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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 

  • 21 January 2022 2:24 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New commercial food waste service launches

    Businesses across Adur and Worthing can now turn their leftovers into something great thanks to the Councils’ new commercial food waste collection service.

    As part of its ongoing sustainability drive, Adur & Worthing Councils have worked with dozens of local organisations to develop a resourceful way to recycle rubbish.

    A new dedicated collection service keeps food separate from other waste. The leftovers are then treated sustainably and used to generate energy.

    With up to 33% of waste collected from local businesses being food, the new service is already helping divert hundreds of kilos of kitchen leftovers and plate waste away from landfill.

    This is good for the environment but also cheaper for the companies and the Councils in the long run.

    Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “For more than 30 years, we have been providing collections of general and recyclable waste to thousands of local businesses.

    “Now, we’re taking our professional and proactive approach to food waste - providing a dedicated weekly service so that businesses, schools and other organisations can play a part in protecting the environment.”

    Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said: “This is an exciting new service which really highlights the commitment to the environment that many of our local businesses want to take.

    “We’ve worked really hard with new and existing customers to create a service which is not only easy-to-use but also one that does not cost the earth either. Feedback so far has been great and I look forward to it developing further in the coming months.”

    A trial commercial food waste service began in the autumn and nearly 20 businesses and organisations have already signed up to weekly collections.

    The Councils’ dedicated commercial waste team works with customers to create a waste collection service that works for them.

    Dedicated red-lidded bins are then provided for all food waste which are then emptied regularly by expert crews in a new specially branded vehicle.

    Clients will receive a new 'Food Waste Recycler' window sticker and other branding materials which they can display to show their customers that they are committed to managing their waste effectively

    Among those to have already signed up to the service are Finch Bar & Eatery in Warwick Street, Worthing.

    In the first two months, nearly 190 kilos of food has been recycled into energy. This reduction in general waste means they will soon be able to reduce the number of bins it has, saving £450 a year in collection and disposal costs.

    Megan Dooley, owner of Finch, said: “We have decided to use the Councils’ food waste service in an effort to be more environmentally-conscious, to send less waste to landfill and to reduce our carbon footprint.

    “It’s been really easy to set up. It’s been tailored to our needs and is a very affordable service. I have really enjoyed using it and I think it’s really beneficial for businesses.

    “I would decide to use the Councils as a food waste provider because it is simple to use, they are really reliable, they have been easy to contact and get in touch with and are a trusted food waste provider.”

    For more information on the Councils Commercial Food Waste service visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/commercial-waste/food-waste/

    Or you can contact the team directly on 01273 263050 or email commercialwaste@adur-worthing.gov.uk.

  • 21 January 2022 2:12 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Councils begin winter tree planting project

    A winter tree planting project has started across Adur and Worthing which will eventually see more than 150 planted in the area.

    Funded by The Tree Council, Adur District Councils’ Parks Team have put in place eight different ‘native’ saplings made up of four English Oaks, a Small Leaved Lime, a Hornbeam, a Sycamore and an Elm which is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.

    The next phase at Park Avenue Open Space, in Shoreham, which is funded by the Brighton Permaculture Trust as part of their “Growing Community Orchards” programme, will be undertaken by volunteers and assisted by the Permaculture Trust where 10 Apple trees will be planted.

    As part of Adur & Worthing Councils’  budget, there are also plans to plant a mixture of street trees such as English Oak, Willow leaved Pear, Sweet Gum, Birch, Norway Maple, Broad Leaved Cockspur and Scarlet Hawthorn at sites in Tower Road, North Road, Grosvenor Avenue, Hamble Road, Sompting Road and Sompting Recreation Ground.

    The remaining trees to be planted in the parks and open spaces are standard trees around 2.5 to 3.5 metres which will be planted through the winter and completed by March.

    Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Projects like this to plant trees is something we regularly do here as we try to reduce our carbon footprint. But as well as playing a vital role benefiting the environment, trees are also hugely beneficial for enhancing the character of an area, as well as boosting wildlife.”

    Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, added: We're really excited about this project as we know that it will make a real difference to communities across the region.

    “Trees are a precious natural asset and are a vital part of the fight against climate change. Trees also create habitats for wildlife, improve biodiversity, and aid wildlife corridors, as well as being hugely beneficial for our wellbeing.”

    Trees will be planted at a host of sites around the area including Buckingham Park, Southwick Green, Parklands, Malthouse Meadow and Lancing Manor in Adur and Longcroft Park, Highdown North Field, Beach House Park and Hillbarn Recreation Ground, in Worthing.

    There are also a number of small Ash trees, commonly called whips, that will be delivered under the normal winter planting programme, which will also be funded by the Councils. These will replace the ones felled as part of the Ash tree dieback project.

