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  • 09 February 2021 8:51 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing’s creative industries set for post-COVID jobs boost

    Creative and digital start-ups across Worthing could be given a post-COVID jobs boost with the proposed expansion of Colonnade House.

    The Worthing Borough Council-owned creative hub has flourished since being opened in 2015. This has continued during the pandemic with gallery space and artistic studios running at close to capacity this year.

    Keen to provide even more artists, designers and tech start-ups with a platform to grow, the Council is now looking to push ahead with plans to redevelop and expand the building in Warwick Street.

    This will include upgrading the current facilities, installing ultrafast gigabit broadband and creating new studio units for micro-entrepreneurs by bringing back into use two redundant buildings in High Street. Six new homes, a cafe and further meeting and exhibition space could also be created.

    Executive councillors, who are set to give approval to push ahead with the plans at a virtual meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 3), welcomed the move as part of its wider efforts to support the town bounce back from COVID.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Worthing has fast become a hotspot for innovative creative and digital industries with dozens of firms taking advantage of our vibrant communities, excellent connections and fantastic way of life.

    “A big part of this has been the emergence of Colonnade House which has given local talent a platform to establish and grow while contributing to the wider vitality of the town centre and local economy.

    “We want to build on that, creating adaptable, flexible workspaces which are fit for a post-COVID world and giving more opportunities to start-up ‘kitchen table’ businesses. This will create dozens of good-quality skilled jobs for local people while creating a more resilient local economy.”

    A report to be discussed by Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee this week notes that while many businesses have struggled to recover from lockdown, the creative digital tech sector has continued to grow with recent figures suggesting it is worth £100 billion a year to the UK economy.

    With the average business in the sector employing about 3 people, the proposed space at Colonnade will be focused on creating quality flexible space with world-class digital infrastructure which will be fit for purpose in a post-COVID world.

    A total of 20 direct and 25 indirect jobs are expected to be created while the new facility will also provide professional development support for hundreds of people in the sector.

    If executive councillors back the idea, a planning application could be submitted in December with work possibly starting on site in autumn 2021.

    Councillor Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes culture and housing, said: “Colonnade House has been a huge success since opening, providing a space for hundreds of people to hone their skills while entertaining many thousands more. 

    “The fact this new plan will offer even more innovative individuals a chance to make a living from their creative talents is extremely exciting. 

    “I also welcome the possibility of creating six new properties by turning run-down derelict buildings into good-quality housing, something which is vital for the ongoing prosperity of the town centre.”

    The redevelopment of Colonnade House is one part of the Councils’ ambitious direction of travel Platforms for Our Places: Going Further.

    This scheme also supports the Council’s ‘And Then...’ ambitions to support micro startups and micro entrepreneurs in response to the COVID pandemic.


  • 08 February 2021 4:22 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions 

    “I predict an explosion of creativity in the arts and business sectors when the pent up energy held back by the pandemic is released – a cultural and economic renaissance.”

    These are the words of Karen Simporis, Chair of Adur and Worthing Trust whose gaze is set firmly beyond lockdown and towards the wonderful, creative and life-affirming things that we are all looking forward to doing again.

    Adur & Worthing Trust is the local charity behind Colonnade House and the successful partnership with Worthing Borough Council that has brought this creative hub to life. An important part of their work as a charity is to help get ideas and new creative businesses off the ground, and that’s where the Creative Commissions come in.

    Running for the fourth time, the Creative Commissions launch event is on Thursday 14th January offering grants of between £300 and £700 to local creatives in Adur and Worthing who want to get a project off the ground.

    Karen says, “We’re looking for new work that flags up the vibrant creative community we live in and we’ve made it a simple process.”

    Last year the scheme had to be pulled due to Covid-19, and so this year it is back bigger and better and the trustees are looking forward to getting proposals for projects from across all areas of the arts.

    More information about Creative Commissions can be found on the Colonnade House website: https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/event/creative-commissions-2021/

    As the exciting plans for the expansion of Colonnade House into a creative digital hub will soon be submitted for planning permission the Trust are also looking ahead to their continued role in the development and management of the hub. With that in mind, the Trust are actively looking for new trustees with experience, expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas:

    Fundraising, Project development, Strategic thinking, Education for all ages and levels, Digital innovation and economy, Policy analysis, Marketing, Financial planning and analysis, Legal, and all areas of the arts and heritage.

