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  • 28 September 2023 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    Sussex Transport Sponsor the Sussex Transport Senior Challenge Cup

    We are absolutely thrilled to announce an incredible new partnership that further amplifies our commitment to community, sports, and excellence across our fantastic region. We're now the proud headline sponsor of the iconic Sussex Transport Senior Challenge Cup, the crown jewel of local football!  

    This prestigious cup, with its rich heritage dating back to 1882-83, encapsulates the heart and soul of Sussex football. It's a privilege to have our name associated with this legacy, representing the essence of sportsmanship and camaraderie that makes us proud.  

    Damian Pulford, our Managing Director, expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s a privilege for us here at Sussex Transport to be associated with the Senior Cup, a competition steeped in such history locally, and so keenly contested by the very best Sussex football has to offer each season”

    Ken Benham, Chief Executive, added, “We’re delighted to have Sussex Transport on board with us, supporting one of our biggest County Cup competitions. With our headquarters a stone’s throw away from Sussex Transport’s, in Lancing, this partnership is one we are very excited about, and there are other areas, in addition to naming rights of the competition, that we look forward to working together with Damian and his team on, as the season progresses.”

    This partnership wouldn't be possible without the support and collaboration of the Sussex County FA, and for that, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Together, we're poised to make this season of the Sussex Transport Senior Challenge Cup a monumental success! 

  • 27 September 2023 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    Sussex Transport Sponsor 'Shaun the Sheep' Art Trail!

    Sussex Transport have been busy helping out the wonderful local charity – Martlets, with the initial stages of the Art Trail that is set to hit Brighton and Hove this autumn.

    The Team have had this to say on their site “Join us for our baa-rilliant  art trail featuring much-loved children’s character Shaun the Sheep and his friends.  Visit over 40 individually designed sculptures displayed around Brighton & Hove’s streets, parks and other public areas between 9 September – 5 November.  

     Shaun and his friends are a group of unique characters who flock together for fun and adventure. Brighton & Hove is a vibrant and eclectic city and Shaun by the Sea will help celebrate individuality and diversity, while also highlighting the importance of coming together as one supportive community.  

    As with Martlets previous art trails, Snowdogs and Snailspace, Shaun by the Sea will be created in partnership with Wild in Art. Our flock of colourful sheep will provide a 3D canvas, and creative inspiration, for a wealth of art and design from a carefully curated mix of well-known and emerging local artists.”

    They've recently collected the flock ready for the artists to get to work and are super pleased to confirm they've got our very own sheep pending.  Hopefully in our usual spot on Hove Seafront.  Their sheep is called the Postman – they’ll be covered in colourful artwork with signature pop art elements and references.

    Why pop art? – well their sheep is being decorated by a globally known street artists group called ‘The Postman’. Celebrating popular culture in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned Rock’n’Roll photographers they work directly with artists like Noel Gallagher, The Levellers and the Bob Marley Foundation, as well as London’s Saatchi Gallery. Their artworks are colourful, joyous and inclusive in nature. They work with multiple mediums and do large mural installations around the world.  How cool is that!

    There are plenty of other sponsors and partners who are providing a range of support to get the trail on the streets of Brighton & Hove and we wish everyone the very best of luck.

    Don’t forget to visit the site and lock these dates into your diary.

  • 13 September 2023 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Pensions Awareness Week: Start early to boost your pension pot

    Starting a pension plan in your 20s can make a huge difference to your quality of life in retirement.

    A study by Sussex-based Carpenter Box Financial Advisers (CBFA), coinciding with Pensions Awareness Week (11th – 15th September), shows how starting a pension plan at age 25 with a £300 monthly contribution could potentially create a pension pot of more than £700,000 40 years later.

    In contrast, making the same level of contributions from age 45 (using the same baseline assumptions) would result in a potential fund of around £180,000.

    As Roy Thompson, Partner, Head of Financial Services at Carpenter Box Financial Advisers explains: “Retirement planning tends to be a low priority for younger people because there are lots of life choices competing for available cash, but if they can commit to regular pension contributions in their 20s, the effect of tax relief combined with compound gains can potentially be huge.”

    The CBFA example assumes a £300 monthly contribution from age 25, which automatically receives a £75 tax relief boost from HMRC*. Extrapolating this to include a 3% annual payment increase and 4.5% compound return** would result in a pension pot of £736,247 at age 65, even though actual contributions total £303,309.

