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  • 06 August 2015 8:17 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing Business Awards

    Date – Friday, 13th November 2015
    Venue – The Pavilion, Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3PX

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    Headline Sponsor JSPC Computer Services Ltd
    The Adur and Worthing Business Awards provides a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the successful businesses and professional individuals we have in our area.
    The awards are now in their ninth year and we are looking for entries from those who can prove business achievement and excellence in their field. Whether that be in growth, innovation or contribution to the community we want to hear from you. You may have a high achiever or team of excellence within you company – why not put them forward for an extra special award?

    Judging will be undertaken by an independent panel of judges representing the business community.

    The winners of these awards will be announced at a gala black tie dinner held at the Worthing Pavilion, Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3PX Worthing on 13th November 2015.

    For all enquiries and/or sponsorship details contact Jeanette Hockley
    Email: jeanette.hockley@jpress.co.uk
    Call: 01243 534140 / 07841800401

    NOMINATION FORM
    To download the nomination form please CLICK HERE

    INFORMATION PACK

    To download the information pack please CLICK HERE

    Categories

    Overall Business of the Year – Sponsored by Spofforths
    In this category, the judges select a business or individual who have won a previous category and will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field.

    Small Business (up to 9 employees ) – Sponsored by Adur & Worthing Partnership 
    For this category, the judges will be looking for a business with up to 9 employees capable of producing a quality product whilst remaining committed to great client/customer service, as well as demonstrating innovation and marketing acumen.

    Medium Business (10 to 49) – Sponsored by Wannops LLP
    The winner of this category will be at the forefront of business development in the Adur and Worthing area, and will demonstrate an innovative ability to identify market opportunities or will be looking to expand.

    Business Personality – Sponsored by The Martlet Partnership 
    The judges are looking for someone who can demonstrate that their unswerving commitment, business acumen, and approach to the challenges presented by the business world has impacted upon their business’s success.

    Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by JSPC Computer Services Ltd
    The winner of this award will have made a major contribution to their businesses and to the local community of Adur and Worthing over a number of years. If you know someone who has dedicated themselves to developing their business and contributing to their community, this is your opportunity to recognise and acclaim their success.

    Manufacturing & Construction – Sponsored by Carpenter Box
    Adur and Worthing is home to top-class manufacturing and construction firms, working on the national and international stage. How does your manufacturing business stand out from the rest?

    Young Achiever – Sponsored by Northbrook College
    Highlighting the contributions to business in Adur and Worthing made by people aged under 28, this award will identify young workers who have made their mark locally as either an entrepreneur or within a company. The judges will be looking for enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to demonstrate results.

    Start-Up – Sponsored by Adur & Worthing Council 
    Identifying businesses started after August 1, 2013 who have already had successes that they want to share, the judges will be looking for a new company which has caught the imagination of the local community in Adur and Worthing.

    Customer Service – Sponsored by Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce 
    The winners of this award will demonstrate a creative and dedicated approach to customer service, and will be able to demonstrate to the judges that going that extra mile for customers is integral to positive business.

    Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure – Sponsored by VIP Venues by Ken Marche 
    Hotels, attractions and events in Adur and Worthing all help to project a great district image. We live and work in a fantastic holiday destination, and the winner of this category will be able to demonstrate a contribution to the local area by making the community stand out.

    Outstanding Contribution to the Community – Sponsored by Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd
    Businesses play a significant role in the community, and many firms consider it important to contribute to their local supporters through charity work, and helping schools, colleges and community groups. This award aims to recognise local businesses who have taken the time to give something back.

    Large Business (50+ employees)
    Although based in Adur and Worthing, entrants to the Large Business category may have a local, regional, national or international market. Judges are looking for a company which can demonstrate their contribution to the local area through enhancing the town’s business reputation.

    Innovation
    An ability to navigate market conditions is crucial for a business to survive today’s difficult economic conditions. How has your business adapted to change, or utilized an innovative idea in order to be a successful business?

