Peacehaven & District

Chamber of Commerce

A voice for business and networking at its best

Welcome

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.

Park opening in pictures

Pictures of the grand opening  of Centenary Park, Peacehaven’s newest amenity, feature prominently in the latest edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News.

To advertise in E-News contact the council’s Civic and Marketing Officer, Deborah Donovan.

Click here to read the April edition.

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


School and Chamber work together

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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.


ACES networking event in Lewes

ACES, the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex, is organising a networking event called ACES Going 4 Growth in Lewes on Thursday, April 16.

Lewes Chamber will host the event in East Sussex County Council’s Council Chamber at County Hall from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided and there is plenty of parking in the County Hall car park off High Street.

The event is being run in association with all ACES Chambers, the FSB and IoD, Growth Accelerator, UKTI, UKEF, Sussex International Trade Forum and Sussex Chamber of Commerce. You will learn how to find new markets and grow your business in a secure environment supported by all the UK consular staff in key markets.

Whether you are a manufacturer or service provider, ACES Going 4 Growth is for you. Places are limited so book now for this free networking event. Click here for more information and to book a place.


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!


Superfast broadband in Peacehaven

Grants will soon be available to businesses to connect to superfast broadband.

To apply for connection vouchers, use this link: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/business-and-trade/support-businesses/broadband-voucher-scheme

This is an extension to an existing scheme for Brighton and Hove. Some suppliers can now apply directly on behalf of businesses so it may be worth speaking to your ISP first.


Good news on the buses

Passengers using the Peacehaven Rover, sometimes also called the Taxi-Rider, will not now be without their buses.

The dial-a-ride service, run by Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) and a lifeline for many older and vulnerable people, had been due to stop next month.

However, a deal between CTLA, a Chamber member, and East Sussex County Council, along with continuing support from Peacehaven and Telscombe town councils, will provide money towards a replacement link.

CTLA has also launched a “Get on Board” fundraising campaign for a new bus.


Expansion for Butterfly Nursery

Butterfly Nursery, a Chamber member, is to open its second nursery for Peacehaven this summer.

It will provide new childcare at the currently vacant building at Greenwich House in Meridian Way. The building is being refurbished to provide a 40-place nursery with full day care and term-time only options for parents and carers. It will offer the 15-hour free entitlement to eligible two-year-olds and also to all three- and four-year-olds.

Butterfly will continue to offer term-time childcare at its current nursery at Meridian School. The nursery will soon be offering spaces to children currently on the waiting list, ready to start later this year. Find out more by calling 01273 583018 or 07540 604436. Email butterflynursery@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk


Seahaven Business Awards

The Seahaven Business Awards are back for 2015. They recognise local businesses which have shown tremendous commitment, innovation and success over the past year.

Businesses which always put customer service first, the businesses which show a real commitment to their staff, which take pride in being part of the community and which drive to succeed in the current economic climate will be honoured at the glittering event.

There are six awards for companies and individuals who either work in or are based in and around the BN9, BN10 or BN25 postcode areas. Businesses can even nominate themselves in one or more of the categories or nominate any other business. Entry is free.

Tickets for the black tie Gala Dinner at East Brighton Masonic Centre on Friday, May 8 are on sale now.

Click here for all the award categories.


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 secretary@peacehavenchamber.co.uk and it will be submitted for consideration.


£4.7m Lotto cash for Saltdean Lido

Saltdean Lido has been given a further £4.7 million. The money comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the site and bring the listed 1930s art deco building and pools back into use.

Rebecca Crook, of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC), a  Chamber member, said: “The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted all our hard work is coming to fruition.

“The  CIC will be creating jobs and bringing new revenue and much-needed investment to the area.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund cash follows £2.3 million from the Coastal Communities Fund in January and £490,000 from the Social Investment Bank last year.

The project has another £2 million to raise to complete the work.

Ben Greener, historic environment adviser for the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “When it was built Saltdean Lido was the beating heart of a successful seaside resort. Sadly, as the lido declined, so did Saltdean.

“Now the community can breathe new life into this precious local landmark, signalling Saltdean’s return to prosperity while saving one of the most significant lidos in the UK.”


“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!”
RACHEL BROWN, SECRETARY OUTSOURCE Find out more