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In My View...New leadership for CCCI

Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, June 16, 2016

In March 2016, we said goodbye to Louise Hopkins, who had not only been the Chair of CCCI for nearly 3 years but a key part of the board for many more.  Any time of transition and change can involve risk and it is no small thing to take on the role of Chair of CCCI!

That is why it is so exciting to announce the appointment of Julie Kapsalis as the new Chair of CCCI.  Julie has been Vice Principal at Chichester College since 2014, following roles in consumer marketing, economic development and working on the London 2012 Olympics

You might be wondering if a leader in education is relevant to lead an organisation that marks itself as the ‘voice of business’ for Chichester and the surrounding district?  Of course, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.  Chichester College is a multi-million pound business and significant local employer; it has had to undergo a huge change in the last decade – becoming a commercial force as public funding has decreased.  Julie’s role reflects this; overseeing the College’s commercial business, which include a chain of childcare nurseries, an examination board and an international language school. Julie also drives stakeholder relationships with businesses locally, nationally and internationally. 

Passionate about supporting business growth, Julie is excited to represent and champion the views of Chichester business.  Bringing to the role a wealth of experience, having served as an advisor to the UK Government’s Women’s Enterprise Taskforce, she is also currently a member of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Board where she leads on the rural economy.

A change in leadership can mean risks, but with the right person taking the helm – with the right commitment, drive, passion and vision – it is also a massive opportunity.  With our new Chair, I am certain that CCCI and businesses in Chichester have that positive opportunity.

Helen Reeve, Business Development Director of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry

In My View...New leadership for CCCI

Thursday, June 16, 2016
In March 2016, we said goodbye to Louise Hopkins, who had not only been the Chair of CCCI for nearly 3 years but a key part of the board for many more. Any time of transition and change can involve risk and it is no small thing to take on the role of Chair of CCCI! That is why it is so exci ..

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Andrew Tyrie MP speaks to CCCI, an event sponsored by Rathbones

Office Chichester Chamber - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The sun was shining and the room was warm both in a sense of the atmosphere and the temperature, all in all a perfect setting for a Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch date at The Chichester Harbour Hotel with MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie.   

No advance warnings or rehearsals as Mr Tyrie worked his way around the room soliciting chamber member’s opinions on the subjects they would like him to cover during his 30-minute talk.  I think it would be safe to say there were no surprise topics for the MP!

Top of the list, of course, was the now redundant A27 northern by-pass and continued improvements to the current southern by-pass.  In answer to the question why was the northern bypass option scrapped before it came to full consultation? Mr Tyrie talked about limited funds and that the proposed northern bypass would have sucked all the Highways England’s limited financial resources for highways improvements much needed to the southern route.  Given that two thirds of traffic at peak times is local, the northern bypass would not alleviate much of the current congestion on the southern bypass. The decision to scrap the northern bypass was taken in order to ensure future improvements to the southern bypass. Mr Tyrie felt that it was critical to ensure improvements to the current infrastructure, particularly as continued housing development to the south of Chichester will further exacerbate congestion. In the interest of attracting more businesses to the area improvements to the southern road are critical. 

Moving on from the A27 but staying with housing development, Mr Tyrie shared his views on development within the South Downs National Park, which covers three quarters of his constituency.  Current planning permission allows for approx. 75 homes per annum within the CDC part of the National Park. Mr Tyrie questioned whether there was scope to raise the number given the amount of derelict farm buildings that could be set aside for development 

'Banks' continued to form an important line of question from bonuses to how the government could ensure there was better support for small businesses.  Mr Tyrie’s response was banks need more competition, however he also talked about the difficulty of bringing new banks to the market and the need for change to legislation to make this possible.  He used the example of the insurance industry, which before Direct Line entered the market, was much like the current banking system.  Direct Line changed the game through launching a search engine that allowed customers to compare products like for like giving visibility of the best deals on the market. There is a current inquiry to see if the same system could be introduced into the banking sector. 

