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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.”
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: https://strictly-networking-on-ice2014.eventbrite.co.uk.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be going.
The Shed opens!
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 www.theflowershed.biz 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 http://www.acesalliance.org/aces-blog
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 https://t.co/Lwx7gEMJuP
Find out more and how you can get involved with the club at www.peacehavenfc.co.uk
Simon’s the best in business
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.
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.”
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MP speaks at Breakfast Club
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.
“The Chamber is the friendliest group I have been to in a long time. It is also very professional, and has encouraged me and my business when it really mattered.”DARREN KENT, SPITFIRE ARCHITECTURE Find out more