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  • 16 October 2017 2:08 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Business Awards 2017
    Shortlist Announcement

     

    The organisers of the Adur & Worthing Business Awards are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for 2017.
     
    Now in their 10th year, the 2017 awards promise to be even better than before, as local businesses and professionals go from strength to strength showcasing some of the very best in Adur & Worthing.
     
    Thanks to our amazing panel of judges for taking on this almost impossible task.
     
    Peter Webb MBE, Managing Director at ETI Ltd commented; “A record number of entries were received this year which made judging a harder task than ever, but I think everybody will agree that the shortlist is superb and really highlights the diverse businesses in the area.”

    The black-tie Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place from 6.15pm at The Pavilion, Worthing on Friday 10th November 2017. Tickets are just £60 each and include a welcome drink, 3 course meal provided by Harding’s Catering and post ceremony entertainment/disco. 

    Places are now limited so don’t delay!  For more information and to book your tickets, please visit 
    this page.

    On behalf of all our sponsors and supporters, the organising committee and judging panel would like to wish all shortlisted businesses and individuals the very best of luck!

    Start-Up Business – sponsored by Adur & Worthing Councils

    • Here & Now Media Ltd
    • Freedom Works Ltd
    • Refsix Ltd
    • Vertex Joinery Ltd
    • Vanilla Pod Beauty

    Retailer – sponsored by Worthing Town Centre Initiative

    • Gardner & Scardifield
    • Shore Being Natural Foods
    • The Garden Pantry
    • VJG Jewellery
    • Wall Brothers Carpets & Flooring

    Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure – sponsored by Southern Water

    • Ropetackle Arts Centre
    • South Downs Leisure
    • The Egremont Public House
    • The Hummingbird Restaurant
    • Worthing Rugby Club
    • Worthing Town Centre Initiative

    Training & Development – sponsored by MET (Greater Brighton Metropolitan College)

    • Egalite Care Ltd
    • Innavision
    • Proto Restaurant Group
    • Ricardo
    • Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce

    Business in the Community – sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins

    • 5 Rings Group
    • ECE Architechture
    • Gardner & Scardifield Ltd
    • Robert Luff & Co
    • Whitebox UK

    Young Achiever – sponsored by Lancing College Preparatory School Worthing

    • Abbie Kimber
    • Ben Griggs
    • David Kemp
    • James Macdonald
    • Jodie Rogers

    Place to Eat and/or Drink – sponsored by Bennett Griffin Solicitors & Notaries

    • Ami Bistro
    • CrabShack
    • Food Restaurant
    • The Egremont Public House
    • The Hummingbird Restaurant

    Building & Construction – sponsored by Gardner & Scardifield Ltd

    • ECE Architecture Ltd
    • Empire Construction Group Ltd
    • Roberts & Co Construction Ltd
    • Warnes Projects Ltd
    • Vertex Joinery Ltd

    Business Personality – sponsored by The Martlet Partnership

    • Keren Lewis
    • Lauren Tapp
    • Sandra Crathern
    • Sharon Clarke
    • Steve Cropper

    Customer Service – sponsored by Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce

    • Prosperon Networks
    • Spicer International Ltd
    • Towbex Ltd
    • Wall Brothers Carpet & Flooring
    • Warnes Projects Ltd

    Manufacturing & Engineering – sponsored by Carpenter Box

    • Allergy Therapeutics
    • Nordell Ltd
    • The Protein Ball Co
    • Vertex Joinery Ltd

    Green Business – sponsored by Sussex Transport

    • A Greener Alternative
    • Kenads Printers
    • Nature Shop
    • Proto Restaurant Group

    Small Business – sponsored by Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP)

    • ColourFull Kitchens Ltd
    • GoGecko Recruitment
    • Hit Refresh Marketing
    • Priavo Security
    • The Beauty Island Sanctuary Ltd
    • Wall Brothers Carpet & Flooring

    Medium Business – sponsored by Allergy Therapeutics

    • 5 Rings Group
    • Prosperon Networks
    • Proto Restaurant Group
    • Spicer International Ltd
    • The Protein Ball Co

    Large Business – sponsored by Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion

    • Egalite Care Ltd
    • Gardner Scardifield Ltd
    • South Downs Leisure
    • The Gemini Print Group
    • Worthing Homes

    Innovation – sponsored by Kreston Reeves

    • ColourFull Kitchens Ltd
    • ECE Architecture Ltd
    • Jacks & Jones Estate Agents
    • Refsix Ltd
    • The Protein Ball Co

    Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by JSPC Computer Services
    To be announced on the night!

