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Regular news and updates from the Chamber, our members, local Councils and other relevant business news will be posted regularly here. 

Don't forget, as a member one of your many benefits is being able to submit your press releases and news for inclusion here as well as on either the members or business news emails and social media. Please submit to lauren@worthingandadurchamber.co.uk 

  • 14 December 2021 10:28 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Up to £7500 for West Sussex-based SMEs as part of RISE project 

    RISE provides West Sussex-based SMEs with access to up to £7500 worth of leading university expertise, supporting business growth through focused innovation R&D activity. 

    RISE provides businesses with a low-risk and structured way to explore, test, develop and implement ideas using fully-funded expertise from the universities of Brighton and Sussex, and with the support of dedicated Innovation Advisors. 

    Designed to provide businesses with insights from leading innovation experts to develop skills, ideas and the capability to innovate.

    RISE Recovery workshops provide businesses with...

    • tools and support to maximise opportunities
    • skills and support to help navigate the constant change and challenges
    • tools and support to help businesses be more agile, able to adapt, flex and innovate.

    Find out more here

  • 14 December 2021 10:09 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    4 simple ways to optimise your home-working environment

    Many of us have experienced less than perfect working environments, but with work-from-home roles on the rise we can finally take the reins and customise our working space. As employees across the world reap the benefits of ‘home offices’, we decided it was about time to share our top tips for how you too can optimise the space you work in. 

    It all starts with light

    The backbone of one’s general wellbeing is light, and without a good natural source it’s easy to feel run down. Natural light is known to effectively improve health and wellbeing among humans; it stimulates the production of vitamin D, improves bone health, and is a proactive element of good sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sunlight has a significant impact on our Cortisol levels which can often trigger SAD (seasonal affective disorder), evoking feelings of stress and anxiety during periods of low sunlight exposure. The immediate solution is to set up your working space in an area with a good natural light source such as by a window or near a glass door. If you are more sensitive to light, try setting up in indirect light but make sure that your environment is still well lit throughout.

    A little bit of green, a lot less stress 

    In recent years, designers have been incorporating the colour green into a series of public spaces. From restaurants to libraries, green has been popping up more and more, soothing with its calming tones. According to colour psychology, colour wavelength has a significant impact on our emotions. Those with a longer wavelength such as red can evoke feelings of excitement and warmth, while others with shorter lengths such as green can stimulate a sense of soothing and calmness. So, if you’re not ready for a bold wall colour, one of the best ways of making your workspace greener is by introducing plants. Not only do live plants improve air quality in the home, but they also aid in minimizing stress, staying alert and promoting creativity. Surrounded by plants you will boost your morale while catching a glimpse of that all-important colour green. 

    Differentiate your downtime

    Home-based roles have revolutionised millions of offices, however when working remotely it is vital to exercise a level of self-control. Mental associations can play a big part on our performance, thus separating your work from your downtime can be an great start to optimising your environment. The quality of work is often much lower when in a proximity to a bed, as well as our sleeping schedules falling victim to reduced amounts of melatonin from extensive computer usage. When able to, set up your home office away from the bedroom and you will soon discover the advantages. If you find yourself without an alternative, try to keep distance between the desk and your bed or opt for a physical divide with the use of smart furnishings. Finally, limit the use of electronic devices in/before bed and experience a restful start to your working day.

    Calm your senses

    Humans have five basic senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste, each one with an idiosyncratic system that analyses the world around us. Feeding us information about our surroundings, they can often be a catalyst for many behaviours in the workplace.

    • To appeal to your sense of touch, choose appropriate and comfortable clothing. Softer, breathable fabrics will make you more comfortable and could aid confidence. Consider upgrading your office chair to better your posture. 
    • Surround yourself with positive reinforcement and pleasant visuals. Photos, plants and personalised items can help to make one inspired. Try keeping your space tidy, but don’t overdo it, as an empty office can often feel impersonal and cold. 
    • Many studies have proven that scent has a multitude of effects on the brain. While aromas such as chamomile and lavender can calm an overactive mind, cinnamon and rosemary are known to improve concentration as well as attention. 
    • While working from home, many of us have experienced auditory distractions. When possible, try minimising outside noise through headphones or soundproofing foam – a fantastic tool that improves any home office. Alternatively, if you struggle with working in silence, consider office-friendly white noise (available through most streaming platforms). 
    • When on your lunch break, it can be beneficial to choose enriching foods that stimulate your sense of taste. Snacks such as blueberries and green tea are high in antioxidants, while small portions of nuts and seeds can boost Omega 3. Though most importantly, remember to stay hydrated!

    Article by MOMENTUM Business Support

  • 24 November 2021 1:55 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Why are all the same people applying for your jobs? Chamber Members, Watch This Sp_Ce are running a workshop to help you recruit diverse teams 

    Date: Thursday 27th January
    Time: 1pm - 2pm 
    Cost: £10 

    A diverse workforce is vital for organisational success, so how can you encourage different people to join your team?

    Diverse teams make faster and better decisions, predict and handle crises better, are more creative, drive greater innovation and MAKE MORE MONEY.

    Yet time and time again we hear businesses say that they simply can't recruit different types of people - diverse people just aren't applying for our jobs, they say.

    So let's do something about it. Watch This Sp_ce's expert panel will look at the challenges when it comes recruiting diverse teams, and what you can do to overcome them.

