Getting A Kick Out Of Helping Brighton & Hove’s Young Homeless

Getting A Kick Out Of Helping Brighton & Hove’s Young Homeless

Brighton based Digital Marketing agency ThoughtShift is hosting a 5-a-side football tournament to raise funds for local homelessness charity, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, on Thursday 18th April.

Brighton has the second highest homeless population in England, and the number continues to rise each year. A large number of homeless are young people under 25 who have fallen into this situation through no fault of their own; typically they come from broken or dysfunctional homes, have experienced neglect or abuse, or are suffering with behavioural or mental problems that have made family life unmanageable. Last year over 1000 young people sought help from Brighton & Hove Council for homelessness, a worrying 40% increase in the last 2 years.

The ThoughtShift Charity Shield is in its second year and is the brain child of the company’s Talent & Culture Director, Heather Mbarek and Managing Director AJ Coutts, as part of its wellbeing programme.

Speaking about the forthcoming event in April, Heather commented “ThoughtShift is a forward-thinking digital marketing agency in which the happiness of our clients and team is a guiding principle. We feel that as a local business we have a responsibility to extend this ethos to our great city by giving something back. What better way to do this than support the area’s young and vulnerable by getting the local business community together for a charity football tournament, raise some money for an incredible local charity and have some fun at the same time.”

Speaking on behalf of The Clocktower Sanctuary, Development Manager Katya Borowski said “We are thrilled to once again have the support of ThoughShift. Worryingly, the age of our clients is getting younger – last year 21% of our new clients were 17-and 18-year olds, that’s an 11% increase on the year before. Our help, and your support is needed now more than ever. Events like this are a great way of getting likeminded businesses together to raise awareness and support for such an important cause.”

The event is being held at Dorothy Stringer School on the afternoon of Thursday 18th April from 1.30pm and will be umpired by FA official referees. Local businesses are invited to get involved and put forward a team towards what should be a memorable event for this amazing cause. There will be trophies for the winning team, the runner up and Man/ Woman of the Match.

Last years winners, Plus Accounting will be defending their title against both previous participants and teams new to the tournament this year including RocketMill, Trusted Housesitters, NatWest Accelerator, Futrli, Seed Publicity, ABN AMRO, Inshur and iCrossing. Vicky King of Plus Accounting commented “As the inaugural winner of the ThoughtShift Charity Shield, the team are eagerly awaiting their chance to retain the title! It was a great event last year and the impact it had on the office atmosphere was amazing, with the added bonus of supporting a brilliant local charity. We are ready to go again and face the other teams in the competition - we have even splashed out some new kits!”

Rowena Heal of RocketMill said “RocketMill participated in this event in 2018 and the team loved it. Those who took part really enjoyed the afternoon and everyone in the office was glued to Twitter, keeping an eye on the score and cheering/booing in the right places! We think it’s great that ThoughtShift has facilitated an event that brings businesses together and raises money for a great cause. We’re excited to be a part of it again in 2019!”

For more details or to or sponsor the ThoughtShift Charity Football Tournament, contact Heather Mbarek on 01273 006 099 or e-mail

East Sussex County Council release regional transport newsletter

The Easy Sussex County Council Newsletter 'Connections' is full of news and views from Transport for the South East.

Click here if you are interested in contributing to the Freight/Logistics Survey – deadline 31/3? If not, there's still lots to see with articles on:

Developing a transport strategy

Your views on freight & logistics challenges

Securing statutory status by 2020

RAIL: Response to Williams Review

ROADS: Top ten investment schemes to be submitted this summer

Click here to view.

Gatwick Airpoirt and DIT Launch International Trade Fair Competition

Competition to win £2000 towards flights, hotel and entry to an international trade fair

Gatwick contributes £5.3bn to the economy and - like the airport - local businesses and SMEs are vital engines that help to drive the region’s economy.

To help support local businesses, they spend around £135 million directly with local and regional suppliers each year because the airport actively focuses on supporting and improving opportunities for local business to supply the airport.

A large proportion of Gatwick’s goods and services are procured through long term framework contracts, so they can form strong partnerships and many of these partners are locally based. They work closely with all of their partners to encourage and develop a strong and sustainable local supply chain.

To provide further support to local businesses, Gatwick has embarked on a partnership with the Department of International Trade (DiT). The mark the start of this partnership they have launched a competition to offer three local SMEs the chance to apply to visit an international trade fair relevant to their sector.

An SME is a company with fewer than 250 employees and which has either (a) an annual turnover not exceeding £40m or (b) an annual balance-sheet total not exceeding £34m.

If you are an SME in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Croydon then now's your chance to enter the competition to win flights and a hotel for two people to attend a trade show of your choice*, including the cost of airfares and contributions towards accommodation and/or exhibition fees.

You simply need to choose from the list of trade shows and tell us why your company would benefit from attending the trade fair in 150 words or less. What have you got to lose?

Trade fairs

Below are just a few of the upcoming international trade fairs.

Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair

Where: Hong Kong, 27-30 April 2019

The Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair's mission is to explore opportunities for Hong Kong companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and connect them with business partners around the world.

