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  • 14 June 2019 11:36 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Annual Day Trip to Worthing for WWII Veterans

    Every year since 1948, the Taxi Charity has been bringing veterans to Worthing for the day, to spend time with their friends and enjoy seaside favourites, fish and chips and ice cream.

    This year’s outing is only a week after many of the veterans spent a week in Normandy with The Taxi Charity for D Day 75, remembering the friends they lost.

    Over 60 Kind-hearted volunteer London cabbies will pick up nearly 200 veterans and their carers from their homes across the South East on Tuesday 18 June and take them for a much-loved day trip to Worthing.

    After a pit stop at South Holmwood Village near Dorking in Surrey, for home-made sandwiches, cakes and refreshments the taxis will travel in convoy along the A24 to Worthing. Once in Worthing, the veterans will enjoy a fish and chip lunch with the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Hazel Thorpe on Worthing Pier. The Mayor, veterans, cabbies and invited guests will hear from guest speaker Paul Raison. National Secretary of the Parachute Regiment Association and enjoy musical entertainment, as well as having the opportunity to catch up with old friends, take in the sea views and grab an ice cream.

    WWII Veteran, Bill Gladden, 6th Armoured Recce Regiment RAC, says,

    “I have been going on outings with the Taxi Charity for many years. The recent trip to Normandy for D Day was particularly poignant as I laid a wreath at the memorial service in Ranville and then met a comrade from my old regiment who I had not seen since June 1944. We both thought we were the only one left! The Worthing outing is a money can’t buy experience where I can meet up with an amazing group of old boys and be taken door to door by one of the volunteer London black cab drivers.”

    Graham Pike, one of the London cabbies taking part, and a committee member of the Taxi Charity, said: “Our annual Worthing trip is something we look forward to all year. It’s a pleasure to treat these ladies and gents to a trip to the seaside as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they’ve done for us.”

  • 11 June 2019 12:17 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    One To One Financial Planning Clinic

    David Baldry, director of DJLB Wealth Management Ltd, cordially invites you to a one to one financial planning clinic at the Sphere Business Centre, Northbrook College, Broadwater Road, Worthing. The clinics will be held from Tuesday the 2nd of July until Friday the 5th of July and each confidential session will last an hour and allocated on a first come first serve basis. Appointments can be made by calling our office on 01903 681966.

    We can help to create a tailor-made financial plan for you using Voyant financial planning software.  Voyant is an intuitive forecasting tool that can help you forecast and visualise your possible financial future, liabilities and assets in both pre and post retirement based around your individual circumstances. Voyant can also utilise given What-If scenarios to instantly demonstrate the financial impact of key decisions and life events, small changes could make a large impact.

    Your Voyant Financial plan will be produced at no obligation.

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    For illustration purposes only.

    Learn more about David Baldry here

    DJLB Wealth Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website 

  • 10 June 2019 10:10 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Better Business Summit coming soon!

    Make your business FIT for the future

    The Chamber has some exciting news to share … The inaugural Better Business Summit is coming soon!

    Date: Wednesday 11th September
    12:00pm – 6:00pm
    Venue: Field Place Manor House & Barns

    The day will focus on ‘Making your business FIT for the future’, looking at futuristic, innovative trends.

    We have plenty of ideas, a schedule for the afternoon and a host of business specialists keen to be involved encouraging a productive, healthy and happy workplace.

    The afternoon will offer:

    • Networking Lunch
    • Two Keynote speakers
    • Breakout sessions with a choice of masterclass workshops to attend

    The afternoon starts with arrivals from 11.45am followed by a buffet lunch and plenty of networking opportunities. You will hear from keynote speakers; Gill Fielding from Fielding Financial and Chamber Patron and Elena Kerrigan from Think Productive. The afternoon also includes a selection of masterclass workshops that you will select workshops at the point of booking. Don’t miss this inspiring programme, there will be something for everyone and a great chance to mix with like-minded business people.

