 96, and Peter Hawkins, 95, took on an epic cycling challenge. Both men each recreated the 104-mile distance of their original journey between Portsmouth and Gold Beach on static bikes. 
     
    Len and Peter are residents at Care for Veterans, which provides care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. 
     
    Len explained, “Although I’m 96, I still like to be doing something. I did this challenge to help raise money for Care for Veterans because it’s a wonderful place. I think that it is a very good idea to raise money for the home, as this is a very good one! We are still active and enjoy cycling, so it is up to us to do our best to help and raise money. We may be old, but we are not past our sell by date. Thank you everyone who sent us kind messages.”
     
    Peter said, “I was asked if I would like to participate in a cycling challenge on behalf of Care for Veterans. Upon consideration I realised I could use my energy to be of use in the running of this home. At my age, I thought it would be a good example to show my determination and help to inspire others. I started off on this long route and got on very well. After the halfway point, I realised that I was going to complete the full route. This was very satisfying for me as I realised this would help the home to achieve their goal.”
     
    Together, the men have raised over £7,000 for the charity. 
     
    Head of Fundraising and Marketing, James Bacharew, said, “Len and Peter were elated to have completed their challenge. It has been inspirational to see them at their age get up and get out and cycle every day to reach the distance. We are truly grateful to them for helping to raise this incredible amount of money. This, along with the money raised by our virtual racers, comes at a much-needed time for the charity. All of our events we had planned for 2020, upon which we rely to raise vital funds, have been postponed or cancelled, so support like this is invaluable. On behalf of our residents and staff, I’d like to thank Len and Peter, and everyone who took part in the virtual race. Your support will help us to continue caring for our nation’s veterans.” 
     
    This Armed Forces Day, step up, join the team, and virtually march up Ben Nevis in aid of Care for Veterans. Head to the website now. Your veterans need you! www.careforveterans.org.uk


  • 11 June 2020 10:46 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Working Together in Lockdown

    Hello, I’m Kate Honey. Weeks before the lockdown I was celebrating 25 years trading at Mint Design Studio. Then the coronavirus struck and lockdown began and like many other businesses my workload was drastically cut. 

    Having always been home based I was in a fairly fortunate position and able to continue to offer my full creative service. I’m usually a busy graphic designer so wondered, was there a way to continue to deliver my service, or to contribute and be of assistance during such a difficult time? So in May I announced at a Chamber Hub Zoom event that I would like to offer my creative service FREE of charge until the end of lockdown to a deserving cause such as for a community, wellbeing or charity project. 

    Mark had contacted the Chamber office to ask for some help with his leaflet and message, Tracie immediately thought of the offer I had shared on the zoom call and introduced Mark to me. I was contacted by Mark Sutton-Gray at SM Property Solutions. Mark explained that his property solutions included specialist cleaning and disinfection services to, for example, the emergency services and care homes. I felt that this was crucial and necessary work and having worked with many NHS and healthcare trusts, felt it would suit the remit and my portfolio.

    Mark is also one of the Chamber 100 businesses who are being offered business support during 2020. With a great deal of experience behind him, Mark decided to launch his own enterprise; SM Property Solutions (building work, domestic, commercial and specialist cleaning). 

    Mark wanted assistance with the first important steps for any business; create a brand and marketing and promotional ideas and advice so my first task was to create a logo. I used strong colours to represent each of SM's four core services. I also designed the first leaflet for local distribution and will be designing a main service brochure too. 

    Mark and I have worked well together and it would be my pleasure to continue to help him establish and grow his business. We've already discussed future plans for a website and continued design and promotional assistance (via my Mint Mojo service, details at www.mintdesign.studio/mint-mojo).  

    I’m happy to make the same offer to another Worthing & Adur Chamber member. Are you or do you know a firm who might value a free creative service from Mint until the end of lockdown? 

    Kate Honey, Mint Design Studio:  
    01903 695400  |  
    kate@mintdesign.studio  |  www.mintdesign.studio

    Mark Sutton-Gray, SM Property Solutions:
    01903 765765  |  07870 648479  |  
    smpropertysolutions@outlook.com

  • 10 June 2020 3:15 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The QES carried out by the British Chambers is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator

    This will be the first QES since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK and the subsequent lockdown. While our weekly tracker data already demonstrates a very clear decline in business activity when compared against QES historical data, this will be the first major real comparison. Our data will mark the clear shift from pre-Coronavirus conditions to the current situation and will form a significant part of the historical record.
     
    The results of the QES are published in advance of official figures and other private surveys and it consistently mirrors trends in official data. The results help influence policy at the Bank of England and central Government.
     
    We encourage you to take 5 minutes to complete this extremely important economic survey.
     
    Once you click the link, make sure to select ‘South East: Sussex’ from the ‘Which Chamber’ section

  • 10 June 2020 3:04 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Key worker accommodation at The Ardington Hotel

    During the current pandemic the Ardington Hotel has had the pleasure of supporting NHS personnel and  Key Workers from certain permissible sectors by providing overnight accommodation and optional room service Full English or Continental Breakfast each morning.

    The Ardington Hotel website is www.ardingtonhotel.com . As well having our AA Rosette awarded Indigo Restaurant ( hopefully reopening soon) the Ardington is 1 of only 71 hotels in the UK with the prestigious accolade of having  3 AA Silver Stars.

    Should you or your company requireany Key Worker accommodation during the forthcoming weeks/months please email richard@ardingtonhotel.co.uk. I will respond by return and will be pleased to discuss your requirements and offer special discounted rates given the current unfortunate circumstances.

  • 10 June 2020 12:06 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Invest4 is a Grant Fund Scheme now open

    Funded by the European Regional Development Agency (ERDF) the Invest4 Grant Fund Scheme forms one strand of the six strand Business Hot House Business Support Programme that is part funded by the ERDF. Through the Invest4 Grant Fund, funding may be available to assist the growth of your business.

