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  • 03 February 2021 9:02 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New Partner Appointments Mark Positive New Year Start for MHA Carpenter Box

    Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box has signalled its continued investment in service expansion in 2021 with the appointment of two new partners within its Tax Services team.

    Rachel Pearce has been promoted to Partner from her current position of Tax Director. She specialises in the construction and real estate sectors, advising property developers and investors on how to structure their tax affairs efficiently. As a Partner, Rachel will have greater involvement in the strategic direction of the business.

    Rachel commented: “I joined MHA Carpenter Box in Worthing as a newly-qualified Chartered Tax Adviser 10 years ago, so am delighted to be made a Partner at a time of continued growth for the practice. Our clients have access to a fantastic team of people across our offices in Worthing, Gatwick, Brighton and Chichester and although we provide large firm expertise, we still pride ourselves on maintaining that local feel.”

    Rachel lives in East Preston and says her two young boys keep her very busy, although she still finds time to play the piano. 

    Anthony Davies joins the practice as Partner at Gatwick following the merger of his tax advice and planning business with MHA Carpenter Box. He brings with him 17 years’ industry experience, together with in-depth knowledge of tax planning technology and cloud services.  

    Commented Anthony: “Merging the firm enables me to broaden the range of services available to my existing clients, while at the same time offering my international tax experience to the MHA Carpenter Box client base.”    

    Anthony lives in Reigate and is married with a young son. Outside of work he is a keen martial arts enthusiast and holds a black belt in Judo.

    Stuart Noakes, Head of Tax at MHA Carpenter Box, added: “I’m thrilled that Rachel and Anthony have both joined as Partners in the Tax Services Group. They bring with them a wealth of expertise and valuable experience to the partnership which will help us to further strengthen our in-house tax offering for clients. As we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, our focus will be to continue to deliver the practical advice and support to help clients maximise their tax-efficiency whilst achieving their objectives.” 

  • 22 January 2021 3:36 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Looking ahead to 2021 with a brand new challenge with St Barnabas House

    We all need a breath of fresh air in 2021, and what better way to get it than to take on our thrilling brand-new Bungee Jump or White Cliffs Abseil? Perhaps you’ve always fancied a Skydive over the Salisbury Plains or even an exhilarating Wing Walk? Whatever gets your heart pumping, with these events being naturally socially distanced, we’ve got you covered: 

    Bungee jump - Saturday 5th June - Steyne Gardens Worthing 

    White Cliffs Abseil - Saturday 3rd July - Peacehaven Heights Clifftop 

    Skydives - Saturday 17th April, Sunday 15th August, Sunday 31st October - Old Sarem Airfield, Salisbury 

    Wing Walking - Sunday 18th July - Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent

  • 22 January 2021 3:19 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Indigo have got some great meals on the menu for you! 

    Friday 29th of January 

    • Half a rotisserie spit roast chicken, 
    • Potatoes baked in tallegio cheese, smoked bacon, cream, thyme and onions 
    • Roasted vegetables

    All for £15.50 (enough for two people)
    Sticky toffee pudding and custard to follow (£4.50 per person)

    Order lines will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday the 27th January  
    Delivery will be made on the 29th January between 9:30 to mIdday
    Or you can collect during the same period

    Click here to order

  • 22 January 2021 1:48 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    5 Rings has been invited by Zen to officially help with the very exciting roll out of Gigabit broadband connections to residential households in the Worthing area.

    This will transform Worthing into one of the world’s best digitally connected cities.

    Zen will be working with City Fibre who will be installing new cables from the Worthing exchanges to all the houses in the Worthing area over the next 2 years.

    This new Gigabit roll out around the UK is being started in Worthing and Newcastle as from January 2021. Go to for more information.

    These Gigabit broadband connections will offer around 900 Mb/s up & down (up to 20 times faster) compared to the average 50 M/bs down & 15 Mb/s up speeds from current providers like BT & Virgin. These Gigabit broadband connections will only cost £40.00 per month with a free router and no set up costs or line rental costs. At the moment, these Gigabit connections will only be for residential services, but business connections will be offered later in 2021.

    If you or you know of anyone in the Worthing area that would like to have this Superfast Gigabit broadband service, phone us on 01903 946388 or go to

  • 21 January 2021 1:07 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Can you walk to France? Maybe Africa? Or even further...

    Join Aldingbourne Trust in the Step Out Lockdown challenge and help travel the world!  

    How can you take part?

    1. Count your steps 
    2. Submit them every Friday before 2pm on the Aldingbourne Trust website 
    3. Track the progress on a virtual map 
    4. See where we end up in 6 weeks!

    In the first week, Aldingbourne Trust have walked a huge 1,435,895 steps which has taken them from the Aldingbourne Country Centre, to London, to Paris and on the way to Rome! 