International Defence Industry Fair

Where: Istanbul 30 April - 3 May 2019

The International Defence Industry Fair provides the opportunity to follow up on technological developments in industry as well as build international collaboration in supply programs.


Where: Hong Kong 7-10 May 2019

HOFEX is Asia’s Leading Food & Hospitality Tradeshow brings the most comprehensive selection of Food & Drinks, Hospitality Equipment & Supplies products to Asia.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Where: New York, 19-22 May 2019

ICFF offers an unparalleled opportunity to view innovative furniture design trends as well as interactive, educational programming led by some of industry's top leading designers and icons.


Where: Lyon, 20-22 May 2019

EVS is the leading international electric mobility show, exploring vehicle battery technology, modes of transport, charging facilities and public policy.


Where: Los Angeles, 31 May-1 June 2019

Cine Gear Expo is the premier event for the technology, entertainment and media industry with dedicated specialists from all major department in media attending.


Where: Amsterdam, 10-16 June 2019

GreenTech Amsterdam is the place to be if you're a professional in the horticulture industry, where you can make profitable business relationships, exchange ideas and learn all about the latest in horticulture technology.

Pitti Imagine Uomo Summer

Where: Florence 12-15 June 2019

Pitti Immagine Uomo Summer aims to create clear and stimulating relationships in the worldwide fashion industry involving the exhibitors, their collections and the buyers and public, by offering information, and knowledge.

Paris Airshow

Where: Paris 17-23 June

The Paris Airshow will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations.

Cannes Lions

Where: Cannes, 17-21 June 2019

Cannes Lions explores the value of creativity in branded communications: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution and impact.


Where: Barcelona, 20-27 June 2019

ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth.

Summer Fancy Food

Where: New York, 23-25 June 2019

The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation.

Laserworld of Photonics

Where: Munich, 24-27 June 2019

The world's leading Trade Fair with Congress for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications.

ChemSpec Europe

Where: Basel, 26-27 June 2019

Chemspec Europe brings together experts, scientists, managers and thought-leaders to discuss the latest market trends in technology, business opportunities and reglutory issues.

Pitti Imagine Bimbo Summer

Where: Florence 28 June - 2 July 2019

Pitti Immagine Bimbo is the key international fashion industry fair for the kids’ hemisphere. It has become an unmissable event for buyers from the top department stores, boutiques, concept stores and the e-commerce sites.



Brighton and Hove has lots of hotels, restaurants and pubs, and our local businesses produce large amounts of food waste which is simply thrown away. This is a lost opportunity – why not use this important resource to generate low cost gas for our local community?

BHESCo is partnering with Brighton Paper Round to collect 35,000 tonnes of food and agricultural waste each year to supply biogas for approximately 10,000 homes.

Generating low cost, low-carbon energy will improve the quality of life of those unable to afford current fuel costs as well as contributing to a more sustainable future for Brighton and Hove.

We're holding an event for all of our stakeholders in March to explain how and why your business should get involved. The event is aimed at:

Restaurants, hotels, pubs, fast-food outlets, supermarkets and other shops that produce food waste

Food and drink manufacturers

Food and drink wholesalers

Event organisers

Social enterprises and local groups

Local authorities

Waste collection and waste management companies

If you're involved with a business in the local area and would like to donate waste food to this unique community initiative then come along to our meeting to discover how and why you should get involved.

More info on our dedicated project page:



Independent artisan ice cream maker Brass Monkey is teaming up with micro roasters Pharmacie and opening a second Brighton store within Hanningtons Lane.

Brass Monkey’s existing Kensington Gardens store, within the North Laine, has a very loyal following and customers can’t seem to get enough of its organic ice creams, cakes and drinks. The choice of ice-cream flavours changes regularly, but expect cardamon, saffron and rosewater, sweet masala chai and dark chocolate sorbet, rather than the more traditional offer.

Brass Monkey has signed a 5 year lease on 8 Hanningtons Lane, comprising 324 sq ft. The shop has a prominent position within the heart of the new Lane, opposite the Gingerman Restaurant Group’s The Flint House restaurant. It will have outdoor seating and provide a slightly more extensive menu.

Joint owner of Brass Monkey Phil Wood comments, “Andrew Foulds of Redevco walked into the shop one day and loved our ice-cream so much, he persuaded us to come and have a look at the plans for Hanningtons Estate.

Once we had seen the designs for Hanningtons Lane and this unit in particular, we were completely sold! A second store wasn’t yet on our agenda, but this is too good an opportunity to miss and by working with Pharmacie, we hope to offer something really special and unique within the Lanes. I am genuinely excited about being part of Brighton’s new creative retail quarter.”

Pharmacie is an independent environmentally conscious micro-roaster based in Brighton and Hove. The brand currently opens its doors at Cambridge Gardens in Hove to customers only on a Saturday, but also has pop ups and sells its coffee wholesale and online throughout the week.

Work is due to be completed on Hanningtons Lane, which sits behind North Street, in April. Brass Monkey will be fitting out over the coming weeks and hope to be open by May. The Flint House is also opening its doors in April.

