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Welcome to the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce

Mission statement: To enhance and encourage development of trade, employment opportunities and the environment of Newhaven. To re-establish and maintain premier status for Newhaven within Europe.

The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce is a business networking group. We organise various business events throughout the year including presentations, exhibitions, social functions and have a vibrant business breakfast club that meets each week.

Find out about some of the benefits of being a member of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, for further details contact 01273 517544 or email

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Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery’s sponsorship link powers into the Junior Cup final

Lewes Ladies Rugby Team

Lewes Ladies sparkle in Junior Cup semi-final.

The Lewes Ladies fought with great determination against a tough Barnsley side to take the win in the semi-final of the Junior Cup with a final score of 8-5.
The Ladies came back from being a try down with a diamond-cut performance from Josie Nelder who darted across the line from a penalty, after a spectacular set of play from the rest of the team.

Shortly into the second half Nelder took the decision to kick a gem of a drop-goal which floated over the bar and set the final score safely in place.
Mike, of sponsors Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery, said “It was an incredible match; the Ladies have many facets to their game: from great strength and determination to speed and team spirit. They also have a growing fan base that drowned out the visitors’ support from the stand. Well done Ladies and let’s stamp our Hallmark on the trophy in the Final”.

The final of the Junior Cup will be held at Royal Wootton Bassett on the 1st April.



Inter-Chamber Karting event on June 11 - Sign up today!

After the success of last year's Karting event we are taking to the track again and we want Newhaven Chamber to be lifting the trophy (again) and popping open the champagne! Can you help us to do that ?

Newhaven Inter-Chamber Karting event

We will spend the afternoon at the Campbell Circuit at Filching Manor. The Campbell circuit is a 650 metre full tarmac outdoor Kart track.The Karts are single engine 4-stroke biz corporate Karts. They are capable of speeds of up to 50mph, that's pretty fast when your a**e is only 1" from the tarmac.

There are two pedals one to go (right pedal) and one to stop (left pedal), very easy even for a complete novice to drive. The Karts are fitted with a full safety cut out system.

For a great team building event - with teams from Seaford and Peacehaven chambers - we will take part in a 2 hour team endurance race in teams of 3/4. All races will have a qualifying session before the main race and trophies will be awarded to the first three teams. All the great racing drivers started their careers in Kart Racing - this could be your opportunity to unlock your driving potential...

While you are at Filching you can also visit their Motor Museum - which will be opened especially for us - dedicated to the record breaking Campbell family and includes Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird K3 world record breaking boat.

There will be some refreshments available trackside - coffee, tea, soft drinks and some snacks, but no hot food so make sure you have a hearty breakfast or brunch before you come!


When and where: Sunday 11 June 2017 - 13.00 (1pm)
Filching Manor, Jevington Road, Nr. Polegate BN26 5QA
Cost: £40.00 per head for the karting
Museum: £5 - £7.50 (depending on numbers) per head

For further details please contact the Chamber office on:
01273 517544 or email


Seahaven Business Awards 2017 Radio Advert

Listen to our brand new Seahaven Chamber Awards 2017 Radio Advert courtesy of @seahavenfm – click on the this link


Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery supports local women’s rugby team

Some may think that diamonds and rugby boots don’t have much in common, but Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery and the Lewes Ladies’ rugby team are challenging these preconceptions with their new partnership.

Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery has become the newest sponsor for the Ladies team whose diamond-like strength has made them an almost unstoppable force in the cup and league this season. Despite sporting more mud than jewels on the rugby pitch, the Lewes Ladies are diamonds in the rough who have gone from strength to strength since Mike Shorer has joined their growing family.

Mike is used to working with winners: his trophies have been awarded to marathon runners, poker players and rock stars and his pieces have been worn by royalty and film stars – and now women’s rugby players. The Lewes Ladies are proud to be counted among such star-studded ranks and are honoured to wear Mike’s name on their kit.

Mike says, “It’s been a tremendous opportunity for Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery to partner with a successful women’s rugby team...” and the Ladies’ concur: “It’s such a fantastic opportunity to help such an incredible local business. We’ve been so lucky that Mike has been so supportive of us. We all wear our hoodies to travel to and from our away games and it really helps us look professional, and add a bit of glamour to our game.” says Sophie Williams, captain of the Lewes Ladies’ side.

