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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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Grand Gala Christmas Dinner

Newhaven Chamber Xmas Dinner 2014

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

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.


Newhaven - Dieppe Ferry

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!!


Newhaven - Dieppe Ferry

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.‘


£900 raised for the Hillcrest Community Centre

Seahaven Business Awards 2014 winners

Committee members of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce present a cheque for £900 to the Hillcrest Community Centre - a self-funded organisation in Newhaven. The money was raised from the proceeds of a raffle and the auction of two airline tickets to Vietnam (kindly donated by Vietnam Airlines) which took place at the Seahaven Business Awards on May 9th. The cheque was received by Joan Rhodes, the Treasurer for the Hillcrest Community Centre. She thanked the Chamber for their kind donation and said that they are planning to spend the money on improving the acoustics in the main hall at the Hillcrest Centre.


Seahaven Business Awards 2014 winners

Seahaven Business Awards 2014 winners

There was a record turnout this year for the Seahaven Business Awards - now in its 12th year - over 1100 nominations were received from 74 companies across the Seahaven area for the 6 categories and there was a full house of 100 guests for the President’s Grand Gala Awards Dinner held on May 9th at Woody’s at Peacehaven Golf Club. The judging panel included M.P. Norman Baker, the ex-Mayor of Newhaven Julie Carr and the Presidents/Chairmen of the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce.

Find out who won / read more >>>


Energy Recovery Facility

Energy Recovery Facility

In April 2014 Chamber members enjoyed a guided tour of Newhaven's Energy Recovery Facility courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services who have recently become members of the Chamber. Everyone was impressed at the efficiency of the plant and in particular how little human imput is now required to keep the plant functioning on a daily basis. Our thanks to Allan Key and Phil Preece of Veolia for such an interesting and informative tour.


Chamber RNLI Lifeboat trip

Newhaven Chamber RNLI Lifeboat trip

Chamber members enjoy a day out at sea with our fearless, hardworking and dedicated lifeboat crew! Many thanks to all the crew who looked after us and let us all drive the lifeboat. Sunday March 8th 2014


Vietnamese Embassy visit

His Excellency, the Vietnamese Ambassador with chamber member Mike Shorer and Chamber President Annie Lorys

15 Chamber members enjoyed a fantastic trip to London yesterday. The day started with a visit to the Vietnamese Embassy in Kensington where we were met by His Excellency Vu Quang Minh, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK.  We received a very warm welcome from the Ambassador and his staff and their Commercial Counsellor, Nguyen Thi Hong Thuy gave a short presentation about Vietnam and economic opportunities in their country and some hot off the press photographs of Newhaven Mayor Julie Carr’s visit to Vietnam. We also presented His Excellency with a piece of commemorative glass to celebrate our newly forged links. The piece was sculpted from optical glass; overlaid with pure gold leaf and inlaid with coloured enamels and shows the Newhaven Chamber logo and the Vietnamese flag. The piece was made for the Chamber by Chamber member, goldsmith Mike Shorer.  The visit ended with lunch – a delicious Vietnamese style baguette provided by the Embassy.

Newhaven Chamber Vietnamese award


Big Ben guided tour

Following our Embassy visit we headed to Big Ben for our guided tour.  We had a really brilliant, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, Catherine Moss, who made the history of Big Ben come alive.  We climbed 334 steps to the belfry just in time to hear Big Ben strike 3 o’clock – we were standing just a couple of feet away from the 13 tonne bell, but fortunately we were issued with ear plugs! We then admired the panoramic views over London and viewed the inner workings of the world famous clock before beginning our descent. As a bonus we were then able to sit in on two debates in the Palace of Westminster – one in the House of Commons and one in the House of Lords. Then it was off to the pub for some liquid refreshment before making our way back to Newhaven on the coach. One of our members made the following comment about the trip: ‘thanks to all for making it great mixture of fun, culture, history and socialising (boozing).’  I think that just about sums it up...