For more information visit

Andrew Foulds, Portfolio Director at Redevco comments, “Brass Monkey is exactly the type of retailer we hoped to attract to Hanningtons Lane. We could have let this unit to national coffee chains 10 x over, but that is not what this

scheme, is about. We are looking to curate a carefully blended mix of tenants, including many independents, which complement the exciting mix of retail already found in the Lanes. We held a retailer day last week, so brands could see the Lane taking shape for the very first time. Some exciting conversations have come out of this and we hope to announce some more new names very soon.”

KLM Retail and GCW advise Redevco.



The fishing vessel ‘Flowing Stream’ has recently chosen a new home at Shoreham Port following a significant refit that began in the spring of 2018. Originally built in the year 2000, the vessel was flagged in from Belgium where it was previously registered to be renovated and renewed to bring it up to new vessel standards. Flowing Stream will join a long line of fishing vessels registered at Shoreham Port that date back to the 13th Century.

Flowing Stream is one of the many scalloping vessels that regularly land in the Port each year, with the Marine Management Organisation’s recently published report revealing that in 2018, 18% of scallops landed in the UK by UK fishing vessels were landed at Shoreham Port, making it the number one scallop Port in the UK. Shoreham Port has seen an influx of scallop landings in the last three years, with an overall landing increase of 37% since 2016 and a catch of 5,817 tonnes of scallops in 2018.

The vessel refit took between eight and nine months and included equipment updates to match health and safety requirements, as well as improvements to crew accommodations and welfare. The trawler is owned by one of the UK’s leading shellfish companies, Macduff, who specialise in processing wild scallops, langoustines, crabs and whelks.

Flowing stream has a gross tonnage of 385 and will continue to trawl for scallops, predominantly fishing in the Eastern English Channel near Shoreham. Trips typically last around a week, with seven to eight crew members on board, but the refitted vessel can accommodate up to nine crew members. Other areas the trawler may travel to include Plymouth, Scarborough, and Scotland.

George West, Head of Fleet Operations at Macduff Shellfish commented “Shoreham has always been a Port which we have long been associated with, but we felt a need to show a greater presence in the community. Throughout the year we rely on local contractors and businesses to keep our vessels operating and our crews serviced properly. Registering a vessel under the Shoreham banner seemed a natural step to improving what is already a mutually beneficial, long lasting relationship.”

Julian Seaman, Harbour Master at Shoreham Port commented “We are very pleased that Macduff have chosen Shoreham as Flowing Stream’s home registered Port and look forward to continue to welcome the vessel in the coming years.”

High growth businesses with an alternative approach to finance: 3 April

High growth businesses with an alternative approach to finance, 3 April

Brighton Chamber’s next event in the series for High Growth businesses is The real fundamentals of finance!

It’s on Wednesday 3 April at Barclays Eagle Labs.

One of the signals that you’re on the path to high growth is when you suddenly start to find business finance sexy. Not all aspects, granted, but this session and its highly experienced panelists will help you understand the areas of focus that will help you fly into the future.

Panellists are:

• Seb Royle, Founder of PLATF9RM

• Hannah Dawson, Founder and CEO at Futrli

• David Biggs, CFO Farewill

• Jonathan Grant, Partner at DMH Stallard

Asking the questions will be Si Conroy from Scarlet Monday

We’ll be discussing:

• Finance for all: It’s when all the members of your team start to embrace the financial fundamentals that you know things are starting to shift

• Sales and finance: Seemingly strange bedfellows, when you get a finance team that can talk the language of sales and then take it to the next level, all manner of magic can happen

• What’s key? Those who have ‘been there and got the t-shirt’ know that the real fundamentals of finance that matter aren’t necessarily what you’d expect

• Looking to sell your business? Gain an understanding of what drives valuations.

• Crystal balls and binoculars: Cash is king for a reason. Without it your business does. Get insights on the importance of future-gazing and forecasting.

Find out more and book your tickets here

Photograph thanks to Simon Callaghan photography. Thanks to the event sponsors Plus Accounting and Barclays Eagle Labs

Brighton & Hove Planning Authority Publish Newsletter

Keeping you up to date with all the latest planning news, click on this link for more detail on:

  • The interim Statement of Consultation for the draft City Plan Part 2 (CPP2)

  • Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP)

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

  • Waste and Minerals Local Plan Review

  • Urban Design Framework Supplementary Planning Document (UDF SPD)

  • Conway Street Industrial Area Masterplan SPD

  • Design Guide for Extensions and Alterations Supplementary Planning Document

  • Sustainable Urban Drainage SPD

  • 2018 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update

South East Dance announces all-women dance programme for 2020

South East Dance announces all-women dance programme for 2020

Part of the launch programme for South East Dance’s new home for dance, The Dance Space, 20:20 Vision aims to address long-standing gender imbalances in dance

In the week when we celebrate International Women’s Day, Brighton-based dance organisation, South East Dance, has announced it is to dedicate its inaugural programme in the city’s new home for dance, The Dance Space, exclusively to women and non-binary dance artists.