    Training & Development
    Employee development is intrinsic to business success, and the winner of this category will have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging and motivating their workforce. Judges are looking for training providers as well as businesses which have an exemplary training programme for their employees.

    Green Business
    The most common ways to show good environmental and sustainability practice are improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, reducing water use, reducing pollution, improving the environment or improving employees’ well-being. Others could be reducing the amount of car journeys, using local food and local suppliers, addressing impact on climate change or finding new ways to use waste. Do you know of a business that is ‘green’ or are you that business.

    Retailer
    Retailing is an essential facet of the British business world, and for this category, judges will be looking for businesses who can demonstrate a creative edge and a committed approach to customer service.

    Places to Eat and/or Drink
    This category encourages entrants from restaurants, hotels, pubs or cafes and offers consistently high quality food and drink in an enjoyable atmosphere.

    Reader’s Choice
    This is the only award that the judges have no control over. All the nominated businesses will be listed in the Herald, and readers will be invited to vote for their favourite. This award will demonstrate that the business in question has impacted upon and impressed the public.

    “All winners of Adur & Worthing Business Awards are automatically finalists in the Johnston Press South Business Awards held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 2016″

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  • 06 August 2015 7:57 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)


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    Many of us don’t want to think about protecting our family financially if illness were to strike. But what would you do if you couldn’t work and you have no income to support you? Please follow the link below for more information on how protection for as little as £5 per month could protect you. 

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    Confirmed dates for our upcoming complimentary Auto Enrolment Seminars


    We have now finalised our September complimentary Auto Enrolment Seminars and have expanded across the South of England to spread the message and support SME’s going through the process.

    More information here 

    Here is a list of our upcoming Auto Enrolment seminars in the South:
    Tuesday 8th September - Hampshire - Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, SO32 2UA
    Tuesday 15th September - Kent - Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Maidstone
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    Martlets Halloween Ball


    Did you know that to run the Martlets Hospice and its community services for just ONE DAY costs £11,000?  Follow the link below for more information on our much anticipated Halloween Ball and how the money raised will benefit the hospice.

    To reserve your place or confirm places email: karin.yardy@iepfinancial.co.uk

    Or call: 01273 208813

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  • 06 August 2015 7:47 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Leading businesses call on University expertise to upskill employees

    A trio of leading West Sussex employers have called on the expertise of the University of Chichester’s Business School to identify which areas of their businesses require additional skills.

    The companies, URT Ltd and Heirlooms-Linens Ltd both from Bognor Regis and ADF Milking based in Slindon, joined together for a pioneering programme at the University’s Business School’s Bognor Regis campus aimed at upskilling their employees.

    URT, ADF and Heirlooms worked with the Business School to identify their main skills and development priorities and highlighted Operations Management as one key area. 

    The programme, which was delivered over four days was tailored to each of the employers, who were keen to ensure their employees could react to changing markets at home and abroad and maintain their long-term competitive position.

    Andrew Adams, Business Development Manager at the University’s Business School said:
     ” Firstly we work closely with you and your team to identify what is needed and how this fits with your organisation’s goals.

    “Next comes how best this can be delivered: on-site, at the University, run over several months, or as an intense course, with or without a qualification”

    “Companies from different sectors working together can stimulate new ideas, identify different approaches and ways of working which can boost performance and maintain competitiveness.”

    The programme included to the development of skills which could be immediately applied in the workplace including inventory planning, planning and control, quality and project management as well as best practice in operations management.



    Kevin Emmett Director URT Ltd
    “A highly interactive, innovative and engaging classroom training programme, supported with books and material for in-depth reading.
    The effective management skills developed throughout the modules will increase staff confidence and provide our organisation with immediate benefits.”

    Robert Hogg, Laminating Supervisor URT Ltd
    “The course opened my eyes to approaching tasks and man management in an analytical and more productive manner, overall a very enjoyable and useful course. “

    Harry Dixon, Trim & Assembly Shop Supervisor URT Ltd
    “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it be very informative.  I feel it let me understand how to better manage my time and the time of others and in doing so helped to make the workplace more efficient and smooth running.”