    The opening keynote speaker Gill Fielding, CEO of Fielding Financial and Chamber Patron. A self-made millionaire with a no-nonsense, positive approach to finance, Gill is on a personal mission to educate the nation in managing and improving their own financial position. Gill is the process of writing her 4th book “Solving the Business Success Puzzle”

    The closing keynote speaker Elena Kerrigan, Managing Director of Think Productive, has been instrumental in the introduction of the four-day week for her whole team. Elena will wrap up the afternoon inspiring the delegates to ‘make space for what matters’ and how to successfully work a four-day week. Something many people would like to achieve.

    The breakout sessions are planned to offer a choice of workshops to inspire you, develop you, train you and push you out of your comfort zone leaving you top tips to take away and use in your plans.

    Breakout sessions include:

    • Masterclasses
    • Debate an issue
    • Mastering your customer’s experience 
    • Business reviews including Business Growth Mapper
    • Speaking with confidence
    • Make your business purpose led to grow, thrive and shift with the times
    • Work-life balance
    • Ensuring the wellbeing of your employees
    • Fitness and wellbeing assessments

    This is an afternoon NOT to be missed with limited numbers book early to avoid disappointment.

    Look out for the early bird price Chamber members £49 + VAT, non-members £75.00 + VAT
    Tickets go on sale soon!

  • 04 June 2019 4:13 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Heene Community Association receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

    Heene Community Centre, in Heene Road, Worthing, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

    The Heene, a busy thriving Community Centre, is open 7 days a week and offers a wide range of facilities, such as room hire, various leisure classes, an IT Suite and a highly regarded Café, all bringing people together in a modern welcoming environment.

    The Heene also hold two fayres for the community during the year, both free entry. The Summer Fayre is on Saturday 22nd June, and the Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 7th December, both events run between 10am and 3pm. There is live music, entertainment, gift and craft stall, tombola, grand raffle, refreshments by Café one22 and lots of fun stalls and children’s activities.

    Joanna Barden, Centre Manager, and Kate Henshaw, long-term volunteer and Vice-Chair of Trustees from Heene Community Association attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

    Heene Community Association is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups and just 5 in West Sussex and the only 1 in Worthing, to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

    Representatives of Heene Community Association will receive the award from Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of Sussex later this summer.

    Heene Community Association’s Centre Manager, Joanna Barden says:

    “I am delighted! It is a wonderful honour for the Centre to be recognised for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I would like to thank every single volunteer for their time, hard work and commitment, as without their efforts this award would not have been possible. They have contributed towards making Heene Community Centre - the heart of the community. They should be very proud of themselves.”

  • 04 June 2019 2:30 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    A seminar for Sussex Charities

    25 June – 2pm – South Lodge Hotel, Horsham

    Accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves is holding a charity seminar for charity trustees, finance directors and chief executives. 

    The Sussex seminar will cover a broad range of topics including:

    • Changes at the Charity Commission and the challenges it faces in regulating the not-for-profit sector;
    • Cybercrime and how charities can mitigate the risk of fraud threats;
    • A tax and finance round-up of the latest news and updates impacting charities;
    • Digitisation. In an era where so much emphasis has been put on a digital presence you will discover how to achieve a website presence for your charity that delivers your key messages, attract and trigger responses.

    Speakers at the seminar include:

    • Susan Robinson, Partner and Head of Charities at Kreston Reeves;
    • Mark Spofforth, Partner and charities expert at Kreston Reeves;
    • Alex Douglas, Digital Engagement Manager, Barclays;
    • Managing Director Matt Saunders and Chief Technology Officer Ben Harvey, Storm21;
    • Carol Curtis, Senior Manager in the Charities team at Kreston Reeves.

    The seminar is free of charge to attend and starts at 2pm and will finish with networking and drinks at 4.30pm.

    To find out more about the free seminar or to attend visit


    Additional events will be held in Kent (4 July) and London (9 July). Visit for more information.

  • 30 May 2019 4:02 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    BuildingAW goes live: "We are optimistic for the future of our town centres"

    Town centres brimming with new life and a winning mix of shopping, restaurants and culture is the goal for Adur & Worthing Councils, says the officer leading efforts to revitalise these important assets.

    Across the UK - and indeed throughout the world - town and city centres are facing challenges with a decline of traditional retail and the south coast is no different.