Entitled ‘20:20 Vision’, the body of work will feature 20 unique performances from 20 choreographers and producers, all of whom identify as women or non-binary artists.

In the past 19 years, there has been just one female commission for the main stage at the Royal Ballet. Meanwhile, only five of the 16 associates at Sadler’s Wells are women. With 20:20 Vision, South East Dance aims to challenge the long-standing imbalance in the dance sector towards white cis-male choreographers in the sector.

Local artists will be represented by Artistic Director of aerial dance theatre company Gravity & Levity, Lindsey Butcher; and award-winning live artist and Emeritus Professor in Visual Performance at the University of Brighton, Liz Aggiss. Known for her Punk aesthetic and music hall performance style, Aggiss will take to the stage with a special performance – ‘The President’s Wife is Still Dancing’ featuring an extract from her new solo work ‘Crone Alone’.

Gravity & Levity will perform an aerial piece, ‘Why’, tethered to the exterior of The Dance Space in a taste of what’s to come from the building’s ongoing public programme. Choreographed by Fin Walker in 2004 for dancers Lee Clayden and Lindsey Butcher, ‘Why’ will be re-created, re-scored by composer Ben Park and re-imagined for the new South East Dance building and performed by the original creative cast as a marking of a collective 60 years of crafting and creative practice.

Spanish-born choreographer and lecturer, Eva Recacha will also feature, in addition to Janine Harrington, a dance artist whose work explores movement and technology, and who is currently receiving professional development support from South East Dance.

The news was announced at a debate on the future of dance programming, hosted by South East Dance’s Artistic Director Cath James. Part of a series of events celebrating International Women’s Day, 50:50 Dance Programming was held at the Brighton Dome on Tuesday evening. It focused on overcoming gender-imbalance in the dance industry and asked whether quotas – in terms of programming, commissioning and leadership – could help refocus the spotlight on those who identify as women or non-binary choreographers.

Cath James, Artistic Director South East Dance, comments:

“With the opening of The Dance Space, and the launch of 20:20 Vision, comes increased focus on South East Dance’s mission to push the boundaries of dance, challenge the status quo and perceptions of what dance is, who makes it, what it can achieve and who it’s for. The programme gives women and non-binary choreographers a much-needed platform.

“Unfortunately, gender discrimination continues to run deep in the arts world. Women and non-binary choreographers are simply not given the same opportunity and recognition as male-identifying artists. With 20:20 Vision, we will challenge the status quo to showcase a powerful body of work from unique and talented women and non-binary artists.”

Lindsey Butcher, Artistic Director Gravity & Levity, adds:

“Gravity & Levity are thrilled to be presenting ‘Why’ as part of 20:20 Vision. We will be applying a decade and a half of experience and knowledge to this recreation and alongside that, more mature bodies. We are excited to be sharing the resulting piece, not only as a celebration of female creatives and an active reflection on creative practice, but also as a visible presence of an older generation of artists.”

The full programme will be announced later this year.

Gatwick announce competition to help SME exports

Gatwick Airport has launched a competition with the Department for International Trade to give local businesses the chance to attend international trade exhibitions – helping them grow internationally and support local job creation.

SMEs headquartered in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Croydon can take part by explaining in 150 words how their business will develop by attending trade exhibitions through the Gatwick Trade Fairs webpage (

Thanks to a new Gatwick partnership, the Department of International Trade will also be offering support to the winners to help them maximise the opportunities at the show they choose to attend.

International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade Dr Liam Fox MP said: “Businesses of all sizes should remember that there is a world beyond Europe and there will be a time beyond Brexit. This competition, which we have launched with Gatwick Airport, will help SMEs who may not have the time or resources to realise the opportunities of international expansion and exporting.

“The DIT stands ready to help companies export. I encourage local businesses to get in touch with us to learn more about what we can do to help you make the transition from local to global.”

Oxford Economics found that Gatwick was an important enabler of trade with £7.5 billion of international goods passing through Gatwick in 2017 in business that supported 113,800 UK jobs. Such trade is enabled directly by the transport of cargo within the belly holds of flights – particularly through the airports 66-strong long haul route network.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said; “SMEs are an important cog in the economic ecosystem of the South East and we recognise the many challenges they face. By supporting local enterprises to attend international trade shows we hope to provide them with an important step up that will help them to develop and grow their business for the future.

“We hope to keep working closely with the Department for International Trade to see how else we might support local business going forward.”

To enter, click here.



The Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2019 have been revealed this week following an intensive eight-month judging process, supported by a record 18,000 public votes.

These inspirational Sussex food and drink heroes can now look forward to an exciting night of celebrations at ‘the Sussex Foodie event of the year’, the spectacular Sussex Food & Drink Awards Banquet on May 15 2019 at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, hosted by awards patron Sally Gunnell OBE and BBC’s Danny Pike, where the winners will be revealed and receive their trophies.

Sussex farmer and Nuffield scholar, William Goodwin, who is chairman of the judges, said: “Over the last decade, Sussex has really earned its place as one of the leading counties in the UK for producing superb food and drink and this year’s Grand Finalists line up offers an impressive range of first class, diverse businesses from across the county.