    Ruth Douglas, General Manager, Heirlooms-Linens Ltd
    “We were delighted to be able to utilise the knowledge and experience of the University to assist us in developing our own staff on how best to increase our efficiency and optimising the resources we have. Training our own staff on up-to-date information will also help us to engage with the University’s students   to assist with implementing future specific projects.”

    Niki Holcombe, Production Supervisor, Heirlooms-Linens Ltd
    “I thought the course was exceptionally helpful to enable me to further understand current manufacturing techniques and to get the best out of our current systems and processes. I am currently working on some of the plans created during the course which will improve our workflow and efficiency thereby saving on costs.”

    Maureen Baxter, Production employee, ADF Milking
    “I could see where I could put things into practice. I would be interested in coming together later to see how everyone is getting on in implementing their systems.”

    All three companies plan to meet again together later in the year to discuss how they have each implemented the tools and techniques outlined in the programme.

    The University of Chichester’s Business School also offers programmes in other areas such as Coaching, Strategic Management, Team Building, Marketing, Supply Chain/Purchasing, and Performance Management on which other companies may like to work on staff development; individually or together.

    If you feel your business could benefit from this exciting approach, or you would like to talk to any of the participating companies please contact: Andrew Adams at a.adams@chi.ac.uk at the University of Chichester’s Business School for an informal discussion.



  • 30 July 2015 10:38 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Worthing’s velodrome arrives, creating track cycling opportunities for all

    The weekend, during which Worthing hosts a banked velodrome in the grounds of Beach House Grounds, is about to arrive.

    On August 1 and 2, amateur riders have the chance to challenge some of the country’s highest-ranking competitive cyclists at the StreetVelodrome which is erected for one weekend only for riders to compete in head to head elimination pursuit races.

    Using a 'popup' track with two banked corners and two straights, along with professional-level timing and equipment, anyone is able to try speed-cycling free of charge with the event organisers supplying all the necessary equipment. The ‘have-a-go’ sessions take place on Saturday and anyone wishing to take part should simply turn up on the day.  The races for amateur and professional cyclists take place on Sunday. 

    Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council says:

    “We have a new story to tell in Worthing; hosting unique, innovative events such as the UK-wide Asda StreetVelodrome Series really underlines where we’re heading and the passion that we’re using to get us there.

    “It’s taken a huge amount of effort for the team to bring StreetVelodrome to Worthing this year, and I’m confident that the first weekend of August is going to be a spectacular cycling celebration, from the arrival of the peloton on Saturday 1st August to the race action that will dominate the weekend.”

     

    Councillor Bryan Turner, Executive Member for Regeneration at Worthing Borough Council adds:

    “When the Council decided to bring the Asda StreetVelodrome Series to the town last December, we couldn’t imagine the speed at which the local community would back it. 

    “According to the organisers, no other race venue has seen such immediate uptake of the track time slots and even our Culture & Events team were taken aback by the speed at which local businesses invested in sponsorship opportunities.

    “Events such as this not only contribute to the social lifeblood of the town, but also have a direct relationship with the whole area’s economic growth and development.  I am personally passionate about growing Worthing’s economy, and will wholeheartedly support bringing the right events to the town to do just that.”

    Carl Thompson, Series Director says:

    “It is with great pleasure that we bring Street Velodrome and The Asda StreetVelodrome Series to Worthing.

    “We are combining our Series,which offers the thrill of the pro-riders racing in teams against each other, with the opportunity for the community of Worthing to race the track.  The response has been overwhelming so the weekend will be great fun! 

    “Thank you Worthing for being one of our event partners, we are really looking forward to being part of your cycling weekend celebration.”

     

    Pelotons of local cyclists will travel to the event from George V Avenue at 9am each day, led by Twitter’s #TruckingCyclist, Worthing local, Jeremy Strutt. 

