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  • 25 February 2020 10:14 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    It's time for Worthing...Unveiled: Borough's first ever brand 

    For the first time in its history Worthing will have an exciting place brand campaign aimed at increasing inward investment into the borough.

    ‘ It is a game changer ,’ said chairwoman of the Town Centre Initiative, Diane Guest, ‘ It starts to position our home as the place we residents know it to be; forward-looking, with a quality of life to envy and, of course, with open arms to anyone who wants to come and join us .’

    A consortium of organisations and individuals including the Town Centre Initiative, music pioneers AudioActive, Worthing Digital, Worthing Borough Council, Proto Restaurant Group and others have come together to develop the new place brand. Worthing company Warren Creative is responsible for the concept.

    Worthing Borough Council has committed to backing Time For Worthing with officer time devoted to spreading the word and following up leads from people and businesses looking to invest in Worthing.

    The Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, said, ‘ This is a brilliant and confident brand reflecting a place that is increasingly confident. We know from other companies that have already come here like LCR at Union Place and BoKlok, with its home building plans, that they get a positive can-do attitude from us. People want to do business here to help us create jobs and prosperity.’

    Time For Worthing was developed after extensive surveys of stakeholders and a series of discussion groups. Eventually two themes emerged. Worthing was both vibrant and together the participants insisted. In other words there was a growing sense of an enviable lifestyle to be had here and there was also a strong sense of community.

    Founder of Warren Creative, Stuart Warren, said, ‘ When we got this brilliant feedback about Worthing we started to think about this duality, vibrant and together and how it would work visually. Then came Time For which obviously works on a number of levels. In one way it is saying it is our time but it is also speaking to the sense of the breathing space Worthing gives us with the sea, South Downs and all of the activities that offers us somewhere to escape the workplace and recharge our batteries .’

    Today large advertising spaces have been taken at Victoria Station, Gatwick Airport, Brighton Station and Worthing Station with the Time For Worthing message. Two promotional videos have been created and lampposts throughout the borough have been adorned with Time For Worthing banners. In addition a new website timeforworthing.uk has been created to deal with enquiries and to explain the brand and how to use it. Window stickers with the brand mark, created in the shape of the borough boundary have also been created and it is hoped as many people as possible will display them. 

    Cllr Jenkins said, ‘ We really want everyone in Worthing to embrace Time For. This is not a Council brand, it belongs to everyone and it will only be a success, bringing new opportunities to our borough, if everyone gets behind it.’

  • 24 February 2020 12:51 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Gemini Print for achieving the top score in Europe to become the Winner of the international Kodak SONORA Plate GREEN LEAF AWARD.

    Clients and partners are delighted to see further recognition that the leading printing firm in the region is continuing to keep the focus on ‘Think Green’ through every stage. 

    Managing Director, Steve Cropper, said “with a team of more than 170 people it takes everyone to play their part in shifting habits.  ‘Think Green’ isn’t reserved for our extensive print manufacturing operation – branded merchandise, print finishing, direct mail, design, promotional products teams are now skilled at identifying new eco-positive solutions and processes.”

    All businesses that are passionate about consistent improvements and developments in its environmental management policies and actions will recognise it is many different aspects of care and change that can impact improvements.  This breadth of impact was evident in the wide range of scoring criteria that detailed reviews of:

    1.   Environmental Stewardship Commitment
    2.   Regular Measurement of Environmental Performance
    3.   Formal Accreditations, e.g. ISO14001 for Environmental Management
    4.   Eco Labels
    5.   Environmental Certifications
    6.   Commitment to Energy Efficiency & Demonstration of Positive Impact
    7.   Water Usage Reduction Actions & Results
    8.   Recycling Achievements & Certification
    9.   Recycling Schemes Participation
    10.   Community Actions
    11.   Journey Efficiencies & Fuel Policies
    12.   Vegan/Vegetable Based Printing Inks
    13.   Inline Ink Supply
    14.   Sustainable Forests and Managed Paper Supply
    15.   100% Record – Zero Environmental, Safety of Ethical Violations
    16.   Launched ‘Say NO to PLASTICS’ Promo Options

    In addition to the criteria above the use of Process Free Plates plays a key role in reducing environmental impact by cutting water, chemical and energy consumption.  Process free printing plates don’t need to be developed with a chemical developer before they go to press.  Also, due to the high-grade aluminium, the used plates are ideal for recycling.