    This is just one part of the Councils’ wider SustainableAW programme, which outlines the commitment to tackle climate change and protect our natural environment.

    The Councils are responsible for more than 18,000 including landmark ones such as the Ilex Way in Goring, the spooky Midsummer Tree in Broadwater and 200-year-old sweet chestnuts in Buckingham Park.

    The Tree Council, which was established in 1973, is a charity that aims to bring governments, communities and individuals together to care for trees and improve the planet's future environment at both national and local level.

    Growing Community Orchards is a government initiative that promotes and encourages neighbourhoods to gain access to green spaces and make use of land such as parks, allotments and nature reserves to plant trees and wildflowers.

  • 21 January 2022 2:01 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Secure your spot and join our exclusive event to discover the top 10 pain points that could be affecting your business

    If you want to give your business the best chance to succeed, we highly recommend you join us along with other local business owner-managers for this live event where Pro-actions CEO Andy Linnett will cover the top 10 business pain points and outline the solutions that will help your business thrive. 

    Date: Tuesday 25 January, 2022
    Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
    Venue: The Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, BN14 9HS
    Cost: Free

    Click here to register

  • 21 January 2022 1:57 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Have your say on the future of our beaches

    Residents in Adur and Worthing are being given the chance to question Southern Water about bathing water quality results, as well as the company’s plans for future services.

    Joint chairs of Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) want to hear from the public ahead of a meeting next Thursday (January 27) where representatives from Southern Water will be present to take submitted questions from residents, via the Chairman, during 30 minutes of public question time. 

    JOSC is the committee of councillors established to question and scrutinise decisions made by the Councils' Leaders, or Executive Members, of the Councils. It has no jurisdiction over planning or licensing decisions but regularly invites other public bodies, including the Environment Agency.

    Southern Water has accepted an invitation to deliver a presentation about how it provides services and its plans for improved infrastructure, while meeting the needs of residents, especially in new developments where demand is set to increase.

    Joint JOSC chair and representative for Adur District Council, Cllr Joss Loader, said: “The Council would love to hear from residents who have very understandable concerns about bathing water quality and what’s being done to help prevent the discharge of sewage into the River Adur and sea, after periods of heavy rain. 

    “We want to work with Southern Water to ensure everyone can enjoy our beautiful coastline and are able to swim in clean seas. That work has been on-going and will continue in earnest, but we would like to hear from anyone who has any concerns and questions.”

    Fellow joint JOSC chair and representative for Worthing Borough Council, Charles James, added: “We are very lucky to live on the coast and have access to the sea and the Councils are therefore totally committed to ensuring the very highest standard of water quality. So, if you have any questions, or recommendations then please submit them via email (address below).”

    Southern Water was fined a record £90m last July after the company admitted 6,971 illegal spills from 17 sites in Hampshire, Kent and West Sussex between 2010 and 2015.

    A report from the company suggested that the target to achieve ‘excellent’ bathing water quality standard would be 2021/22 based on data over a four-year period with the results due to be released ahead of the meeting.

    The Councils have also been working with various partners such as the Public Health & Regulation (PH&R), Coastal Office and Building Control Teams in conjunction with Southern Water and the Environment Agency in a bid to improve the quality of bathing water to obtain and then maintain ‘Blue Flag’ status along its coast. 

    As a result of those meetings, there has been training for Council Officers to help identify any faults in new developments, as well as additional signage along Worthing promenade to highlight the dog exclusion zone that operates between May and September.

    The Councils also worked with Southern Water and other authorities on the Beauty of the Beach campaign. This aims to educate the public about what they can do to improve bathing water quality, while also providing relevant statistics on water quality. 

    All questions must be submitted via email to democratic.services@adur-worthing.gov.uk and must be in by Tuesday, January 25 at midday.

  • 21 January 2022 1:47 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Initial plans for Worthing Debenhams building revealed 

    The new owners of the Debenhams site on South Street in Worthing have unveiled plans to transform the historic department store into a mixed-use development of retail and housing.

    Shoreham and Worthing-based business partners Paul Craig and Ralph Gilbert took possession of the building in September this year and aim to submit their planning application in early 2022.  

    They have revealed plans to retain the ground floor for retail and transform the upper levels into flats varying in size from studios to penthouses. 

    The rooftop level will feature a lounge and garden that will incorporate communal working and social spaces like office pods and a garden kitchen. The project forms part of the wider regeneration of Worthing town centre, including the redevelopment of Beales also located on South Street.

    Developer Paul Craig, of Craig Developments, said: “We hope to be part of a re-launch of this part of town with this building acting as an anchor point for South Street. The future of the high street is bright, but it is going to be different. It will no longer be hundreds of square meters of shops, but will hopefully become more of a community with people living and shopping locally. 

