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.
Chamber’s in E-News
The announcement of Simon Studd as the Chamber’s Breakfast Club chairman for the next six months features prominently in the July edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News.
There is also the first of a new regular column by Peacehaven’s MP, Simon Kirby. 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.
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.
Café at Centenary Park
Expressions of interest are sought for an opportunity to lease the new Gateway Café at Centenary Park in Peacehaven.
The café was created by remodelling an existing maintenance building. The building is the focal point of the new park off Piddinghoe Avenue.
It is a destination gateway to the South Downs National Park and has nearby playgrounds, a skatepark, sport facilities, and cycle and walking paths. An ancient village reconstruction will soon be built, subject to funding.
The café operator will be required to build the business and identify customer opportunities to maximise potential park visitors. For more information or to request a copy of the information pack and expression of interest form, call Peacehaven Town Council on 01273 585493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for expressions of interest is July 10.
Simon chairs Breakfast Club
Entrepreneur Simon Studd, 31, MD of Clean Cut Franchise Ltd, will be the Chamber’s new Breakfast Club chairman for six months from Tuesday, July 7.
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 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.”
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 email@example.com 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
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.”
“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.PHIL MERRY, FOCUS MEDIA MARKETING Find out more
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.””