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.

Seahaven Para Games

The London 2012 Paralympic Games were the most successful yet and the Seahaven Para Games have sought to continue the legacy by offering disabled residents an opportunity to participate in a range of activities.

Following three successful years Wave Leisure Trust has confirmed the fourth Seahaven Para Games are due to be held at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford on Sunday, August 10. Free transport will be provided for participants who need assistance to get to the Games. There is no charge to compete in the event.

The programme from 10am to 4pm will include five sporting activities – archery, new age kurling, table tennis, boccia and wheelchair slalom – plus a buffet lunch.

The trust is only able to take a maximum of 40 participants on the day and asks that participants, if required, are accompanied by a carer at all times.

Transport and transport support requirements can be booked at the time of registering. If you are interested in entering either a team or as an individual please call 01323 493026 or email

University relaunches Profitnet

The University of Brighton has secured funding from the Regional Growth Fund to relaunch its highly successful business collaboration network Profitnet in the Coast to Capital area which includes the Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford districts.

You can hear about Profitnet and the benefits it could bring to your business at a practical taster session at Newhaven Basepoint on May 8 from 9.30am to 11.30am. Profitnet has worked with more than 1,000 businesses during its ten-year history.

Groups of like-minded business owners and managers meet in confidence once a month to develop their strategy and tackle real business challenges while accessing resources and expertise from the University of Brighton.

Profitnet drives innovation and growth by bringing business leaders together to share their collective experience.

To find out more or book your place, contact Roz Buchan on 01273 641037, 07740 416214 or email

Check out the discounts

Many Chamber members offer discounts to other members. Check out the Member-2-Member offers by clicking here.

Breakfast Over Dinner with Lewes and Seaford

The Chamber is organising another Breakfast Over Dinner event, this time with Lewes and Seaford.

As with our previous successful evenings, the venue will be Peacehaven Golf Club. The date will be Tuesday, June 10, and the cost will be £11 a head for members and £13 for guests.

The format will be as for a Breakfast Meeting, with members assembling from 6.30pm where tea and coffee will be available as part of the meal. The bar will also be open for those who wish to buy drinks.

We will sit down for dinner at 7.30pm and everyone will have the opportunity to present themselves to be followed by a short presentation on a relevant topic. There will be plenty of time for everyone to network.

To book go to

Make a name for yourself with the Chamber Members’ Directory

websitecoverPlanned for the spring is a Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce Members’ Directory. Ten thousand will be printed and it is planned they will be distributed to every home in Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs.

Each member will be listed and there will be a brief description of their business plus their contact details. You have to be a member of the Chamber to be included in the directory and we feel this publication will add even more value for money to your membership.

For us to produce, print and distribute this publication it will cost around £2,200 and we are looking  for members to help the Chamber mitigate some of the costs by taking a page of advertising.

Each full page of advertising will be just £250 with the Chamber picking up the rest of the production and distribution costs.

Find out more from Phil Merry at Focus Media on 01273 583879 or email

Free digital skills course

Sussex Downs College is offering a free 13-week course to small businesses who want to improve their web-based image and also produce high-quality print images.

The course will help delegates get to grips with manipulating digital photos and learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator. The course is two-hour sessions twice a week in Lewes.

You will be able to meet other like-minded business people who want to promote their brands, work on a creative project for your business and gain a qualification in graphic design.

You can start as soon as you like.

To find out more or register email

Masterclass in innovation

Pera Training is hosting a free masterclass in Brighton on May 19 and Chamber members are offered the opportunity to attend to learn about training available for eligible SMEs with fewer than 250 staff. Employees must be aged 19 or over and working a minimum of eight hours a week.

The masterclass will give a taste of the fully funded training available to eligible SME businesses through the European-funded Skills Support for the Workforce programme and will provide useful information on how innovation and creativity through leadership and management can enable business growth.

The Skills programme gives an opportunity for employed individuals to update their skills and knowledge and for SME employers to plug their skills gap at no extra cost.

To register, go to the website

Further details are available by emailing

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.

“We have made great contacts and found that Chamber membership has become a great support to our business.
We would urge local businesses to sign up and get involved.”
Phil Blackwell, director, Studio Crafts Find out more