    “Adur and Worthing Councils have a very positive attitude towards regenerating Worthing and going forward with developments, which has given us the confidence to take the risk and buy this old building despite the huge amount of work that is needed to regenerate and rebuild it.”

    Cllr Nicola Waight, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “While this development will have to go through the planning process, it is fantastic to see that coming out of the loss of this cornerstone department store is a plan from local businesses to revive the building and bring new life and opportunity into our town centre.”

    Building work is predicted to start at the end of 2022 with a projected completion date of three years. The current plan is for the flats to be offered for rental rather than sale. This, the developers said, will help them keep standards high and prevent an influx of second homes. The developers are aiming for a premium finish that showcases the building’s architecture and will offer a concierge service too.

    The Debenhams building has a long history in the town and was originally built as Hubbard’s department store in the Art Deco style. Much of the building’s original beauty has been lost over the years, including during a dramatic fire in the 1940’s. 

    But that hasn’t deterred the new owners from trying to preserve as much of the original features as they can, including the original wooden parquet floor tiles which were discovered underneath Debenhams’ plastic flooring. 

    They also discovered a boarded up elevator shaft that still had smoke damage from the fire and plan to move the glass domed ceiling from the original restaurant to the top floor. Also taking pride of place in the redevelopment will be the original balustrades and radiator covers. 

    Plus, work is already underway to preserve the large original plaster mouldings, which will be stored off site until they are ready to be reinstalled. 

    Developer Paul also had a personal reason for wanting to take on this project — his mother previously worked in the store as a shop assistant and he has fond memories of visiting her there. 

    An open public consultation is soon to be launched, which will allow local residents and businesses to provide input before the full planning application is submitted. Visit http://www.craigdevelopments.co.uk/debenhams to register your interest in the consultation. 

  • 20 January 2022 11:09 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Mayo Wynne Baxter joins Ampa to support expansion plans

    Leading Sussex law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has joined national legal and professional services group, Ampa, to enhance its ambitious plans for growth.

    Mayo Wynne Baxter, founded more than 150 years ago in Lewes, will continue to operate as a separate LLP retaining its brand and growing its market position as it continues to deliver legal services for businesses, people and their families throughout the South East.

    No money will be exchanged as part of the merger and the firm’s equity partners will merge into Ampa’s membership. Mayo Wynne Baxter’s move to join Ampa is part of a wider strategy shared by the businesses for growth, collaboration and combined infrastructure, as well as shared values supporting clients and the community.

    Joining the group will enable Mayo Wynne Baxter to increase its service offering for clients, tapping into more than 900 experts across the group of brands and Ampa’s group London hub.

    The group is proactively looking to recruit talented people and teams across the region and no redundancies are planned.  

    Dean Orgill, Chief Executive Partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “A merger with Ampa, which shares our values, will enable us to do even more to support our clients, people and our local community. It’s an exciting time in our firm’s evolution, which will build on its historic foundations.

    “We are recruiting proactively across Sussex, Surrey and Kent to grow the business and deliver more opportunities for jobs as well as internal career progression. Being part of the Ampa group enables us to increase the pace of this programme.”

    Joining the likes of full-service Midlands and London-based law firm Shakespeare Martineau and planning consultancy Marrons Planning, Mayo Wynne Baxter will become the regional anchor brand for Ampa in the South East.

    Mayo Wynne Baxter’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams will join Ampa’s existing national consumer-focussed law brand Lime Solicitors, with full continuity of service for clients, adding around £1.2m additional turnover to Lime Solicitors.

    Dean Orgill will sit on the Ampa group board while also working with the firm’s partners to steer the growth of Mayo Wynne Baxter as a regional anchor brand for the group.

    Sarah Walker-Smith, Group CEO at Ampa, said: “Clients and people across our sector are crying out for change and transformation. It’s time to consider the agile needs of clients more broadly and step away from the traditional consolidation model; Ampa does just that.

    “A key benefit of our group is shared access to greater support for the benefit of our clients, whether that be from other legal professionals across different brands, or our combined business operations capabilities alongside greater career development opportunities for our people. Through greater buying power and significant opportunities to collaborate on projects, we will deliver enhanced benefit for our people and clients, in life and business. 

    “Each brand in our group is empowered to deliver on its growth ambitions and retaining autonomy whilst collaborating with each other when it makes sense to do so for the greater good.

    “Mayo Wynne Baxter has a unique geography, local market affinity, excellent client relationships, strong employer brand and a great reputation – which is why it is so important that it maintains its brand and market positions. It has been great to meet and now go into partnership with a similarly progressive business and like-minded people to help us drive the Ampa vision.”