“The competition continues to get tougher year on year and the Grand Finalists announced so far, 21 from West Sussex, three from East Sussex and three from Brighton & Hove, should feel immensely proud at making it through to this final stage in the competition.”

Young Sussex Farmer of the Year category, sponsored by the South of England Agricultural Society in association with Farmers Weekly magazine, received a record number of entries from across the region. The final three who have made it through include 27-year-old cider maker, Rachel Knowles from Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold; 31-year-old farm director and dairy herd manager, Kate Lywood from Marshalls Farm in Kirdford; and 23-year-old Stephen Rusling, an arable and contracting manager from Holmsted Farm in Haywards Heath.

The Society worked with two volunteer judges, Richard Butterfield from Brinsbury Campus at Chichester College and local farmer, Jeremy Burdett, who thoroughly enjoyed the process of seeking out the most outstanding three young farming candidates, aged 35 years or younger, working within food or drink production in agriculture, horticulture or viticulture in Sussex.

The hotly contended Sussex Young Chef of the Year cook off takes place next week and the six chefs competing this year are Lucas Fielding from The Cat Inn in West Hoathly, Dan Ibbotson from etch. in Brighton & Hove, Ben Lippett from 64 Degress in Brighton & Hove, Isabella Racagna from Farmer, Butcher, Chef in Goodwood, Charlie Simmons from Rathfinny Tasting Room in Alfriston and Ben Welfare from The Preston Park Tavern in Brighton & Hove.

Lead judge is nationally acclaimed chef and Great British Menu Winner, Matt Gillan from Electro Pirate who will be accompanied by George Blogg from Gravetye Manor near East Grinstead, Tristan Mason from Restaurant Tristan in Horsham, Daniel Clifford from the renowned two Michelin star Midsummer House in Cambridge and Fran Villani, Food Blogger and designer in Brighton. Sponsor and former restaurateur Adrian Burr from Blakes Foods will join the judging panel and all are excited to see who will win this coveted title for 2019.

All 30 Grand Finalists will be invited to join over 350 leaders in the food, drink and farming industry at the awards banquet on May 15 to discover who will be crowned overall winner of Young Sussex Farmer, food producer, drink producer, young chef, farmers market, food shop, butcher, eating experience, street food and newcomer of the year.

To book tickets for the 2019 awards banquet and celebrate the very best in Sussex food and drink visit

The 2019 Grand Finalists, strictly in alphabetical order, are:

Sussex Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Southern Co-op

Goodwood Home Farm, Goodwood, West Sussex

Jengers Craft Bakery, Billingshurst, West Sussex

Real Patisserie, Brighton & Hove

Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR

Bolney Wine Estate, Bolney, West Sussex

Brighton Gin, Brighton & Hove

Langham Brewery, Lodsworth, West Sussex

Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by The South of England Agricultural Society in association with Farmers Weekly magazine

Rachel Knowles, Trenchmore Farm, Cowfold, West Sussex

Kate Lywood, Marshalls Farm, Kirdford, West Sussex

Stephen Rusling, Holmsted Farm, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery

Chichester Farmers Market, West Sussex

Lewes Farmers Market, Cliffe Precinct, East Sussex

Shoreham Farmers Market, West Sussex

Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Sussex Food & Drink Network

Cowdray Farm Shop, Midhurst, West Sussex

Jeremy’s Two, Cowfold, West Sussex

Stansted Park Farm Shop, Stansted Park, West Sussex

Sussex Butcher of the Year, sponsored by RP Meats Wholesale Ltd

Cottenham’s of Lindfield, Lindfield, West Sussex

S K Hutchings Family Butchers and Graziers, Partridge Green, West Sussex

The Butcher and Deli, Rustington, West Sussex

Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, sponsored by Natural Partnerships CIC

etch. by Steven Edwards, Brighton & Hove

Farmer, Butcher, Chef, Goodwood, West Sussex

The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex

Sussex Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by SRC-Time

Lorama Foods, Bosham, West Sussex

Skylark Cafe Restaurant, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Pollyanna’s Kitchen, West Chiltington, West Sussex

Sussex Street Food of the Year, sponsored by Horsham District Foodies supported by Food Rocks

Garlic Wood Events, Shipley, West Sussex

Mann and Moore, Horsham, West Sussex

The BBQ Project, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

Coast to Capital Launch Brexit Week to support regional businesses

Coast to Capital Launch Brexit Week to support regional businesses

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is holding a Brexit Week where there will be scheduled 1 to 1 clinics for businesses to come and discuss Brexit concerns with our Account Managers.

In addition, outside specialists are available on selective days to add support and insight with regards to International Trade Issues, Tax implications and the impact of Brexit on commercial contracts.

These Clinics are taking place on Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of March in:

  • Chichester at Freedom Works,

  • Croydon SINC and

  • Brighton NatWest Accelerator

There are only 10 appointments available each day so if your business is interested in finding out more or booking an appointment, please call the Growth Hub on 01403 333840 or visit

Next Generation: free start-up course for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30

Next Generation: free start-up course for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

These free courses from Next Generation are for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30, dreaming about starting their own business, developing an existing business idea, or setting up a side-hustle.

