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Chamber Update from Tim

 
I also just wanted to thank everyone involved in BEST4BIZ last week. 

I thought that the whole day was a huge success, with lots of networking and learning opportunities taking place. Congratulations to the team who made the whole event run seamlessly. We are already planning for next year, so if you have any thoughts on how to make the conference even better, please do fill out our survey which can be found here
Quote of the Month:

"The success of BEST4BIZ has really upped the credibility and validity of the Chamber and the value of ACES which will strengthen our influence and credibility going forward" 
Derek Godfrey, Ellis Building Contractors


Don't forget - if you'd like us to include your events or have any news updates you'd like to share - please email stephen@eastbournechamber.co.uk 
 Chamber Updates:

BEST4BIZ


Over 250 business leaders attended BEST4BIZ last Friday. The packed schedule included great networking opportunities, valuable learning through seminars and some really inspirational keynote speakers. To see a gallery of the day - click the link here.

Congratulations to Horder Healthcare who were named East Sussex Business of the Year at the event. To see the promotional films of each company nominated, check out our Youtube channel.

The A27


Mark McFadden the portfolio holder for Transport and Infrastructure has provided an update on the A27. It is the position of this Chamber, and ACES (The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex) that the current road limits the economic potential and future growth of our area. We cannot squander money on small 'improvements' which actually solve nothing and do further harm.

More from Mark on our 
website

Members Survey: An Update


Thank you to everyone who completed the member's survey last month. 

We really valued your feedback, and we will shortly be putting together some thoughts on how we can respond to the comments that were raised. 

One of the immediate actions is a regular 'Did you know' post on this email to remind you of one of the benefits of being a member which may not be widely known. This is directly below.
If you haven't completed the survey, please do so now as it's really helping the whole team determine priorities for the future. 
Complete the survey
Did you know?
Did you know that Eastbourne Town Centre has a weekly footfall of over 191,000?

As part of your Eastbourne Chamber Of Commerce membership you're entitled to 25% off all Town Centre promotional fees. 
Promoting in the town centre can be a fantastic way to advertise your business in front of thousands of potential customers and reach out into the community, at a low cost to your business.

We have a range of promotional sites available to use within the heart of the town centre, so whether you’re looking to run any form of promotion from leafleting to large banner and stand promotions we will have a location to suit your needs. 

Please contact Luke Johnson if you're interested in reserving a town centre promotion. Below is a video from Talk Talk about why Eastbourne Town Centre is a great place to promote your business.
Welcome to our New Members
Thank you to all those who have provided Stephen with details of potential new members. 

If you refer someone who then joins the Chamber, you will receive a £10 gift voucher from Artisvin, luxury wine merchants based in Meads. So do contact us if there's someone you know who may want to join. It's now even easier to join with our online sign up form found at the link here

Do make sure you give the following new members this month a warm welcome! 
Auditel UK: Founded in 1994, Auditel is a network of over 200 professional consultants specialising in cost management consultant. The service was pioneered to help UK companies effective and informed procurement decisions. 

Buffet TimeBuffet Time have joined the Chamber as they reach their fourth anniversary. Their all you can eat buffet provide a great eating venue. 

Cloud 9 PR and Marketing: Cloud 9 PR reputation has been built on the results they achieve for their clients, with targeted PR coverage in national and regional media. 

Cooden Tax Consulting: Did you know that your company may be eligible to claim if an research and development project seeks to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology? Cooden Tax Consulting can provide expert advice in tax relief for research and development. 
 
Devonshire Park Centre: If your looking to hold a conference in Eastbourne, this department of EBC can help in sourcing venues, accommodation and gives a full update on the Conference facilities, including the future plans for the Devonshire Park complex. 

Grass Roots HomesThey specialise in providing a stress-free home sale package with one person taking care of your property from beginning of the process to exchange as well as other benefits such as a professional photographer and weekly updates on conveyancing processes. 

Online Ticket Seller: This innovative local company, established by Christos Stylianou, the manager of Eastbourne Pier. The online portal allows you to buy and sell tickets  online for events.

Victoria Healthcare: Independent specialists in Private Medical Insurance (PMI) to yourself, family or company they can also help to reviewed a policy and is offered without charge or obligation.

  

 
Dates for your Diary
Remember, remember the 5th of November.There's so many events happening between now and December! 