    Ampa, which has pending B Corporation status, also includes cyber security company CSS Assure and uninsured loss recovery experts Corclaim as well as Shakespeare Martineau, Marrons Planning and its consumer brand Lime Solicitors. All Ampa brands are recruiting lateral hires and teams, and the group is proactively looking for like-minded businesses to join the group.

    Mayo Wynne Baxter has started its transition to the group and its equity partners will officially become members of Ampa from 1 May 2022.

    The merger will take Ampa to a turnover above £100m for 2022/23 and a group of more than 1,100 people immediately.

    For more information please visit: https://www.mayowynnebaxter.co.uk/

  • 20 January 2022 10:52 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    First Aid for Mental Health Level 2 Course

    This course is a 6 hour classroom based course that is suitable for anyone aged 14 years and over. Lunch and refreshments included.

    Course content:

    1. What is mental health
    2. Stigmas around mental health
    3. Factors affecting mental health
    4. Understanding the role of First Aider for mental health
    5. Giving advice and contacting emergency services
    6. Identifying signs and managing stress
    7. Identifying signs of : Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Eating disorders, Suicide and Self-harm
    8. Effects of substance misuse on a persons mental health
    9. Demonstrating the application of the first aid action plan for mental health
    10. Key factors of providing positive mental health in the workplace and how to implement them

    Date: Monday 7th February 
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Venue: Ardington Hotel 
    Cost: £180 per person

    Click here to book

  • 12 January 2022 9:37 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Emergency First Aid at Work Course

    Do you know what to do in an emergency? 
    Whether you are Self Employed or work for a company.
    Is it time to renew your first aid certificate? 

    Book into our one day Emergency at Work course where participants will be able to update and refresh existing knowledge and will learn easy, straight forward and common sense ways of dealing with any given situation.

    Date: Monday 21st March
    Duration: Please arrive at 9.15am for a prompt  start at 9.30am- Finish: 4.30pm :1 day (including breaks with light refreshments).
    Venue: The Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing 

  • 07 January 2022 1:03 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Care planning and free financial assessment event: 20th January 2022

    This exclusive, complimentary and no obligation Guild Care event is for anyone who may be considering care for their loved ones either now or in the future.

    Due to current Covid 19 precautions, and for the safety of our staff and residents, the even will now be taking place online.

    Call now to book your free assessment: 01903 327327.

    Expert advice

    Guildcare are working in partnership with Tom Scott, Independent Financial Adviser and Director at Worthing’s Care Advice Service to share with you our collective expertise, knowledge and advice to help you understand your options. In a private appointment, we can talk you through:

    • The different financial options available to help fund your care
    • How to best plan for you and your family’s future
    • What support might be available to you and your loved one
    • Guild Care’s extensive and high-quality services

    Free financial assessment

    A free, no obligation, financial assessment worth £145 is also available to help you understand how you might be able to fund the care your loved one needs.


    Appointments are available from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 20 January 2022.

    Please allow up to 2-3 hours for your appointment. Call now to check available times: 01903 327327.

    Book now

    Call now to book your free assessment: 01903 327327.

    You can also email to book or ask our team any questions.

    Email: enquiries@guildcare.org.uk.

    In partnership with Care Advice Service.

  • 05 January 2022 10:05 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Go Trekking With Link to Hope to the Balkans!

    Link to Hope has 10 places left to take part in our Sponsored Balkan Trek 2022.  20 of us will be flying into Albania between the 11th – 18th June 2022 to raise money for the work of Link to Hope in rebuilding lives and communities in Eastern Europe.  From our starting point we will be doing a 100k circular trek that will mean we also visit the countries of Kosovo and Montenegro. So for those looking to tick off more countries on your list, that’s three countries in one trip!

    The trip costs £695 that includes flights, accommodation, in country transport, meals, guides etc.  You just need to raise £1,000 in sponsorship to support our education and social care projects that Link to Hope run all year round.  This is our seventh challenge event and no-one has failed to raise the sponsorship target as we give maximum help and assistance to make sure you achieve your goal.  This is marked as a 4 out of 10 trek in terms of difficulty and you need to be reasonably fit to take part as well as over 18.

    Imagine yourself there….. ‘a hiking trail that traverses the Western Balkans, an area where ancient tracks connect remote regions. The epic walk passes through villages,  separated  by   strict   borders and   fortified   by    bunkers.  Winding through meadows, mountain  peaks,  lakes and     woodlands,     this     is     one     of     the most  diverse   walking   trails   in   the world.  The  views  and  the  trails transform,  switching  from   rocky   paths and bare peaks  to  meadows  rich  with flowers  and   plants,   where   nature   has been left to run wild’

    For anyone wanting more information please ring us on 01903 529333 or go to https://linktohope.co.uk/events/balkans-three-countries-sponsored-trek-june-2022/