New European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Open Calls now live for the South East
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 09:33, April 10 2017.

DCLG, the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in England, has published new Open Calls for applications in the South East LEP area. 

Applications are now invited for projects against all three of SELEP’s ERDF priority themes listed below.  The calls will remain open until 12 January 2018, with review points on 30 April, 30 July and 31 October 2017.  Please click on the following links for the detailed call specifications: 

Partners who are considering applying for ERDF are advised to make contact with ERDF Technical Facilitator – Jo Simmons  –  or 07701 394521 to discuss their project at the earliest opportunity. 

FREE Business start-up workshop in Crowborough
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:16, April 4 2017.

eDEAL is holding the next in their series of start up workshops on the 10th May in Crowborough.  These are FREE to Wealden residents, or anybody who is starting a business in Wealden or who needs some assistance with any of the following: 

Writing a good business plan

Sourcing finance

Managing cash flow

Meeting your legal obligations

Taxation & Vat


Please contact eDEAL direct on 01323 641144.

Networking Event
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:43, April 3 2017.

Tuesday 25th April 5.30 pm The Crowborough Cross.

Open to all, free for both members and non members.

These are relaxed, no pressure events designed to allow businesses to promote themselves and services to other companies as well as socialise with others.  Please inform the Secretary if you wish to attend.

Now! Charity Group Ltd Fundraising Event Scavenger Hunt
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 12:27, March 31 2017.

Sunday 23rd April 2017 1pm – 5:30pm

Why should the kids have all the fun?
Teams get your thinking caps on because you’ll need to be on the ball to answer questions, follow the clues and collect items to complete the Scavenger Hunt.
After the hunt we invite all teams back to wind down at Beechwood Hall Hog roast, cream tea, beer & raffle available!
Book your tickets & get event details now 01323 887199
Teams of up to 5

Breakfast with Mick Cash
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 12:49, March 17 2017.

General Secretary of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union) 7am - 9am 21st March - Hydro Hotel Eastbourne

Sponsored by Printers Playhouse 

It has been 11 months since the strike action began on Southern Rail, Mick Cash has stated that there will be another day of strike action on the 4th of April - their 31st day of action since the dispute began - with guards and some drivers walking out. The RMT claim that they are being excluded from negotiations, and that they would be prepared not to strike if they had a firm date for genuine and meaningful talks.

This is your chance to question Mick Cash on the position of the RMT at our breakfast meeting which is open to all members and prospective members.

 he event costs just £10 and includes your choice of either a full English or Continental breakfast.  Book via

FREE Business Clinic in Uckfield
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 12:45, March 17 2017.

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Edeal (Eastbourne & District Enterprise Agency Ltd) is working in association with Wealden District Council to deliver business support and advice to Wealden residents/Wealden based businesses.

It is crucial when running a business that you get good sound advice. Edeal is therefore offering Wealden based businesses the opportunity to meet with a business advisor for an hour’s free advice to discuss any aspect of their business.  All Edeal business advisors have run their own business so have had hands on experience, they are able to advise on all aspects of business including business planning, marketing advice, meeting your legal obligations, expansion – the list is endless!

So, if you have any concerns or require advice regarding any aspect of your business then call us on 01323 641144 or e mail
There are a limited number of appointments available – they are offered on a first come first served basis so call today to secure an appointment

2017 Chamber Awards Winners
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:01, March 17 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Chamber Awards.

Business of the Year: Zest Gifts. 

Zest has won a Chamber Award every year and always receives numerous nominations from members due to their range of products, customers service and attractive shop. 

Customer Service of the Year: Global Travel

Wendy Slack was delighted to receive Global Travel's award for customer service.  Her team's ability to give bespoke travel advice and their knowledge of destinations and the industry made them a popular choice. 

Business Person of the Year: Kathy Gore - Friends of Sussex Hospices

Kathy's enthusiasm and hard work organising enjoyable and successful events has meant that Friends of Sussex Hospices has raised millions of pounds over the years.

President's Award: Hilary Lyon

Jeremy Woolger was delighted to present the President's Award 2017 to Hilary Lyon.  There are not many Crowborough events or committees that Hilary has not been involved with over the years, from Town Councillor to Mayor, Crowborough Lions to Friends of Montargis.  If there is something happening in Crowborough Hilary will have either had a hand in organising it or will turn up to show her support.

Congratulations also to all our nominees:

Business of the Year: Crowborough Rugby Club, M.E.Cassam Associates, Now! Charity Group, Parker.Smith.Designs.

Customer Service of the Year: Demon Skinz, Entropia, Guest's Shoe Services, Kemp Accountants.

Business Person of the Year: Paul Carr - Carr's Driving Tuition, Matthew Collins - Focus All Media, Chris Lawson - Lawson Commercial, Jeremy Woolger - OMD Websites.

Chamber Award Winners 2017

Award Winners; Kathy Gore, Jane Hunnam & Angela Thomas from Zest, Hilary Lyon and Wendy Slack of Global Travel

How to move your business to the next level - Free Business Seminar
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 14:49, March 8 2017.

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Town Hall, Main Chamber, Market Street, Rye, TN31 7LA

This business seminar will explain the vital elements of effective Business Management that all businesses should have in place. What works and what doesn't and the increased control you can gain over your business ... simply by focusing on doing the right things.

