Wealden & FSB Business Breakfast 13 June
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:07, May 17 2017.

Tuesday 13 June 2017, 7am-9am, The Granary, Blackstock Country Estate, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HF

Topics: Wealden Local Plan update and New FSB benefits for business

£11 including booking fee.  Please book and pay online by Monday 12 June (12 noon) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--hailsham/events/



MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE (NCSC)
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 14:52, May 15 2017.

Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind.  But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks. 

This means that as a new working week begins it is likely, in the UK and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale. 

National focus must therefore be on two lines of defence. 

The first is to limit the spread and impact of the attacks that have already occurred.  Due to broad government and partner efforts, a variety of tools are now publicly available to help organisations to do this.  This guidance can be found on the NCSC homepage – ncsc.gov.uk – under the title Protecting Your Organisation From Ransomware: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

It is absolutely imperative that any organisation that believes they may be affected, follows and implements this guidance. The NCSC has set out two pieces of guidance: one for organisations and one for private individuals and SMEs which can be applicable regardless of the age of the software in question.  It will be updated as and when further mitigations become available and announcements of updates made on Twitter @ncsc and elsewhere. 

Secondly, it is possible that a ransomware attack of this type and on this scale could recur, though there is no specific evidence that this is the case.  What is certain is that ransomware attacks are some of the most immediately damaging forms of cyber attack that affects home users, enterprises and governments equally. 

It is also the case that there are a number of easy-to-implement defences against ransomware which very considerably reduce the risk of attack and the impact of successful attacks.  These simple steps to protect against ransomware are not being applied by either the public or organisations as thoroughly as they should be. 

Three simple steps for companies to undertake are also set out on the NCSC website https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware



Sussex Chamber Events
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 14:20, May 15 2017.

Sussex Chamber runs a full range of Networking and Training events which, through Crowborough Chamber's affiliation, Members can attend, often with discounted rates.  For a full list of upcoming events, including a Cyber Briefing, please see the Sussex Chamber website.

http://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/events



Build East Sussex Annual Construction Marketplace Event 2017
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:48, April 26 2017.

East Sussex’s largest FREE construction & built environment networking event of the year!  This is your opportunity to meet new potential supply chain providers and companies with work opportunities.  For all the details and to book a place please visit:  http://www.buildeastsussex.co.uk/Events/

 When:    Tuesday 6 June 2017  2pm-5.30pm

Where:   East Sussex National, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22 5ES



Is your business fit for financing?
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:45, April 26 2017.

The next in the series of free business seminars hosted by Pro-actions 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
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  • When:   Wednesday 24 May 30am to 12.30pm
  • Where:  Uckfield Civic Centre, Bellfarm Lane, Uckfield TN22 1AE 

To book your place call Leon Banks on 07818 061189 or visit the Events page of the Pro-actions website www.pro-actions.com/events



Training Courses in Sussex
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:38, April 26 2017.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce provides a wide range of high quality training courses across the Sussex region. Training courses are ways of improving the effectiveness of your current workforce, but they are also attractive benefits for ambitious people.  ”Training isn't just important to a company, it is vital. Training benefits your company and your employees who will have an increased ability to respond effectively to change and develop their skill set which in turn will allow them to undertake a greater variety of work.” 

A list of upcoming courses can be found HERE



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  – jo.simmons@eastsussex.gov.uk  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

Marketing 

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 stephen@eastbournechamber.co.uk



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 info@edeal.org.uk
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: http://www.walkabouts-with-george.co.uk/

Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Walkabouts-with-George  Text to donate: Text TNAS88 £5 to 70070



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