Mike Shorer is a seventh generation, award winning goldsmith who specialises in affordable, bespoke fine jewellery and trophies. The Lewes Ladies are a well-established women’s rugby team who enjoy winning, and imparting gold-plated performances. Whilst rugby and jewellery might not be the most traditional of collaborations, Mike Shorer and the Lewes Ladies share a dedication to creating beautiful things, and exhibiting true crafts(wo)manship in their work.

To find out more about the Lewes Ladies and their efforts this season visit and visit to start your own unique collaboration with Mike Shorer himself.


Newhaven Chamber celebrates an extraordinary year at it's Christmas dinner in style!

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Xmas Dinner 2016

Chamber members and guests got together at the Denton Island Bowls Club on Friday 16th December to celebrate Christmas and the the past year at the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce.

We will be back in the new year on Wednsday 4th January for our weekly breakfast meeting and an open forum to discuss the trials and tribulations of the Christmas break no doubt! Why not come and join us at Peacehaven Golf Club at 7am for one of the best networking breakfasts in the South East.

Contact the Chamber office on 01273 517544 or email to book your place.


Come and hear the latest developments on the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

We invite you to hear the latest developments with the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm which you have probably seen developing on the horizon as you drive along the coast road towards Brighton.

Chris Tomlinson, Development Manager, Rampion EON Climate and Renewables, will be our Guest Speaker and he will be bringing us up to speed with this project.

Since Chris's last presentation construction of the new Operations & Maintenance base at Newhaven Port is also now well under way.

Once it is completed - mid to late next year - there will be an opportunity to tour the marine centre and see how the operations work. There are also plans to charter a vessel for an offshore visit next summer to see the turbines in action.

More details:
Where: The Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH
Time: 6.00 pm for a 6.30pm start.
Cost: FREE to Newhaven Chamber members,
£5.00 per person for all guests and non-members (nibbles and wine included)

Contact the Chamber office on 01273 517544 or email to secure your place.


Join us for our Grand Gala Christmas Dinner

Following the success of last year's Gala Christmas Dinner we would like to invite you to join us again - this year at Denton Island Bowls Club - for a truly festive evening with 'bubbly', music, dancing, great food and great company.

Why not bring all your colleagues/employees and make it a night out for all the company?

We will be joined again this year by talented local singer Jules who will entertain us before and during dinner. After dinner there will be dancing to music from across the decades with DJ Neil.

Dust down your party frocks, tiaras and black tie and join us for a great night out!

Please make your menu choices from the list below:

Free glass of bubbly on arrival

* Prawn cocktail with wholemeal bread & butter
* Vegetable soup with roll and butter
* Brussels pate with wholemeal toast

* Roast Turkey with all the trimmings
* Roast beef and yorkshire pudding
* Nut roast (v)
(all served with seasonal vegetables)

* Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce
* Caramel apple torte with with ice cream
* Stilton, cheddar and biscuits

* Coffee and mints

* Fabulous raffle prizes - with all profits going to charity
* Dress code - dress to impress - black tie, evening/cocktail dress

More details:
Where: Denton Island Bowls Club, Denton Island, Newhaven
When: Friday 16 December 2016
Time: 7.00pm for a 7.30 pm start
Cost: £25.00 per person (Bubbly on arrival, 3 course dinner, entertainment and dancing)

There are a limited number of places so booking is essential! Contact Paul today with your menu choices on 01273 517544 or email


Seahaven Young Entrepreneur
Scheme 2016

We regret that this year’s Seahaven YES competition has had to be postponed until early 2017. We didn’t receive quite enough applications – we needed a minimum number of applications in order to judge the competition and regrettably we didn’t quite reach this number. However, it will be relaunched and will go ahead again next year so thank you to all the applicants that entered – you will be automatically entered again next year and our apologies for any inconvenience. And to all you budding entrepreneurs that didn’t quite make the deadline this year – please send in your applications – we promise that they will be included in next year’s competition!