    While Gemini Print actions environmental improvements, the team also remains focused on providing excellent service for clients.  Clients need effective quality at every stage of print manufacturing, so the added benefit of removing the old variability of processing standards when creating printing plates ensures that “Gemini it Right First Time” is in action!

    If you would like to talk about how Gemini Print can help you gain the ‘power of print’ please call 01273 086 206 or simply ‘chat’ on gemini-print.co.uk.


  • 21 February 2020 12:03 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Government warned: North/South divide investment plan based on ‘false narrative’

    The new government has been warned that it must not leave the South East behind as it seeks to ‘level up’ investment between the North and South.

    The chairman of Greater Brighton, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, said a "false narrative" had been allowed to arise which suggested the south had been favoured when it came to government investment and projects.

    He said: "We cannot let this story become an accepted part of government narrative. We are simply not flowing with cash. In fact we are actually not getting our fair share.

    "Any investment plans must take in the needs of the entire country and acknowledge the importance of the contribution individual regions make to the entire economic wellbeing of the country.

    "As Greater Brighton chairman I will make sure our case is put firmly to the new government. All we are asking for is fairness."

    He was responding to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to ‘level up’ opportunities across the UK and ensure the North is no longer the poor relation when it comes to spending on transport, industrial and digital infrastructure. 

    But Cllr Humphreys said that spending on road and transport in the South East was already lagging behind. He added that 75 per cent of the grants to revive towns and cities under the government’s MyTown programme had gone to places in the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands despite the clear needs of communities in the Greater Brighton area.

    Cllr Humphreys said: "We all know we have areas of deprivation and skills shortages here that need as urgently addressing as they do anywhere else in the country."

    Cllr Humphreys told a meeting of the Greater Brighton Economic Board that the South East was home to 7.5 million people, a figure that will grow by 16 per cent in the next 25 years.

    He said that at £200 billion per annum the region was the second-highest contributor to the economy after London and yet the amount of public spending per head, at £8,100, was the lowest in the UK. This was 10 per cent lower than the national average and 20 per cent lower than London.

    He called on the government to back the £300m scheme to upgrade the Brighton main line to London near East Croydon. The bottleneck at Windmill Junction causes delay and knock-on delay across the network every time an incident occurs and it means there is no capacity to run more trains to meet future passenger growth, leading to overcrowding in the years ahead unless action is taken.


  • 21 February 2020 11:58 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Global reduction in transport emissions driven by Greater Brighton business

    Greater Brighton leaders have praised a local engineering firm Ricardo for driving forward the push to cut carbon emissions in transport across the globe.

    Having been founded in Shoreham over a century ago by Sir Harry Ricardo, the company is a global, multi-industry, multi-discipline consultancy and niche manufacture of high performance products focused on maximising efficiency.

    The company has 3,000 staff around the world, 700 of whom work from Shoreham Technical Centre the headquarters on the banks of the River Adur in West Sussex, 

    Greater Brighton delegates had the chance to see this work during a tour of the global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy firm earlier this month.

    Delegates praised the company for investing in the area and creating skilled jobs, which are helping support the growth of the advanced engineering sector in the wider City Region.

    Cllr Daniel Humphreys, who is chairman of Greater Brighton, said: "One of the big things that's stuck out from my visit to Ricardo is the really innovative work they are doing in driving forward the sustainability agenda.

    “We are seeing some massive leaps forward in cleaner, more efficient use of energy going forward - and it’s in part due to the work being done on this site in the heart of Greater Brighton. How fantastic that the ideas and innovation to clean up the engines in the future that we'll be using to get around is being done here in the City Region.

    “Companies like Ricardo make an enormous contribution to the local economy too with 700 people working here on this site, many in high-skilled jobs for people who live locally and who have been trained locally through our excellent further education and university

    providers.”

    Among the areas showcased during the visit was a new hybrid powertrain centre, which is part funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership through Greater Brighton. Currently under construction, the funding has enabled the repurposing of an existing building which will be dedicated to testing battery technology essential for original equipment manufacturers who are developing future electric and hybrid vehicles. 

    The tour also included a look around the Vehicle Emissions Research Centre, which is a world-class facility that is helping create the next-generation of clean, low carbon vehicles. The facility, which is open 24/7 and can be configured to work in a range of conditions, was supported by a £3.5 million grant from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

    Ricardo is well known for its manufacturing of high-quality engineered products, from motorsports driveline systems to aerospace components. Engine production by Ricardo in recent years has served a total over 20 major automakers and engine suppliers, providing everything from prototypes through pre-production units, to niche volume series production of high-performance products. 

