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  • 10 December 2020 12:58 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kreston Reeves named ‘Large Firm of the Year’ at Accounting Excellence Awards

    Accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves has been named ‘Large Firm of the Year’ at the prestigious annual Accounting Excellence Awards.

    The judges praised Kreston Reeves strong performance during an exceptionally challenging year and its efforts in growing the breadth and depth of services offered to clients.

    Kreston Reeves fought off stiff competition from some of the UK’s largest accountancy firms to win the award, which it also won in 2018.

    In giving the award, the Accounting Excellence judges said Kreston Reeves “stood out in a strong field”. They added the “firm is successfully growing the breadth and depth of services, with a clear focus on the challenge of rebuilding post-COVID while posting very strong growth figures. Kreston Reeves obviously values the future as much as it values the day-to-day”.

    Nigel Fright, Managing Partner, Kreston Reeves, on collecting the award, said: “This award is worthy external recognition of all the effort and sacrifice that everyone at Kreston Reeves continues to make as we work through the personal, professional and organisational challenges wrought by COVID, and now Brexit.”

    Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner, Kreston Reeves adds: “We are exceptionally proud of the way everyone has supported their clients and each other in a difficult year. This award is for everyone that makes Kreston Reeves the firm it is today.”

    Kreston Reeves has seen turnover increase by 64% since 2016, growing a network of offices across London, Kent and Sussex, playing a key role in the Kreston International network of more than 200 accountancy firms across 110 countries.

    The firm has recently introduced a new ‘Growth advisory’ service supporting fast-growing businesses, launched dedicated COVID-19 and Brexit hubs, created a charitable foundation, launched its purpose under the banner ‘guiding you to a brighter future’, and developed further its award-winning training and development programme which includes being just one of three accountancy firms accredited as ‘Employer Provider’ on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers by the Department of Education. The firm continues to invest significantly in new trainees for the future.

    For more information visit www.krestonreeves.com.


  • 10 December 2020 9:03 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Students at St Oscar Romero Catholic School raise the profile of mental well-being, as well as £771.51 for local Mental Health Charity 

    Students at St Oscar Romero Catholic School were delighted to present a cheque, via a zoom assembly, in the sum of £771.51 to Lisa Green from local charity West Sussex Mind.  West Sussex Mind offer advice and information about mental health to adults, young people (16-25), carers, older people and families and information about mental health.  

    Early in November, students had taken part in a series of activities, over the course of a week, to mark Mental Wellbeing Day.  Activities included random acts of kindness; writing to or calling someone who lives far away; thinking about qualities of others they admire; Flashmob dances; yoga sessions; Kahoot quiz; ‘knit and natter’ and ‘fix your bike’ clubs; as well as a mufti day to raise funds for West Sussex Mind.  Members of school staff also spoke about the importance of mental health, including sharing their own personal experiences.    Lisa Green from West Sussex Mind said "I would like to say a very big thank you for organising a mufti day with your students on our behalf - we really appreciate your efforts.  Once again, many thanks for helping us to continue our much needed work"  

  • 09 December 2020 9:40 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Business Helps Homeless Charity Christmas Appeal

    Local company Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd (ETI) were delighted to pledge their support to Turning Tides charity by donating £3,000 towards their ‘Christmas Is Not Cancelled’ appeal. 

    Based in Worthing, ETI are aware of the issues that affect homeless individuals in the town and surrounding areas so when it came to collaborating with a local charity, Turning Tides was the obvious choice.  Surviving on the street this winter will be a huge challenge for some men and women and many are facing homelessness for the first time, as Covid takes away jobs and livelihoods.  The money donated will help to provide turkeys and all the trimmings for volunteers at Turning Tides to cook and deliver.  In addition to food and festivities, their frontline keyworkers will provide practical and emotional support throughout the festive period - and beyond into the new year.

    Abbi Last, Corporate Fundraiser for Turning Tides commented “Thank you so much ETI for your ongoing support – it has never been so gratefully received. Your generosity and that of others will enable us to offer help, much-needed hope, and even a little bit of Christmas to those who need it most in our community”.