From 2pm 29th October - Paws for Pudsey
Eastbourne unLtd and Healthy Highstreets will attempt to set a new world record for the most people in a teddy bear chain. If you're able to help out - come along to the Arndale Centre for the attempt at 3pm. First 400 people with their teddy bear and sticker get a free gingerbread man from Greggs!
30th October - Buffet Time 4th Anniversary.
More info here.

9am 11th November 2015 - Business Planning - Your Roadmap to Success
International Lawn Tennis Centre. More info here


From 6pm 11th November - New Members Evening
Ocean Suite, Eastbourne Pier

4pm to 6.30pm 12th November - Eastbourne Open Event at the Winter Gardens
A chance to hear about what is happening in Eastbourne and the new developments and plans


7pm 21st November - Boobs and Brass - Kings Centre
A music concert to raise money for Breast Cancer. 

 
7am Every Tuesday
Chamber Breakfast at the Hydro Hotel. No need to book, just turn up
 
Further details of the events listed above can be found below. 
Chamber Events

New Members Evening

11th of November Eastbourne Pier Ocean Suite

We are delighted to confirm that we will be holding a special "New Members Evening" from 6pm on the 11th of November.

This is unique event for new members to attend a networking event and talk about their business if they have never done so before.

Exisiting members are invited to attend from 7.30pm. Please do feel free to bring a guest!
Email to let us know your coming!

A Grand Christmas

Sponsored by M-Tech Systems

We are down to just a handful of places left for our Christmas lunch on the 11th of December at the Grand Hotel. 

If you want to book one of the last 10 spaces, the only way of doing so is through Siobhan. Get in touch now before it's too late.  
Email Siobhan
News from our Gold Members
Melanie Adams on behalf of Brewers and Eastbourne Rotary have asked whether any businesses would be willing to support the Tree of Light appeal through sponsorship. Sponsorship for this special event is £250 and will be acknowledged in leaflets distributed across the town and on the order of service on the 6th of December. See here for more information and to support, email chrispurcelluk@yahoo.co.uk
Stewart Pierce from Parker Building Supplies is celebrating winning two awards in his role as the Builders Merchants Federation’s Vice Chairman. Stewart Pierce is part of the team which won two accolades at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2015.More than 250 guests attended the ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, where The Builders Merchants Federation. received the Membership Success of the Year Award and a Skills Development Award. Stewart said: “This is the first time that the BMF has won an award of any kind, and it is a tribute to the professionalism of the whole team. I am delighted their hard work has been recognised.”
News from our Members
Congratulations to Lawson Lewis Blakers who yesterday celebrated their 140th anniversary of serving the people of Eastbourne. We've chosen to use a photo from the time they took part in 'MAD Tie Day'.

When speaking at the breakfast club this week, they reminded us of the time they were based above Barclay's bank, before a bomb hit them in World War 2. As a result, they still have slightly singed documents in their archives!


 
Eastbourne Job Centre Plus have invited any employers who are looking to recruit to attend a complimentary breakfast on the 6th of November and listen about the benefits of employing someone with a health condition. There's advice and support to local businesses including funding opportunities. The event will be opened by our local MP Caroline Ansell. To book, please phone Jackie on 01323 413 114. 
Research among SMEs in the UK suggest that over a third of businesses don't have a business plan. Yet all the evidence suggests that those with a written business plan are twice as likely to achieve their goals. This is only effective though, if you know what you want from your business. Find out how to map out your Business Plan at a free seminar from organised by Pro-actions, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce. More details available here
Congratulations also Eastbourne Borough Football Club who play in the fourth round of the FA Cup qualifies on Saturday the 24th of October. EBFC is the first football club in the country to become a Community Interest Company and they are reliant on their volunteers and supporters. If you can help by sponsoring a game, get in touch with Sharon Hind
The Kings Centre will be hosting a "Boobs and Brass" concert on the 21st of November to raise money for Breast Cancer. A concert of popular brass band classics awaits at from 7pm. More details avaliable on their website. 
Everyday in the UK, six million people are struggling to communicate due to hearing loss. Hearing Link can provide hearing awareness training courses to help organisations understanding the emotional challenges and practical demands faced by those living with hearing loss so they can better connect with staff and customers. Book a course now

And Finally...


Good luck to Chamber Director Michael Geitzen of Identity who has been selected as one of the finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year Nectar Business Awards, one of the most prestigious business awards schemes.  

It's been a great time for Identity since we had our members evening there, as they are also finalists in the British Sign Awards for their work with the Kent and Medway NHS, Jablite Styropack and Coffee Republic. 


Clearly - good things happen when you host a Members night!
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