    From building an inclusive recruitment process to improving your employer brand and demonstrating a commitment to inclusion across the organisation, this event will give you inspiration and practical advice to help you benefit from the variety of perspectives, ideas and experiences that you need to drive your organisation forward.

    Click here to book

  • 10 November 2021 4:20 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Start-up Day is back for 2021! Do you have a business idea? Have you got a small business and would like to grow it? Join us for a day!

    Come along to the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) in Jubilee Library Brighton on Thursday 11th November 2021, 10:00-17:00 and be part of a FREE BIPC National Network event Start-Up Day 2021, in partnership with Santander.

    Stay for the whole day or just come for a couple of hours!

    During the day there will be the opportunity to:

    • learn about how the BIPC can help you start and grow your business
    • meet experts from local business support organisations
    • watch live-streamed inspirational talks from the British Library's BIPC in London with a focus on sustainability in business
    • attend our in-person database and Intellectual Property information sessions
    • and network with your peers.

    Light refreshments will be on offer throughout the day.

    As this is an in-person event, please do register your place even if you don’t stay for the full day, as the BIPC  need to manage the attendee numbers in the Centre to keep everyone safe.

    There will be different activities you can attend in  their networking, workshop and conference rooms. 

    Further details on what to expect on the day and to register your place:  Start-Up Day 2021 Tickets, Thu 11 Nov 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

  • 08 November 2021 4:17 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Join Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce for their brand-new event on 12 November: Hybrid.

    Hybrid will bring together leading thinkers and entrepreneurs to share their stories of seizing opportunity, on Brighton & Hove’s newest stage. Hosted by Kathy Caton of Brighton Gin, three keynote speakers will talk about their journeys - working on the Covid vaccine; running a start-up charity to help an estranged father; to setting up a business with £10m turnover and a backdrop of series health issues.

    You’ll leave feeling inspired after an evening of networking, talks, drinks and nibbles at the brand-new Ironworks Studios. And, for Worthing & Adur Chamber members, they’re offering a discounted in-person ticket price. Grab yours here before sales end on 11 November.

    To find out more or to book visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/175535781247/?discount=Worthing

  • 28 October 2021 3:52 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Climate Action AW

    As part of Climate Action AW, Adur & Worthing Councils invite the local community to hear what they're doing to tackle climate change.

    Date: Thursday 4th November 
    6pm - 7:30pm 
    This event will be held online via Zoom 

    Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to tackling climate change and protecting our natural environment. We declared a climate emergency in 2019 and developed a Carbon Reduction Plan which sets out an ambitious, challenging and yet achievable pathway for the councils to become carbon neutral for our own buildings and vehicles by 2030. Come and meet the Sustainability Team to find out more.

    This webinar is part of Climate Action AW, a fortnight of activity planned to coincide with the global climate conference, COP26. Throughout the fortnight we'll share actions being taken by a range of businesses, community groups and residents to inspire others to take Climate Action too.

    Click here to find out more: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-action-aw-tickets-195874003417 

  • 28 October 2021 3:16 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Join thousands of UK businesses tackling climate change

    A business opportunity like no other

    Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

    The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.

    How could your business make a difference?
    No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs! Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. We’re asking you to take the first step on your journey, by committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.

    What happens when you make the commitment?

    When you take the first step by making a commitment, we’ll get in touch with tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and community. And in the following months we’ll keep you up to date with ideas, support and incentives to help you meet your commitment.

    Join thousands of businesses and commit today!

    2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

    And you can be part of it. Become one of thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK this year and commit today.

  • 28 October 2021 3:06 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The West Sussex Recover & Rise SME Digital Accelerator programme.

    This Autumn & Winter 2021, West Sussex County Council launches a FREE online workshop series designed to maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies for West Sussex Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

    The SME Digital Accelerator programme is a 4 part series consisting of over 25 online workshops

    These workshop sessions have been put together by local digital experts Freedom Works, Always Possible & Creative Bloom in partnership with the County Council & boroughs to help small and medium businesses utilise digital tools and gain expert knowledge and advice in how best to grow their online presence and attract and retain new customers.

    Workshops will be run online and will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays

    For full details of these free online events visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/west-sussex-recover-amp-rise-2021-34080963385

  • 28 October 2021 11:34 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kickstart Scheme Applications Closing on 17th December

    All the guidance for the Kickstart Scheme has been updated to confirm that the scheme will close for applications on 17th December. After this date businesses will not be able to:

    • apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant
    • add more jobs to an existing grant agreement

    However, they will process applications submitted before this time or that are already in progress so it is important that businesses get applications in before then. The scheme itself will continue running until march 2022

    Find out more here: www.gov.uk/guidance/how-the-kickstart-scheme-works

  • 28 October 2021 11:00 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Local Skills Improvement Plan 

    A unique opportunity to help share your skills needs and challenges.
    An opportunity to collaborate, to challenge and ultimately to help shape innovative and effective solutions to meet the needs your business will require in the future.

    Our plan will help people develop the skills our economy needs and give them prospects to progress in their careers, to drive economic growth, productivity, and help build an agile and adaptable workforce.

    We need your engagement, your voice, your say at our workshops.

    We have a real opportunity as a pilot area to add value, to be innovative and creative, to be different in the development of our roadmap for change to address skills barriers.

    Let’s put Sussex on the map and stand out as an area of excellence!
    We can only bring about this change through a strong collaboration and support from all businesses in Sussex. Book now and have a voice.