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.

Strictly networking on ice!

Brighton & Hove Chamber is holding an event in association with Worthing & Adur and Peacehaven Chambers. It is a special members-only networking event at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink and its rink-side “pop-up” bar and kitchen on Thursday, November 6, from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Come and enjoy a spiced mulled wine with canapés from the rink-side restaurant’s superb menu. Be the first to skate this year at the magical ice rink with the beautiful backdrop of the Royal Pavilion. It’s a great ice-breaker for networking!

The winter attraction opens its doors to the public from November 8 to January 18 and is a superb venue for Christmas parties, so this is an exciting opportunity for you to be first on the ice this year.

There is room for 20 members from Peacehaven Chamber, based on the first to register, limited to a maximum of two people from each business that attends. The event is free for Peacehaven Chamber members but you must register using the following link if you want to come along:

When you follow the link to book your free place, click on “enter promotional code” and enter  the following code in the box provided: Peacehaven_Ice2014.  This will bring up an option to click on “Peacehaven” where you can enter your details.

Breakfast over Dinner with Seaford

Seaford Chamber has invited Peacehaven members to join it for evening networking on Thursday, October 23, for a Breakfast over Dinner event at Seaford Golf Club’s clubhouse.

The structure of the meeting is exactly the same as for breakfast meetings, except it is being held in the evening. The meeting starts at 6.30pm with drinks from the bar (including tea and coffee).

Dinner will be served from about 7.20pm and there will be the usual one-minute presentations from everyone.

The cost is £10.50 for members (of any Chamber) or £13 for guests and you need to book your place, select your menu choice and pay online via the Eventbrite link below. You cannot pay on the door.

Members from Newhaven and Lewes Chambers have also been invited, so there should be a different mix of businesses attending.

Click here by Wednesday, October 22, to book your place.

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 from Chris Tomlinson of Eon.

The event at Peacehaven Golf Club from 6.30pm will also be a chance for excellent networking opportunities. The evening is free for members and £5 for guests. Booking will be essential.

Please email if you will be going.

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.

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.

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