    For an informal discussion or expressions of interest please contact: k.simporis1@ntlworld.com

  • 08 February 2021 2:09 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Chancellor eases burden on more than a million businesses through Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options

    Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the government announced today (8 February).

    • Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the option to tailor payments according to their individual circumstances
    • Chancellor makes support even more generous with the option to delay all repayments for a further six months
    • Pay as You Grow will be available to over 1.4 million businesses, which collectively took out nearly £45 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme

    The Treasury’s Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities enable borrowers to tailor their repayment schedule, with the option to extend the length of their loans from six to ten years (reducing monthly repayments by almost half), make interest-only payments for six months or pause repayments for up to six months.

    The Chancellor has now extended the flexibility of the third option, which will now be available to all from their first repayment, rather than after six repayments have been made. This will mean that businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them out.

    These Pay as You Grow options will be available to more than 1.4 million businesses which took out a total of nearly £45 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

    This is in addition to the government covering the costs of interest for the first year of the loan.

    Pay as You Grow’s additional support, first announced by the Chancellor in September, will give borrowers the option to tailor repayments to their individual circumstances.

    This will provide more time and greater flexibility to repay the loans.

    From today, lenders will begin reaching out to borrowers to provide information on repayment schedules and how to access flexible repayment options.

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

    "Businesses are continuing to feel the impact of extended disruption from Covid-19, and we’re determined to give them the backing and confidence they need to get through the pandemic.

    "That’s why we’re giving Bounce Back Loan borrowers breathing space to get back on their feet, through greater flexibility and time to repay their loans on their terms."

    Lenders will proactively and directly inform their customers of Pay as You Grow, and borrowers should only expect correspondence three months before their first repayments are due.

    It will provide businesses with the following options:

    1. Extend the length of the loan from six years to ten
    2. Make interest-only payments for six months, with the option to use this up to three times throughout the loan
    3. Pause repayments entirely for up to six months

    Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, added:

    "The comprehensive and generous financial support package we have delivered across the UK has protected jobs, saved businesses and kept local economies on the move.

    "While our vaccine rollout is moving at an incredible pace and the end is in sight, we know times are still tough for many companies and extra support is needed.

    "These flexible repayment options will give businesses the time they need to recover from the pandemic before paying back loans, giving them the breathing space and confidence to build back better."


  • 03 February 2021 9:05 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Job Vacancy - Health & Safety Manager at Shoreham Port

    Shoreham Port operates 24/7 365 days of the year within a fascinating and complex Health & Safety environment. The successful applicant will have responsibility for Health & Safety across all land side activities of the Port including our busy operations, engineering, maintenance and property divisions, ensuring that safety is at the heart of everything we do.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for a Health & Safety Manager who thrives on leading and delivering transformational change within the Health & Safety arena whilst continuing to ensure compliance with all relevant Health & Safety legislation.

    Skills and experience: 

    • Attained an industry recognised qualification such as NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent.

    • Previous experience of working in a complex Health & Safety environment.

    • Experienced in advising and guiding senior leadership teams, line managers and colleagues in all matters relating to Health & Safety.

    • Experience of incident investigation, root cause analysis and working with the Health & Safety Executive.

    • Demonstrates up to date knowledge and practical application of Health & Safety regulations and standards.

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills used to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders both internally and externally.

    • Strong organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail and a methodical approach.

    • Experienced and highly competent in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point.
    • Enjoy an autonomous standalone role.
    • Proven capability to adapt and respond to changing priorities.
    • Calm under pressure and able to demonstrate resilience.
    • Full Driving License.

    Pay/Package 

    • Up to £51,000 per annum 
    • Exceptional defines benefit pension scheme - Employer contribution rate - 18%
    • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
    • Immediate starts are available 
    • Funded training in a supportive environment 
    • Access to a comprehensive wellbeing scheme

    Click here to see more information. 

    Click here to see full job description.

    Click here to see the application form. 

  • 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.”

    www.carpenterbox.com 


  • 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 https://www.cityfibre.com/news/zen-launch-gigabit-speed-broadband-services-cityfibres-networks/ 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 www.zen.co.uk/worthing


  • 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 protectfully.com for more information, or contact us at info@protectfully.com.



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