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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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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


Seahaven Business Awards 2015

Seahaven Business Awards 2015 Winners

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.

Find out who won the six prestigious categories... >>>


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.


Seahaven Business Awards trophies unveiled

Seahaven Business Awards trophies

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.


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

Newhaven Chamber supports Gatwick 2nd runway

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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)

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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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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 2015
- The 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:

24 June - Jon Whitehead from Cleankill

1st July - VISITOR'S DAY

8th July - Seahaven FM

15th July - Simon Cochran from Wave Leisure

22nd July - Jason Staples from Staples and Sons

24th July - Nick Compton from Beard and Coles

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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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