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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. 

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  • 17 August 2023 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Ickle Pickles Family Fun Day!

    Are you looking for something for you and your children to do over the summer holidays? Join Ickle Pickle for a fun filled day at Hope Hive in Worthing whilst raising money to support the Special Care Baby Unit at Worthing and Chichester Hospitals 

  • 15 August 2023 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Grow Digital is coming to Worthing on the 26th September!

    Welcome to Grow Digital West Sussex

    Carefully curated workshops, networking and 121 mentoring to support Your Business on all things digital. Enabling you to fast-track your digital capabilities, connect with experts and receive fully-funded support and mentoring.

    • Expert-led Workshops
    • Business Support
    • 121 Mentoring
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments
    • Informal Networking

    Come to expand your knowledge and grow your business!

    For a full workshop overview, 'meet' the speakers and to book your FREE place click here

  • 15 August 2023 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Real Patisserie offer mouth-watering corporate menu!

    Newly opened in Broadwater, the Worthing branch of Real Patisserie have a tantalising corporate menu that caters for even the most discerning taste buds! 

    From Sandwich Platters to Sweet Treats and from Pies & Quiches to Breakfast Pastries. Check out the full menu and prices below!

    RP Corporate Menu.pdf

  • 10 August 2023 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Celebrating the Better Business Show’s 10th anniversary

    Shoreham-based yoohoo creative is gearing up for a busy autumn as it joins the 10th birthday celebrations of the Better Business Show in Worthing.

    Organised by Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce, the show is a major event on the local business calendar and yoohoo’s owner, Clive Spring, has played a pivotal role in its success.

    Looking back, the show launched in 2013 as Business Showcase, part of Enterprise Week, aiming to highlight the great and good of the Adur and Worthing business community. Originally held on  Worthing Town Hall’s balcony - with just 20 businesses in attendance - it featured three keynote speakers and a speed networking session. 

    Over the years, the show went from strength to strength, moving from the balcony to the committee rooms and then to the Assembly Hall.  

    In 2015, the Chamber opted for a rebrand and in 2016 the Better Business Show was officially launched as the newly-branded name for Business Showcase. In Clive’s expert hands, the brand was developed, giving it a fresh and contemporary new look, and it has continued to develop over the years.

    Chamber Chief Executive Tracie Davey said: “Fast forward to 2023 and the show is now in its third year at Worthing Leisure Centre is still growing. Last year, we had 100 exhibitors and we are on track for the same this year.

    It’s so rewarding to look back at the show’s journey and see how far we have come. Clive has been an integral part in developing the brand and guiding us to where we are now.”

    Clive said: “I’ve enjoyed being involved and watching the show consolidate and expand, becoming well known and respected locally. It’s now considered to be the ‘must attend event’ in the business calendar year.”

    Moving forward, Tracie added that the Chamber’s aim is for the show to grow and develop year on year.

    She said, “Google Digital Garage are joining us this year to run some workshops and provide some 121 sessions. 

    South Downs Leisure will also be running challenges on the day to see how much KWh we could generate from cycling and rowing and Mindworks will be hosting a pop up escape room for charity, to name a few.”

    For more information about the Chamber visit 

    For more information about yoohoo creative, a bespoke website and design agency offering first-class client service and targeted design concepts, visit:

  • 10 August 2023 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Is your business in need of extra space? Shipping containers could be the perfect answer


    • You really need more long term space
    • You need short term space
    • You currently rent container/s but are tempted to buy
    • You’ve already got a container but it’s in the wrong place
    • You’ve got containers but need more
    • You want to get rid of your unused container

    Well we’ve got you covered!

    You’ve probably seen a collection of containers in use in and around Worthing and West Sussex. On business parks, in car parks, at construction sites and even outside some residential properties. But they are far easier to get hold of, and far more cost effective as a space solution than you’d think.

    Just around the corner the team at Sussex Transport have created a container division called ST Containers.  As a company based in Lancing and Ford you can now benefit from superb prices on purchase or hire, along with great rates on transport and positioning for your next container.

    Containers really do make the perfect onsite storage solution when you need that extra space. Strong, Secure and Cost effective, containers of varying size can be delivered to your business in a matter of days*.

