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  • 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.

    www.carpenterbox.com


  • 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: anna.field@gbmc.ac.uk 

  • 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 dstanfield@focalpointtraining.com


  • 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

    Worthing

    West Sussex BN14 8HQ

    Phone 01903 202151

    email nicky.dumbleton@etiltd.com

    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. 

    http://www.srwa.woodard.co.uk/1081/year-11-aspire-to-achieve-day

  • 23 November 2018 10:25 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Businesses urged to sign up to the gigabit revolution

    Businesses across Adur and Worthing are being urged to sign up for financial help to connect their companies to the fastest, most reliable form of internet on the market.

    As part of its aim to bring ultrafast broadband to our communities and boost growth, Adur & Worthing Councils is promoting the government-backed gigabit voucher scheme.

    These provide small and medium sized companies, including sole traders, up to £3,000 off the cost of connecting their workplaces to internet speeds of up to 1,000 mbps.

    With the new technology having the ability to transform the way some firms do business, firms are being urged to sign up before November 26, when the maximum amount which can be claimed will drop to £2,500.

    Gigabit-capable services are now becoming available across West Sussex and the hope is that businesses across Worthing and Adur use the vouchers so that suppliers are encouraged to build more full fibre network. This will help to ensure our communities become super-connected.

    Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of Adur with there being an 18 per cent increase in the number of firms founded since 2010.

    “One of the major obstacles to these companies growing is access to good, reliable and fast broadband, which is why I am delighted that we can offer companies access to this government funding.”

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Gigabit technology has the potential to transform the way that our companies do business, helping firms become more resilient and efficient while creating the conditions for them to grow and create jobs for local residents.

    “With the clock ticking on this scheme, it’s important that firms apply now and take advantage of this funding.”

    According to a recent government report faster broadband has led to a £9 billion surge in turnover for businesses, delivering £12.28 benefit for firms for every £1 invested by central and local authorities.

    The ultrafast technology can provide many benefits to companies, including:

    ·         use multiple video conferencing systems at any one time;

    ·         make the best use of Cloud-based Business Applications such as file back-ups, real time collaboration, instant messaging and security features;

    ·         upload and download massive data files in a matter of seconds;

    ·         stream live web content instantly

    Accessing the voucher system, which is part of a £67 million national scheme, is simple.

    Those interested in a gigabit-capable broadband service should contact a registered provider approved by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

    If the provider can offer the service requested, they will confirm this with DCMS, who in turn will confirm it with the applicant business.

    Contractors will then connect the company to the network before DCMS make a payment on the firm’s behalf to the supplier which reflects discounted connection costs up to £3,000.

    Residents can also benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project to bring better broadband to their communities.

    For more details visit this link.


  • 19 November 2018 10:49 AM | 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.

    www.carpenterbox.com


  • 12 November 2018 4:43 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    For a sprinkle of festive cheer, come along to the Heene Community Centre Christmas Fayre.  

    With free entry, lots to see and do for the whole family! Santa’s Grotto on The Big Red Bus, fabulous Festive Stalls, plenty of Children’s Activities, Face-painting, Relaxing Treatments, Tarot Readings, Entertainment in the Shakespeare Hall including Ukulele Jam and Christmas Carols, Clumsy Elf, Grand Raffle, Tombola, Worthing Town Crier, Cafe one22 Refreshments and so much more!! 

    Visit the website or Facebook event page for all up-to-date news for the Christmas Fayre, inclusing timings and Raffle Prizes

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1894262403962482/?active_tab=about

    Raffle Tickets on sale now (£1.00 each) from the office www.heenecommunitycentre.org

    Where: Heene Community Centre, 122 Heene Road, Worthing, BN11 4PL
    When: Saturday 1 December,10am - 3pm 
    Entry: Free Entry.    



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