    By comparison, where the start date is deferred to age 45, and all other aspects remain the same, the fund grows to £181,775, based on contributions of £114,949.

    Says Roy: “There is, of course, a sizeable difference between the contributions made for 40 years and those made for 20 years. However, saving early can have dramatic effect on the outcome and size of the pot available beyond the contributions figure.

    “How that money is used and the level of income it can provide will be dependent upon retirement planning choices made when you come to draw an income, but the message is very clear. The earlier you start, the benefit of regular savings, tax relief and compound investment returns over time is a huge lever to pull in creating good retirement outcomes.”

    *The Financial Conduct Authority do not regulate tax planning.

    **The value of your investments can go down as well as up, so you could get back less than you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

  • 12 September 2023 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    George Square Financial Management Market Commentary in conjunction with Albemarle Street Partners

    Markets Process Hawkish Messaging as Fed Stays Resolute 

    Stocks shook off their mid-month lows to close out August higher after Fed Chair Powell reiterated the central bank's determined focus on restoring price stability.  

    Speaking at the Jackson Hole annual symposium, Powell indicated the Fed will continue raising rates to combat inflation, though he balanced this with encouragement around the economy's fundamental resilience. The core Personal Consumption Deflator, the Fed's preferred inflation gauge, ticked down slightly in July, and wage growth appears to be moderating even amidst a tight labour market. This gives the Fed room to pause rate hikes to monitor the lagged effects of prior tightening. Recent economic data firmed expectations for the Fed to remain on hold at the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Elsewhere, both UK and European consumers are feeling the pinch of high inflation. 

    U.S. stocks finished August on a flat note, with the index of large-cap US stocks barely budging amid mixed signals on the economy and Fed policy. However, European, UK and Chinese equities closed the month weaker, shedding between 3-7%. Slowing manufacturing activity and broader economic concerns weighed on investor sentiment towards these regions. 

    Recent Purchasing Managers’ Index readings, which measure the health of manufacturing output, indicated a contraction in both the Eurozone and UK factory sectors. China continues working to shore up its property sector amid defaults, while also dealing with power shortages and heatwaves which constrained industrial production in August. China’s latest supportive policy actions could aid its goal of steadier economic growth near 5.5% this year. 

    Our portfolios have continued to participate in narrow market rallies as our diverse large-cap equity exposures have benefitted from improved investor sentiment. Portfolios have maintained duration exposure in government and investment grade corporate debt, which provides protection against a sudden recession. While risks remain tilted to the downside, the U.S. is underpinned by strong household and corporate fundamentals. The sharp summer bear market rally also suggests investors have priced in much of the anticipated economic slowdown. 

    Overall, markets appear to be looking through near-term uncertainty with an eye towards 2024. With inflation continuing to decline, markets hold out hope for eventual Fed policy pivots next year. For now, investors look to upcoming economic data for clues on the Fed's next steps. 

  • 08 September 2023 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the latest edition of the newsletter from The South East Cyber Resilience Centre.

    The South East Cyber Resilience Centre

    Helping you to become #CyberResilient

    Take a big step to protect your business from cyber-attacks with the NCSC’s Small Business guide

    Regardless of a website or businesses size, every website is at risk of being compromised by criminals whether it’s a blog site, dynamic e-commerce platform or the local Indian restaurants website.

    With small businesses accounting for 43% of all cyber-attacks annually and the growing need for businesses to work with digital devices, it’s critical that prevention methods are put in place to protect a business’s purse strings, customer data and reputation.

    We work closely with The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) who are the UK Government’s arm for cyber security. A resource developed by the NCSC specifically for the small business community is their Small Business Guide.

    The Small Business Guide has been split into five key areas and contain easy steps that could save time, money and even your business’ reputation if followed. The guide can’t guarantee protection from all types of cyber-attack, but the steps outlined below can significantly reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cybercrime.

    Over the coming weeks, we are going to take a look at each area of the Small Business Guide to help highlight the steps to take in each area and how they can support your business in the fight against cybercrime. First up, the importance of backing up your data!

    Learn more

    Why are software updates and patches a key form of cyber defence?

    If your business runs as a result of being connected to the internet, you must keep computers, devices, applications and software patched and up to date, and where you can, add the use of two-step authentication with strong passwords.

