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  • 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 

  • 02 December 2020 3:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Pilbeam Construction have been awarded a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the construction of the Lady Bee Enterprise Centre in Shoreham Port. 

    The complete redevelopment of a reclaimed parcel of land with the brief to create a flagship project which provided small business units for local companies to rent. The centre comprises three two-storey buildings with a contemporary interpretation of an industrial building creating a benchmark for future architecture in and around Shoreham Port.

    The annual awards ceremony which was due to take place in the summer, was delayed to 25th November and had to move on-line due to the pandemic.

    The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward the highest quality conservation and restoration, and the design of newly built projects, recognising the use of traditional skills and crafts.

    Simon Pilbeam, MD of the Sussex based contractors said “We have been supporters of the Sussex Heritage Trust for a number of years and we are delighted that Lady Bee has received recognition for the quality and craftsmanship of the work that we deliver.”

    Tim Hague, Director of Property and Infrastructure at Shoreham Port said ‘We are delighted that Lady Bee Enterprise Centre has brought well deserved recognition for those responsible – ECE and Pilbeam. As the client, we couldn’t be happier. This development became the template for further commercial developments of exceptional quality and sustainability standards completed across our estate over the last 18 months”.

  • 02 December 2020 2:57 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Heaton House turns summerhouse into visitor centre to keep relatives in touch during Lockdown 2.0

    A local Worthing care home has come up with a creative solution to ensure residents can still have safe visits from loved ones during lockdown. Heaton House, a CQC Outstanding rated care home in Reigate Road, has turned its summerhouse into an outdoor visitor centre which facilitates safe visits whatever the weather!

    The home was already hosting outdoor Covid-safe visits in the summerhouse and virtual visits via its laptops and iPads. This was fine when the weather suited, but as the seasons changed and the temperatures dropped, a new solution needed to be found

    Registered owner, Sally Neil-Smith said, “It’s vital that we can offer visits to everyone who wants to come during this new lockdown period. So we have been prepared to do whatever we can. I can’t praise my team enough for all the extra miles they have gone! For visitors who are happy to come inside the home, we now have a designated visitor area in the home where the visitor is separated from the resident by an extra large clear screen. We have also purchased comfy headphones and microphones so that any hearing difficulties can also be overcome.

    When a relative wanted to visit but not come in the home we thought, ‘why not use the summerhouse?’ So we also bought a portable clear screen for use in the summerhouse and a heating unit and now visitors don’t even have to come inside the home when visiting. All visits are pre-booked in advance and the visitor can be let in through the side gate at the agreed time to find their loved one already inside our heated summerhouse behind the clear screen. The visitors love it and we are really pleased that it’s been such a hit.”

    ‘Keeping in touch with elderly loved ones is so important in normal times, and this has only increased with the new lockdown. We felt we had to do what we could to make sure all types of visits could go ahead’.

    To find out more about Heaton House, visit or call 01903 700251 and speak to Sue the Registered Manager or Sally Registered Provider/Manager. If they are not available when you call the carer-team will be able to help and Sue or Sally will call you back.

  • 02 December 2020 2:47 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Reminder: Tier 2 'High Alert' rules now apply across West Sussex

    • Mixing indoors only with people in the same household or bubble
    • Sticking to the rule of six outdoors (including private gardens)
    • COVID-secure businesses can re-open
    • Spectators will be allowed to watch sport, with a maximum crowd capacity outdoors of 50% of the capacity of the stadium or 2,000 people, whichever is smaller. Indoors, the maximum capacity is 1,000
    • Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, casinos and bowling alleys, can open, but must close at 11pm
    • Everyone who can work from home should do so.

    From today, Wednesday 2 December, England’s new three-tier system comes into effect and the national lockdown has been lifted.

    West Sussex has been placed in Tier 2.

    The new restrictions include:

    Please familiarise yourself with the full list of new restrictions by visiting the GOV.UK website.