    But today Martin Randall, the Councils’ Director for the Economy, spells out his optimism for the future and reveals a string of developments which he believes will help transform the fortunes of the centres.

    In an interview with the Councils’ BuildingAW magazine he says he wants to help:

    • Build more homes to bring hundreds more residents into the centres breathing new life into the areas.
    • Continue to support and develop cultural life in the centres giving people more reason to visit.
    • Encourage the creation of town centre jobs by the creation of cutting edge office space.
    • Continue to do all he can to support and encourage independent retailing while backing national chains
    • Support efforts to bring in high speed public WiFi in the centres to increase connectivity

    In the interview Randall points out there are currently scores of projects either about to begin or in the pipeline which are creating homes and jobs spaces bringing people back into the centres after decades in which residents across the UK drifted away.

    He said: “I think what you will see is more and more people choosing to live in the centre, right next to the sea in a place that is connected and accessible, where a walk can take you to buy a loaf of bread or a theatre ticket.

    I think town centres need to hum with life and that life won’t only be about retail - our cultural offerings, theatre, music and the rest will go from strength to strength and our restaurants, bars and coffee shops will be thriving.”

    He admits that all town centres were currently in transition as some retail switches online but says that the location of our centres gives him great hope.

    Randall said: “If you look at the fantastic locations we have, sandwiched between the Downs and the sea, you can see that these are still places people want to come to either to live or to visit.

    That gives me great comfort and if you look at the efforts Councils and the community make to keep our seafronts smart and enticing that is a big part of our offer. The seafronts and town centres must work in tandem, they must be a winning combination.”

    Among the developments Randall highlights today are the Ham Road car park development in Shoreham now the home to 450 workers at Focus Group in state-of-the-art offices built on land owned by Adur District Council. He points to a similar move by HMRC into the former Teville Gate House building in Worthing with hundreds of workers moving back into the town centre.

    Meanwhile homes are planned for the former Adur Civic Centre site which is just five minutes walk from the station and Lancing’s Luxor cinema, with iconic fascia preserved, has been converted into 12 flats. In Worthing, permission has been granted to St Clair Developments to create 45 flats above a newly-revamped Beales department store, ensuring the retailer remains committed to the town for years to come.

    Randall said: “I know there is concern about city and town centres at present and many are going through tough times but the key is to have a plan in place to transition and we certainly have that.”

  • 30 May 2019 11:33 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Purple flag For Worthing 

    Worthing town centre has been awarded a Purple Flag signifying it is a destination for a safe and vibrant night out.

    Inspectors for the scheme recognised that the town centre was heading in the right direction with venues, businesses and police all working together to ensure the town centre after hours was a pleasant place to visit.

    Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, said, ‘I’m delighted we have received this recognition. It tells people they can expect a decent night out in a safe environment.

    ‘We recognise that there is more to do with our town centre and we have ongoing improvement plans including more seafront restaurants, more open and pleasant avenues and of course the WOW wheel opening for rides soon.

    ‘The Purple Flag is a great platform on which to build.’

    The Flag scheme, run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) works in a similar way to the Green Flag for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It allows members of the public to quickly identify town & city centres that offer an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. Around 70 towns and cities are currently accredited.

    ATCM inspectors visited Worthing to gather information and interviewed stakeholders. Among the positive findings were

    • A good and well balanced mix of restaurants
    • An attractive seafront and promenade
    • A clear seafront investment plan
    • Cinema and theatre added to the early evening offer
    • Well managed late night venues
    • Plenty of well-lit car parking available
    • Fast and efficient policing when required
    • Strong relationship with multiple partners committed to raising standards
    • Effective CCTV and well supported Pubwatch and Shopwatch schemes

    The Borough Council will receive a Purple Flag to fly at a site of its choosing. ATCM says its research indicates that Purple Flag can bring real benefits which include, a raised profile and an improved public image for the location, a wider patronage, increased expenditure, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and a more successful mixed use economy in the longer term.

    Worthing Borough Council led the bid but were aided by a host of other organisations including Worthing Pub/Club Watch, Worthing Neighbourhood Watch, the Late Night Partnership and the Worthing Hospitality Federation.