    The 2023 Cyber Security Breaches Survey from the UK Government revealed that there has been a steady decline over the last 3 years in key areas of cyber hygiene, patching and software updates being one of them. Frighteningly, only 31% of businesses have a policy that means all software security updates should be applied within 14 days.

    To help you with updating software and installing patch updates, we have shared some helpful top tips to make this an easy process. Take a look at these tips in our blog!

    Discover tips

    Is your charity one of the 19% facing monthly cyber attacks?

    The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has revealed that 24% of charities have identified breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Shockingly, the report also revealed that 19% are identifying attacks taking place once a month.

    The report highlighted that charities are being targeted most by phishing attacks, with 83% saying they had identified a phishing attack in the last 12 months. Phishing involves attackers trying to con recipients into giving away personal details or passwords through emails and text messages.

    To help you keep on top of important security measures and keep your data out of the hands of hackers, we’ve developed a simple security checklist to help secure your data.

    Download Checklist

    Assistance in enhancing cyber resilience for you and your clients

    As you all know, joining the SECRC is entirely FREE and straightforward. Upon registration, businesses receive a comprehensive welcome pack with an array of free cybersecurity services and products and then we invite and offer an initial consultation to gauge and improve cyber security posture, all at ZERO COST

    We understand the trust businesses place in their accountants, financial advisors, IT providers, and solicitors, which is why we are reaching out to you all, as our existing members to act as our advocates. By sharing our initiative with your clients, you not only help protect them from cyber threats but also enhance the value of the services you provide without spending any money yourselves.

    To maximise our reach in helping your clients, we kindly request your assistance in informing them about our police-led services or you can refer us their basic information (first name, last name, company name, and email). Please make it clear to your clients that we will only use their email to send them a welcome pack and monthly newsletter, which they have the option to unsubscribe at any time. Their consent to our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions is imperative for us to start aiding them in their cybersecurity journey.

    As a token of our appreciation, we would like to offer your organisation a free First Step Web Assessment for every set of 25 businesses you refer. This assessment will identify any security weaknesses on your website. Additionally, you can nominate 1 in every 25 businesses you refer to also receive this valuable assessment, you can even make it a raffle or a prize whichever you choose. To make things easier, we have created a simple link for you to use to get those members.

    Download referral template

    News from The South East Cyber Resilience Centre

    HP Inc. joins The South East Cyber Resilience Centre’s Board of Non-Executive Directors

    The South East Cyber Resilience Centre (SECRC) is pleased to announce David Scutt, Head of Cyber Security Sales EMEA & Americas for HP Inc. as the newest member of the board of Non-Executive Directors.

    Commenting on the appointment, Director of SECRC Andy Richardson said: “I’m thrilled to welcome David as our newest Non-Executive Director. David has a wealth of experience within the technology sector that will help us to understand and learn more about the cyber threats everyday businesses and customers face.

    “I am looking forward to working with David to further develop the SECRC and the support we can provide to businesses across the South East.”

    Read release

    HB Tech joins The South East Cyber Resilience Centre as the latest Associate Member

    We are delighted to introduce HB Tech to our growing group of associate members. Learn more

    Our welcome pack is always available, DOWNLOAD your copy which contains various tools and resources, that will help improve your business's cyber security and resilience.

    If you need some further assistance, BOOK A CHAT with us where we can get a better understanding of how you work and how we can support you.  Just select the free 30-minute health check when it is convenient for you.

    If you have seen a particular service you would like, select the 40-minute conversation instead and we can get the ball rolling for you.

    Chris White
    Head of Cyber and Innovation
    South East Cyber Resilience Centre

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  • 08 September 2023 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Are you a runner looking for your next challenge? Fancy supporting an amazing local charity?

    Guild Care is looking for 10 willing runners to join our team and take part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon on the 7th April 2024. 

    The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a closed road, Central London run and is the only half marathon to pass through both the City of London and City of Westminster. Passing attractions such as Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London, this is a race you really will never forget! The event is not your average half marathon! From cultural landmarks and heritage to the city's quirky and hidden secrets, runners get to explore the capital on a route like no other!

    This is a great opportunity to try something new, have a lot of fun and raise some vital funds for a local charity.

    Get in touch today and book your place!

  • 06 September 2023 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s offer FREE Q&A for new Fire Safety Legislation

    On 1 October 2023, changes to fire safety legislation will commence which may affect you.