    We supply new containers (one trip) and ex-hire containers in 10, 20 and 40'. So whether you are looking to use a container for storage, conversion or something else we are happy to help. Remember, you can have one for as short a period, or as long as you want. It is this that makes them a firm favourite when that extra space is needed.

    *subject to availability of stock in the required size

    Why get your container from ST Containers (A division of Sussex Transport)

    • Reliable deliveries and positioning by our experienced operators on our own fleet of vehicles
    • Modern, Clean, Secure, anti-vandal and weatherproof containers 
    • Easy open doors (we’ve done the work and given your container an MOT)
    • Hardwood flooring
    • Low / Zero Maintenance requirements
    • Competitive prices
    • Buy back considered, if you decide to sell your container
    • You can have it in just a few days time

    Get in touch with Will from our Container Sales team today to talk about your new container hire, purchase, or movement.

    We can even move them with goods inside (weight dependant). – 01903 751100

  • 10 August 2023 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    George Square Commentary – August 2023 In conjunction with Albemarle Street Partners

    More interest rate pain but economic clouds slowly disperse

    The heat of the Summer brought more pain for borrowers, with both the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England hiking interest rates further to tackle inflation. Yet to some extent the economic storm clouds are dispersing. In the United States, by far the world’s largest economy, the efforts to drive away inflation look to have been successful. Inflation stands at 3% now, lower than anyone had anticipated. Here in the United Kingdom, whilst we look sharply worse than the rest of the world, our inflation is starting to fall too. 

    All of this means that the risk of a significant global recession is receding. The ‘soft landing’ where interest rates rise without forcing a recession looks more likely. But with rates likely to stay high for some time the risk has not gone away entirely. And high rates put stress on the whole financial system, which must be contended with.

    For the United Kingdom the Bank of England has said that inflation is unlikely to return to its 2% target until the middle of 2025, setting up a prolonged period of high interest rates even as GDP growth, which was around 0.2% in the first half of this year, remains muted.

    For many ordinary people the most visible sign of the economic strain is in house prices, which fell by 3.8% year-on-year in July. This is the fastest annual decline since 2009 according to Nationwide building society. Higher mortgage rates are reducing housing affordability and activity and are a source of risk for the broader economy.


    We should note though that the UK FTSE All Share did rise by 2.6% in July, more than the 1.9% of large US companies. The FTSE 250, a measure of medium-sized companies, rose even more by 4.14%. This reflects the view that, whilst the UK may remain the worst-positioned of all rich countries in the current environment, the gap between it and the rest of the world is getting smaller as our inflation number starts to fall too.

    In the US, the Federal Reserve delivered a 0.25% hike to push rates to 5.5%. Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve Chair, stressed policy will remain restrictive until the Fed is confident inflation is durably coming down. June inflation of 3% (year-on-year) was below market forecasts. 

    Overall, though economic predictions improved somewhat over the month. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its 2023 global growth forecast to 3.0% from 2.8%, citing economic resilience during the first half of 2023. Advanced economies face weaker manufacturing growth while Emerging markets could struggle with tight credit conditions which impose stress on their borrowing.

    For investors one of the key considerations is how companies are coping with these challenging times.  Many are finding it tough. In the United States so far earnings for the second quarter have fallen on average by 7.3% compared to last year. This is the largest decline since the pandemic.

    Many companies are finding it tough but there were also some bright spots in technology and communications stocks. And there is real optimism that this may be as low as it gets for corporate earnings before the recovery commences. 

    Source – Bloomberg 01.2007 -07.2023

    China’s growth challenges:

    China’s economy stumbled in June with manufacturing surveys and retail sales growth missing forecasts. China’s retail sales grew 3.1%, slowing sharply from a 12.7% jump in May. While China is on track to hit its growth target of 5%, there are risks of the annual goal being missed for the second year in a row.