    Turning Tides is now the biggest provider of services for single homeless people in West Sussex and they continue to grow and develop their services to meet the needs of the local area. They provide real pathways out of homelessness and are committed to supporting people at every stage of their journey. Their services empower those experiencing homelessness to find the strength, confidence and belief in themselves to create a brighter future.

    Jason Webb, Operations Director at ETI recently visited the Worthing Hub to present a cheque.  Jason said; ‘Christmas is a time of giving and thinking of others and the opportunity to help a local charity that provides such outstanding support was met with much enthusiasm by our staff and also enables us to help raise awareness and give something back to our community’.

    More information on the appeal can be found at https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/christmas/


  • 08 December 2020 8:47 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    West Sussex Recover & Rise in 2021 Program

    In the New Year, West Sussex County Council is supporting a new initiative across the county to help small businesses who are finding the current climate commercially tough.

    The West Sussex Recover & Rise in 2021 program is a series of nine FREE online workshops designed to give small businesses a robust toolkit to not only survive through another year of unpredictable times, but to thrive.

    These sessions have been put together by local experts (Rume2, Shake It Up Creative & Creative Bloom in partnership with the County Council) to help business owners define, communicate and market in the right way to attract and retain customers throughout 2021.

    From product/service definition to networking, from setting goals & KPIs to tracking success through analytics, from action planning to digital marketing, this program will give small and micro companies the structure and sales that many of them desperately need as we head into a new year.

    The sessions will be run online and will take place at 12pm every Tuesday & Friday from Tuesday 12th January.

    Interested organisations can use the link below to sign up for any or all of the sessions.

    Sign up to workshops

    The business must be located within West Sussex to be eligible for these workshops.

    Program Overview

    Session 1 – Action Planning to Survive & Thrive

    How to restructure your long-term business plan into a set of manageable actions prioritised first by survival & then back to growth.

    Link to event

    Session 2 – Defining Your Products & Services

    How to structure and communicate your products & services so it is absolutely clear to your potential customers the benefit and value they will bring them.

    Link to event

    Session 3 – Goal, Objective & KPI Setting

    How to set relevant & measurable objectives, goals & KPIs for each key pillar of your business.

    Link to event

    Session 4 – Collaborate, Trust & Win

    In this session, learn why you should consider collaboration and purpose as part of your company growth plan and how to make it happen (networking included).

    Link to event

    Session 5 – SEO for Local Businesses

    A session for local businesses with a physical location or an online website to improve SEO knowledge and start ranking higher on Google results.

    Link to event

    Session 6 – Social Media for Business

    Gain both a theoretical and practical overview of the main social media marketing channels used for business – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and how to include them within your overall marketing strategy.

    Link to event

    Session 7 – Google Analytics Training

    An in-depth Google Analytics training workshop for beginners and intermediate levels. Understand the platform with a live walk-through.

    Link to event

    Session 8 – Using PR To Build Brand Visibility

    Learn the details about what makes the best stories and how to confidently pitch them to the local media. This session will also explain why PR and SEO are a marketing match made in heaven to seriously raise the visibility of your brand.

    Link to event

    Session 9 – Google Adwords Training

    In this online Pay Per Click (PPC) training you’ll learn why paid advertising is so important and how it can boost your website traffic.

    Link to event

    Book your sessions online now and start 2021 with a real boost to your business for FREE.

    Expert delivery team

    www.rume2.co.uk 

    www.creativebloomrocks.com 

    www.shakeitupcreative.com 

  • 08 December 2020 8:37 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Virtual Wine Tasting with Care For Veterans

    Care For Veterans have teamed up with Majestic Wine to deliver a wonderful evening of wines and ports.

    They can either send the wines to you*, or you can collect them from our facility on Boundary Road, Worthing. In each ‘Taster for Two’, you will receive five 187ml mini bottles of wine to share between you.

    Join them for a Zoom call on Friday 12th February at 8:30pm, where a member of the team from Majestic Wine will talk you through each wine.