Newhaven Car Boot Sale set for last Sunday of each month

Your chance to have a clear out and sell all those unwanted household and garden goods and make some extra cash. Or why not stop by and grab a bargain or find that priceless treasure!

7.00am start for sellers and 8.00am for the buyers/public
Top floor of the car park, Newhaven (Dacre Road)
£1 pitch fee as an introductory offer for the first one, and then £5 thereafter for further boot sales.


Seahaven YES trophies revealed!

Seahaven YES 2016 Trophy

The bespoke trophies have been handmade from aircraft grade aluminium, machined and hand engraved, anodised gold and inlaid with translucent champlevé enamel. The glass hemispheres have been etched and enamelled. They have been designed and finished by award-winning Goldsmith Mike Shorer at his Newhaven studio.

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2016 Inter Chamber Kart Racing Event

Seahaven Business Awards 2016 Trophy Sponsors

The 2016 Inter Chamber Endurance Kart Racing Event was a great success! Eleven teams from Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven Chambers of Commerce drove spectacularly well in a very close-fought 2 hour race at the Campbell Circuit in Jevington. The adrenaline was pumping as 42 drivers hurtled round the twisty track. The racing was extremely close at times, with several collisions and a few karts re-arranging the tyre walls but everyone emerged unscathed. The results were incredibly close : Newhaven Chamber took top honours and the main trophy, with Peacehaven Chamber in second place and Seaford Chamber only a fraction of a second behind. The drivers from Autowise won the trophy for the team who completed the most laps, sponsored by Gerri Ori from Brooklyn Motors.


Seahaven Business Awards 2016

Seahaven Business Awards 2016 Trophy Sponsors

Seahaven Business Awards 2013Seahaven businesses filled the East Brighton Masonic Lodge in Peacehaven on Friday May 6 for this year’s Gala Awards Dinner for the Seahaven Business Awards 2016 – now in its 13th year.

Over 500 nominations were received for 76 companies across the Seahaven area for the 7 categories and 123 guests attended the Awards Dinner. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception on arrival followed by a three course dinner which included Prawn Malaysia, Duck a l’orange and chocolate profiteroles supplied by David Osman Catering.

See the photos from the the night! >>>

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Reaching across the Channel

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce and members of ASDTE
Photo: Laure Renaux (centre) with Steve Saunders, Mayor of Newhaven and some Newhaven Chamber members.

Great turnout at Breakfast this morning for our Visitors’ Day. Visitors included Laure Renaux from ASDTE – a cross channel organisation set up to help promote businesses on both sides of the channel. Laure came over from Dieppe especially to meet up with our members and to encourage them to sign up with ASDTE and have their businesses promoted in France and on the cross channel ferries. For more information please go to It only costs EUR 25.00 per year. ASDTE are a not-for-profit organisation.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce breakfast
Photo: Visitors day.


National Coastwatch Institution Fundraising Dinner & Raffle, great prizes, great cause!

3 course dinner with wine and a welcome glass of bubbly, followed by grand raffle draw. Prizes include 2 tickets for Ladies Day Final Aegon International Eastbourne and Sail Seaford Bay aboard a 55ft yacht for up to 6 people with a glass of bubbly!

Saturday 30th April 2016 at Peacehaven Golf Course

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November 2015

Remembrance Day Parade

The Chamber took part in the annual Remembrance Day parade on Sunday November 8th 2015, by attending the church service at St. Michaels and then joining the march through the town to War Memorial green where President of the Chamber, Annie Lorys laid a wreath at the main town war memorial in remembrance of all those that died in the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent conflicts.


Highly Commended!

Mike Shorer Best4Biz Highly Commended

Chamber member Mike Shorer of Historic Jewellery Reproductions was presented with a certificate at the Best4Biz conference at Uckfield last Friday night after making it to the list of finalists for the East Sussex Best Business of the Year Award. The conference and Awards dinner was organised by ACES (Association of Chambers in East Sussex) in conjunction with East Sussex County Council and was held at the East Sussex National Hotel in Uckfield.


