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.

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.”

New Peacehaven Twitter hashtag

The May edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News has been published. It unveils the new Twitter hashtag #peacehavenNow and also features the Lewes Hike & Bike Festival.

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.

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.

Travelchoice Challenge

Sustrans and East Sussex County Council are running a free workplace competition called Travelchoice Challenge to promote sustainable travel.

Businesses and organisations sign up via a web-based platform and promote the contest to employees who register to join their workplace team and log any journeys they make by foot, bike, bus, train and car-share throughout  May.

There are rewards, discounts and weekly spot prizes available to anyone that logs any journey on the site. At the end of the month there will also be prizes for the winning workplace teams and individuals.

The challenge runs from May 1 to 31 but workplace teams and individuals can sign up now!

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.

Check out Telscombe E-bulletin

Telscombe Town Council, a Chamber member, is now producing an online E-bulletin which offers businesses an opportunity to buy advertising space. Click here for the council’s website.

MP welcomes Chamber to Westminster

Chamber members with Simon Kirby

Chamber members with Simon Kirby

Members of the Chamber were welcomed to Parliament by their MP.

At the invitation of Simon Kirby, they were taken on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster which included the historic Great Hall, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The tour culminated in a 334-step climb to the top of one of the most iconic buildings in the country, the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Big Ben clock bell.

Chamber vice-chairman Phil Merry said: “The tour was brilliant. To actually set foot inside both chambers and be at the heart of our government and then to be there when Big Ben struck midday, standing only five feet or so away from probably the most famous bell in the world, was truly inspirational.”

The tour finished with an hour and half in the company of Mr Kirby, who explained his work as an MP at Westminster and in his Kemptown and Peacehaven constituency. He fielded a variety of questions from Chamber members covering topics as diverse as the possible improvement of the A27, immigration, proposals to microchip all dogs, the National Health Service and the national debt.

Mr Merry concluded: “I’d like to thank Simon and his office for making the arrangements for our visit which gave us all the opportunity to get a better understanding of how our government works and a greater insight into the work which Simon does for our community.”

Mr Kirby said: “It was great to welcome the members of the Peacehaven Chamber to Parliament and I am pleased that they found the tour interesting.  I would like to thank them for their informed, intelligent, questions on a range of issues. I really enjoyed our discussion.”

Check out the discounts

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

“My company was one of the founding members of the Chamber and during the last few years I’ve received fantastic support and help from fellow members.

The skills within the Chamber are second to none and I always feel I’m in good hands when I use the services of one of our members.

Being a sole trader, I find the camaraderie I get from the Chamber’s Breakfast Club and social evenings to be extremely helpful and beneficial.

I can’t recommend the Chamber highly enough and any business in our town that is not a member will find enormous personal and business benefits by joining.””