    Overall Business – sponsored by Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd
    To be announced on the night!

  • 13 October 2017 11:20 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Adur and Worthing leaders welcome Transport Secretary’s pledge to look again at A27 options

    The leaders of both Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils today welcomed the news that the Transport Secretary would look again in full at options to upgrade the A27 through Worthing and Lancing.

    Both local authorities have been leading the way in standing up for residents and criticising Highways England’s single option to improve the road.

    Last month, both leaders wrote to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling with their concerns calling for him to visit the area in a bid to find a long-term solution to reduce congestion on the six mile stretch through Worthing and Lancing.

    With additional pressure from the area’s MPs, Mr Grayling has now said he wants to see all of the options on the table before Highways England make an announcement on their recommended way forward.

    In a joint statement, Councillor Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council, and Councillor Dan Humphreys, leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “While we are still waiting to hear back personally from the transport secretary, we welcome this initial statement.

    “The plans presented by Highways England were derisory and in no way would improve any aspect of life across our areas.

    “We hope this is a signal of intent that Mr Grayling is to look again at all options and urge him to allocate appropriate funds to deliver a long-term and lasting solution.

    “We also want to reiterate our invitation for the secretary and his team to visit the area so Mr Grayling can fully understand the day-to-day problems first-hand.”

    The comments from My Grayling came in a letter addressed to Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley, the area’s two MPs.

    Within it, Mr Grayling said: “It would appear the current scheme does not have the support of the local council, business or community, as they want a better scheme for their area.”

    He added that Highways England were due to make an announcement on the preferred route in the coming months, adding “prior to this, I will instruct them to provide me with a review of the viable alternative options...which includes grade separation”.

    Mr Grayling did admit that for any alternative to be considered, it would “have to compete against other scheme priorities at that time”.

  • 12 October 2017 9:35 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    BECOME A DIRECTOR OF THE SUSSEX COUNTY FA


    Following a recent restructure, the Sussex County FA has three vacancies on the Board of Directors for dynamic, committed and enthusiastic people willing to take the County FA to another level.

    These are voluntary positions, but travel and other reasonable expenses can be claimed in accordance with the Sussex County FA policy.

    The successful candidate will be given an electronic device and a Sussex County FA email address, to separate from other business and family communications.

    The Director is accountable to the Board of Directors through the Chairman.

    The Director will be required to attend Board Meetings held at the Sussex County FA Headquarters in Lancing, as well as other meetings and events of the Association as and when required.

    Ideally, the candidate would have some football and business experience, as the Board is focused on the delivery of The FA strategies and Sussex County FA business plans, as well as financial planning, budget control and other areas of good governance.

    To read more about the position click here 

    To apply for the position click here

  • 11 October 2017 9:51 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Free Acas Guidance and Tools for Flexible Working

    Click here to get free Acas guidance and tools for flexible working! Acas are workplace experts providing free information for employers and employees. They offer plenty of advice on general Workplace issues such as managing staff absence or gaining the skills required to develop good people management skills.

  • 10 October 2017 4:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    3 Month long Consultancy job Opportunity

    Worthing Homes are seeking bids from suitably experienced consultants to evaluate their award winning Community House project which is in the second tranche of funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

    The evaluation will cover all areas of the project but specifically looking at the impact of delivery of services to the community and the effect removal of the project would have on the communities the project serves.

    The evaluator will be provided with a range of qualitative and quantitative data as well as the opportunity to talk to staff and service users about the project and its effectiveness. The evaluator will also be able to draw on substantial case histories and a wide range of other community groups we work with.

    We anticipate this being in total a three month evaluation from beginning to final report.  We will offer strong support to enable the evaluator to complete this work within the time available and enable them to see all aspects of the project as required.

    We are looking for an individual/organisation with a strong background in evaluation particularly in the area of community involvement and support.  The successful candidate would also have an extensive understanding of community development projects and what they are trying to achieve.

    For further information about Community House please go to: http://www.thecommunityhouse.org.uk/

    If you are interested in bidding for this project, please contact: ccavanagh@worthing-homes.org.uk or

    C Cavanagh, Worthing Homes, North St, Worthing, BN11 1ER to receive the project brief.

