BCC Business and Education Summit 2017
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 13:42, July 3 2017.

Hear from Labour Party Leader Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP at the British Chambers of Commerce Business and Education Summit 

How can businesses and education providers work together to help young people succeed in their careers? 

Join the BCC on Thursday 6 July to hear from other influential names in the worlds of business and education including, among others, Neil Carmichael (Former chair, Education Select Committee), Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP (Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) and Judith Doyle (Principal/CEO, Gateshead College, 2016 TES FE leader of the year). 

Network with businesses and educators across the country, as well as taking part in interactive breakout sessions run by ‘F1 in Schools’ and ‘KMF’. 

Book HERE



Time Management Secrets of Effective and Successful Businesses
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:59, June 26 2017.

Tuesday 11th July 2017, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Town Hall, London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JX


The one thing that you or your business can’t buy more of is TIME.


Time Management is the cornerstone of running a successful business effectively and keeping your life in balance. It’s the difference between being at the meeting on time, and being at the right meeting!

At this seminar you will discover...


 What Time Management is and how it can positively impact your results
 How to balance work and life
 The difference between being efficient and being effective
 How to become truly proactive
 Some of the best ways to manage your time
 Key habits and tools that can make a big difference


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



Edeal Business Start Up Workshop
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:56, June 26 2017.

FREE Business start-up workshop in Hailsham
Wednesday 19th July 10am to 4pm

Are you thinking of starting your own business?
Do you want some advice?

Edeal (Eastbourne & District Enterprise Agency Ltd) is working in association with Wealden District Council to deliver business start-up workshops in Uckfield, Hailsham, Heathfield and Crowborough.

The workshops are FREE to Wealden residents or anybody who is starting a business in Wealden.

The workshops cover the fundamental points of starting a business and include:

Writing a good business plan
Sourcing finance
Managing cash flow
Meeting your legal obligations
Taxation & Vat
Marketing

To book a place on this workshop please call 01323 641144



Sussex Chamber Networking Events
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:53, June 26 2017.

Business Leaders Conference

Thursday 29th June – 12.00pm – 18.00pm, Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Speakers for this conference will be: • Roger Black MBE • Angela Lamont and Anthony Stears. To hear these inspiring and thought provoking presenters, book your place today. Click here for further information.

Grow Your Connections

Tuesday 4th July – 8.30am – 10.30am, The Brickwall Hotel, Battle

Meet other businesses, share best practice, grow your connections and widen your own network of customers and suppliers. Click here for further information.

Business Networking Lunch

Tuesday 11th July – 12.00noon – 14.30pm, Holiday Inn, London Gatwick Airport

Guest speaker, Florence Hubert - Deputy Agent for Central Southern England - Bank of England, will discuss recent developments in the UK economy and the Monetary Policy Committee’s forecasts for economic growth and inflation. Click here for further information.

British Gold Cup Open Polo Championship & Summer Buffet

Wednesday 19th July – 11.30am – 17.00pm, Cowdray Park Golf Club, Midhurst

Enjoy a delicious Summer Buffet Lunch at Cowdray Park Golf Club, followed by an enjoyable afternoon watching the Semi-Finals. Click here for further information.

Food and Beverage Forum

Tuesday 25th July – 15.00pm – 17.00pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Crawley

Guest speakers will be Sam French - The Gingerbread Man from Sam's Kitchen and Neil Tomlinson, Director at Just Drinking Water Ltd. Click here for further information.

Networking Breakfast

Wednesday 26th July – 08.00am – 10.30am, Random Hall, Slinfold

Guest speaker, Sophie Scragg, Senior Community Outreach Officer at The Houses of Parliament will outline the work and role of Parliament and how the public can engage with and influence Parliament. Click here for further information.



Upcoming Sussex Chamber Training Courses
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 11:50, June 26 2017.

Revised Incoterms Rules 2010 for Import Export

Thursday 29th June – 9.30am – 12.30pm, Burgess Hill

Incoterms® Rules are an essential business tool for export import because they define the responsibilities of each party to arrange loading unloading of the goods, delivery, import export clearance and freight contracts. Click here for further information.

Impact of Brexit on International Trade Practice and Procedures

Thursday 29th June – 13.30pm – 17.00pm, Burgess Hill

This seminar will examine current UK trading procedures and consider some possible effects of Brexit. Click here for further information.

Time Management & Personal Effectiveness

Monday 3rd July – 09.30am – 16.30pm, Burgess Hill

Find out about the three key principles of time management: planning and goal setting, dealing with "time bandits" and being assertive and negotiating over resources. Click here for further information.

Exporting - Understanding the Paperwork

Monday 10th July – 9.30am – 16.30pm, Burgess Hill

Designed for more experienced exporters, those who require a refresher course or updating in the latest procedures or those who have attended the Introduction to Export Procedures course. Click here for further information.