The free course will run in London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading and Cardiff in Q1 and Q2. Find out more about Next Generation courses and course content here.

Testimonials from previous workshop attendees:

‘We attended the workshop and as a result we have launched our business! The workshops certainly

empower young start-ups and inspire businesses like us to dream big.’ Joe Taylo - EJ events

‘I loved the workshops, they empowered me to talk confidently to others about my business. I learnt so

much from Henry and heard from many inspiring speakers too. I left the workshops feeling happy,

inspired and energised. I would recommend the workshops to anyone aged 16-30 who want to start

something!’ Amy Hopson – Mindful Makes.

Sign up here.

Local School Students in Brighton Become Role Models

Local School Students in Brighton Become Role Models

Local year 9 students learnt how to be role models for younger students as part of an on-going programme to improve their confidence and resilience. Students, aged between 13 and 14, are taking part in the inspirational Be the Change programme, which is happening for the first time in Brighton.

The students were encouraged to become positive role models and were taught that by working together they can have a positive influence and impact in their respective schools and communities. Overall the conference helps the young people to develop life skills and create positive cycles. The year 9 students were also taken by surprise and were joined by local primary school students for them to mentor at the Brighton Racecourse on Friday, March 1.

Organised by in partnership with Graham Moore of metamoorephosis, the programme has more than 40 volunteers from local businesses and the public sector acting as business guides helping young people fulfil their potential and improve their life chances. Be the Change focuses on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability by identifying and removing barriers to success, encouraging self-belief and raising aspirations. Over the course of the school year the students work with the business volunteers at inspirational conferences, one-to-one mentoring sessions and workplace visits.

This year’s programme would not be possible without support from this year’s sponsors: Sussex Police, Brandwatch, American Express, Legal and General, Focus Group and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Graham, who expertly led the delivery on the day said: “Our vision is for every young person to have raised hope and confidence, to have the chance to develop life skills and create positive cycles that will prepare them for life. Working with the younger children brings out the positive role model in our students. It promotes qualities such as leadership, team working and a sense of responsibility to those around them, especially younger and more vulnerable people. This activity also offers a great chance for the younger students to develop their confidence and experience of being around secondary school students in preparation for moving into higher education.”

David Reynolds, CFO of headline sponsor Brandwatch said: "As soon as we heard about the Be The Change programme we wanted to get involved. It has been great to work with some really inspiring school children across Brighton on building their confidence and creating aspirations for the future. A truly great initiative and we are proud to be part of it."

The secondary schools involved in this year’s programme are: Blatchington Mill, PACA, Varndean, Hove Park, Kings School, Longhill High School, Cardinal Newman and Dorothy Stringer. Year 6 primary school students took part in the Stepping Up activity from Downs Junior School.



Local homeless charity Sussex Nightstop are marking their 10-year anniversary by launching their ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign. The campaign will raise awareness of the many young people in Sussex at risk of homelessness, often as young as 16 years old.

With rates of homelessness on the increase, young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless, especially when family breakdown is involved.

Research points to as many as one in five young people finding themselves in the unpredictable and risky situation of sofa-surfing and of these, roughly half will have sofa-surfed for more than a month.

Government data for 2017 illustrates Brighton had the second highest level of recorded rough sleepers in the country after Westminster. At 178 individuals, this represents a 24% increase on the previous year. Six percent of these people were under 26 years old.

Sleeping rough and other temporary living arrangements have a considerable and chronic negative effect. More than half of young people involved in 2017 research by homelessness charity De Paul UK said that not having a stable place to live had damaged their mental or emotional health, and the majority said that their physical wellbeing had suffered. Nearly half said that temporary living had had a negative impact on their relationships and more than four in 10 said it had damaged their education or their ability to find or keep work.

However, Sussex Nightstop provides a safety net for these young people, preventing them from becoming homeless. The charity matches vulnerable young people (aged 16-25) with volunteer hosts who put them up in their spare room, on a night-by-night basis. This gives the young person a safe space to resolve their housing problems, so they don’t risk spiralling into long-term homelessness or the dangers of rough sleeping.

The ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign is urging people to help alleviate this often-hidden problem of youth homelessness by supporting Sussex Nightstop’s work. The ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign will also raise £10,000 towards developing and delivering our services to young people including the recruitment and training of more volunteer hosts.

Sussex Nightstop are calling on commercial organisations and the Sussex community to get behind their fundraising campaign and help them in their ambition to have a safe bed available on every night of the week.

The work Sussex Nightstop does with vulnerable young people has already had very tangible results during their 10 years of operation:

• Since the project began, they have received 750 referrals of young people and matched 3000 bed nights to 345 young people.

• 45% of young people accessing Nightstop are in work or learning.

• 90% of young people using the Sussex Nightstop service go on to secure safer, more suitable housing.