    Click here to find out more 

  • 21 January 2021 10:46 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Protectfully | Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests, Fever Detection Solutions and Emist Electrostatic Disinfection Systems 

    Are you looking to guarantee the safety of employees, ensure business continuity and strengthen organisational resilience?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call for many employers. The viability of a business is dependent upon the health and vitality of its workforce. Employers have found themselves facing new challenges that are reshaping the future of ‘Duty of Care’.

    Recognising vulnerabilities and taking steps to mitigate emerging risks is now a priority. Health and wellbeing have moved to top of the agenda - long-term health monitoring is here to stay. The Protectfully team are providing the latest in protective and preventative measures to ensure workplace safety against COVID-19.

    With Rapid Antigen and Antibody tests, that are manufactured within the UK and approved by Public Health England, we provide a definitive YES or NO result in as little as 15 minutes. Our range of fever detection technology can highlight potential vulnerabilities for your workforce, minimising disruption to services.

    As the only UK official partner for EMist® electrostatic disinfection, we offer a variety of disinfectant solutions to ensure the hygiene of office space and buildings. Precise and efficient, EMist® provides industry leading coverage at a fraction of the cost reducing the risk of exposure for your workforce.

    The Protectfully team have been supporting many companies over the past few months, particularly in the maritime industry and have provided specialist safety equipment since 2012, as a subdivision of Priavo Security.  We specialise in risk mitigation, crisis management and business continuity. Our goal is to help organisations across the globe keep their people safe by catering to the changing needs of businesses and the world around us.  

    Want to know more? Visit for more information, or contact us at

  • 21 January 2021 10:34 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Request for Quotation – Health & Safety Services

    Coast to Capital are reviewing their preferred supplier for the services of Health & Safety to support them on all aspects of Health & Safety under a Master Service Agreement.

    This request for quotation for the supply of Health & Safety Services is issued by Coast to Capital.

    Response Deadline 26 January 2021

    Overview of Requirements & Submission Instructions

    About Us

    As a Local Enterprise Partnership we are here to provide strategic leadership to drive economic growth and the sustainable success of this beautiful, vibrant, and exceptionally well connected area. We have already secured over £300 million of public investment to ensure our economy is future-ready and to raise our profile even further we are developing a strong Local Industrial Strategy. We are collaborative to our core, passionate about the success of this area, and believe that by working together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.

    Our Values

    We are a small but passionate and high performing team which is ambitious for the Coast to Capital area. Ambitious is one of our corporate values along with Focused, Trusted, Champion and Diverse, and we are all working hard to make Coast to Capital an ‘Exceptional’ Local Enterprise Partnership. Our Senior Management Team is committed to creating and promoting a diverse, open and inclusive culture. Our supportive environment is important to us and employee wellbeing is a key priority.

    Equality & Diversity

    Our region is a diverse one, in every sense - geographically, economically, socially, and demographically. We regard this is a major asset. When we bring people together, and work inclusively to make the most of their potential, we achieve our best. We pride ourselves on our approach to equality and diversity which is one of our corporate values. We are committed to creating an inclusive organisation which promotes and values equality and diversity in everything we do. Therefore it is vital that the organisations we work with represent, champion and build on this approach.

    Overview of Requirements

    The Chief Executive is responsible for Health and Safety at Coast to Capital. The Office Manager has the delegated authority to ensure the Health & Safety Policy is implemented, amended and updated as required.

    We require the ad hoc services of a Health & Safety professional to provide expert advice and assistance to the Office Manager and relevant personnel in any Health & Safety related matters. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Health & Safety Policy review/writing 
    • Legislation
    • DSE assessments
    • Risk assessments including working from home
    • Property inspection
    • Incident investigations
    • Relevant training as required
    • Occupational health assessments 
    The successful applicant will have experience of providing Health & Safety services to office based SMEs and their ethos will align with our company values and culture. In order to improve the social economic and environmental wellbeing of the Coast to Capital region, only local suppliers will be considered.

    Submission Instructions

    Proposals should come to us in the form of a brief document which will include the following information:

    • Contact details.
    • Experience details for the person/company submitting the proposal.
    • Track record of delivery of similar work.
    • Details of how you meet our values.
    • Which of the services you can provide
    •  Fees for the person who will be delivering the service. Fees should include VAT.
    • The earliest date you would be able to start. 
    Fees should be presented as an hourly rate for each service and include any reductions in fees for any increased usage of services.

    The successful applicant will be added to our preferred supplier list under a Master Service Agreement and will be reviewed after 12 months.

    Coast to Capital may exercise the option to extend the terms of the MSA for a further 12 months. This is not a commitment by Coast to Capital.