    On Saturday the peloton will have a family focus while Sunday’s peloton will be aimed at anybody with a modified bicycle. 

    Local businesses, food stalls and entertainers surround the street velodrome during the weekend with opportunities to take part in circus workshops, learn from a safer cycling display by Sussex Transport, witness a showcase of vintage bicycles, take a ride on the funfair along the prom or take advantage of bicycle servicing from Dr Bike. There will also be a variety of children’s inflatables in Denton Gardens.

    The high-speed, high-energy nature of the event promises great video opportunities throughout the day.  Spectators are encouraged to share their footage with the Council’s Twitter feed @adurandworthing, which will be streamed to their street velodrome site throughout the day, tagging any posts #WVel15.

    For latest updates as the event unfolds visit www.streetvelodrome.com and http://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/street-velodrome/

  • 30 July 2015 10:22 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Active Sussex Workplace Challenge is Back!


    Join the Active Sussex Workplace Challenge in September to help you reach your fitness goals.

    It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned athlete or currently inactive, our website and smartphone app will help you to record all of your activities in one place. The best bit about this is that it's free, each activity gains you points and points mean prizes!

    The winner of our January/February challenge, Joe Harding, had this to say, "In December if you had told me I would be doing as much physical activity as I am doing now, I would have thought you were a comedian! This type of challenge is exactly what I needed to get back into fitness after a somewhat lazy year or so of doing very little and suffering a number of injuries. I've lost over a stone in weight and am feeling great physically and mentally."

    We've got some great prizes ranging from a fantastic home treadmill from JTX Fitness to a nutrition consultation with LGM Nutrition.

    Get your motivation back!

    Get motivated!

    JTX Fitness in Shoreham have given us some amazing tips to help you get motivated and break out of your exercising rut...

    We've all been there. Long day at work, get home, eat, grab the TV remote and settle in for the evening on the sofa. You know you should be out doing something healthy because it's a Thursday and you haven't found time to do any exercise all week. But you're just too tired and it's the weekend soon so you can recuperate and start again with the exercise regime on Monday.

    Break the 'I'll do it tomorrow' mentality here.

    At Workplace Challenge HQ we particularly like tip number four!

    Cycle to Work Day 03.09.15

    Cycle to Work

    Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day.

    According the census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly - this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day's help we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond! By 2021, we hope to see 1 million people across the country regularly commuting to work by bike.

    There are loads of great resources to help you get your colleagues involved here.

  • 30 July 2015 10:17 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

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  • 30 July 2015 9:54 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
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  • 30 July 2015 9:47 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)


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    The July Budget - Pension Freedoms followed by belt tightening

    From April this year we saw the introduction of the new Pensions Freedom legislation. These changes for pensions went further than most people had expected, and provided further real attractions to investing for your retirement through a pension plan.

    Tax relief on contributions has always been the single biggest attraction for pensions, and its removal has been a topic of conversation ahead of any Budget in recent years. Not surprisingly the Chancellor announced in his July Budget to restrict tax relief for high earners. High earners being defined as those with adjusted taxable income of £150,000 or more.

    These changes will not take effect until the new tax year 2016/17, and as such do represent an opportunity for high earners to take advantage of the current rules.

    Under the existing legislation everyone has a £40,000 annual pension allowance. On the basis you have taxable income at this level or above, you are entitled to full tax relief on contributions.

    From 2016/17 people with adjusted income in excess of £150,000 will have a tapering allowance such that those with income levels above £165,000 will have a reduced annual pension allowance of £10,000 to which tax relief can be gained.

    Is this a buy while stocks last scenario?

    For high earners that have the capacity to fund their pensions at the higher level and above, the announcements do provide a window of opportunity.

    In addition, there is a facility to carry forward any unused relief from the three previous tax years.

    If you feel you may be caught by this new cap, and would like to explore the options for making large pension contributions in this tax year please contact us on 01273 208813 and speak to one of our advisers.

    For a detailed summary of the pension budget, please follow this link.

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