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  • 22 February 2019 9:06 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan - Proposed Main Modifications

    Plans to reviatlise Shoreham Harbour and surrounding areas take another step forward as the councils submit the Proposed Main Modifications for public consultation. The Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan includes proposals and policies for new housing and employment generating floorspace; and for upgraded flood defences, recreational and community facilities, sustainable travel, environmental and green infrastructure improvements.

    Adur District Council, Brighton & Hove City Council, and West Sussex County Council are jointly inviting comments on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan. The formal Notice of Consultation is attached to this message.

    Main Modifications are those which are considered necessary to make the plan sound and legally compliant. The tests for soundness are as follows:

    • Positively prepared: the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
    • Justified: the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
    • Effective: the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
    • Consistent with national policy: the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework


    The Proposed Main Modifications are proposed without prejudice to the Inspector's final conclusion on the Joint Area Action Plan which will take account of all representations submitted in response to this consultation.

    The documents made available for consultation include:

    ·         Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications to the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (January 2019)

    ·         Sustainability Appraisal of the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (Proposed Main Modifications) (January 2019)

    ·         Non-Technical Summary of the Sustainability Appraisal of the JAAP (Proposed Main Modifications) (January 2019)


    The councils have prepared a Schedule of Additional Modifications. These are minor changes to the Joint Area Action Plan which do not affect soundness. These are for information only and do not form part of the consultation:

    ·         Schedule of Additional Modifications to the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (January 2019)


    The councils have also published a Consultation Statement to accompany the Schedule of Proposed Modifications:

    ·         Consultation Statement Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (Proposed Main Modifications) (January 2019)


    All consultation documents and supporting evidence and can be viewed on the submission page on the Adur & Worthing Councils website:


    Hard copies of the consultation documents will also be available to view at the following council offices and libraries:



    ·         Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JE

    ·         Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE



    ·         County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ



    ·         Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, BN3 3BQ

    ·         Hove Library, 182-186 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EG



    ·         Portslade Library, 223 Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, BN41 1XR



    ·         Shoreham Centre, Pond Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU

    ·         Shoreham Library, St Mary’s Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5ZA



    ·         Southwick Library, Southdown Road, Southwick, BN42 4FT



    ·         Portland House, Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HS


    Representations must be made after 5pm 21st January and received by 5pm 4th March 2019.

    Representations should be provided in writing by completing and submitting the response form using the following methods:


    Please make sure tell us which main modification each of your comments relates to by referencing the relevant number from the Schedule of Main Modifications.

    Representations at this stage should only be made in relation to the legal compliance and soundness of the Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan. Representations should specify in what respect(s) the Proposed Main Modification is considered to be unsound, and what change(s) would need to be made to make it sound. These terms are explained in a guidance note available from the locations set out above or from the Adur & Worthing Councils website.

    Anonymous comments or comments received outside the consultation dates will not be accepted. Please note that comments cannot be treated as confidential. Copies of all comments will be made available for the public to view (including respondent's name) but will not include any personal contact details or signatures.

    All representations received within the statutory consultation period will be submitted to the Inspector examining the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan.

    For further information please contact:

    Or, telephone: 01273 263000 and ask for the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Team

  • 21 February 2019 4:39 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    St Barnabas Fairy Tale Fair

    Date: Sunday 14th April
    Time: 10:30am - 4:00pm 
    Venue: Worthing Charmandean

    The fair will feature 70 stalls with local makers and designers selling their Easter and Spring creations. There will also be St Barnabas stalls and raffle, cafe and home baked cakes and treats, face painting and lots of magical extras to explore. 

    The fair will be open 10.30am - 4pm and will be opened by Worthing Town Crier, Worthing Deputy Mayor. There will also be appearances from the mad hatter on stilts, the Ghostbusters, and the Easter bunny. 

    The fair is organised by ourselves (The Fairy Tale Fair) and the Northbrook Friends of St Barnabas and aims to beat last years total of just over £3,000 raised for St Barnabas

  • 21 February 2019 4:35 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    We need your feedback: Make sure your business is heard 

    Quarterly Economic Survey Q1 2019

    By telling us what is impacting on your business - we will be able to start doing something about it.

    The Quarterly Economic Survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator. It is a key source of data about the local economy, the results help influence policy at the Bank of England and central Government.

    Please play your part to help promote and sustain a strong business community in Sussex.

    It really does only take 2 minutes and completing this short survey means we can ensure your voice is being represented in the UK Government. We would really appreciate your participation.

    Have your say by clicking the link below and under the ‘Which Chamber’ section, select ‘South East: Sussex’.

    Please visit - to start the survey.

  • 21 February 2019 3:47 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – Triple Finalists

    While Valentines Day for many meant hearts, flowers and chocolates the celebration for Gemini Print was receiving the excellent news of being judged Finalists for the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. These awards are viewed by many as the ‘tough ones.’ in the South, so everyone was very pleased.

