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Crowborough Chamber News

Chamber Networking Event

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Tuesday 22nd October, Basepoint Enterprise Centre, Pine Grove from 5.30 pm

Our networking evenings are relaxed, no pressure events designed to allow businesses the chance to promote themselves and services to other companies as well as socialise with others in an informal atmosphere.

Open to both members and non members, non members will be charged £5. Please contact The Secretary if you wish to attend.

Added 01/10/19

Job Vacancy

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An opportunity has arisen for a Family Law secretary/receptionist to join Kay & Pascoe LLP at their stunning new Crowborough office.

The position will commence on 18 November 2019. Experience of solicitors case management systems would be an advantage, but is not essential as training will be given. Please contact Sharon Kay with your CV if you are interested.

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Added 07/10/19

Hospices Of Hope’s Cocktail Making Event In Crowborough

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Hospices of Hope is holding its first ever cocktail making event in Bar Trend, Crowborough on Thursday 5th December at 7pm.
Learn how to create perfect cocktails in time for Christmas. Caroline from Bar Trend will demonstrate her talent at mixology by making two different cocktails and then guests will have the chance to try their hands at creating their own cocktail.

Tickets cost £20 per person and include a welcome drink, two cocktails and light refreshments. Tickets are available through the charity’s website HERE

Added 21/10/19

The Latest Issue of SBT is out now.

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The latest edition of the Sussex Business Times is availble to view on line HERE

Added 11/10/19

Self-employed Support

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HMRC has updated its series of videos, webinars and online courses aimed at the self-employed. The resources cover registering for Self-Assessment, filing tax returns, handling expenses and a host of other subjects.  Please click HERE for more information.

Added 01/10/19

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards

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Could you win our Business & Product Innovation of the Year award?
FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020 are free to enter and are open to all small business owners and the self-employed. The Business & Product Innovation Award is where bold, new business models and innovative products delivering dramatic results can shine, those who are shortlisted will be invited to attend the prestigious award ceremony at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.

For more information and to enter please click HERE

Added 09/10/19

Business Basics Fund

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The third round of the Business Basics Fund is now open for Expressions of Interest.

The fund provides resources for trials which build evidence around how best to encourage smaller businesses to adopt productivity-boosting technology and management practices. Full information and how to apply can be found HERE.

Added 09/10/19

East Sussex Funding News - October 2019

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Please click HERE for ESCC monthly funding newsletter with information on training courses and details of forthcoming funding opportunities for East Sussex organisations.

Added 09/10/19

Beacon Student Career Interviews

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The “life after Beacon” workshop, which Chamber members have been involved in over recent years, will be held at Beacon Academy on Tuesday 5th November. The objective of the day is to energise students on what they need to do to set them up for the future, with a specific focus on helping the students gain an insight into the world of work (developing employment skills) through mock interviews and an employer based talk.

Beacon is therefore looking for at about 4-6 employers to interview the students and provide feedback, the interviews are expected to be held between 12.00 and 1.30 pm.

Objective of mock interviews for students
· To understand the need to develop and demonstrate the required employability skills (defined as Enthusiasm, Passion, Potential, Commitment, Positive Mental Attitude, Social Skills, Dress Sense/Appearance, Resilience, Adapting to Change, Communication)
· To experience the process, what is required in the outside world, and what it takes to be successful (research, appearance, appetite for the job).

What does the student experience?
15 minute interview with 5 minute feedback, 5 minute wrap up/note taking.
If you are able to help please contact let the Chamber know.

Added 26/9/19

Business Brexit Awareness Boot Camps

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Have you prepared your business?

Organised by the Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Brexit Bootcamps are practical workshops to help ALL businesses prepare for Brexit. Information and advice will be given on changes to regulations, impact to supply chains and your customers, cross border trade and how to treat personal data and e-commerce. A Brexit checklist will also be provided to help with your planning.

The most local event is being held at the East Sussex National on 14th October from 3pm – 5:30pm.

The other dates are:
7th Oct - Worthing
18th Oct - Hastings
21st Oct - Manor Royal
29th Oct - Brighton

The events are free of charge to any business but booking is essential, please contact the Sussex Chamber of Commerce directly for more information or tel: 01444 259259

Added 26/9/19

Dementia Friends Information Session

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24th October at 2pm at, Heather View, Beacon Road, Crowborough.

This Dementia Friends Information Session, which is suitable for business owners, their staff and those involved in organisations within the community, will be 45 minutes and followed with refreshments.

During this friendly and interactive Session you will increase your understanding of dementia, and think about the small things that you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community.

If you wish to attend this FREE session please contact The Secretary or Caroline Thomas at Heather View.

Added 17/9/19

Care for the Carers 30th Anniversary Grand Raffle

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Care for the Carers is running a special countywide raffle, to celebrate 30 years of supporting unpaid carers locally and raise vital funds to continue their work.

