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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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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)

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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

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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:

16 April - Norman Baker MP

23 April - John Lawrence, Tennyson Suite

7 May - no speaker at present

14 May - David Poynter, DKP Accountants

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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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