    The Gemini Print team were especially delighted to be recognised for three categories that are key to the companies business strategy – high-quality production, client service excellence, plus positive relationships with key suppliers, partners, charities and the community. 

    The Award for Customer Delight: Judged and sponsored by DMH Stallard

    Manufacturing Business of the Year: - Judged and sponsored by Kreston Reeves

    The Award for Supply Chain Excellence:- Judged and sponsored by University of Brighton

    Gemini Print consistently strives to achieve being recognised as the ‘perfect print partner’. The team would like to express their thanks to all their clients who take the trouble to send in testimonials.  As well as being such a great motivator day to day it is this sort of feedback and assessment that plays a key role in enabling Gemini Print to have the confidence to enter business awards.

    Tony Hyams-Parish, the Employment Partner at  DMH Stallard, said:  'DMH Stallard are delighted to be sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 'Customer Delight' category.  Customer Delight was the natural category for us to focus on and we believe it is essential in developing great business relationships.  In recent years we have grown considerably, and this has been achieved through every member of the firm being strongly focussed on delivering exceptional service to our clients.  In his Employment practice, Tony promotes the importance of long term relationships, the positive impact of great communication, retaining and recruiting excellent people and sharing best practice both inside and outside the firm'.

    Kreston Reeves advise dynamic businesses, not for profit organisations, private individuals and families on all areas of business, tax and wealth helping them make confident decisions about the future.

    We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of all our clients wherever their ambition takes them.

    Kreston Reeves Manufacturing Partner Allan Pinner commented: "The Gatwick Diamond Awards provide the opportunity for businesses and professionals to be recognised for their success and hard work whether for growth, innovation or contribution to our community.  We are particularly delighted to be sponsoring the Manufacturing Business of the Year 2019."

    The University of Brighton is delighted to sponsor the award for supply chain management, as a leader in both teaching and research in this area.

    Their MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management teaches students to understand the process and systems crucial to the world of business and equips them for careers in areas such as supply chain analysis, logistics, manufacturing and operations planning.

    Alongside teaching, their research into supply chain management has generated many business partnerships including a knowledge exchange programme with Littlehampton-based Dando Drilling that analyses and optimise the company's supply chain.

    “We welcome opportunities to work with organisations of all types and sizes in sectors as diverse as creative and digital, healthcare, teaching, environmental, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, and engineering.

    We embrace collaborations with companies and the public sector through knowledge exchange, consultancy, commercialisation of research, use of our equipment and facilities, and short courses for workforce development. At the University of Brighton, partnership working is fundamentally important to us. With a long established history of collaborating with companies in the Gatwick Diamond area, the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to recognise business excellence. We are proud to be part of this annual celebration as the Diamond continues to be significantly important to us.”


    If you have any questions, please, do contact Suzanne Heaven, Marketing Director or call 01273 086206

  • 21 February 2019 3:38 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton visits: The Hub in Burgess Hill

    Greater Brighton leaders have hailed the creation of a new industrial park as the first stage of a major £1 billion investment programme to transform Burgess Hill.

    The Mid Sussex town is the largest single growth location in the City Region with work well underway to bring 5,000 new homes, schools, gigabit broadband, the region’s first science park as well as improvements to transport and digital infrastructure to the area.

    One of the first phases of this £1 billion Burgess Hill Growth programme is the creation of The Hub, a 50,000 sq m industrial warehouse park which will become home to 2,000 jobs.

    With work on the first unit - a new 4,000 sq m warehouse for global courier company DPD - nearing completion, Councillor Garry Wall, Chairman of Greater Brighton, was given a tour of the site by owners Glenbeigh Developments.

    After seeing the work in person, Cllr Wall said he was confident that The Hub would be the first of a series of major schemes to come forward in the Burgess Hill area with the benefits being felt across the City Region.

    Cllr Wall, who is also Leader of Mid Sussex District, said: “I want to thank the team at Glenbeigh for taking time to show us around what is a very impressive and highly-sustainable new development. In a matter of months, this prominent site has transformed into a high quality warehouse which will be operational in a matter of weeks.

    “Developments like The Hub are crucial to the future of Greater Brighton as a whole. Individual towns cannot exist in their own smaller locality and it is only by working with our neighbouring partners that we can ensure shared prosperity.

    “There is no doubt that this major investment in creating jobs and homes in Burgess Hill will bring benefits to Crawley in the north and Brighton, Worthing and Lewes to the south.

    “We know Greater Brighton is a resilient area for employment, but projects like The Hub ensure that we can continue to provide the buildings and environment that businesses need to grow while providing good quality jobs to local people.”

    Sat on a 15 hectare site, The Hub sits on a prominent site on the A2300 between the A23 and town centre.

