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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Inter Chamber Kart Racing Event
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 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.
One Week Left To Enter 2016 Lewes District Business Awards
Businesses across the Lewes District have one week left to enter the prestigious Lewes District Business Awards – deadline for submissions is 11 May at 17:00.
Celebrating excellence amongst the District’s business community, the Awards are FREE TO ENTER and open to organisations of all sizes and sectors.
There are 12 trophies up for grabs this year including three new categories – the Best Employer, Customer Service and International Business. There are also special awards to recognise growth and the community.
Winning an award really can make a difference and lead to increased awareness of your company. It can also…
· Increase credibility
· Attract new business
· Add value to marketing
· Raise company profile
· Gain invaluable media coverage
· Boost staff morale and improve motivation
· Offer fantastic networking
Last year Lewes-based Chalk Gallery Ltd, an artist run gallery, was named Small Business of the Year - and chairman Leila Godden has no doubts about the value of the award.
Leila said: “Winning a LDBA really put Chalk Gallery on the map. Sales are up, and there is definitely more awareness about our gallery.
“It has created much interest from our customers, and our mailing list has grown too. If you are thinking about entering for 2016, our top tip is that the competition is hot, so put your heart & soul into it.”
Entries can be entered online at www.lewesdistrictbusinessawards.co.uk. Businesses can enter up to three categories.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 July at the Lewes Town Hall.
Around 200 of the District’s leading businesspeople, sponsors and judges are expected to attend giving guests the perfect opportunity to network with peers, celebrate with colleagues and find out those all-important results!
What’s more… all finalists receive one free ticket.
Reaching across the Channel
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 www.asdte.fr. It only costs EUR 25.00 per year. ASDTE are a not-for-profit organisation.
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
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.
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
- the race of a lifetime
We are delighted to welcome David Cusworth, Recruitment and Development Director of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Breakfast on 21 October as our special guest 10 minute speaker.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Photo: Maria Caulfield MP and Annie Lorys, President of NH Chamber
Newhaven Young People's Awards Ceremony
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
The 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.
Newhaven weekly market every Thursday and Saturday in the high street.
The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Club meets weekly and is an excellent way to meet new customers and suppliers for your business.
10 August – Seahaven FM
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.