Sussex Nightstop Executive Director Alison Marino said: “I am delighted to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. The achievements accomplished through the efforts of our local volunteers and the Sussex Nightstop team cannot be underestimated.

“However, there is more work for us to do. We see first-hand the increasing and deepening challenges that young people face with regard to securing a safe and stable place to live. We need to continue to be there for them. We have tasked ourselves in providing a service that supports a range of different needs and we want to develop our volunteer host pool, both in numbers and skills. All of this will enable us to reach more people and move towards our goal of offering a safe bed night every night.

“The Sleep Safe campaign– the messages it spreads and the funds it raises – will help us towards our goal. People have real concern for this issue and on behalf of Sussex Nightstop I offer encouragement and thanks for supporting our campaign.”

A young person who has used Sussex Nightstop’s service said: “Thanks to you guys I achieved the impossible, I’m now living in Central Brighton. You gave me the strength to fight. Thank you so much for giving me a unique look into your family and home.”

One of Sussex Nightstop’s volunteer hosts, Liz, said: “Most of us are concerned about the growing plight of young people who cannot rely on having somewhere to sleep every night. Being able to offer them a warm welcome, a hot meal, and a bed so that they feel safe is such a rewarding yet easy thing to do. As hosts we’ve seen ourselves the positive difference Sussex Nightstop makes to the young people who have stayed with us. We hope the Sleep Safe campaign will help Nightstop to continue to be there for young people when they need it most.”

People who want to support Sussex Nightstop’s work can do this by donating to the ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign, by becoming a volunteer host, fundraising for us or by simply spreading the word about youth homelessness.

If you think you can help Sussex Nightstop raise £10,000 in their tenth-year visit:

*Event* Helping food businesses to ditch pointless plastic

Helping food businesses to ditch pointless plastic

Please note, this event is for food-serving businesses (restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hotels, schools, workplaces, venues, events, festivals), waste experts and sustainability managers. We know there is a lot of interest around plastics generally but tickets are limited so we ask that food businesses have access to the tickets first. Thank you!

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Brighton & Hove City Council are running this event to bring together food-serving businesses from across Brighton, Hove and beyond to address the pressing issue of reducing single-use plastics (SUPs). This will be a place for providing useful information and inspiration for businesses. We would like all businesses to feel welcome, from those that are just starting out to those that are plastic-free. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for all types of business or event, but there are a few key things that most businesses can do to make a significant difference by following the waste mantra: Remove and Reduce, Promote Reuse, and Recycle.

We have two excellent guest speakers and then you'll have the opportunity to hear from five businesses about their journey in reducing plastic. There will be lots of opportunity for discussions and networking with other businesses and plastics experts. Plus, we will have a number of stalls where you can meet the suppliers, hear about local environmental campaigns and discover more about waste collections and composting.

Guest speaker: Claire Potter

We are excited to present Claire Potter, award-winning sustainable and circular economy designer with a passion and expertise around ocean plastics. Claire will help set the scene, share why it’s important to be taking action and talk us through what is being done already to tackle this important issue, including the campaign that she founded, Plastic Free Pledge.

Guest speaker: Cat Fletcher

Cat is a local hero and resource goddess. Founder of Freegle (with 2.6 million members), Reuse Manager for Brighton & Hove City Council and the driving force behind the award-winning Waste House and the City Reuse Depot. Cat can clear up any confusions over compostable vs biodegradable, address whether there is any such thing as the ‘best plastic’ and tackle what you should be doing with that Vegware you’ve invested in.

Discussion groups will focus on five key areas:

1) Deposit Return Schemes (return, recycle, reuse)

2) Promoting Bring Your Own (cup, lunchbox, water bottle, bag)

3) Disposables (cups, cutlery, straws, sachets, stirrers, containers)

4) Packaging and bags

5) Group buying across city or region (reducing cost of buying ethical disposables)

This event is open to all food serving businesses: restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hotels, venues, workplaces, schools, hospitals, colleges, universities and retailers. Plus, event organisers for big outdoor events/festivals, Procurement Officers, Facilities Managers, Sustainability / Environmental Managers and waste experts.

Places will fill up fast and are limited, so please book on today.

Thank you to Sodexo Prestige at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club for hosting this event .

To book a place, click here.

Four Students Awarded Coveted Scholarships by Brighton Technology Company

Four Students Awarded Coveted Scholarships by Brighton Technology Company

Brighton-based global technology company, Paxton, has announced its scholarship students for 2019.

As a sign of its commitment to investing in the local community and in young talent, the company has offered scholarships to four students from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

They will each receive £10,000 towards their university fees, plus a three-month paid work placement at Paxton where they will take part in technology research projects that will form the final year project of their degree course.

The students are:

• Annabel Spain, studying Digital Media at the University of Brighton

• George Livas, Computer Science, University of Brighton

• Connie Went, Mathematics, University of Sussex

• Zoë Earnshaw, Physics, University of Sussex

Annabel, 20, from Peterborough, said: “I feel immensely proud. I’m looking forward to gaining experience of working with such a talented group of people and I’m sure the knowledge I will gain will aid my career.”

