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.
The Shed opens!
The Flower Shed now officially has a shed.
The grand opening was performed by the mayor of Telscombe, Wayne Botting.
The Shed, a converted garage, is at the home of The Flower Shed’s owners, Sheila and Peter Knight, at 7 Ambleside Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, and will be open every Friday from 8am to 8pm.
Peter said: “We’re delighted to finally have a permanent base to trade from. We can be seen around the town at various markets and events and, of course, customers can find us on the internet. Each Friday we will have a good selection of fresh flowers, gifts, accessories and quirky gardening items available for sale.”
The Flower Shed started trading in June 2011 and has enjoyed steady growth and recognition in the local community since then. It has also been a member of the Chamber since it was formed.
Find out more at www.theflowershed.biz or call 01273 434143.
BEST for business
ACES, the Alliance of Chambers of East Sussex, is organising a conference and networking event called Business East Sussex Takeaway.
The event, developed with partners East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Sussex Business Times magazine, will be at Buxted Park Hotel on October 8.
The conference will start at 1pm with a networking lunch. This will be followed by keynote speakers and breakout sessions on funding, e-commerce and digital growth, meet the public sector procurement buyers and international trade.
A drinks reception at 5.30pm will be followed by a Question Time-style event from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Find out more at www.acesalliance.org/events
Summer holiday fun
A complete summer of fun this holiday is being offered across Peacehaven from Chamber member Wave Leisure and its partners.
Throughout the holidays until Wednesday, September 3, Peacehaven Leisure Centre will be hosting table tennis, zumba, roller skating, J-Fit and gymnastics as well as hosting a five-a-side football tournament for over-16s.
Peacehaven Bowls Club will be offering a bowls session every Tuesday morning, Peacehaven Community School will be offering the PCS Sports Camp, Telscombe Civic Centre is hosting dance and table tennis and The Joff will be offering targeted youth support services for over-11s on a Friday afternoon.
In addition, a multi-sports and children’s gym will run in the Telscombe parks as well as a full football training programme at Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club.
In partnership with Peacehaven Town Council there will be two supervised green gym sessions a week on a Monday and Thursday morning.
For the full programme visit www.waveleisure.co.uk/timetables, find Wave Leisure on Facebook or Twitter or pick up a copy of the programme from the leisure centre.
A27 campaign – take the survey
Peacehaven Chamber is a member of ACES — Alliance of Chambers of East Sussex — which is campaigning for improvements to the A27. Please add your voice by taking its survey.
The A27 from Polegate to Lewes has successfully reached Stage 2 of the Department for Transport’s Strategic Routes Review. Have a look at the ACES blog for more information from Cllr Caroline Ansell.
ACES is urging as many people as possible to complete the short survey. There have been 872 responses so far but ACES wants more voices from greater East Sussex. Access the survey at http://www.acesalliance.org/aces-blog
ACES is also campaigning on the subject of VAT paid by hotels. Many East Sussex Chamber members are hotels and guest houses and their success plays a huge part in the success of the coastal and rural economy of East Sussex.
In Europe hotels receive VAT concessions which means their VAT ranges between five per cent and ten per cent while our hotels are on the full rate of 20 per cent. ACES is now lobbying the Minister for Tourism, Helen Grant, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to reduce this VAT.
Peacehaven are Sussex champions
Shaun Saunders was full of praise for his Peacehaven & Telscombe side after watching them lift the Sussex Senior Cup for the first time in their history against Bognor Regis Town at the Amex Stadium in front of more than 2,000 fans.
The club, who are Chamber members, had made only two previous final appearances, the first a 1-0 defeat by Bognor in 1982 and in 1994 when they lost by the same score to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Tom Lawley gave Peacehaven, who are also the Ryman South League champions, the lead in a closely fought first half before man of the match Tom Burton doubled the lead on the hour. Josh Jones then went on to score a great solo goal in stoppage time to complete a remarkable season for a side who have risen through the depths of the Sussex County League and now into the Ryman Premier League in the last decade.
To view the highlights of the game go to https://t.co/Lwx7gEMJuP
Find out more and how you can get involved with the club at www.peacehavenfc.co.uk
Simon’s the best in business
At the prestigious Seahaven Business Awards, Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce member Simon Studd of Clean Cut Gardening Franchise scooped one of the top prizes when he was named Business Person of the Year.
The awards evening was held at Peacehaven Golf Club and was open to all businesses in the Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford areas. Simon, with the support of several Chamber members, has worked tirelessly to franchise his business and now has three franchisees and more due to come on stream shortly.
His effort and dedication in hauling his business up from a one-man operation working out of the back of a borrowed car into the franchise operation it is today was recognised by the judges as ‘outstanding’.
Simon said: “I’m delighted. It has been a long and difficult process to get to this position and I could not have done it without the help and support of several key fellow Chamber members.”
The President’s Award, which was given for lifetime achievement, went to another Peacehaven Chamber member, Peter Crowley, MD of WAVE Leisure. Peter, who retired in March, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the leisure industry in the Seahaven area.
The runner-up in this category was Bob Welch of WASP Printers. WASP has been trading in the town since Bob’s father set up the business in 1946 and Bob has been an integral part of the business since 1970. Bob is also one of the founding members of the Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce.
The annual Chairman’s Award decided by the chairman of Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce went to Helen Macaulay of HM Bookkeeping. This award, which has no particular criteria, recognised Helen’s tireless and selfless work and dedication to the Chamber.
Chamber vice-chairman Phil Merry said: “Helen is a credit to herself and her business. Not only is she a key member of our Chamber, she is also a committee member of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce too and a dedicated charity fundraiser.
“The award is well deserved and recognises her overall contribution to the on-going success of our Chamber.”
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MP speaks at Breakfast Club
Mr Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown, spoke about Government initiatives, his campaign for a new hospital in Brighton and answered questions about MPs’ pay, the fire service strikes and the horrors of rail commuting.
Shopping in Peacehaven
More than 30 Chamber members, retailers and business people attended the Chamber’s first Shopping in Peacehaven event.
The event at the Meridian Centre was organised by the Chamber’s recently appointed business ambassador, Nigel Enever, and jointly sponsored by Chamber members Focus Media and Jarlands Estates. It was chaired by Gary Maskell and featured three speakers who discussed the current retailing situation in the town.
Town Clerk Kevin Kingston gave a trading overview and reported on a meeting he had had with the Co-op regarding its plans for the Meridian Centre. The next speaker was Richard Pyne, a partner in Stiles Harold Williams, which is responsible for lettings in the Meridian Centre, and the meeting concluded with Rob Blackman, Lewes District Council cabinet member with responsibility for business development and tourism in the area.
“The Chamber is the friendliest group I have been to in a long time. It is also very professional, and has encouraged me and my business when it really mattered.”DARREN KENT, SPITFIRE ARCHITECTURE Find out more