Peacehaven & District

Chamber of Commerce

A voice for business and networking at its best



Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce is a thriving modern membership organisation and is the responsible voice of business in the local area.

Run by business owners for business owners, the Chamber is the only organisation in Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean committed to promoting the interests of the local business community. By joining the Chamber, your business voice is heard. Find out more.

Latest E-News published

The August edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News has been published. Click here to see the pages.

To advertise in regular editions of E-News contact the council’s Civic and Marketing Officer, Deborah Donovan.

E-News is designed and edited by Chamber member Chandler Editing & Writing.

Madison Matt at Breakfast Club

Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers, founder and managing director of Madison Web Solutions based on the South Coast Road in Peacehaven, will be the speaker at the Chamber Breakfast Club on Tuesday, August 4.

He started Madison in early 2010 with the aim of building a web company that would be a pleasure to deal with and deliver results for its clients. This business ethos has stood him in good stead and as a result his business has gone from strength to strength.

His other passion is classic and vintage cars and he can often be found restoring and collecting all sorts of unusual cars.

Court in the act

Chamber member Chris Chandler of Chandler Editing & Writing also teaches media law to trainee journalists and regularly takes parties to see proceedings at Brighton Magistrates Court.

Following the visit of magistrate Robert Macrowan to the Chamber Breakfast Club a few weeks ago Chris has arranged a special visit to the court for Chamber members on Thursday, August 13, from 9.30am to approximately 12.15pm.

Numbers are limited to 14. If you wish to go, click on Book Now and complete the booking form. This opportunity is only open to chamber members and is strictly limited to 14.

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Put Tom in the picture

Tom Foolery

Tom Foolery

Chamber member Focus Media is looking for someone to illustrate a children’s picture book. The book, written with children’s entertainer Tom Foolery, is due to be sold alongside a Christmas show based on the same story at The Capitol in Horsham in December.

The book is expected to go on sale by mid-October, therefore an illustrator would need to be able to work to a tight deadline. This could be an ideal job for an art graduate looking to add to their portfolio as Focus Media’s client is looking for designs which are new and exciting. If you’re interested, get in touch with Lisa Brace by emailing or call her on 07760 481383 for further information.

A day at the races

Another Day at the Races is being organised by Newhaven Chamber at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday, October 19, from 11.30am to 6pm.

The cost of £60 includes a welcome drink on arrival, a two-course hot lunch in the private dining area, dedicated Tote betting staff and a cash bar. Peacehaven Chamber members are invited but places are limited so if you are interested, book now.

Simon chairs Breakfast Club

Simon Studd

Simon Studd

Entrepreneur Simon Studd, 31, MD of Clean Cut Franchise Ltd, is the Chamber’s Breakfast Club chairman until February.

Simon said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Breakfast Club chairman. I want to build on the good work that has gone on before me.”

He continued: “I’m passionate about networking and the resources within Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce have been invaluable in helping me set up my gardening franchise business.”

Broadband connection vouchers

A voucher scheme for SMEs to access high-speed broadband connections is now available across the whole Lewes District Council area.

The Connection Voucher Scheme provides up to £3,000 (excluding VAT) to help small businesses, charities and voluntary organisations get faster broadband connections. The best place to find out who offers connection vouchers in the area is the national website. There is a postcode checker and once you put in your postcode a list of active suppliers in the Sussex area comes up (the more active they are, the nearer they are to the top).

Sam wins top business award

Sam Wilde and Chris Chandler

Sam Wilde and Chris Chandler

Sam Wilde Health received the President’s Award for the best new business 2015 at the Seahaven Business Awards.

In a glittering ceremony attended by 130 people, Sam received his award from award sponsor Norman Mayhew of Sussex Signs.

Chamber member Sam has been in business for less than two years and said:  “I’m absolutely delighted. It has been a hard slog but I love what I’m doing.

“To be recognised in this way is brilliant and the award will inspire me to take the business to even greater heights.”

Chamber vice-chairman Phil Merry said: “Sam deserves to be recognised in this way. He is hard working and dedicated and I’m sure this is the just the start for him.”

Chairman’s Award

Chamber stalwart Chris Chandler received the Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award for his services to the Chamber.

Phil said: “Chris is an inspiration to work with and someone who when faced with redundancy just before turning 60, picked himself up, joined our Chamber and made a brilliant success of his second career, Chandler Editing & Writing.”

Chris said: “I was surprised, delighted and honoured to receive the award.”

School and Chamber work together


Peacehaven Community School has welcomed Chamber members into its classrooms to help raise students’ awareness of the importance of developing employability skills, those essentials needed to be successful at work.

The school, a Chamber member, has worked closely with the Chamber to identify skills it wants from its future workforce. The “wish list” of literacy, numeracy, communication, teamwork, customer awareness and solving problems was shared with students through school assemblies.

Several Chamber members went to the school to help Year 9 classes to develop problem-solving and customer-awareness skills. Other members worked with Year 11 classes to improve communication skills through interview practice sessions.

Working together, the school and Chamber are helping students to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and of the skills they need to be successful.

Free publicity for businesses

Many of you will have picked up copies of the free Platinum Business Magazine, Sussex Business Times and Etc at breakfast meetings. If your business has anything newsworthy to report, we can put it forward on your behalf to be used in the editorial on the Association of Chambers of East Sussex pages.

Send your copy direct to and it will be submitted for consideration.

“We have made great contacts and found that Chamber membership has become a great support to our business.
We would urge local businesses to sign up and get involved.”