    Planning permission has been secured for seven main units, which will be 12 metres high and suitable for technology and warehouse companies. Further space will be created for start-up companies.

    A direct energy supply to the site will be provided by a nearby solar farm, which Glenbeigh has secured approval for.

    A range of transport improvements on the adjacent A2300, which includes a new bus stop, have also been finished

    Colin Whelan, director at Glenbeigh Developments, said: “It was a pleasure to show Garry and the Greater Brighton team around The Hub. They were all impressed with the quality of the build, but also the transport and energy infrastructure we’ve got in place.

    “We’re looking forward to getting started with phase two in the next coming months and bringing more employment to Burgess Hill and the wider Greater Brighton region.”

    For more details visit

  • 21 February 2019 3:23 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The death of paper-based VAT records is nigh. Are you ready for Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

    Businesses have just a few weeks left to prepare for Making Tax Digital. Sussex-based chartered accountants, MHA Carpenter Box, is reminding business clients that the deadline is rapidly approaching.

    The migration to digital is happening because from April 1, 2019 paper records will cease to meet the legal requirements in tax legislation where VAT is concerned.

    Almost all VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will need to maintain digital records, for VAT purposes from the changeover date.

    They will also need to provide their VAT information to HMRC by using third party commercial software.

    VAT registered businesses with a turnover below £85,000 will not have to use the new system until April 2020, at which time the Government expects to widen the scope of MTD to both Income Tax and Corporation Tax.

    A small number of businesses such as trusts, local authorities, public corporations, unincorporated ‘not for profit’ organisations, VAT divisions and VAT groups who have more complex requirements have until 1 October 2019 as HMRC believe they may need more time to test the system.

    Public sector entities required to provide additional information on their VAT return (e.g. Government departments and NHS Trusts, and traders based overseas) also have until 1 October 2019 to comply with the new MTD requirements.

    Stuart Noakes, Partner and Head of Tax at MHA Carpenter Box, said: “Once bedded in, MTD should make it easier for businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their tax affairs. However, we know that some businesses will be daunted in the move away from the paper systems they have managed with for many years. We can certainly help them to find a cloud solution, submit quarterly returns to HMRC and we even provide training to ensure that they remain compliant.”

  • 19 February 2019 4:38 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton urges Secretary of State to support £182m New Monks Farm development

    The leader of Greater Brighton region called for a swift government response on the New Monks Farm development.

    Cllr Garry Wall has written to the Secretary of State on behalf of the Greater Brighton Economic Board backing the plan to deliver 600 new homes on the site, a new IKEA store and business units alongside the A27 in Lancing.

    The development which totals £182m worth of investment and could bring £28m a year into the local economy has already been given planning permission at a special meeting of Adur District Council last year.

    Under planning law the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has the power to ‘call in’ sizeable developments such as that at New Monks. A ‘call in’ would lead to a review by the national planning inspectorate of the decision to grant permission.

    Protocol says the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, should make a decision on ‘call in’ within 21 days but New Monks has now been sitting on his desk for more than 100 days.

    In a letter to Mr Brokenshire Cllr Wall points out that the Greater Brighton’s role is to maximise opportunities to ensure the region is able to fulfil its economic potential.

    Cllr Wall, who is also leader of Mid Sussex District Council, writes: "The Board has asked me to outline the significant economic benefits that could flow from the development and improvements within these applications. There is local support for them and a package of supporting infrastructure benefits that will significantly assist the area."

    He adds that the future of Shoreham Airport is at serious risk if the developments, and the investment they will bring, do not go ahead.

    "The airport operator and local consultative committee have indicated that these developments represent the best option for keeping the airport in operation," he tells the Secretary of State.

  • 25 January 2019 2:33 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Business Award winners celebrate in style!

    The Adur & Worthing Business Awards welcomed back sponsors, judges and winners for a post awards celebratory meal following the success of the 2018 awards.

    The night began with fizz on arrival and an opportunity for guests to network before taking their seats for a specially chosen three course dinner.   Speeches were given by James Stoner – Managing Director - JSPC Computer Services and Martin Randall, Director for the Economy - Adur & Worthing Councils acknowledging everyone’s contribution, input and support to the local business community.

    The Adur & Worthing Business Awards are organised by a committee of successful local business people.  These include Peter Webb and Nicky Dumbleton of Electronic Temperature Instruments, James Stoner of JSPC Computer Services, Keith & Gill Gallis of Seagull Travel, Tina Tilley and Tracie Davey of Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce and Angela Crane of Adur & Worthing Council.

    Now in its twelfth year, the awards have become the feature business event across the area showcasing a thriving business community.  The 2019 Awards will take place on Friday 1st November and businesses interested in nominating themselves are invited to attend the official launch event, which will take place on Wednesday 5th June from 5-7pm (venue to be confirmed). This special networking event will provide lots of useful information on the awards and business representatives will get the chance to chat to sponsors and mingle with former entrants and winners.

