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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.
Simon is the Chamber's star
Best in business: Gary Maskell of Advice4Business, Phil Blackwell of Studio Crafts, Simon Studd of Clean Cut Gardening Services and Mark Derrick of Jarlands Estates
AN AWARDS double has been achieved by a Peacehaven businessman. Simon Studd, owner of Clean Cut Gardening Services, swept the board at the Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards when he won Business Person of the Year and Business of the Year.
The awards, voted for by members of the Chamber, recognised his passion and vision in developing his business to the point where he plans to franchise the Clean Cut brand throughout the UK.
Simon said: “I’m really delighted and very happy to have been recognised in this way. The awards are made even more special for me because they are voted for by my fellow Chamber members.
“I would urge any business that isn’t a member of a Chamber of Commerce to join. The help, advice and assistance that I’ve received during the period I’ve been preparing to franchise my business has been invaluable and I couldn’t have got this far without the help of the Chamber of Commerce.”
Honoured: Phil Howson, Gary Maskell and Simon Studd
Awards of merit went to Mark Derrick, Chris Bray and Gary Maskell in the Business Person of the Year category and in the Business of the Year category merit awards were presented to Jarlands Estates, Northstar Technology Ltd, Advice4Business and Studio Crafts.
The Chris Ogden Award was given to retiring committee member Phil Howson to mark his years of service to the Chamber.
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It's a cracker!
Members of the Chamber were partying at eight in the morning - coffee and tea only - at their Christmas meeting. After putting on paper hats and groaning at Christmas cracker jokes, they were Dreaming of a White Christmas and joining in with singer and guitarist Brendan Grant - aka Chamber member Chris Bray - for festive favourites.
Footie fever gripped the Chamber with an away fixture at Peacehaven and Telscombe FC. The fortnightly Breakfast Club were welcomed to the football club for egg and bacon at the newly renovated clubhouse. Afterwards, would-be Rooneys were challenged to a kick-the-ball-in-the bin contest. It was a game of two halves and the Chamber were over the moon.
Final visit to Wastewater Treatment Works
Seventeen members shrugged off unseasonally cold April rain and wind to tour the £300 million Southern Water wastewater treatment works project at Peacehaven.
John Awdry, 4Delivery's environmental manager, hosted the early-morning tour at the Lower Hoddern Farm site.
This was the Chamber's third and final visit as the treatment works is expected to be fully operational in 2013 and public access will be very limited.
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Annual General Meeting 2012
The Peacehaven & District Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20 March 2012 at Peacehaven Football Club at 7.30pm
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Chamber's Business Awards winners
Winners at the Chamber's Business Awards, hosted by Peacehaven & Telscombe FC, were:
Business of the Year - Secretary Outsource
Business Person of the Year – Phil Merry
Awards of Merit in both categories went to Clean Cut Gardening Services, Focus Media, Bob Welch and Rachel Brown
The Chairman's Award, which was re-dedicated as the Chris Ogden Memorial Award, went to Sheila Knight, of The Flower Shed.
Breakfast with Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown, was the guest speaker at a November meeting of the chamber's Breakfast Club. He spoke about his first year as a Member of Parliament.
Chambers hear about offshore wind farm
A wind farm off the Sussex coast could provide enough energy to power 430,000 Sussex homes a year.
If the Rampion farm gets the go-ahead, Chamber members were told, between 95 and 195 turbines will be positioned in the Channel about 13 kilometres from the shore.
It will be "a power station in the sea", Chris Tomlinson, Rampion development manager for energy company E.ON, told a joint meeting of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford Chambers at Peacehaven Golf Club.
He welcomed the shift to renewable energy but cautioned there was "no one silver bullet." There is ten times more energy in the sea than from the wind but commercial wave and tidal power may be 15 years in the future.
His company owns 21 wind farms in Britain - 18 on land, three offshore. To meet the country's renewable energy targets two turbines would have to be built every day until 2020.
The Rampion farm, named after the county flower of Sussex, could be lighting homes by 2017, said Mr Tomlinson. Electricity would be fed through a 30-kilometre underground cable to a substation at Bolney in Mid Sussex.
E.ON plans to use local companies and workers where possible and an operational base at either Newhaven or Shoreham will bring jobs.
A widespread consultation and environmental impact process has begun and a final decision on whether Rampion can be built will be made by the Secretary of State in 2013. If the minister gives the go-ahead, construction will begin in 2014.
The meeting finished with a question and answer session.
Chamber plays its cards right at summer fayre
The Chamber had a stand at the Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs joint summer fayre in Chatsworth Park, Telscombe Cliffs.
It ran a "match the playing card" game with a prize every time that was a big hit with families and children.
We took the opportunity to canvass any business owners that stopped to play the game and gave them an introductory leaflet about the Chamber.
We were visited by Simon Kirby MP and the Deputy Lord Lieutentant of the county, Michael Chowan.
Thanks go to Rachel Brown, Helen Macaulay, Chris and Roberta Chandler, Phil Merry, Bob Welch, Gary Maskell and Shelia Knight for their help in making the afternoon the success it was. Rachel Brown is pictured here with Mr Kirby.
Chamber members visit Wastewater Treatment Works
Following on from the Chamber's last visit in August, 15 members put on hard hats, high-viz jackets, safety glasses and gloves for a tour of the £300 million Southern Water wastewater treatment works project at Peacehaven.
Ben Green, Southern Water's project manager, and John Awdry, 4Delivery's environmental manager, hosted the early-morning tour at the Lower Hoddern Farm site.
What astounded everyone was the sheer scale of the work. And now the roof is being constructed, the large crater that could be seen from the main road as you travelled towards Newhaven is now barely visible.
Come the autumn, the roof will be turfed with a downland grass mix to blend in with the grassland areas surrounding the site and making it the largest turfed roof in Europe.
Chamber member Christian Fleming said: "The scale of the work being undertaken is truly breathtaking. It really has to be seen to be believed."
The treatment works is expected to be fully operational in 2013.
Cleaner Seas for Sussex Site Visit Breakfast Club Special
After two very informative and interesting presentations to the Breakfast Club by 4Delivery, Chamber members enjoyed a visit the Cleaner Seas For Sussex site at Lower Hoddern Farm.
The visit took place on Tuesday August 10 2010 with Chamber members decked out in reflective vests, goggles, gloves, hard hat and boots.
Chamber committee member Phil Merry recently visited the site, he said, ''It's not until you're on the site that you can really appreciate the enormity and sheer scale of the work that is being undertaken there. I found the whole engineering marvel quite breathtaking''
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