Royal visit to Newhaven

Annie Lorys meets the Queen

Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce meeting HRH The Queen in Newhaven on 31 October 2013 photo: Sussex Express)

Please click on link where there are lots more photos of the Queen's visit.

The Queen visits Newhaven
The Queen visits Newhaven

HRH the Queen visited Newhaven this morning (31st October 2013) and was greeted by a crowd of hundreds, despite the rain.

Her Majesty visited Bickerstaff’s wet fish market and was met by Julie Carr, Mayor of Newhaven, our very own President, Annie Lorys along with other representatives of local groups.

The rain eventually held off long enough for Her Highness to collect flowers and gifts from local children.

Annie Lorys presented personal gifts to the Queen and Prince Phillip which were kindly donated by Mike Shorer of Mike Shorer Historic Jewellery.


Newhaven Chamber of Commerce attend lavish celebrations with Prince Andrew - HRH The Duke of York

Vietnamese dancers

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce President Annie Lorys attended a lavish reception at the Cadogan Hall, London last Thursday night 5th September as a special guest of the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK, Vu Quang Minh. The event was a celebration of the National Day of Viet Nam and the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Viet Nam – UK Diplomatic Relations.

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Ho Chi Minh experience!

Vietnamese Ambassador in Newhaven

Following a presentation by the Vietnamese Ambassador in Newhaven on Sunday May 19 of a statue to recognise the town's links with Ho Chi Minh who worked on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry, a commemorative stone was also unveiled on West Quay. Later, a reception was held at Meeching Hall where the Ambassador met with organisations in the town including the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce.

Vietnamese Ambassador & Annie Lorys

Vu Quang Minh, the Vietnamese Ambassador pictured with Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, said that trade links between the UK and Vietnam are very strong - the UK is currently Vietnam's 3rd largest investor and 3rd largest importer of Vietnamese goods. He said he was very keen to forge strong trade links with Newhaven, in particular with small and medium sized businesses. He invited a delegation from the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce to visit the Vietnamese Embassy in London to discuss developing trade links, an invitation that Annie Lorys was delighted to accept on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.


Seahaven Business Awards 2013 winners!

Seahaven Business Awards 2013There was a record turnout this year for the Seahaven Business Awards – over 70 nominations were received for the 6 categories and there was a full house for the President’s Grand Gala Awards Dinner held on May 10th at Woody’s Bar & Grill. The judging panel included M.P. Norman Baker, the Mayor of Newhaven Graham Amy and Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce. The winners of the six categories were as follows:

Business of the Year – (sponsored by Swindells Chartered Accountants)
Ist place: Wave Leisure (Shakespeare Hall project)
2nd: Badger Inks
3rd: Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery

Business Personality of the Year – (sponsored by the Sussex Sign Compan)
1st: Mike Shorer of Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery
2nd: Alan Novis of Prestige Promotional Products
3rd: Peter Crowley of Wave Leisure

Best Customer Service – (sponsored by Wave Leisure)
1st: Autowise
2nd: Badger Inks
3rd: Payline

Best Retailer of the Year – (sponsored by Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery)
1st: Mike Shorer of Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery
2nd: Dee’s Newsagents

Best Environmental Business – (sponsored by Co-op Funeral Care)
1st: Badger Inks
2nd: Tennyson Suite Health & Safety Consultants
3rd: Cleankill Environmental Services

President’s Award – Lifetime Achievement Award - (sponsored by Newhaven Enterprise Centre)
1st: Jean & Margaret Cantell from Studio Tempo
2nd: Peter Crowley from Wave Leisure
3rd: Paul Boswell from Meeching Estate Agents

Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce said: ‘This has been a fantastic and really fun event. We had a record number of nominations this year – the standard was exceptionally high and the judges had a very tough job when it came to selecting the winners. We introduced a new award this year – the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award – this was won by the sisters Margaret and Jean Cantell from Studio Tempo. Jean Cantell opened her dance studio in 1953 and this year they are celebrating 60 years in the same premises in Newhaven High Street. In the last 60 years they have taught hundreds, if not thousands of people to dance and many of their students have gone on to become professional dancers and teachers. Their business has enriched the lives of several generations in the Seahaven area and continues to do so today.

