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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
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.
Make your business presentations more effective with tips from National Speaker of the Year 2015 - Steve Bustin
Steve Bustin is a business communications expert and was recently named National Speaker of the Year 2015 by the Professional Speaking Association. He started his career as a journalist for BBC News and ran a PR agency for 12 years. He now helps business leaders and owners communicate effectively, coaching and mentoring them on presentations, social media and PR and the media.
Join us for our Grand Gala Christmas Dinner 2015!
Following the success of last year's Gala Christmas Dinner we would like to invite you to join us again at Woody's for a truly festive evening with 'bubbly', music, dancing, great food and great company.
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.
Join us for another Day at the Races!
Following our very popular day out at Plumpton Racecourse, we have arranged to go back this October. We have arranged a special deal for Chamber members and their guests. Places are strictly limited.
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
Seahaven Business Awards 2015
The East Brighton Masonic Lodge in Peacehaven was full on Friday May 8 for this year’s Gala Awards Dinner for the Seahaven Business Awards 2015 – now in its 13th year. Over 330 nominations were received from 75 companies across the Seahaven area for the 6 categories and 128 guests attended the Awards Dinner. The judging panel included outgoing MP Norman Baker, the Mayor of Newhaven Councillor Judith Ost and the Presidents/Chairmen of the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce.
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.
Seahaven Business Awards trophies unveiled
For 2015 the Chamber commissioned local goldsmith, Mike Shorer, to make six new trophies. They weigh 4kg each, are made from solid aircraft grade alloy which have been cut to shape using a high-pressure water cutter then engraved using a high tech computerised diamond milled engraving process. The engraving of the Seven Sisters cliffs along the bottom of the trophies has been hand finished. The trophies were then drilled and threaded by hand, textured and polished before being anodised gold. The lettering was then brought to life by hand enamelling with the SBA and Newhaven Chamber corporate colours.
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Grand Gala Christmas Dinner
Around 40 Chamber members and their guests enjoyed the annual Grand Gala Christmas Dinner at Woody's on Friday 12 December 2014. There was bubbly on arrival followed by a 3 course meal, coffee, mints and mince pies. Entertainment was provided during dinner by the immensely talented Bratpack from Lewes and everyone took to the dance floor after dinner to DJ Neil's sounds from across the decades. A great time was had by all!
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.
Buckingham Palace Trip
Chamber members enjoyed a leisurely day out at Buckingham Palace last Saturday with a visit to the State Rooms which are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. This was followed by a snack in the Buckingham Palace café before a guided tour of the most remarkable features of the famous garden, including the beautiful Herbaceous Border, the wisteria-clad summer house and Rose Garden, the enormous Waterloo Vase and the Palace tennis court, where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the1930s.
The tour finished at 1.30pm giving everyone the chance to explore London’s drinking holes before heading back to Newhaven by coach in the early evening. A good time was had by all!!
Ferry in crisis talks
Newhaven Town Council and Newhaven Chamber of Commerce attended a meeting in Rouen last Wednesday called at the last minute by M. Rouly, President of the Conseil Generale de Seine-Maritime to discuss the long-term future of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry line. The meeting was also attended by all the major stakeholders in the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry line including the Dieppe Town Council, Dieppe Chamber of Commerce, DFDS Ferries (who operate the line) , the Trade Unions, Transmanche Users Group, consultants Ernst and Young and businesses from the Dieppe region. Newhaven Town Council was represented by Jacky Cole, Newhaven Town Clerk and the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce was represented by Annie Lorys, President and two Chamber members, local businessmen, Mark Beaumont and Marek Lorys.
The ferry line currently runs at a huge loss and is heavily subsidised by the Seine-Maritime Council as it is seen as a huge asset to the Dieppe region of France – and further afield - providing jobs and income for businesses and provides an important public service.
In addition, there are many new challenges: new emission regulations come into force in Ferbruary 2015 which will means that the ferry will have to invest in new technology to reduce pollution - costing millions of euros. Also, the competition commission is flexing its muscles over unfair competition in the cross-channel market. It has just ruled that MyFerry Link will have to close – it is not clear yet whether this will be a positive change for Newhaven and bring more business to the existing ferry lines or whether this will result in simply directing more traffic to Eurotunnel.
L-R: Annie Lorys, President Newhaven Chamber, Jacky Cole from Newhaven Town Council, Capitain Conquer of the Cote D'Albatre and Mark Beaumont.
Speakers discussed many of the issues surrounding the line including the huge annual subsidy for its role as a public service; the change in emission regulations and the need to modify engines/fuel used, problems of overcapacity in the cross-channel market resulting in cut throat pricing and consequent losses being made by nearly all operators and the possible impact that all this may have on the future of the Newhaven-Dieppe service.
The conclusion of the meeting was that the line is probably safe until the end of 2015 but a lot of thinking , planning and changes will need to be carried out over the next 12 months in order to make it possible for the line to continue after that time. Some of the changes suggested included reducing staffing levels, changes in the timetable, re-introducing a second ferry and increased promotion.
Following the meeting, Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce said, ‘We are pleased that the ferry line has been given a reprieve until December 2015, but it is obvious that the way the ferry is currently run needs to change. We hope that a solution is found as we consider the ferry to be an important part of Newhaven’s identity and character as well as an important contribution to the local economy. We very much hope that this iconic ferry line continues to run well into the future.‘
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.
Join us for our Grand Gala Christmas Dinner!
The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Club meets weekly and is an excellent way to meet new customers and suppliers for your business.
2nd December - Helen Macaulay and Isobel Macaulay from HM Bookkeeping and Payroll Services Ltd
9th December - David Sheppard from Sussex Chamber of Commerce
16th December - Chris Tomlinson from EoN - update on the Rampion Wind Farm
23rd December - Xmas meeting - mince pies and prizes !
30th December - NO MEETING THIS WEEK
6th January - FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR
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.