    Dave Shemmans, Chief Executive Officer of Ricardo, said: “Ricardo has been on this site for over 100 years - it's where Harry Ricardo set up the business back in 1915 making engines for local fishermen. A century on, we are still designing advanced engineering products for cars, rail and aerospace, so we are very much keeping to the heritage of the business.

    "A prime aim of our work is looking towards our net zero strategy and we think other companies, governments and local cities should be doing the same.

    "Greater Brighton is a great place to do business. The infrastructure here is very good with good road and air networks. Clients obviously love visiting Brighton. It's a great place to be based."


  • 21 February 2020 10:55 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Homes Job Opportunity: Head of Finance and IT 

    Worthing Homes is an ambitious business with a social purpose. We have a long and strong track record of great customer service, performance and developing new homes.  

    As a business we have a strong and sustainable financial model. Our new Head of Finance and IT needs to be comfortable working in a strong social values framework. You will have a senior track record in finance, as well an accounting qualification, but we are putting equal emphasis on your IT and people skills. Bringing enthusiasm and innovation, you will support and inspire the Finance, Procurement and IT teams to provide flexible and responsive services to the rest of the business.

    As Head of Finance and IT at Worthing Homes you will be joining our Senior Leadership Team at an exciting time when our new corporate plan for 2020 to 2025 is launched.  The ideal candidate will work alongside the Senior Leadership Team to implement a digital vision, modern finance processes and be a capable, strong and innovative leader.  You will be a key player in helping to drive our digital agenda forward to deliver self-service for our customers and to enable our people to work more flexibly and efficiently.

    Along with great professional finance skills and IT expertise, having a strong analytical skills and people management skills, you will bring inspiration, innovation and an open and encouraging approach!

    Head of Finance and IT

    Salary: Circa £60,000

    Location: Worthing

    Contract: Full time (37 hours per week), Permanent with flexible working

    Why join us?

    This is real opportunity to add value and make a difference

    • Be part of our Senior Leadership Team where you can put your expertise, knowledge, skills and experience into practice and influence change

    • You like working in a constantly changing and challenging environment

    •30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, health care benefits and pension

    • Flexible working patterns offered to support work life balance

    Excited that this could be you?

    For an informal discussion please contact Julian Pitcher – Resources Director on 01903 703 160.

    For further information and to apply, visit: https://www.worthing-homes.org.uk/about-us/working-for-us-job-opportunities.  Please submit your CV and a cover letter via our website. Your cover letter should demonstrate how you meet the competencies from the Person requirements in the Role Profile. This is how your application will be assessed against the role requirements.

    Closing Date:  Wednesday 4 March 2020 @ Noon

    First interviews: 17/18 March         Second interviews: – 24 /25 March                                                                                   

    We are an inclusive organisation and value each individual’s unique contribution, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or social background.


  • 21 February 2020 10:40 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Military charity receives generous donation from Armed Forces Covenant Fund

    As part of its Positive Pathways initiative, which supports the mental health of Armed Forces veterans, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has awarded Worthing-based charity, Care for Veterans, £70,000. 
     
    Care for Veterans has received the funding towards a two-year project, ‘Sporting Chances for Disabled Veterans’, which will allow physically disabled veterans, many with brain injuries, to participate in more varied outdoor and sporting activities, such as abseiling, cycling, sailing and archery. The aim of the project is to provide new experiences for the residents of Care for Veterans, encourage feelings of self-achievement, reduce the risk of institutionalisation and improve well-being. Depression is a common consequence of brain injury and physical disability, and as a result, many veterans can become institutionalised and withdraw into themselves. 
     
    As a facility, Care for Veterans tries to provide as many activities as possible, with a therapeutic focus which will enhance recovery for its residents, both physically and mentally, and this new project will help to expand on this even further. 

    Participating in games or sports can have positive benefits for people with disabilities. As well as the health benefits of physical activity, such as lowering high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight and boosting the immune system, exercise through games or sports can also help you feel good, increase your self-confidence and provide an opportunity for social interaction and friendship. Each activity will be planned by the individual with specific therapeutic aims and delivered by the in-house occupational therapy team.
     
    Senior Occupational Therapist at Care for Veterans, Debra Hall, said, “We are delighted to receive this funding to support our therapeutic work with the veterans. Outdoor and sporting activities are recognised as having multiple benefits to physical and mental health with the potential to promote an overall sense of wellbeing. This is no different for individuals who have significant physical disabilities but, for them, accessing and participating in such activities is not straightforward. This grant from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund will enable us to fully explore possibilities for our disabled veterans to engage in local outdoor and sporting activities, and to facilitate their participation in activities of interest. We are most grateful for this generous support.” 