    1)  Worthing Theatres: Take in a show at the one of the fantastic venues operated by Worthing Theatres - don't miss the annual Summer of Circus festival of indoor and outdoor performances. You’ll be among an audience that continues to grow each year.

    2)  Restaurants: You'll love Worthing independents foodie scene - Masterchef champion and Worthing boy Kenny Tutt has just opened his Pitch restaurant in Warwick Street joining a host of excellent eateries which have gained strong reputations including Crabshack which was recently named as one of the top ten best beach restaurants in Europe by The Guardian.

    3)  Bars and Pubs: Sip a sundowner overlooking  the sea, glam up and head out for a cocktail or drop in for a craft beer at one of our many micropubs

    4) Live Music: From large scale venues to intimate bars, book in to see a favourite band or check out emerging talent at one of our many live music venues including, The Egremont Pub & Cellar Arts Club

    5) Sunset Cycle: Pick up a donkey bike and head out for a sunset pedal along the prom  

    6) Nightclubs: Get your hands in the air while you dance the night away at one of our night club venues including Bar 10, Coast Cafe or Molotov

    7) Light Festivals: Join the glow revolution at one of Worthing annual light and lantern festivals  - Jack on the Green (October), Worthing Light Festival (September)

    8)  Find your inner you: at one of our holistic wellbeing centres for yoga, meditation and more

    9 ) Take in a movie at the vintage Dome Cinema - one of the Uk's oldest working cinemas and a Worthing landmark

    10)  Have a giggle at one of the towns regular comedy nights including The Goose and The Pavilion Cafe Bar

    For more information of great things to do when the sun goes down go to

  • 30 May 2019 11:24 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kreston Reeves Chairman Clive Stevens retires after 42 years

    Clive Stevens the long-serving chairman of accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves has officially retired from the firm which he has been pivotal in expanding to be one the largest in the South East after 42 years with the business.

    At a drinks reception at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, friends, colleagues and clients gathered and heard Clive’s journey with the firm. Clive had joined the firm’s Sandwich office in 1977 (what then was Reeves & Neylan) and he then went on to work in their Margate office. Clive’s determination and drive saw him work in the firm’s Canterbury and Sittingbourne offices before becoming a partner of the firm in 1989 and Managing Partner in 1995. Clive’s ambitions for the business were to expand westwards, merging or acquiring practices in Chatham, London and across Sussex with the merger with Spofforths in 2016.

    Clive became chairman of the firm in 2013 and for the past six years, under his chairmanship, the firm has continued to grow becoming a top 25 firm in the UK with more than 17,000 clients.

    Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner at Kreston Reeves, described Clive’s energy and drive as legendary; “he always pushes for action and gets things done.”

    As well as being a director and Chairman of the firms’ international Kreston network which includes over 200 firms across the world, he is also a Kent Ambassador, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and a past Director of Locate in Kent. Clive is a council member of the industry’s professional body ICAEW, a member of the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Arts. Clive is also the Chairman of the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

    Andrew Griggs continued: “Clive has often said it was his first job after school – stacking chairs on Margate beach and managing the takings which originally inspired him to become an accountant. It’s entirely appropriate that over 40 successful years later, he should be surveying those same beaches in his role as Chairman to Turner Contemporary and on the cusp of welcoming the iconic Turner Prize exhibition to Margate in December 2019.”

    Clive Stevens commented: “I’ve been involved with managing the firm for the last 25 years and it is much more than a business, it works at the forefront of a profession which in my view has obligations to act in a wider public interest which also serves the communities in which we work. This is what makes the firm and the people in it valuable and I think this is the secret to your future success in a rapidly changing and volatile world. I will still continue with my roles in the wider profession and community and will be a consultant to Kreston Reeves so the word retirement is a bit of a misnomer. I would like to thank you all for your support in my career to date. I only hope that in some small way I have been able to touch your life for the better as you all have done for mine.”

  • 30 May 2019 11:19 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coastal West Sussex Mind is looking for new Trustees!

    Coastal West Sussex Mind is a highly regarded local charity providing services and support to people with mental health issues. We are looking for new Trustees with financial experience to join our Board of Trustees.

    What are we looking for?