Tickets for the Grand Raffle cost £1 each.

1st Prize: £1,000 cash
2nd Prize: One weeks holiday with Park Holidays
3rd Prize: Spa package at Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
4th Prize: Luxury Jempsons Hamper
...and many more runners up

For more information and to purchase your raffle ticket for just £1 please click HERE

Added 16/9/19

Emergency First Aid at Work Course

Hendall Manor Barns Tuesday 15th October, 10am - 4.30pm.

The course is for companies that require someone with First Aid training or if they need to renew their qualification (First Aid certificates last for three years from their date of issue).

Learners will develop the skills and confidence to help someone who is: unresponsive and not breathing, including how to use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), unresponsive and breathing, having a seizure, choking, bleeding heavily, suffering from shock, burnt

The course also includes information on: assessing a casualty, monitoring a casualty, where to get help, accident recording and reporting.

This course is run by an external, accredited First Aid company. The cost per person is £75 (VAT not applicable) and will include E-Certificate (upon successful completion of the course), lunch, tea/coffee refreshments and secure free parking, set in Hendall's lovely, rural venue.

For more information regarding the course please contact Peter or Nicola at Hendall

Added 12/9/19

Crowborough Chamber Supporting Local Charities

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Chamber President Jeremy Woolger, was delighted to present Janet Downes and Kay Birch of Citizen's Advice with a cheque for £1,000 from money raised on The Fun Day.

Thank you to the Crowborough public for their donations allowing us to support such an important organisation.

Added 05/9/19

Getting Ready For Brexit, Business Advice

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Please follow the links below to see the current information and advice from Government regarding Brexit preparations for Brexit.

"Getting Ready for Brexit" www.gov.uk/brexit

"Brexit Preparations" www.wealden.gov.uk

"Import & Export of Foodstuffs" www.food.gov.uk

Added 05/9/19

Hospices of Hope's Gardens and Guerillas Lunch at Buxted Park

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Monday 25th November at 12 noon.

Tickets cost £35 and include a drink on arrival, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, coffee and mints.

Plantsman Tom Hart Dyke is the special guest speaker.  He will talk about growing up at Lullingstone Castle in Kent, his time in captivity in Colombia and fulfilling his dream of creating a World Garden!

Funds raised at the event help support hospice care in south east Europe.

For more information and to book please click HERE

Added 06/9/19

Cheese & Wine Evening

Crowborough Chamber is delighted to have Wine Expert Tom Surgey join us at our Cheese & Wine Evening on Wednesday 27th November at The Crowborough Rugby Club.

Tom, a rising star on the wine scene due to his work with Ridgeview & the Three Wine Men (Oz Clark, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin MW), will share his valuable knowledge with us and will be joined by Master of Cheese William Cohen.

More details and booking information will follow soon

Added 29/8/19

Jobcentre Plus help for recruiters

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There are a range of recruitment services that can help an employer available through Jobcentre Plus, these include recruitment advice, work trials, advice on work experience and apprenticeships, for more information please visit their website HERE

Added 13/8/19

Sponsorship Opportunity - Hospices of Hope

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Hospices of Hope is holding a charity event at Bar Trend, Crowborough on 5th December and they are looking for a sponsor for the event.

The sponsorship would include logo on the flyers and posters and on social media and also a mention at the event, they are looking for £250 so that they can cover the costs of the event which will enable them to send more of the money raised to their beneficiaries.

Taking place on Thursday 5th December, the night will start with a brilliant cocktail making demonstration for two different cocktails. After this, you will have the chance to make your very own cocktail. As well as the two cocktails, the night will also include a welcome drink and nibbles!

For more information please contact Jay Finch: jay@hospicesofhope.co.uk

Added 08/8/19

Crowborough Town Christmas Fair

Crowborough’s Christmas Fair, organised by the Town Council, is scheduled to take place on Friday 22nd November.

The Fair will start at 4.00pm and will finish at approximately 6.00pm when the Christmas lights will be switched on by a celebrity from this years’ Tunbridge Wells Panto. There will be a road closure in place from 1.00pm and stall holders will have staggered access to their stalls from 2.00 - 3.00pm onwards.

Stalls will be available to businesses at £15.00 per stall and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to book a stall please contact the Town Council HERE

Added 29/7/19

Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

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The MHCLG has recently launched a European Regional Development Fund focused on enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs. The funding aims to promote entrepreneurship, support the creation of advanced capacities for products, services and development and to support the capacity of SMEs to grow into regional, national and international markets. There is budget of approx. £10m to be allocated with bids expected to be for £500K and above. The funding round closes on 30th September 2019 with projects being delivered by June 2023. For more information please visit the .gov website HERE

Added 04/7/19

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