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.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all our members and your families

Peacehaven council launches online E-News

Peacehaven Town Council, a Chamber member, has launched its own monthly online E-News magazine.

Welcoming the magazine, the Mayor of Peacehaven, Cllr Robert Robertson, said: “This is a major step forward in enhancing our online presence. It will keep you up to date with the town council and other events in Peacehaven.”

You can read E-News by clicking here.

The new magazine offers local businesses advertising opportunities. Contact the town council’s Civic and Marketing Office Deborah Donovan.

E-News is designed and edited by another Chamber member – Chandler Editing & Writing.

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 to see the latest issue.

Policing in Sussex

Members may remember that Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, was a speaker at our Breakfast Club at the end of last year and she was keen to have feedback from Chambers of Commerce.

We have been asked by her office to canvass opinion about an increase in the police share of council tax for 2015-16. Here is your opportunity to have a say and influence the decision-making process. To complete the survey click here. The survey closes on January 9.

Lido pool will reopen next summer

Saltdean Lido is on course to reopen the main pool next June. It is hoped the pool will be open at weekends during term time and throughout the week in the summer holidays.

Rebecca Crook, director of the Lido Community Interest Company (CIC), a Chamber member, said £440,000 from the Government’s Social Investment Business was a big step towards restoring the art-deco site. The lido was built in 1937 but closed in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

Proposals for redevelopment include removing the pool divider to make one larger pool, installing underwater lights and building a paddling pool, volleyball court, sand pit and play area.

Portable cabins and temporary beach huts will serve as changing rooms while money is raised for the main building.

Ms Crook added: “Opening the pool and grounds to the public will massively help build momentum.

“We still have a significant way to go but the funding from SIB will kick start the major refurbishment works to the art-deco gem.”

There will be a pop up café, live music and theatre shows. It is estimated 300,000 people will use the lido next summer.

CIC has also applied for £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Work on the main building will include a gym, meeting rooms, a café/restaurant and a library.

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.”

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

“I am a newcomer to the Chamber but I can honestly say I have not looked back. Business networking is the single most effective form of marketing for any business. The Chamber is friendly, welcoming and a place to be if you want your business to grow.”