Plumpton Races

Plumpton Races

21 Chamber members (with their guests) enjoyed a great day out at Plumpton Racecourse yesterday, Monday 19 October 2015. We had our own private box with viewing balcony right by the finishing post so best view of the racecourse! After a welcome drink of Buck's Fizz and a 2 course lunch we got down to the serious business of picking the winners… some of us were better at this than others… but everyone had a great time. We also celebrated Mike Thomson's birthday with a cake with candles. Thanks to everyone at Plumpton for making this such a fun day out.


Eight Newhaven chamber businesses for sail…ing

Newhaven Chamber Sailing Day

On a clear October morning eight Chamber members and their guests sat in glorious Autumn sunshine in the middle of the Solent sailing nowhere! Having motored out from the marina on Taeping , a Clipper 60 round the world racer, we discovered a distinct lack of wind. Nevertheless the skipper worked us hard getting sails up form below and changing them for lighter and lighter versions until we had a spinnaker which was so light that it was nearly see through and we found a puff of breeze, enough to fill the sail to its’ full rounded shape but not enough to move us! Norman Mayhew, on the helm at that time, reported that we occasionally reached a boat speed of half a knot!!! We sat in our own circle of blue sky watching clouds build over Hampshire and the Isle of Wight eating lunch and throwing the occasional crumb overboard to watch it slowly drift astern just to make sure we were still going forwards.

Newhaven Chamber Sailing Day

Newhaven Chamber Sailing Day

After lunch the weather heard our silent pleas and a breeze steadily grew so that we had a good afternoon of sail changing back to the heavier ones and tacking and gybing. By the end of the afternoon, whilst Daryl Summers was helming, we peaked at just over 10 knots. Being on board gave people time to chat and listen or stand and stare as the world, and other boats, went past whilst the charter company looked after us with food and drinks and lots of knowledge and advice.

It was definitely a day of two halves but all in all it was a great day of just messing about on a boat followed of course by dinner in the pub, the Victory.

The Inter-Chamber Karting Challenge

Newhaven Karting Challenge

The Campbell Circuit at Filching Manor hosted the inaugural Inter-Chamber Karting Challenge on Sunday 14th June. This 2 hour Endurance Race was hotly contested by 44 drivers from Newhaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce.

There was all the drama one would expect to see at the Le Mans 24 Hour; quick pitstops to change drivers, very close racing, Karts hurtling along the straight in an adrenaline-pumping mayhem of roaring engines, screeching tyres and the heart-stopping realization that your Kart is about to thunder into the tyre wall.
Seaford Chamber won this first Challenge, narrowly beating Newhaven by only one lap!

Mike Shorer, Vice President of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, who staged the event, said “I wanted this to be the first of many events to bring the Chambers in our area together, doing something rather different from the usual networking evenings we hold. There are so many dynamic businesses in the area that would greatly benefit from being members of one of the Chambers and this shows we are fuelled up and in pole position to win business!”

Chamber cheque presentation to DSDT

Newhaven Chamber Committee presenting a cheque to Sen Smallwood of DSDT

Photo: Newhaven Chamber Committee presenting a cheque to Sen Smallwood of DSDT

Great turn out this morning, Wednesday 20 May 2015, at the Chamber Breakfast Club to meet our new MP Maria Caulfield. Also in attendance were the new Mayor of Newhaven Steve Saunders, the new Deputy Mayor - our very own Secretary Paul Boswell, the new President of Seaford Chamber Alasdair Fortune, plus our honorary lifetime member David de Mallet Morgan. Thanks to Jason Hall of Seahaven FM for being our on the spot reporter!

The NH Chamber committee also presented a cheque for £865.00 to the Down Syndrome Development Trust, a NH based charity. This money was raised from a silent auction and raffle on May 8 at the Seahaven Business Awards.