    The grants are:

    • Start-up Grants £2,000 to £5,000 (a start-up is pre-trading or under 12 months old)

    • Small Grants from £2,000 to £5,000

    • Full Grants from £5,000 to de minimis limits (c. £170,000, subject to fluctuation in exchange rates from Euros)

    The grants can currently provide up to 40% of eligible costs on projects that will create growth in the business. The Invest4 grant programme can fund both revenue and capital projects, but there are a number of exceptions. Full details for the grant can be found here https://www.chi.ac.uk/business-services/business-hothouse/invest4-grant-funding

  • 10 June 2020 12:03 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Business Hothouse – How to start a start up

    If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, or if your business is still at an early stage, The Business HotHouse can provide all the advice and guidance that you need to get that business idea going.

    With the University of Chichester, the Princes Trust and EDEAL all offering unique support options you can choose the option that you feel best suited to.

    University of Chichester

    The University is currently running a series of twelve one-hour daily remote workshops. New day, new topic, so ensure that you attend all twelve one-hour sessions For more details visit https://www.chi.ac.uk/business-services/business-hothouse/how-start-start

  • 09 June 2020 11:49 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    L&S Office Protective Screen Solutions

    L&A Office are selling a number of protective screen solutions to ensure a safe working environment. Below are a list of the types of screens that L&S Office have in stock. 

    Desk mounted high screens - Fabric

    • High desktop screens with optional return screens
    • Supplied with brackets to fit all 25mm desktops 
    • Additional foam layer between outer fabric and MFC core

    Desk division floor standing screens - Fabric

    • Protections on the surface and behind the desk to minimalise contact 
    • With height adjustable base so the divider rests on the worktop
    • Ideal for desk clusters, workstations, tables and production lines 

    Screen toppers - Printed 

    • Supplied with universal brackets to fit all existing screens 
    • Provide cough and sneeze barriers between employees 
    • Choose from three biophilic designs to add some colour to the workplace 

    Desk division floor standing screens - MFC

    • Flexible, versatile and easy to wipe clean to remove germs 
    • Protection on the surface and behind the desk to minimalise contact
    • With height adjustable base so the divider rests on the worktop 

    Free standing 2-sided high screens - Fabric 

    • Ideal for use on single desks or desk clusters 
    • Easy to install, sits on the desktop with no brackets required
    • Provides a cough and sneeze barrier to reduce the risk of infection

    Desk mounted high screens - Acrylic 

    • Supplied with G-brackets to fit all 25mm desktops 
    • Ensures users are separated but can maintain visual contact 
    • Clear screens, easy to maintain and supports anti-bacterial cleaning 

    Free standing high screens - Acyrlic 

    • Supplied with metal feet for perfect stability on the worktop 
    • Ensures users are separated but can maintain visual contact 
    • Clear screens, easy to maintain and supports anti-bacterial cleaning 

    Screen toppers - Acrylic 

    • Supplied with universal brackets to fit all existing screens 
    • Ensures users are separated but can maintain visual contact
    • Clear screens, easy to maintain and supports anti-bacterial cleaning 

    Free standing high screens with cutouts - Acrylic 

    • Clear screens with letterbox-style cutouts to safely pass documents
    • Anti-bacterial protection ideal for workstations, hotels and receptions 
    • Supplied with metal feet for perfect stability on the worktop

    For more information on the above Protective Screens please click here

    Clear polyvinyl protective desk screens

    Their clear polyvinyl protective screens with aluminium frames protect against infection in a wide variety of settings including offices, dining areas, breakout spaces and all public places. The screens are fire retardant and anti-microbial to reduce the risk of airborne germs between colleagues and visitors from sneezing and coughing, to aid compliance with social distancing requirements whilst maintaining a high level of visibility. 

    • Versatile partition screens with sturdy white aluminium frame 
    • Anti-microbial and easy to clean and disinfect 
    • Polyvinyl is a flexible material and is supplied on a roll 
    • 300mm white feet which can be positioned along bottom frame
    • Ensures users are separated but can maintain visual contact
    • Easy to assemble with no tools required

    For more information on the above Clear Polyvinyl Protective Desk Screens, please click here.

    www.lsoffice.co.uk | sales@lsoffice.co.uk | 01903 762429

  • 09 June 2020 11:24 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    PET Clear Screens for sale - Subway EPS

    Subway EPS have just started selling 220mic PET clear screens, at 2000mm x 850mm wide for £85 + VAT. 2000mm x 1000mm wide for £95 + VAT. 

    These screens are cheaper and bigger than perspex and as floor standing can be placed between work benches. They can be wiped down and easily moved around creations sections of safe areas. 

    Chamber members recieve a 10% discount! Click here to view members offers page. 

    For more information visit www.subwayeps.com 

  • 09 June 2020 11:14 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Crisis Planning and Communication

    Riz Omar, Crisis Comms specialist | Global Ops Director at Priavo Security and Chief Operating Officer at Locate Global. 

    Industry experts, leading academics, hostile environment specialists, authors, medical professionals and public figures have curated a selection of FREE online webinars to support your continued learning, provide a positive focus and challenge your preconceptions during these uncertain times.

    Join Priavo Security as they cover an array of interesting ideas, hear dramatic stories and take part in thought provoking Q&A discussions from relevant topics across the wider security and risk industry.

    These sessions will run Thursdays at 1400 hrs for around 45 mins and incorporate a chance to ask questions. We'll also give you the opportunity to find out more about the speaker or topic with follow up emails.

    Each session will run for 45 minutes and will be recorded and are available to watch in your own time here.


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