    China’s property sector, which accounts for about a quarter of the economy, remains firmly in a downtrend, with new home prices for June stalling. Property investment slumped 10% in June year-on-year after a 16% drop in May. The ongoing slowdown in global manufacturing demand is having a significant impact on large parts of the economy and youth unemployment has increased significantly. Outbound shipments from the world’s second-largest economy slumped 12.4% year-on-year in June following a 7.5% drop in May. The need for urgent policy easing has so far produced limited policy intervention.


    The current environment is clearly mixed. There is plenty of evidence of a global economy in pain as a result of interest rate rises. However, the process of raising the cost of money, subduing demand, seeing inflation fall and then getting ready for an economic recovery is happening in an orderly and – in the scheme of things – quick fashion. 

    There is much cause to hope that earnings will improve in the second half of the year as the UK joins the rest of the rich world in bringing down inflation.

    However, in times like this we should not simply move to the most risky assets to enjoy the recovery. We are deeply mindful of the fact that when rates are high much pain can be felt in markets as they await the recovery. So, we are acting with caution, gradually increasing our exposure to areas of the market that can benefit from recovery without taking undue risk.

    We take much comfort that expected returns in fixed income remain attractive, particularly given our inflation forecast. We continue to favour large-cap quality and growth equities at this stage and will re-engage with more cyclical assets when inflation finally bottoms.

    We remain confident that the opportunities available to us after two difficult years for markets are greater than they have been for many years and that we are well-positioned to capture the recovery for our clients. 

  • 08 August 2023 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Wellbeing day for Off The Fence charity

    Chamber member 'Inspire You' are running a Wellbeing Day on the 19th September with all proceeds going to Off The Fence Homeless Charity in Brighton.

    Earthship Shape: Mind & Body Connect

    Unleash the power of mind-body connection at Earthship Shape. Transform, rejuvenate, and discover a new level of wellbeing. #earthshipshape

    Join us for a rejuvenating Wellbeing Day at the Earthship in Stanmer Park, Brighton—an event designed to empower you to enhance your overall wellbeing. If you often find yourself struggling with work-life balance, experiencing stress, fatigue, or lacking self-discipline, this day is tailored just for you. Whether you're a business owner, working in a high-pressure job, or seeking wellness opportunities for your team or organization, this unique experience is perfect for you.

    This isn't your typical retreat or wellness day—it's a transformative journey into the world of well-being. Delve deep into the enchanting woods of Stanmer Park, surrounded by natural beauty, and discover your vulnerabilities while equipping yourself with the tools you need for self-improvement.

    Throughout the day, we have curated an array of insightful workshops, each focusing on a different pillar of well-being. These workshops will provide you with valuable insights into your own wellbeing and offer practical techniques and strategies that you can implement in your daily life.


    • Habits
    • Nutrition
    • Posture
    • Breathwork (with optional ice-bath)

    19/09/2023 10am - 5pm at The Earthship, Stanmer BN1 9PZ

    Tickets: Earlybird £135 (until 5th September) - general £150

    Eventbrite Page Earthship Shape: Mind & Body Connect Tickets, Tue 19 Sep 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

  • 08 August 2023 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Carpenter Box Supports £multi-million EOT of RJ Power Group of Companies

    Carpenter Box’s corporate finance and tax teams have supported the Sevenoaks-based RJ Power Group of companies in a multi-million pound transaction that transfers ownership of 70% of the business to employees.

    Carpenter Box, a leading provider of accounting and advisory services across Sussex and the South East, provided tax advice both to create a group structure for RJ Power in readiness for the employee ownership trust (EOT), and to complete the transaction in the most tax-efficient manner. The firm also supported the Group in determining an appropriate market valuation of the business for the sale to the EOT

    “We are delighted to have supported the RJ Power Group of companies in their transition to employee ownership,” said Alistair Aird, Corporate Finance Director at Carpenter Box. “Employee ownership, enabled through EOTs, is a proven way of motivating people to drive the long-term success of a business and we look forward to the RJ Power Group of companies thriving under this new ownership model.”