Maria Caulfield MP and Annie Lorys, President of NH Chamber

Photo: Maria Caulfield MP and Annie Lorys, President of NH Chamber


Newhaven Young People's Awards Ceremony

Young Person of Courage Newhaven

Last night, 3rd March, the Chamber attended the Newhaven Young People's Awards Ceremony at the Hillcrest Centre. The awards were held as part of the annual Town Meeting hosted by Newhaven Town Council. The Chamber sponsored the Young Person of Courage Award which went to George Dawes. George has been involved in a project called “Keeping it Real” which aims to break down stigma attached to mental health issues. He has been talking to other young people about mental health and running stalls at local events. He has attended every meeting of Newhaven Young People’s Forum including meetings with other organisations that might seem scary. George received his trophy and cheque from Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce.

Young People's Awards Newhaven


Meeting the new Vietnamese Ambassador

Meeting the new Vietnamese Ambassador

On Tuesday Febuary 17 the Chamber was invited to meet the new Vietnamese Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Nguyen Van Thao at a 'Vin D'Honneur' following his 'Presentation of Credentials' to HM The Queen. Annie Lorys attended the champagne reception at the Vietnamese Embassy in London on behalf of the Chamber. The new Ambassador and his wife will be the Chamber's guests of honour at the Seahaven Business Awards Dinner on Friday May 8 at Jerrom Hall in Peacehaven.

The Vietnamese Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Nguyen Van Thao


Downing Street Small Business Champion Reception

Downing Street Small Business Champion Reception

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce President Annie Lorys was invited to a Small Business Champion Reception at 11 Downing Street last week at the invitation of The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Newhaven Chamber’s President Annie Lorys was nominated by prospective Tory Parliamentary candidate Maria Caulfield as a ‘Small Business Champion’ from the Lewes area. George Osborne spoke individually to everyone there and said that he was very grateful to all small business owners who are the real engine of growth in the economy.

Photo: left to right – Newhaven Chamber President Annie Lorys, Maria Caulfield, The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Marek Lorys.


Newhaven Chamber of Commerce supports
a 2nd runway at Gatwick Airport

Newhaven Chamber supports Gatwick 2nd runway

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Pop-up energy advice in Newhaven

Pop-up energy advice in Newhaven

Chamber members met with the Rt. Hon. Ed Davey MP Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he visited Newhaven to open a pop-up energy advice centre in Newhaven High Street. Community Energy South is using the shop to help Newhaven residents and businesses with energy bills.

From left to right: Paul Boswell (Chamber Secretary), Keith Kinsbrook (Landlord and Chamber member), Ed Davey MP, Norman Baker MP, Annie Lorys (Chamber President) and Ollie Pendered (Ovesco).


Above: The Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP with Jason Hall (left) Annie Lorys (centre) and Nick Mallinson (right) at Seahaven FM studios.

Below: Jason Hall (far right) and Annie Lorys (second from right) with The Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP (second from left).

Cultural Seaford

Chamber member Jason Hall of Seahaven FM invited Chamber President Annie Lorys to meet The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Monday in Seaford. Mr Javid was making a flying visit to Seaford where he was given a tour of Seahaven FM studios in Seaford which included recording an interview with Jason Hall for his Drive Time programme. Mr Javid also visited Seaford Town FC before heading back to London.


Breakfast Club

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce enjoy breakfast togetherThe Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Club meets weekly and is an excellent way to meet new customers and suppliers for your business. Although the meetings are structured they are friendly and informal with the emphasis on developing relationships to help each member's business interests.

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Newhaven weekly market every Thursday and Saturday in the high street.

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Next Newhaven Car Boot Sale – last Sunday of March 2017.

7.00am start for sellers and 8.00am for the buyers/public
Top floor of the car park, Newhaven (Dacre Road)

Breakfast Club

The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Club meets weekly and is an excellent way to meet new customers and suppliers for your business.

Forthcoming speakers:

22 March – Nick Mallinson – Seahaven FM
29 March – Darren Tullett – Tulletts Windows and Doors
5 April – Norman Mayhew – The Sussex Sign Company Ltd
12 April – Julia Johnson – Fine Marketing
19 April – Jon Whitehead – Cleankill
26 April – Jessica Hylands – Confidence Coach

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Newhaven Market Stall Hire Sussex

Market stall hire

The Newhaven Chamber of Commerc offer a market stall hire service for up to 25 market stalls, ideal for farmers markets, town markets, county shows, fetes, festivals and many other types of events.

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