Attending this seminar will help you understand:

How to position your business for success
The vital elements of effective Business Management
The top 10 activities to focus on to grow your business profitably
How focusing on these activities will help you make informed strategic decisions
Some best practice processes you will need to adopt for success

Packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must attend event for any business owner who wants to give their business the best chance to grow and succeed.

Pro-actions Business Seminars are FREE but spaces are limited Book your FREE place HERE or call Leon Banks on 07818 061189

Walking for Autism - Ramblings with George
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:45, March 6 2017.

Three events fundraising for the National Autistic Society

Walking for Autism Round the Isle of Wight 63 mile charity walk

George Moss & Becky Bradgate-Petit are undertaking the Action Challenge round the Isle of Wight 63 mile trek on April 29th 2017.
All proceeds to the National Autistic Society

Walking for Autism Quiz Night

The Walking for Autism Quiz night is being held on Saturday May 13th at the All Saints Lower Hall from 7pm to 10:30pm.
All profits to the National Autistic Society

Tickets £10 per person for teams of 8 persons.  Hot food included in ticket price Jacket Potato & chilli with side salad Or Jacket potato & baked beans with side salad Plus a cash bar and raffle

Walking for Autism 7 marathons walked in 7 days

This is the main fundraising event by George Moss of the year and is certainly the toughest challenge he has undertaken.  He hopes to have walking support most days and already have some days accompanied by Becky Bradgate-Petit and Toni Chaplin-Armer

For more information: Web site:

Just Giving  Text to donate: Text TNAS88 £5 to 70070

Wealden Business Breakfast - Business Grants and Funding - Clearing the Fog!
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:26, February 27 2017.

Tuesday 14 March, Buxted Park Hotel, Station Road, Buxted, Uckfield TN22 4AY, 6.45am -7am Arrival/Registration/Networking 7.15am – 7.30am: Event starts / Breakfast served, 9am - 10.30am: Main Event Ends / Further Networking.  Cost: £10 per person - (plus online fee).

Guest speakers will provide the opportunity to hear about and discuss various business funding opportunities and how to put a funding application together. You will gain tips and techniques whether you are just starting out, or you are more established and looking to really take your business to the next level. This breakfast offers the opportunity for one to one meetings with the funders.

Bookings: Can be made via the East Sussex FSB Eventbrite booking system by following this link:

Please book and pay online by Monday 13 March 2017 (12 noon)

For event related enquiries please email: or telephone 01892 602886 (Mon-Wed) or 01892 602757.

Marketing for Growth & and Introduction to Social Media
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:03, February 20 2017.

Wednesday 22nd March, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Battle Memorial Hall, Wynne Room, 81 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AQ 

For further details and to book a place please contact:    Leon Banks

07818 061189

Acorns for Cancer Research - Supper Quiz Evening
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:22, February 15 2017.

Friday 12th May, 7.15pm to be held at the W.I. Hall, Ghyll Road, Crowborough

Ticket price £20 per person to include a 2 course supper and wine & drinks for your table. Teams of 6 on each table. (They will make up teams if you are not in a 6!)

Acorns for Cancer Research is also looking for sponsors for the following:

16 bottles of wine 8 red and 8 white
The cost of the hire of the hall - £40
3 tasteful raffle prizes!
Funds to help with the purchase of food for the supper menu.

To book or for more information please email Su Bullock

Hospice Writing for Well-being
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:02, February 15 2017.

Helen Stockton - Writing for Life is aiming to provide a two year programme of writing for well-being classes at a local hospice day centre, for patients and carers.

Helen offered a short course, on a voluntary basis, at the well-being centre of a local hospice, and this met with a positive response from patients, carers and staff. They managed to find some funding to run a second course, but only have two sessions left and no more funding. This is why they need your help.

Patients have said that creative writing is beneficial to their wellbeing so any money raised here will really enhance the activities offered by the hospice. Helen would like to run a rolling programme, for at least two years, possibly using it as a basis to extend the service, using other tutors, into more hospices, benefitting a wider range of people. Please you help!

For more information and to help donate please visit

World in Need Quiz Night – Saturday 18th March 7 for 7.30pm
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:37, February 14 2017.

World in Need is holding a Quiz Night to raise money for their work with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. They are currently working in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  Profits from the evening will go directly to support one of their overseas projects.

Venue – All Saints Church, Lower Church Hall, Chapel Green, Crowborough TN6 1ED

Tickets £10 (including Ploughmans Supper)

Rack your brains for the elusive answers to a range of General Knowledge questions. Play your joker and double your points, but have you chosen your strongest subject? Take a break as a delicious ploughmans supper is served, and enjoy a drink from the licensed bar.

Get together a team of 6 – 8 people, or come along and join up with other quizzers on the night. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the World in Need office – call Magda on 01892 669875 or email Please let them know any dietary requirements.  


Charity Quiz Night In aid of Now Charity Group Ltd
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:33, February 14 2017.

Put your knowledge to the test by answering a series of challenging questions.

The night is held on 16th March 6:30pm at Chapter 12, 12 High St, Hailsham BN27 1BJ  – a classy wine bar with a great atmosphere, food and drinks. Tickets are £6 and all money raised from this event will help us to continue to support your local community with low cost furniture, white goods and training for disadvantaged adults.

For more information or to book a table please call 01323 887199 or see

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