    RJ Power Group provides integrated design and engineering solutions to the power sector across the UK, with four complementary businesses covering rail, private networks and connections covering design, installation testing and commissioning applications for customers in the UK. “We are excited about this new chapter in the development of RJ Power.” said Peter White, Group Chief Executive Officer. “The Management are committed to the long-term success of the Group and are confident that this transaction will make a positive impact on our business, our employees and our clients. The knowledge and expertise of Carpenter Box made the whole process quick and smooth and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

    The EOT is a significant milestone for RJ Power Group and its employees. Employee ownership is a proven model for success as evidence shows it leads to more motivated and productive employees, who are able to earn income tax-free bonuses up to £3,600. At the same time, any disposals of a controlling interest in the company transferring to an EOT are also free from Capital Gains Tax.

    The EOT model is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with the RJ Power Group of companies joining over 1,300 employee-owned businesses in the United Kingdom, which account for total combined sales of over £20bn.

  • 08 August 2023 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Why making a will becomes even more important from 26 July 2023

    This month the government is changing the ‘statutory legacy’ sum from £270,000 to £322,000, which means if a person dies without a will, in addition to being entitled to their personal effects, their spouse or civil partner will automatically receive up to £322,000 worth of assets from the deceased’s estate, with the remaining sum split 50/50 between the surviving spouse/civil partner and any children.

    If there are no children then the surviving spouse/civil partner will automatically inherit everything. But this is only applicable to those who are married or in a civil partnership, and doesn’t include cohabiting couples.

    Rebecca Louis, private client partner at law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “Unfortunately, there are many people who still believe a common law spouse exists, and think that they will automatically inherit everything if their partner dies. This is absolutely not the case – those who are married or in a civil partnership and don’t have a will, will only inherit up to £322,000, plus 50% of whatever remains of their partner’s estate, whereas unmarried couples who don’t have wills in place risk ending up with nothing.

    “Getting married is not for everyone, but getting a will should be. Without one, you and your loved ones are unprotected and instead of following your wishes, the distribution of your estate will be determined by fixed rules under UK law.”

    For estates worth less than £322,000, the surviving spouse/civil partner will inherit it all. For estates over the new threshold, a split in inheritance could lead to issues for those left behind.

    Rebecca added: “If the deceased owned the family home in their sole name, subject to the value, this new statutory legacy threshold could lead to surviving spouses or civil partners being forced to sell the property to release sums due to their children, or including children on the deeds, potentially limiting what the surviving partner can do with the property down the line.

    “It’s worth considering that the rules of intestacy use an arbitrary system to prioritise distribution of assets, which is limited to: spouse/civil partner, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and therefore doesn’t take into consideration stepchildren, or other dependents you may have. The only way to guarantee they are included in your estate is to prepare a will.”

    With the cost-of-living crisis and an increasing number of second marriages, blended families and unmarried couples, an estate that is distributed under intestacy (without a will) is more vulnerable to costly challenges and claims from dependents, or those who were given promises of inheritance.

    Nick Stockley, contentious probate expert at Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “We’re seeing more and more disputes based on broken promises and involving second marriages. Children often feel aggrieved if the home they grew up in is left solely to their step-parent. We also see situations where surviving cohabiting partners can be forced to effectively challenge these intestacy rules by bringing a claim against their late partner’s estate, if the alternative is losing half of their home to their deceased partner’s children”.

    “With all this in mind, it is critical for families both to understand the legal position and have an open and honest discussion with their loved ones while still alive to avoid any confusion and financial misunderstanding when they eventually die. All too often the cases we deal with arise from either a lack of communication, a general misunderstanding or incorrect understanding of the law any of which can leave people without money they were depending on.”

    For more information, please visit:

  • 27 July 2023 4:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Ukrainian Friends Support

    There are abut 130 Ukrainian women and children refugees from the war,  staying with hosts in Worthing under Governments Homes for Ukraine Scheme . some having experienced severe trauma and many having  lost their jobs and  careers

    The Ukrainian Friends Network was established last year to help their integration and wellbeing while they are with us by providing  English Tuition, social activities, occasional group visits and a Job Club

    Worthing Ukrainian Friends Support are now  seeking:

    1.  Mentors to help Ukrainians practice English and find work -needing about 2 hours face to face per week for a limited time

    2. Young women to help with befriending Ukrainian women, with social and possible sport and fitness activities

    For more information please visit 

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