We also had two triple winners this year - Alasdair Fortune of Badger Inks won 1st place in Environmental Business category, 2nd place in Customer Service category and 2nd place in Business of the Year category.
 Mike Shorer of Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery also scooped 3 prizes - 1st place in Best Retailer category, 1st place in Business Personality category and 3rd place in Business of the Year category.

For the first time in the Chamber’s history, we had to turn people away for the Awards Dinner because we couldn’t fit any more people into Woody’s Bar and Grill! Woody’s did us proud with their excellent catering and Eastbourne based magician Kris Singh amazed everyone with his close-up magic.

On behalf of the Chamber I would like to say a really big thank you to all our sponsors and to all the businesses that participated without whom this event would not be possible. I am delighted that so many businesses in the Seahaven area really got behind the Awards this year and we look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2014!


Coastal Futures Group

The Coastal Futures Group has produced its latest newsletter. The group represents Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and the surrounding villages in Coastal Communities 2150, an innovative European partnership project led by the Environment Agency.

The newsletter is a great way to stay up to date with the events that Coastal Communities 2150 have planned for 2013. Each quarterly edition reports on the activities of the Coastal Futures Group and provides information about adaptation to long-term coastal and climate change in Seaford and lower Ouse area.

The Coastal Futures Group always wants to hear your views and to know how you would like to be involved. Please get in touch about anything to do with climate change and the coast.

Download Coastal Futures Group March 2013 newsletter (292KB)

For more information


CTEC commissions revolutionary heat recovery system to boost engine efficiency levels

Heat Recovery

CTEC Energy has commissioned its first Heat Recovery unit at Swancote Energy’s 2.0MW Anaerobic Digester facility at Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

A CTEC Heat Recovery unit captures exhaust gas from its host engine to generate electrical power – up to 12% of it’s hosts output. It can also recover a significant amount of high-grade thermal energy. This can be used in various industrial processes such as pasteurisation, heating glass-houses, drying biomass, domestic and factory heating, or powering chilling units.

CTEC first met Swancote Energy’s management team in early 2012. After extensive due diligence into the available options Swancote decided to select CTEC as the most efficient Heat Recovery unit on the market today.

Mike Burns, Managing Director at CTEC said: “Recovering thermal energy will become the industry standard for increasing the efficiency of internal combustion engines. Efficient heat transfer and working at higher temperatures enables us to generate unparalleled performance. Our units are markedly more efficient than the alternative - the Organic Rankine Cycle”.

Ian Farr, Sales Director of Edina UK, supplier of Swancote’s engines commented:
“The CTEC unit marries very well, there’s no question of additional back-pressure or any interruption to the performance of the engine. The interface of the CTEC unit with our engine unit was pre-designed and part installed before delivery so that disruption to operation was minimised. It’s a good neighbour - quiet, efficient and unobtrusive!”

Voith Turbo, Europe’s major engineering multinational, supplies CTEC with their SteamTrac expander (steam engine). Close collaboration with Mike Burns helped shape development of this remarkable steam expander. Jüergen Berger from Voith Turbo comments: “Voith is very pleased to partner with CTEC. We highly value the significant benefits available from optimising heat recovery and CTEC’s leading contribution to maximising efficiency from our jointly developed units.”

CTEC is actively exploring opportunities for its heat recovery units in the anaerobic digestion market across Europe. It has already licensed its technology to partners in France and Italy with whom it has agreed distribution deals. Response from the French and Italian markets has been swift and enthusiastic.


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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Seahaven Business Awards 2014

Seahaven Business Awards 2014 Winners


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

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:

17th December – Darren Tullet, Tulletts Windows

24th December – No breakfast meeting as it's CHRISTMAS!

31st Dec - New Year's Eve

7th January 2015 - Jason Staples of Staples and Sons

14th January 2015 - Rowan Wallis from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC

21st January 2015 - Unveiling of the new Seahaven Business Awards Trophies - Mike Shorer

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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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