    James Stoner said “These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the amazing number of successful businesses that we have here in Adur & Worthing.  Last year we had an exceptional mix from up and coming firms to major players who have all left their mark on the area and we expect more of the same in 2019”.

    Tina Tilley of Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce commented “It is my privilege to once again be involved with the Adur & Worthing Business Awards.  The interest in the awards has been fantastic and a wide variety of businesses from across the area are excited about putting themselves forward in 2019.  We can’t wait to shout about the best of the best when it comes to business in Adur & Worthing”.

    Full updates can be found on the dedicated website

  • 25 January 2019 1:26 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Taxing Times

    Now is the best time of the year to get your finances in order, recommend tax and wealth management experts MHA Carpenter Box ahead of upcoming seminar.

    With the end of the financial year looming, now is the ideal time to review both business and personal finances to make plans for the year ahead. The volatility of the financial markets as a consequence of the uncertainty around Brexit has made it even more difficult to plan for the year ahead, which is why MHA Carpenter Box is holding an Investment and Tax Seminar to help you make the right financial decisions for both your business and your own finances.


    The seminar will be held at the exclusive South Lodge Hotel near Horsham where attendees will first hear from Wealth Managers LGT Vestra, who will provide an overview of the current financial landscape and outlook for investors in 2019.


    Stuart Noakes, Partner and Head of Tax Services at MHA Carpenter Box will then give some useful end of year tax planning tips including a useful tax checklist, a guide to tax relief through investment schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and how careful Inheritance Tax planning can minimise liability when the final curtain falls.


    Wealth management strategies for you and your family will also be discussed at the event by Roy Thompson, Partner and Head of MHA Carpenter Box Wealth Management. Roy will outline the different types of investment opportunities available and how to make the most of pensions, ISAs and other investments.


    The Sussex-based chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers are looking forward to 2019 after a very successful 2018, which saw a record growth in new clients matched by an increase in headcount at the firm to almost 170.


    Chris Coopey, Partner and Practice Director at the firm, commented: “We are really looking forward to this event. It aims to give some useful pointers as to what the markets are up to and how businesses and individuals can make the best of their hard earned wealth despite the political somersaults going on at Westminster. The event has already attracted a great deal of interest and there should be something for everyone. Attendees will have the opportunity to raise any issues directly with the presenters and to network with other like-minded individuals in the beautiful setting of the South Lodge Hotel.”

    The seminar will be held between 8am and 10am on Thursday 21st February and all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the firm’s Year End Tax Planning Guide. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

  • 25 January 2019 1:22 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres raise over £8000 for Chestnut Tree House

    Worthing Theatres have today announced that across their recent record-breaking pantomime Aladdin, customers and staff raised £8070 for the local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House; twice as much as the previous year’s fundraising efforts from Snow White. Since the charity partnership was first formed in 2016, the total funds accumulated now stands at £13,076.

    Customers generously donated at the bucket collections after each performance of the pantomime, which was recently revealed to be their best-selling Christmas production of all time. Staff at Worthing Theatres were keen to get involved in the fundraising endeavours as they pushed themselves to the limit in their all day Santa cycle at the Connaught Theatre, where they cycled the length of Sussex on an indoor electronic bike generously donated by South Downs Leisure, dressed in festive costumes to support the cause.

    The cast also paid a special visit to the children’s hospice in Arundel as STEPS singer Lee Latchford-Evans and renowned children’s entertainer Mark Jones visited the staff, volunteers and children at the house. Dressed in their pantomime costumes, the two of them took an extensive tour of the facilities and created Aladdin themed golden lamps with the children on the day. They even had a play on the house’s new state of the art games projector, where Aladdin and Wishee Washee played a match against each other on an interactive football pitch, which ended in a friendly draw.

    Chestnut Tree House cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions.

    Amanda O Reilly, Head of Culture for Worthing Theatres, says “We would like to say a huge thank you to our staff and customers who generously donated their money to support such a fantastic cause. We’re very proud to have Chestnut Tree House as our official pantomime charity partner; as an organisation, connecting with our local community is an essential part of everything we do, and to have raised such a substantial amount, which increases year upon year, is wonderful.”

    Chestnut Tree House Community Fundraiser Caroline Roberts-Quigley saysI was astonished to learn that over £8,000 was raised. The generosity of people living in our local communities is heart-warming. Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Worthing Theatres for choosing us as their Pantomime Partner and to everyone who gave so generously, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.9 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.”
    Tickets are on sales for next year’s pantomime Cinderella, which runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020.  For more information on tickets visit or call the Box Office on 01903 206 206.

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