Peacehaven & District

Chamber of Commerce

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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.

E-News special Royal Extra edition

Peacehaven Town Council has published a special Royal Extra edition of E-News, its online magazine, to mark the official opening by the Duke of Gloucester of Centenary Park.

Click here to see the pictures.

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

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.


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.


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.”


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 for the council’s website.


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 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