  • 01 December 2020 10:24 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Brexit deadline: too many UK companies are in denial – MHA Carpenter Box comments

    With less than two months until the Brexit deadline, Dan Hobbs, tax partner at MHA Carpenter Box, believes trading with Europe after Brexit, deal or no deal, will be more challenging than many businesses are currently willing to admit:

    “Due to COVID-19 the majority of British companies involved in exporting to Europe have not been able to give Brexit the attention they should and unfortunately some are in denial about the scale of the challenge. While there are a number of solutions available to facilitate EU trade, it is not as simple as getting an EU EORI number* to solve all supply chain challenges.

    “The problems Brexit will throw up are surmountable, but they also require a long-term strategy to adjust to new trading arrangements and regulatory issues. The lack of preparedness is very understandable given the pandemic, but businesses now need to act promptly and get in the right mindset to see Brexit through over the next five to ten years.

    “It is crucial to realise that although a deal will bring great relief to businesses and their bottom line by removing the cost of duty tariffs, the legal and regulatory as well as administrative costs will remain. For example, customs declarations cost money, irrespective of any actual duty being charged. As an estimate, if a company has 2,000 declarations to make it could cost potentially £50,000 to employ an agent to handle this volume of paperwork. Being unprepared and getting caught out will cost even more; if goods turn up at the border without the right paperwork they will just be stuck in the port.

    “Due to COVID-19 and the misconception that a deal means trading will continue as normal we have sleepwalked into a situation where, less than two months away from the biggest change to the UK’s trading relationships in our lifetimes, many businesses are unprepared. It is not too late for companies to get their house in order but for many this will have to entail looking beyond specific fixes, like hiring a customs agent or thinking about a subsidiary in Europe, important though these steps are.”

    MHA Carpenter Box has set-up a Brexit Hub to support businesses through the Brexit transition period and beyond. The firm is also holding a Brexit webinar: Are you ready? On 25 November; details of both the Brexit Hub and the webinar can be accessed at the following link:

     *An EORI number, or Economic Operators Registration and Identification number, is needed to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries.

  • 26 November 2020 1:49 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    West Sussex will be in Tier 2 from next week

    New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect next week. The government has announced that from Wednesday (December 2), West Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place.

    You can find a full breakdown of the new restrictions here.

    National restrictions continue to apply until December 2.

  • 26 November 2020 10:28 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Job Vacancy - Communications & Marketing Executive at Shoreham Port

    Working as a part of the communications team, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all internal communications to ensure that the Port's key messages meet our varied departments. This is an opportunity to build effective internal relationships and shape

    the communications across the Port's wide-ranging teams through a variety of channels.

    The Communications & Marketing Executive will assist the External Relations Manager with key marketing projects and will create engaging digital content for a variety of external communications platforms. This is a highly varied role in a dynamic and rewarding environment.

    Click here to read more about the position 

  • 24 November 2020 2:39 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Additional support for COVID affected businesses now available

    Hundreds of businesses impacted by the second COVID lockdown can now apply for funding support from Adur & Worthing Councils.

    With many local traders and organisations across the area seeing a drop in turnover and footfall, the government has set aside a cash pot to support them during the latest set of national restrictions.

    Applications for the discretionary funding are now being accepted with grants of up to £3,000 available.

    Eligible businesses and community groups are invited to apply by midnight on December 13 at:

    This discretionary pot follows the launch of the Local Restrictions Support Grant on November 11 which provides payments of up to £3,000 to all those firms forced to close by the new restrictions. More than 600 applications have already been processed under this scheme with nearly £1 million paid out.

    Unlike the Local Restrictions Support Grant, which is paid to any business forced to close in lockdown, the discretionary pot is a competitive process.

    The Councils has teamed up with five other local local authorities in West Sussex to make sure their scheme is fair and reflective of the wider area.

    Detailed evidence will be required and bids will be assessed against a strict criteria.

