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.

What employers want and students need

How can schools and employers work together to ensure we have a workforce “fit for purpose” in the 21st century?

At the Breakfast Club on Tuesday, February 3, Christine Joslin, careers intervention teacher at Peacehaven Community School, will be asking that question.

Her presentation will explore current trends in careers education and raise awareness of what is taking place in the classroom. It will encourage Chamber members to reflect on the skills they are seeking from their workforce and this will be used in school to raise student aspirations.

Christine wants employers and education providers to work together to help PCS students have a good understanding of what is required of them in the workplace.

She has been a secondary school teacher for more than 20 years and has participated in a variety of roles including head of department and senior teacher. She is currently studying for a qualification in careers guidance.

The retiring Bob Welch

As most members know, Bob Welch, former owner of Wasp Printers, has now retired. In 2007 Bob was one of the founding members of the Chamber and at the Breakfast Club on Tuesday, February 3, we will be making a special presentation to him to mark his service and support of the Chamber.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Saltdean Lido gets £2.3m for restoration

The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, a Chamber member, is to receive £2.3 million funding from the Government to restore the outside area and pools at the lido.

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, has been actively championing the lido, the UK’s only Grade 2* listed lido.

He said: “I have been working hard to secure this funding and I would like to again pay tribute to the work of the CIC and also to the many local residents who have supported this campaign.”

Rebecca Crook, who chairs the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, said: “The news is a massive boost for both the lido and our local economy. We will now be able to restore and refurbish the pools and outside area and provide local residents and visitors with a beautiful place to swim, relax and enjoy being outside.

“I would like to thank the volunteer directors of our group who continue to dedicate hours and hours to restore this unique space and also Mr Kirby, who has supported the project from the outset.”

It was announced at the end of last year that the main pool should be reopened in June. It is hoped the pool will be open at weekends during term time and throughout the week in the summer holidays. The lido was built in 1937 but closed in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

Are you an aspiring sports film maker?

Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club, a Chamber member, is looking for someone who has aspirations to become a sports cameraperson or who simply has an interest in TV media.

Local TV channel Latest TV is looking to expand its footage from local sports teams. It is looking for someone with an interest in the club to film snippets and highlights from each game and conduct post-match interviews. These reports would be sent to Latest TV to be edited and shown throughout the week.

The club would get wider publicity and the position, which is voluntary, would be perfect for a media student looking to gain valuable experience or for someone who has an interest in seeing their work broadcast.

Latest TV is on Channel 8 on Freeview but is currently only available if you get your TV signal via the Whitehawk transmitter or online at

There is a plan to roll out this TV service to the rest of East Sussex later in the year.

If this is of interest to you, email with your details or call Focus Media on 01273 583879 and you will be put in touch with Latest TV.

Community transport in the area

The CTLA buses are no longer funded by East Sussex County Council. This vital service is a registered charity and receives no funding from any other source. Many elderly and disabled people in Peacehaven and surrounding towns rely heavily on its dial-a-ride service.

Chamber member CTLA is now fundraising desperately to raise money to keep going and is holding an event at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston on Saturday, February 7, at 7pm. Tickets cost £25 and include a three-course dinner and entertainment. To support the charity or buy tickets contact Paula Woolven at CTLA on 01273 517332 or 07710 426321.  Email her at

Latest E-News edition

The latest edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News has been published.

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

You can read E-News by clicking here.

The town council is a Chamber member and 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 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 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.  

“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.”