    Scoring of Tender Proposals

    Tender proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

    Deliverability & Strategic Fit 40%
    Alignment to our company values 30%
    Value for money 30%

    Scoring and selection will be based upon using the above weighting, along with the methodology which sits beneath it, to determine quality and value for money.

    Methodology for scoring. Example: Alignment to our company values 30% (0-5) 0 = no consideration of company values, 3 = some consideration of company values demonstrated, 5 = detailed consideration of company values.

    Submission Instructions

    Please email your proposal to by 5pm on 26 January 2021.


    This tendering opportunity will only be open for 1 week from 18 January to 26 January 2021.

    We will contact you regarding the result of your tender application by 02 February 2021. 

    Click here to read full tender document

  • 21 January 2021 10:18 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres and Museum first crowdfunding campaign exceeds all expectations, raising £17, 164 for the charity
    Worthing Theatres and Museum have thanked their supporters and join with them to celebrate the the success of their first ever crowdfunding campaign, closing on Friday 15th January and achieving over £17,000 in donations.
    The crowdfunding campaign  Save Worthing Theatres and Museum, in just over seven weeks, with over 430 donors achieved 171% of the original target of £10,000. The campaign launched on 18 November as part of the Theatres Trust nationwide #SaveOurTheatres campaign. 
    The national campaign was designed to raise valuable funds to support theatres throughout the country.  Worthing Theatres and Museum were one of the most recent to sign up for the scheme. Exceeding their original target, with over a week remaining WTM set an additional £5k stretch target so supporters could continue to raise more much needed funds for the charity, which their community once again exceeded. 
    Amanda O’Reilly, CEO, Worthing Theatres and Museum said: 
    Our community's response has surpassed all our aspirations, a huge thank you to those who have donated and for their lovely messages of support, they have really inspired the team. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of the artists, comedians, musicians and celebrities who gave their time and voice to support the campaign. This financial boost, together with the government support of the Cultural Recovery Fund, means we can begin to look forward and plan WTM’s return bringing our community the programme of arts, film and heritage we know they love.
    Before the third lockdown, WTM had been working hard to reopen their venues step by step and safeguard as many jobs as possible as a priority to ensure the future survival of WTM. With the capacity for socially distanced events at the Connaught Theatre, Connaught Studio, Assembly Hall, Pavilion Theatre and Worthing Museum vastly reducing the charities income, WTM reached out to their community towards raising a proportion of the additional funds needed to help WTM recover over the next year. You can view the journey of the charity’s campaign and see the remarkable support and comments from donors on WTM’s crowdfunder page.

  • 21 January 2021 10:17 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    New Later Life Care Service Support for Families Launched in Sussex

    MHA Carpenter Box Financial Advisers have teamed up with Legal & General to provide individuals and families across Sussex with help and guidance covering later life care, which has become more challenging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The L&G Later Life Care service provides help on finding a suitable care home, looks at funding options and offers advice on support at home.

    MHA Carpenter Box Senior Financial Planning Manager Gill Lynes says the pandemic has made an already complex area of planning for the future even more difficult to navigate.

    Gill, an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), explains: “Making arrangements for later life care, and understanding how this can be funded, has always been a complex process. Choosing suitable care has become even more problematic in recent months in part because of the restrictions governing visits to care homes. However, with our guidance, individuals and their families can make sound decisions appropriate to their current circumstances while planning for the future.”

    Gill and her team are specialists in care planning and funding and are approved panel members for L&G Later Life Care – a service that brings together lots of useful information all in one place that is free and easy to use. The service also includes an online Care Cost Calculator that can help predict the longevity of savings and identify any potential shortfalls.

  • 21 January 2021 10:08 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Martlet Partnership Winter 2020-21 Business Support Guide

    Further to the Government announcements, The Martlet Partnership now have pleasure in presenting their Winter Business Support Guide, which contains further commentary and analysis .

    Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses and individuals have benefited from a range of schemes, including furlough grants for staff unable to work, grants for the self-employed, deferral of VAT and Income Tax payments and cheap, government-backed business loans.

    With the second wave of coronavirus infections upon us, the whole of England entered a national lockdown from 5 January, while Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have imposed local or national restrictions for some weeks now.

    To help businesses that are required to close, the Chancellor has extended the existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31 October, until 30 April 2021. The CJRS has also been made more generous from 1 November than it was in October, as it will now cover 80% of employees’ normal pay for their furloughed time, capped at £2,500 per month. The employer will be required to pay the employer’s National Insurance Contributions and minimum workplace pension contributions due on their employees’ wages.

    Note that the financial support for businesses to pay their employees applies across the UK, while the lockdown rules are different in each country.

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