    Those encouraged to apply include:

    • businesses and organisations severely impacted by the lockdown restrictions, such as suppliers to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors; or those in events;
    • premises forced to close but the business owner is not responsible for payment of business rates;
    • those paying unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions.

    Businesses receiving a mandatory Local Restrictions Support Grant can also apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

    All those applying must have been trading the day before national restrictions were imposed.

    A Councils spokesman said: “We know businesses are struggling which is why we have got both of these grants up and running as quickly as possible. 

    “Given the competitive nature of this discretionary pot we have worked hard with neighbouring authorities to create a fair system. All bids will be assessed against strict criteria, including reduction of income lost during the lockdown period.

    “The Councils’ ruling will be final in making decisions so we urge those applying to take their time to review the guidelines and submit detailed evidence when they make their applications.”

    For further information visit:

  • 20 November 2020 11:42 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    A record number of new trainees join MHA Carpenter Box

    MHA Carpenter Box has taken on a record number of trainees at its Worthing and Gatwick offices over the last twelve months, opening up career opportunities for local school and college leavers, and university graduates, despite the challenges presented by coronavirus.

    The 13 recruits have joined the firm’s highly-rated in-house training programme and will be guided by a team of qualified and experienced accountants, business advisers and auditors, many of whom also started out as trainees with the practice.

    Alan Edwards, MHA Carpenter Box Managing Partner, welcomed the new arrivals, commenting: “These are challenging times for everyone but particularly young people, so I am delighted we can go further this year in offering more traineeships for local school and college leavers and university graduates.

    “Some of our current partners started out as trainees with the firm, so I am looking forward to seeing the new intake thrive as they launch their professional careers.”

    Joining the Business Services team in Worthing will be Chloe Dacombe, Noor Ali, Thomas Redpath, Oakley Evans, Jack Hallums, Dean Backstrom and George Renshaw-Fox. The Audit team in Worthing welcomes Sharna Challenger and Jamie Corps, while Abi Blade and Imogen Peters join the Tax Services team.

    At the Gatwick office, Ben Summers has joined the Business Services team while Harry Smith has been welcomed into the Audit team.

    Eight are studying for the ACCA qualification, three for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification, one for the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) qualification and one to become a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

    All will benefit from the firm’s national association MHA Training Academy, which was launched in 2019 and a study programme rated ‘platinum’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – the highest ranking.

    As part of the Training Academy, 65 trainees including eight from MHA Carpenter Box, took part in a virtual national business induction day in September, establishing the foundations for their career development; part two of the training will, hopefully, be face to face in the new year.

    The training covers a variety of topics including, ingredients of good service, professional risk, how trainees can help manage risk in their firms and an overview of professional qualifications.

    (Image: Some of the new trainees at the Worthing office, left to right: George Renshaw-Fox, Imogen Peters, Abi Blades and Jack Hallums)

  • 20 November 2020 10:38 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Care for Veterans Black Friday deal!

    Real Nordman Fir Non-Drop Christmas Trees – Save 20%

    5ft £39.95 – save 20% pay £31.96

    6ft £49.95 – save 20% pay £39.96

    7ft £59.95 – save 20% pay £47.96

    Care for Veterans is offering a pre-order Christmas tree sale from our facility in Worthing. We have sourced the finest Nordman Firs, which are the UKs most popular type of Christmas Tree. They have large thick needles so the tree can retain its water, resulting in far fewer needles dropping (and less hoovering for you!) The Nordman Fir grows in rings, with soft needles, making it perfect for hanging baubles on. These soft needles that don’t drop as frequently as some other types of Christmas trees makes it the perfect choice for any home, especially a household with children and/or pets.

    All trees will be available for collection at Care for Veterans. The safety of our team, residents and supporters is our number one priority. So, once you have placed your order, we will need to arrange with you a collection slot for you to come and collect your tree.

    Order before 4th December for collection between 12th and 13th December 2020

    If you would like to pre-order a Christmas tree, please get in touch with our fundraising team at or 01903 790350

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