    You will explore wines you may not have ever tasted before, have a chance to ask questions, and learn more about how each wine gets its distinct flavour.

    When: Friday 12th February 2021 at 8:30pm
    Where: Online – so anywhere you prefer to enjoy a glass of wine!
    Cost: £35 for a taster for two – EARLY BIRD OFFER £30 (when purchased before the 25th December 2020)

    Click here for more information or to book

  • 02 December 2020 3:37 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres and Museum are excited to announce their bi-annual Open competition is open for submissions
     
    WTM’s bi-annual Open exhibition invites amateur and professional artists from Worthing and the wider Sussex community to submit a digital image of their work to the Museum, for the chance for their artwork to be displayed in the Studio Gallery space.
     
    Due to the current situation holding the Open20 in the usual format just isn’t possible so this year WTM will be holding the Digital Open20. They are inviting anyone of any ages who lives or works in East or West Sussex to submit an entry via the Digital Open entry form, which you can find at wtam.uk/Open20. There is no specific theme so the subject matter is completely open to artistic interpretation!
     
    Entries close 5pm Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
     
    The team at WTM will be short listing entries to feature in an online exhibition on their website, where the public will be invited to vote for their top 25 pieces - which will then feature in an exhibition in Worthing Museum’s Studio Gallery between January and March 2021. If you’re successful you’ll need to deliver your original artwork to the Museum, both 2D and 3D works are welcome but please check the conditions of entry for information regarding technical restrictions and limitations.
     
    WTM wants to ensure Digital Open20 reflects the work of local amateur artists, communities and professional artists, of all ages and backgrounds. Anyone who lives or works in East or West Sussex is welcome to apply with artwork in any medium.
     
    Find out more and submit you work at www.wtam.uk/Open20.   

  • 02 December 2020 3:35 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Vision 21 (V21) at St Oscar Romero’s

    Vision 21 is a virtual student support program being held at St Oscar Romero Catholic School in Worthing. Phil Dean the Extended Learning Leader is working with a group of business, industry, FE and HE providers to help and support the students future and progress. 

    We are looking for willing Partners that can help support and grow this initiative and  hopefully build strong links for the students to help them feel more confident about their future during these troubled times.  

    There are a number of virtual initiatives being discussed including: 

    • Reverse Interview - Where students investigate and interview Partners in order to select their ‘Chosen One’. 
    • Partner Mentoring (groups or Individual). 
    • Experience of work (individual or group projects).  
    • Baked - A business enterprise day with virtual advisers.
    • Challenge 21 - Weekly group tasks set by our Entrepreneur Partners to find the new generation of Business leaders of the future
  • 02 December 2020 3:24 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Yes, Indigo are open for business!

    Simon Magoroli, Director of the Indigo Restaurant has provided the below update. 

    "Indigo has its very own carefully selected “Christmas hamper of top Quality entertainment and delicious food”…….
     
    There is something special for everyone!
    I am very proud of the Christmas line up, I think it is unparalleled in variety and quality to anywhere in Sussex!  

    West end stars – TV stars – Guinness Book record holders – Royal family private entertainers …..I am/ we are here absolutely determined to make this a Christmas for you to remember……
     
    So what does this mean for all at Indigo??
     
    After a lot of thought we have decided that we will not be defeated and CARRY ON  but in the same breath say that we will tread forward with due caution; As a consequence of the new guidance and the limitations imposed, I am sure you are not surprised to be told that numbers attending some of the events have understandably diminished since the announcement which makes them potentially not viable!
    So in short …… if you are planning on coming to Indigo please book NOW

    Which will help enormously in organising this challenging month We all need cheering up and I think we are offering just the right HAPPY MEDICINE. We will  rest assured be open for all dates as listed on the website but not necessarily with performers, just call to check how things are progressing 

    We are abiding by all covid regulations of that you can be confident and assured
     
    To view all  our fabulous events for December Click here
     
    Private Dining
    Please remember we have some intimate private dining rooms all decorated festively that can comfortably seat family and bubble guests all in accordance with covid guidance.