    You will have a strong financial background; are accountancy qualified or working towards a qualification. We’re open to a wide range of financial backgrounds, diverse experience and ages.

    Who are we?

    We are a long-standing West Sussex charity, celebrating our 50th year in 2020. Recent years have seen strong growth and our current income is almost £1.3 million.

    We are currently in the process of merging with another local mental health charity, which will bring our annual income to £1.8 million.

    We are a stable and experienced Board including senior professionals from business, the public sector and local politicians. One third of our Board places are reserved for service users, reflecting our commitment to putting people with mental health issues at the heart of our work.

    There is an experienced management team with highly motivated CEO and Deputy CEO. We are seen as a trusted and reputable local provider with strong links to NHS and local authority commissioners in the county.

    What does it involve?

    You would be one of a 14 strong Board of Trustees who lead and oversee the work of some very committed staff. You would help create strategy and ensure our services deliver for our beneficiaries. We do this through a mixture of formal Board meetings, workshops and service visits – your commitment would probably amount to about ten hours per month. Board meetings take place in the evening, although Finance Sub-Committee meetings take place during working hours (approximately 6 time per year). The role is voluntary but expenses are available.

    What to do next?

    To learn more about the role, feel free to contact one of our current Joint Treasurers, Daniel Bird, for an informal conversation. He can be reached by email at or by telephone on 07834 537986.

    Candidates who wish to apply for the position should then contact our Chair, Sally Lefroy, on with an expression of interest and a brief outline of the skills and experience you would bring to the role.

    Those who take their interest further will be invited to informal interviews towards the end of July with the aim of joining the Board formally at the AGM in September.

  • 30 May 2019 11:10 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Manufacturers remain Optimistic & Confident despite Brexit uncertainties

    SME manufacturers and engineers remain broadly optimistic and confident about future growth, despite the uncertainties around Brexit, rising production costs and skill shortages. These are the findings of the recently published 2018/19 MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Report.

    The findings of this year’s survey were gathered by Sussex and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, tax and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box along with their national association MHA. The report draws on the national and regional insights from over 200 clients and contacts. It identifies opportunities and concerns facing UK manufacturing and engineering businesses and, despite uncertainties over Brexit, 71% reported that they achieved revenue growth over the last 12 months and 78% predict business growth over the next 12 months; for the South Coast, this figure is slightly lower at 60%.

    The Report highlights that 58% of respondents export products and all of them export to the Eurozone but, interestingly, only 30% of respondents nationally cite Brexit uncertainty and trading tariff concerns as their main barrier to future success. Only 34% of respondents have a post-Brexit strategy in place and 66% report that they cannot plan for the impact of Brexit until they know the Government’s strategy and EU response.

    92% of respondents expect their production costs to rise over the next 12 months, but 67% intend to absorb any price increases through improved productivity and efficiency, rather than pass them onto customers.   

    In the South, staff retention and recruitment are even bigger issues this year than last year with 89% of respondents finding it difficult to recruit staff; this figure is 81% nationally. In addition, 27% of respondents in the South are already losing staff to the Brexit effect, with the national figure standing at 20%. Although not covered in the survey, there is also anecdotally a growing concern in the South around the lack of availability of commercial/factory space for both new and expanding businesses. It is also disappointing to see the survey’s finding regarding R&D tax credits as many businesses fail to make a claim despite the scope of the relief available.

    MHA Carpenter Box Partner Chris Coopey, Head of Manufacturing at the firm, commented: “It is good to see that our manufacturers and engineers are remaining positive and optimistic about the future despite the uncertainties of the last two years around Brexit. That uncertainty is unlikely to dissipate any time soon, but I have no doubt that the sector will cope with whatever barriers appear.

    “Without doubt, the long-standing issue of skill shortages in the sector has been made worse by Brexit and this is an issue we will be looking to address at our next meeting of the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Alliance (METALL #10) on Thursday 11 April. At this meeting we will be bringing business and education professionals together to discuss the important role that schools and colleges can play in raising awareness of the great career opportunities there are in manufacturing and engineering for students wishing to pursue STEM subjects.”

    You can review the full Manufacturing & Engineering report at: 

    If you would like to find out more information and attend METALL #10, please click on the following link:

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