Confident & Effective Communication Skills

Monday 17th July – 09.30am – 16.30pm, Burgess Hill

Delegates are given tools and techniques for dealing assertively and constructively with difficult behaviours in the workplace, leading to more positive outcomes. Click here for further information.

Personal Customer Service in the Digital Age

Wednesday 2nd August – 09.30am – 16.30pm, Burgess Hill

Customer service expectations are rising and your company needs to keep up and exceed expectations if you are going to maximise repeat business and referrals. Click here for further information.



Business Leaders Conference
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 14:27, June 20 2017.

Thursday 29th June 2017, 12:00noon - 18:00pm, Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront, King’s Road, Brighton, BN1 2GS

Sussex Chamber is pleased to announce the speakers for the next Business Leaders Conference will be:

Roger Black MBE - Olympic, European, Commonwealth & World Championship Medallist

Roger was part of the team that clinched gold from the Americans in the 4x400m relay at the Tokyo World Championships. Having achieved success individually and as part of a team, Roger understands what it takes to become a champion and will describe his ‘Five Fundamentals’ for success.

Angela Lamont - Television and Radio Presenter, Writer, Speaker and Conference Host.

Angela’s area of speciality is IT and science. Known for quirky, science-with-a smile programmes, she presents complex subjects with a sense of humour and a down-to-earth style.

Anthony Stears aka "The Telephone Assassin"

Anthony is a leading expert on Telephone Engagement, specialising in helping businesses to improve customer service levels and sales results over the phone.

To hear these inspiring and thought provoking speakers, book your place today - http://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/events/member-events/business-leaders-conference-june or call 01444 259 259



Acorns for Cancer Research - Tea in the Garden
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 14:28, June 13 2017.

Invitation to "Tea in the Garden" hosted by Acorns for Cancer Research UK at Ford's Fields, Smugglers Lane, Crowborough, TN6 1TG.  Sunday 23rd July from 2pm - 5pm

Sussex Cream Tea

Bring & Buy Plant Stall

Entry Fee £5
 
If you wish to attend please reply by email to gwenyounguk@gmail.com (All replies will assist greatly with the catering!)


Summer Fun Day 2017
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 12:15, June 7 2017.

The Chamber was delighted that the sun shone on another successful Fun Day and it was wonderful to see so many people in Crowborough Town centre.

We welcomed over 40 local businesses who took stalls and everyone reported having a great day, so much so they already want to book for next year! The Italian market brought some wonderful food with them which was very popular with the public.

Free Face Painting, Punch and Judy , Magician, Bouncy Castle and Penalty Shoot Out were laid on to keep the young, and young at heart, entertained. Collection buckets were placed around the area and later in the year The Chamber will be presenting Brighter Crowborough with the donations. This group of volunteers are dedicated to keeping our streets clean, green and litter free and do a wonderful job litter picking and tidying the Crowborough area.
The Chamber was delighted to welcome back to the bandstand Milly McCarron, Paige Hackworth, In Choir and Any Other Business as well as Sweetheart Swing.


The day could not happen without the support of our Main Sponsors: Freedom Leisure, Lawson Commercial, Millbrook Garden Company, Millennia Garden Machinery, Prosperity IFA and Tester and Jones Funeral Care. Thanks also go to Banfield Residential Sales & Lettings, Focus All Media and Parker Building Supplies for supplying their services free of charge to help the day go smoothly as well as the marshals who gave up many hours of their time for free.

Photos of the day can be viewed on our dedicated Fun Day page HERE

Thank you to the businesses that make the  Fun Day possible by sponsoring the event:

Thank you also to Focus All Media, Banfield Residential Estates and Lettings and Parker Building Supplies for their support.



Business Breakfast
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 12:10, June 6 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

Cost: £11 including booking fee

Please book and pay online by Monday 12 June (12 noon) using this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--hailsham/events/



Business Clinic
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:53, May 31 2017.

Friday 9th June,  1pm to 5.30pm,  Crowborough Community Centre Coffee area, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE

Please contact eDEAL on 01323 641 144 for further information and to book a place.  http://www.edeal.org.uk/



Build East Sussex Annual Event 6 June
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:52, May 31 2017.

Build East Sussex annual event 6th June at the East Sussex National Hotel in Little Horsted.

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.

To exhibit email admin@buildeastsussex.co.uk for more information visit www.buildeastsussex.co.uk



MyWealden - new online portal for Wealden residents
Posted by: Chamber Secretary at 10:48, May 31 2017.

MyWealden, the new online portal for Wealden residents to make service requests has now been launched.   This is a major part of our Drive to Digital initiative.

MyWealden went live with 16 possible tasks including reporting that your bin was missed alongside other waste enquiries, requesting removal of graffiti,  reporting pollution, property name change and registering an address. More tasks and functions will be added over time.

The long term goal is for Wealden residents to be able to do everything that they possibly can do online, should they want to.  You can take a look and sign up from their banner on the homepage http://www.wealden.gov.uk/    There is also a video explaining how to sign up at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AquG_O7QnU



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



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