  • 21 February 2020 9:38 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Give your retirement plans a workout

    With the end of the tax year fast approaching, now is the ideal time to review how your savings and investments are progressing. This allows you to make any adjustments for the forthcoming year to meet your ongoing current needs as well as your future requirements. To avoid any future disappointment, failure to plan now will almost certainly lead to disappointment at a later stage in life.

    With this in mind, MHA Carpenter Box Wealth Management recently produced a podcast called ‘The Retirement Gym’, which provides useful tips on all aspects of retirement. The series will run on a monthly basis throughout 2020.

    In the first episode of the podcast, Partner and Head of MHA Carpenter Box Wealth Management, Roy Thompson chats with his colleague Gill Lynes, a financial adviser with a specialism in later life planning, to discuss the importance of budgeting when approaching retirement and the factors to take into consideration when it comes to making plans now and for the future.  

    As Roy says: “No-one has any idea as to how long they will be retired for – it could be 30 years or more. So how much does an individual need to retire comfortably, to still be able to pay for their household expenses, weekly shop, car expenses and holidays, etc? Care fees may also be needed, so it’s best not to leave things to chance and to consider your future plans now with a professional advisor to avoid any disappointment at a later stage in life.”  

    One of the tools that Roy recommends to help you plan is MHA Carpenter Box’s Budget Planner, which will give individuals a clearer idea of their expenditure now as well as of their likely future requirements. Decisions can then be made as to what savings/investments are needed now, for tomorrow, such as pension contributions.

    You can listen to the full podcast here:

     https://www.carpenterbox.com/retirementgym/

    For more information, get in touch with the MHA Carpenter Box team of Independent Financial Advisers by calling 01903 534587 or visit our website:

    www.carpenterbox.com/wealth


  • 21 February 2020 8:59 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Turning Tides Trustee Vacancies 

    Turning Tides (previously known as WCHP) are seeking to recruit new Trustees to become part of our Board. Turning Tides have been supporting homeless and insecurely housed people in Worthing and surrounding areas for over 20 years. The Charity has grown considerably and now offer services in Horsham, Mid Sussex and Littlehampton.

    Last financial year (2018/19) we worked with over 1,732 clients across all our projects, with a turnover of £3.7m increasing to an expected £4.7m next year. We have a highly committed and effective volunteer community of over 350 and over 140 paid staff. Our vision is for a community where no local person needs to sleep out and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

    The voluntary Trustee role brings with it various responsibilities, such as governing the affairs of the Charity and ensuring it is financially sound; along with a commitment to attend scheduled meetings throughout the year.

    No specific qualifications are necessary to become a Trustee. We currently have several vacancies and welcome applications from anyone interested in our charitable mission, with both the willingness and enthusiasm to offer their expertise and time. For one of our vacancies we are appealing to those who have specific skills – particularly in the area of accountancy - and experience in community engagement and fundraising.

    Being a Trustee is a rewarding and enriching experience as emphasised by our Chair of Trustees, Ian Mintram: “.. it has been a great opportunity to continue to learn and develop, whilst contributing to Turning Tides.” To find out more about our current Board please visit our website or read Management Team and Trustee profiles

    Should you have any questions about the Trustee role you can download further information below. Additionally, you are welcome to have an informal telephone conversation with our current Chair of Trustees.

    Please direct any enquiries or applications to sarah.clark@turning-tides.org.uk

  • 21 February 2020 8:41 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Fire safety training available for West Sussex businesses

    Practical fire safety training, led by experts from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, is on offer for everyone working in the county.

    Fire safety in the workplace is a legal requirement for employers, owners, landlords - or anyone with control of a business or non-domestic premises. 

    Employees will be taught vital information by our and places can be booked by visiting our Learning and Developing Gateway and searching for the keyword 'frs'.

    For more information about the courses, visit our website
  • 20 February 2020 10:40 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Business Awards host celebratory dinner for 2019 winners!  

    Winners, sponsors and other special guests celebrated at The Fat Greek Taverna restaurant in Worthing town centre on Thursday 16th January following the success of the 2019 awards.

    Over fifty guests enjoyed a glass of fizz on arrival and the opportunity to network before taking their seats to enjoy a wonderful mezze style dinner prepared by The Fat Greek Taverna. 