    You will then be required to respond with your CV or evaluation history, examples of your relevant experience and your fee proposal. The closing date for submissions is 3rd November.


  • 10 October 2017 3:56 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Museum adds interactive digital displays to archaeology collection

    New interactive digital displays have been added to Worthing Museum’s archaeology section, as four new state-of-the-art tablets have been installed as part of the permanent collection.

    The displays will add a digital element to the exhibitions, allowing visitors to enjoy a variety of features including a map database that can reveal local archaeological sites and discoveries across Sussex. They will also be used to showcase Worthing Museum’s large collection of historical items, including the pieces that aren’t on display, with detailed information and photographs cataloging the items. There will also be an archive of aerial footage of the South Downs to highlight treasured beauty spots across the county, and a quiz for adults and children to test their knowledge. Two of the tablets also link up to television screens as part of the display designed for group visitors and children’s educational trips to the museum.
     
    The project has been financially supported by Arts Fund, who provides funding for acquisitions to help redevelop and update museums, including archaeological displays.
     
    James Sainsbury, Archaeologist & Operations, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, says “We’re really excited to be bringing our archaeology collection into the 21st century, it has been an idea I have had since I first started and it is amazing to see them in action. The aerial footage of the South Downs is fantastic because most of our group walks sell out fast. It means people who haven’t had the opportunity to visit the South Downs before, can enjoy seeing rare footage of these beautiful locations. We hope our extensive and interactive database will help people feel more connected to the past by finding local discoveries near where they live, learn more about their own ancestry and perhaps it may even inspire people to go out and start their own investigations on these historical landmarks.”
     
    For more information visit www.worthingmuseum.co.uk or call the museum on 01903 221 448.


  • 10 October 2017 2:44 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Podcast

    For the latest Worthing Podcast Patrick Woodward visited Worthing's East Beach and met the owner of the Coast Cafe and some of the artists who work in the "huts".  He also found out about a project to restore a fishing boat, and Worthing's fishing heritage. 

    He is now keen to accept sponsorship for the podcasts to help meet the costs, although it remains a non-profit, community based project.  If you would like to support it in this way, please get in touch!

    To give the podcast a listen click here

    To sponsor the podcast click here

  • 10 October 2017 10:49 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Jack on the Green

    Jack on the Green is a light & lantern festival taking place in Beach House Park on the evening of 21 and 22 October, 6pm - 8.30pm. The event will comprise of a trail of lit structures and lanterns, and there will be the opportunity for children/young people to create some of lanterns in afternoon workshops taking place prior to the event.

    The council is working in partnership with creative organisation Samesky to host an exciting new family event in Worthing at the beginning of the October half term.

    A number of Worthing schools are involved in the creation of some of the structures and it is hoped that in future years this opportunity can be offered to more schools and community organisations as the event takes shape and grows.

    click here for more information...

  • 09 October 2017 9:34 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The Tide Of Light Crowdfunding Has Now Gone Live!  


    The Tide of Light Community Group work all year to raise the £19,000 required to fund this event from various sponsors and grants. Making this event come in at only 54p a head - Woo hoo. We think that's value for money.

    They work in the local community making lanterns all autumn and on the day for the illuminated children's parade, making it a great spectacular. They host the biggest street party on the South Coast with a main stage with live music, street food, illuminated parklands and a huge firework display off the beach provided by the Lions ALL FOR FREE.

    We are so close to being there but need to raise the last £2,868 exactly! With only 4 weeks to go!

    Go help them reach their target by visiting their crowdfunding page 

    https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tide-of-light-2017/?utm_source=crowdfunder&utm_medium=dashboardfacebookblock&utm_content=shareonfacebook&utm_campaign=marketing

  • 06 October 2017 12:44 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    So This Is Christmas - St Barnabas Craft Fair 

    'So This is Christmas', festive craft fair in aid of St Barnabas House is returning on Sunday December 3rd at Worthing Charmandean.

    The fair will feature 70 stalls with local makers and designers selling their festive creations. There will also be St Barnabas stalls and raffle, cafe and home baked cakes and treats, face painting and lots of magical extras to explore. 

    The fair will be open 10.30am - 4pm and will be opened by Worthing Town Crier, Worthing Mayor and Miss UK. There will also be appearances from Tinkerbell and friends, the Ghostbusters, and Santa himself. 

     
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