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.

International sportsman at Breakfast Club

In a first for the Chamber it welcomes former Scottish international sportsman Duncan Kerr, now chief executive of WAVE Leisure Trust, to the Breakfast Club on Tuesday, October 7.

Interested in sport from an early age, Duncan played international squash for Scotland from the age of 14, culminating in a full international cap when he was 19.

He completed a BA Sport in the Community degree, majoring in management and scientific analysis of high performance athletes. In January 2000 Duncan progressed from sports co-ordinator at Heriot-Watt University to director of sport at Reading University before becoming managing director and subsequently chief executive of Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City.

In March 2008 he moved to Neath Port Talbot to take up the role of managing director with Celtic Community Leisure. After a successful six years in South Wales, Duncan was appointed to his current post at Chamber member WAVE Leisure Trust, taking over from Peter Crowley when he retired.

Duncan is a highly motivated and inspirational leader capable of impact across multi-site operations with the ability to create and deliver a vision while focusing on operational detail. He is a practical multifunctional CEO able to deliver strong leadership through a period of change.

Find out more about Duncan Kerr and his plans for WAVE Leisure at Tuesday’s Breakfast Club.

Rampion wind farm presentation

The Rampion offshore wind farm project has been given the go-ahead in principle and this will open up many opportunities for local businesses as the selected support port has been confirmed as Newhaven.

The Chamber is inviting members from Newhaven, Seaford and Lewes Chambers to join it for an event on Tuesday, November 11, to hear an update on the project.

The event at Peacehaven Golf Club from 6.30pm will also be a chance for excellent networking opportunities. Booking will be essential and more details will appear here.

The Shed opens!

Open for business Picture by Aniseed Photography

Open for business. Picture by Aniseed Photography

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 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

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

Hotel VAT

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

Find out more and how you can get involved with the club at

We are the champions! Peacehaven celebrate a cup and league double

We are the champions! Peacehaven celebrate a cup and league double

Simon’s the best in business

Well done! Simon Studd receives his prestigious award

Well done! Simon Studd receives his prestigious award

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.

Chairman’s Award

Helen Macaulay receives her award from Peacehaven vice-chairman Phil Merry

Helen Macaulay receives her award from Peacehaven vice-chairman Phil Merry

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.”

Peachaven Chamber members enjoy the awards night

Peacehaven Chamber members enjoy the awards night

Check out the discounts

Many Chamber members offer discounts to other members. Check out the Member-2-Member offers by clicking here.

MP speaks at Breakfast Club

Peacehav20140110_081104en’s MP, Simon Kirby, was guest speaker at the Breakfast Club’s first meeting of the year.

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 has given my business a great deal of support over the years I have been a member, in addition to gaining leads for new business from other members and referrals. It is amazing how much business can be done over coffee and breakfast!”