George, 19, from Kifisia, Athens, Greece, said: “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work alongside and learn from experts in the smart security industry. I’m looking forward to participating in technology research projects, to working in an innovative, forward-thinking environment and to learning new skills.”

Connie, 19, from Haywards Heath, said: “I genuinely couldn’t believe it! I will class this as one of the greatest achievements of my three years at uni. The scholarship will give me first hand experience in the tech industry, which will be great for teaching me further applications of my degree.”

Zoë, 20, from Shaftesbury, said: “I’m so proud. The scholarship seemed too good to be true, so I didn’t expect I’d have a chance. I’m looking forward to finding out more about my summer role and getting to know the other scholars.”

Congratulating the four, Adam Stroud, Paxton’s Chief Executive, said: “Following on from the successful debut of the Paxton Scholarship in 2018, we are delighted to have expanded further to award more scholarships, across both the University of Brighton and Sussex.

“During our open day, we played host to over 140 engineering, science and mathematics students. It was a pleasure to witness the level of talent and engagement among this group. It gives us great confidence in the talent pool of the future and re-enforces why Paxton wants to engage with the local community in this way.

“I would like to thank the universities for their considerable ongoing support of this scheme, Paxton employees for doing such a great job of representing their company, and all students who took the time to come and visit our head office building in Brighton.

“Finally, a huge congratulations to our 2019 scholars - Annabel, Connie, George and Zoë.”

Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, said: “The Paxton scholarship provides Sussex students with a great opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience working with a leading UK firm.

“The financial support and practical guidance they’ll gain will contribute greatly towards their academic success. It is fantastic to see Sussex-based companies like Paxton recognising and rewarding talented students from the University of Sussex with such scholarships.”

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton, said: “We’re delighted that Annabel and George have been selected as two of the four Paxton scholars for 2019 and I’m confident they will make the most of this exciting opportunity. This ongoing partnership with Paxton gives our students invaluable experience of the realities of the workplace combined with leading technologies.”

L-R  Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton  George Livas  Annabel Spain  Connie Ward  Zoë Earnshaw  Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex  Paxton CEO Adam Stroud


Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton

George Livas

Annabel Spain

Connie Went

Zoë Earnshaw

Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex

Paxton CEO Adam Stroud

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Presents 'Better Business for All - Do YOU know your legal requirements and liabilities?'

Better Business for All - Do YOU know your legal requirements and liabilities?

Better Business for All (BBfA) is a programme that brings together businesses and regulators - to consider and change how local regulation is delivered and received. It involves the creation of groups in specific areas that then shape the way support is provided to businesses by local regulators.

Key objectives: The objectives are to provide advice and support to business, increase business awareness of regulatory officers, ensure effective co-ordination across regulatory services, simplify the local regulatory system and processes, and establish partnerships between regulatory services and local businesses. While BBfA is aimed at all businesses, the focus is on smaller businesses, as these generally need the most help to comply with the law.

Our confirmed guest speakers:

Barnaby Brown - Trading Standards - you will learn what approved training packages there are for restaurants, cafes and how to manage allergens.

Sam French - Sam's Kitchen - you will learn how to label your food packaging products and the legal requirements that you have to follow as a food business.

Andrew Gausden - East Sussex Fire and Rescue – you will find out what controls are required for takeaways restaurants, night time economy and outside events.

Leigh George - Allergy UK - Leigh will highlight what controls are needed to ensure that all final products are completely free of a particular allergen. This includes checking that all ingredients and packing materials do not contain certain allergens.

Joanna Hunter – Piglets Pantry Ltd – Joanna will focus on allergens from a Food Producer’s point of view, their challenges and how they handle the food chain process.

Please book your place online or by calling the office on 01444 259259.

Light buffet breakfast will be available.

There is FREE car parking available at this venue.

FSB Brighton & Hove Business Reception 2019

Brighton & Hove Business Reception 2019

Supporting National Apprenticeship Week

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is sponsoring the Brighton and Hove Apprenticeship Graduation Event in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, with special guest Peter Kyle MP. This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships brings the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Prior to the graduation ceremony FSB, together with the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, are hosting a business reception to which you are warmly invited.

If you employ, or are considering employing, an apprentice in the Greater Brighton and Hove area this networking event is for you. At the Business Reception you will meet local businesses that have recruited apprentices, find out about available funding and how you can access further help and support. Peter Kyle MP will also be speaking.

The business reception at the Amex Community Stadium, the home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, will be held in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge from 5.30pm, and will include refreshments in the company of our VIP guests. Following this reception join us for drinks and canapés with the apprentices before making our way into the main auditorium for the graduation ceremony. This ceremony will celebrate Brighton and Hove apprentices and will include inspirational speakers from across the County. For more information and to register for the graduation ceremony itself, view this page.

Please attend and participate to show your support for this message and the apprenticeship agenda in general.


5.30pm Registration and VIP business reception

6.30pm Apprentices and guests arrive

7pm Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony begins

Car parking is freely available at the stadium and entry is via the West Stand. It is essential to book your place for this celebratory event.

To book your place, click here, or for other enquiries please contact