    Christmas Gift vouchers
    We sell £’000/s of gift vouchers which we can personalise with a message and send either through the post or by email
    You don’t have to do a thing! Just call us or email…..

    • Who is the lucky recipient
    • How much (£) value
    • A message
    • The address

    Could not be easier! And already this year we have guests taking friends as a Christmas present to one of the shows as a Christmas present!  what a great idea!
     
    I am still trying to arrange a Christmas carol concert for the Mayor's local charities as we have done for many years but this time it will be recorded and will be delivered with a Christmas afternoon tea and of course a carol sheet to sing along! I will keep you posted!
     
    I really hope that you join us in December. The stage/ lighting and music PA is being set up on Sunday in readiness for our first performance.
     
    With my warmest seasonal greetings….. and just one more time please book!"
     
    Simon Margaroli
    Director

  • 02 December 2020 3:19 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Zen to launch Gigabit speed broadband services over CityFibre’s networks

    • Zen becomes CityFibre’s third national consumer ISP to offer full fibre services to consumers
    • CityFibre’s Gigabit speed consumer broadband products will underpin Zen’s major customer acquisition targets
    • Initial launch over four cities with plan to extend service across CityFibre’s footprint of up to 8m homes

    Zen Internet, the UK’s largest independently owned telecommunications and technology service provider, has announced today that it will be joining CityFibre’s rapidly expanding national open access networks to bring reliable, full fibre broadband services to homes and businesses across the country. CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, is currently engaged in an up-to-£4 billion Gigabit City Investment Programme and Zen will be the latest consumer internet service provider to join its networks.

    The first locations set to enjoy access to Zen’s competitively priced 1Gbps services will be Newcastle upon Tyne and Worthing, where the first customers are expected to go live in January. Ipswich and Leicester will be launched later in 2021 with further locations to be announced in due course. Alongside the delivery of home broadband services, CityFibre and Zen will work together to develop an extensive wholesale business service across CityFibre’s national network footprint.

    Complementing its market leading growth in ultrafast sales and service delivery, Zen’s new speed service is made possible by using CityFibre’s reliable full fibre network. It will be amongst the fastest broadband services available to any home in the UK, providing customers with 1Gbps of bandwidth when both downloading and uploading. The service will transform customers’ digital capabilities, providing sufficient bandwidth to unlock the full potential of every smart device in the home and providing a solid platform for smart home applications of the future.

    Paul Stobart, Chief Executive Officer at Zen, said: ““Full fibre is set to be the backbone of the UK’s connectivity for years to come, so we’re excited to be able to offer a market-leading gigabit speed service to tens of thousands of new broadband customers over CityFibre’s network. We will also be offering this service through our network of 700 channel partners many of whom are operating in these cities, so they too can make the most of FTTP and the move to ultrafast.

    “More urgently, UK consumers need a service provider they can trust that offers a reliable and customer-first approach, and we’ve been delivering that for two and a half decades now, introducing industry-first initiatives such as our lifetime price guarantee. We’re eager to show what we can do for customers in these initial cities in a world where households are more dependent than ever before on broadband that connects them to the outside world – including school, work, family and friends. We look forward to further expansion as the partnership develops.”

    Greg Mesch, Chief Executive Officer at CityFibre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zen onto our networks, and to support their exciting Gigabit-speed home broadband service. Their strong reputation and award-winning services make them a perfect partner and we look forward to helping even more homes and businesses to take advantage of the huge benefits that full fibre has to offer.

    “With build or mobilisation already underway across 67 towns and cities, and plans to reach up to 8 million premises, CityFibre is fast creating a nationwide world-class wholesale full fibre platform for our current and future customers. In doing so, we are also playing our part in providing the UK with the digital infrastructure needed to support its economic recovery and long-term success.“

    For more information, please visit: www.zen.co.uk/cityfibre 

  • 02 December 2020 3:12 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Aldingbourne Trust WorkAid looking for office space

    WorkAid are looking for a small office to rent in the Worthing area. They require:

    • A private office
    • Wifi
    • Parking would be useful but not essential. 

    If you do have an office available please contact juliap@aldingbourne.org 


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