    If you are the responsible person for a small business, a small block of flats or a holiday let, you may have previously been exempt from the requirement to have a written fire risk assessment.

    But from 1 October 2023, you will need to have a full, written record of your fire risk assessment regardless of the size or use of your building.

    You can find out more on our website. We will also be holding two free online Q&A sessions. Please use the links below to book a place:

    Monday 18 September, 1pm – 1.30pm

    Wednesday 20 September 5.15pm - 5.45pm

  • 06 September 2023 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Carpenter Box Announce New Horizons for Sarah and Jack!

    From animals to admin, agency to audit – two trainees at Sussex-based Carpenter Box have found that a career change can make all the difference when it comes to rewards and work-life balance.

    Sarah Miller, from Worthing, and Jack Gamon, from Haywards Heath, had both been looking for a change in direction.

    Sarah gained a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare in 2017 and worked at Plumpton College as a lecturer in animal care before becoming a Teaching Assistant at a junior school.

    “Working in education was a natural progression for me because I’d always interacted well with people,” said Sarah, “but I was keen to try something new…something that would offer improved benefits and a better work/life balance.”

    A former education colleague who’d already made the switch suggested she contact accountancy and advisory firm Carpenter Box.  A successful application saw Sarah start as an Administrator before transitioning to a Tax Trainee. Now, she’s aiming to complete the Association of Taxation Technicians qualification next year.

    “I love the flexible working patterns and the supportive environment, and I hope to progress to the position of Tax Manager in the future.”

    Jack took a year out after ‘A’ levels and worked at a Crawley estate agency. However, he’d always had a passion for finance and business and was recommended to contact Carpenter Box by a relative who’d been a client of the firm for more than 20 years.

    “I knew straight away this was what I wanted to do, and I was really pleased when I was taken on by the audit team,” said Jack. “The Carpenter Box apprenticeship scheme meant I was able to earn and learn while studying for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. Now, I’ve been promoted to Audit Senior, looking after a variety of clients.”

    Alan Edwards, Managing Partner at Carpenter Box, commented: “We are always keen to recruit new talent from a variety of backgrounds to widen the skill and experience base across the firm. Sarah and Jack are just two among many positive examples at Carpenter Box of how a career change can be good for individuals, our business and our clients.”

  • 22 August 2023 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Blue Billboard are offering 50% Discount!

    "Our end of summer offer is live. From today until the 8th September you can get up to 50% off our digital advertising screens across Worthing, even our premium town centre sites! Boosting your advertising budget even further" 

  • 22 August 2023 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Carpenter Box rises to the challenge for Centenary Celebrations

    Leading Sussex and South East financial services firm, Carpenter Box, is on target to raise more than £50,000 for local charities in its 100th anniversary year – thanks to the enterprise and efforts of its people.  

    From lobbing sponges at Partners, games nights and sponsored walks to dress-to-impress and comedy events, the firm’s staff have been pitching in to raise funds for local good causes.

    It was in March that the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation (CBCF) set itself a target of raising £50,000 and asked staff working groups to organise monthly fundraisers. June, for example, saw the LGBTQIA+ group arrange a staff speaking event and a ‘Gaymes Day’. July featured an inter-office adventure event involving staff from the firm’s offices in Worthing, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley and London.

    To date more than £30,000 has been raised – but with more activities in planning, including a special 100 year celebration Charity Ball in Worthing in October – the aim is to exceed the target.

    Among the charities supported by the CBCF is Worthing-based Red Balloon, which helps young people who are self-excluding from education for a variety of reasons, including bullying, anxiety and trauma. It provides an alternative to school, helping students to re-engage with education and build their confidence and self-esteem through social and wellbeing activities.

    Nick Munday, a Trustee of Red Balloon, is very appreciative of the support the charity has received: “The donations provided by Carpenter Box have enabled us to purchase a laptop charging station for 20 of our laptops and replace worn out carpeting at our premises in Worthing. Carpenter Box has also donated good quality furniture for our reception area following a refurbishment at their offices. In addition, a group of their staff have volunteered two days painting and gardening at the charity. 

    “Their engagement is very much appreciated by everyone who works at Red Balloon and helps us support vulnerable children in developing the skills they need to return to education or prepare for work or further training.” 

    Since its inception, CBCF has raised over £300,000 to support small, local voluntary and community groups.

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