    Martin Randall, Director for the Economy – Adur & Worthing Councils and Peter Webb MBE DL, Managing Director – ETI Ltd welcomed guests with a short speech, 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 ETI Ltd, 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.  

    Chay Took – President of Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce and category sponsor commented “The Adur & Worthing Business Awards is now a firm fixture on the local business calendar, showcasing a thriving business community. For over twelve years, the event has welcomed and rewarded some of the area’s most recognisable business leaders and organisations, as well as young entrepreneurs and charities – we’re pleased to be able to welcome those winners here tonight to continue celebrating their achievements”.

    James Stoner – Managing Director of JSPC Computer Services said “As a sponsor of the Adur & Worthing Business Awards I have witnessed first-hand the positive effect that being part of this process can achieve for a business. The widespread publicity around the awards help to raise the profile of shortlisted businesses and gives them a stage from which to share their story and engage with a wider audience. 

    These awards not only put businesses on the map but provided a medium for us to discover truly amazing companies that are doing great things in Adur & Worthing which is something we should all be proud of.”


    2020 Charity Partner 

    The organising committee are delighted to announce Guild Care as the new Charity Partner for 2020. 

    Guild Care has been making a difference to the lives of the people of Worthing and its surrounding areas since it was first established in 1933 by a small team of volunteers. Since then the not for profit charity has gone from strength to strength, listening to people and adapting over the decades to the needs of the local community.
    Each year over 3,000 people and their families will be touched by one of their diverse range of over 30 community services. These include:

    • Respite and short breaks for carers of people living with dementia, or who are frail or elderly
    • Support services for families of children and adults with disabilities and additional needs
    • Friendship Club for older people
    • Community transport and outreach service
    • Home care service
    • Three care homes providing dementia, nursing and respite care
    Guild Care is also one of the largest employers in Worthing, with over 650 dedicated and caring staff and the support of more than 300 fantastic volunteers.

    Sam Philpott – Head of Communications and Marketing commented “Guild Care is delighted that the Adur & Worthing Business Awards has chosen us as their Charity Partner for 2020. We look forward to hosting a launch event in June with them and the ceremony itself in November. The funds raised from this event will make such a difference and will allow us to continue to support the 30+ valuable community services that we run in Worthing for people living with a learning disability, or dementia, their carers, and older people”.

    2020 Launch Event 

    Businesses interested in nominating or entering themselves for the 2020 awards are invited to attend the official launch event, which will take place on Wednesday 3rd June from 5:00pm - 7.30pm. 

    This special networking event held in conjunction with Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce will be hosted by our Charity Partner Guild Care at Methold House, Worthing and will provide lots of useful information on the awards which will take place on Friday 13th November at the Pavilion, Worthing.

    Business representatives will get the chance to chat to sponsors and mingle with former entrants and winners and of course, there will be plenty of time for networking so bring lots of business cards! Further information on this free event will be available in the next month or so. Special thanks to SJM Electrical Services for sponsoring this event.  

    Sponsorship Opportunities 

    Now in our thirteenth year, we are incredibly proud of how the Awards have grown year on year and are pleased to confirm that the majority of last year’s category sponsors have offered their continued support once again this year.  Following general feedback, the Organising Committee have announced that two new and exciting categories have been added for 2020 and are currently available to sponsor - Employee of the Year and Health, Beauty & Wellbeing. Sponsorship of a category is priced at £1,250 and includes the following:

    • 6 tickets to the awards dinner
    • Logo to appear on all promotional material (to include printed, online and at event)
    • Regular promotion on social media channels
    • Company profile and link on official website
    • Rights to use the awards logo and associated material in your organisations marketing material
    • Full page advert included in the A5 awards programme
    • Opportunity to announce and present an award at the dinner
    • Opportunity to have photo taken with category winner
    Various other sponsorship opportunities still remain, including advertising space inside the official Awards programme.  This is a great way to enhance your company’s profile and should you wish to discuss any of these options in more detail, please feel free to contact Nicky Dumbleton by email nicky.dumbleton@awbawards.com  

    2020 Key Dates

    Please find below key dates for your diaries: 

    Wednesday 3rd June                 2020 launch event 
    Wednesday 3rd June                 Online entries open
    Friday 18th September              Official closing date for nominations and entries
    Friday 13th November               Awards night

    We look forward to sending regular newsletters over the coming months and if there is anything you would like considered for inclusion please email nicky.dumbleton@awbawards.com In the meantime, feel free to check out the Awards website www.awbawards.com which is regularly updated with fresh content!


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