There were many other topics covered over Mr Tyrie’s relaxed and informal talk amongst which was immigration, expressing his view that immigration had a positive impact on the area and the important question should not be how many, but who.

Other topics briefly touched upon were pensions and savings alongside Boris Johnson and the Chichester Festival Theatre. 

Mr Tyrie threw a few party politics in but on the whole he took the opportunity to address the issues effecting local businesses in the room.  The session ended with warm applause and the sounds of a guitar floating in on the breeze coming through the open windows.

By Tracey McEachran, Curious Minds Consulting

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Andrew Tyrie MP speaks to CCCI, an event sponsored by Rathbones

Wednesday, June 08, 2016
The sun was shining and the room was warm both in a sense of the atmosphere and the temperature, all in all a perfect setting for a Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch date at The Chichester Harbour Hotel with MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie. No advance warnings or rehearsa ..

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In My View…the A27

Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, May 19, 2016

Like a slow moving juggernaut (pardon the pun), the plans for the A27 improvements are creeping ever slowly forward.  If you have a business in the Chichester District, decisions being made over the next few months will impact you and potentially your customers. 

And it is a very hot topic at the Chamber right now.  The latest update is that the northern route option has been dropped (http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/confirmed-northern-a27-route-dropped-1-7253056 ), which has really focussed our minds on what the improvement plan will look like for the existing road.

It is complex. A major challenge for business owners is not having the time to sift through the facts and figures and make sense of it all: they’re too busy running their own businesses. For example, Highways England have published a business case for the improvements, although I’ve no idea what this means to my own business, do you?

http://www.highways.gov.uk/publications/a27-chichester-improvement-business-case/

Answers on a postcard please.

Next month, Highways England are due to start a public consultation on the four improvement options. The Chamber intends to be a loud voice on behalf of local businesses in the consultation process.  We see our role as a business communicator – distilling and distributing information about the plans to local businesses.

So, this is our call to action for local business owners.  Whether you are a Chamber member or not, get in touch with us now to contribute, be part of the debate or just to stay informed: office@chichestercci.org.uk

The juggernaut of change is speeding up. Decisions being made about the A27 improvements over the next few months, will affect how people access (or bypass) Chichester for the next 40 years or so. It is really vital that the local business voice is heard.  Get in touch. For information about Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or any of the above initiatives, please visit www.chichestercci.org.uk or contact office@chichestercci.org.uk

Jason Miller, Director of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and SteadyGo

In My View…the A27

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Like a slow moving juggernaut (pardon the pun), the plans for the A27 improvements are creeping ever slowly forward. If you have a business in the Chichester District, decisions being made over the next few months will impact you and potentially your customers. And it is a very hot topic  ..

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In My View... Give Chichester and the surrounding area the Power to Grow

Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, April 21, 2016

There has been much in the news recently regarding the A27 - are we having a northern bypass or not - will the money go elsewhere - is improving the present infrastructure enough for the region - has the whole process been a shambles?  As the key voice for business in the region, representing a huge array of sectors mirroring the diversity of Chichester itself - land, marine, horticulture, manufacturing, start-ups, micro businesses and tourism - Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has seen itself at the forefront of this issue. 

CCCI were the first collaborative body to be consulted by Mott MacDonald in October 2015.  They spoke to the Chamber membership about the options for the A27, which at the time included a northern bypass route.  Following this meeting the board of directors were asked to be part of the ‘Consultation Land Use and Economic Development Impact Assessment Study’.  All Chamber members were asked to contribute to this study and feedback was made by outgoing Chair, Louise Hopkins.  We have also seen several campaigning groups speak to our membership about the different options and consulted with a variety of businesses about the impact of changes, or not, to the current A27.

As Chichester still waits for information on the proposed improvements and dates for the consultation, CCCI continue to lobby for a road which can service the rapidly increased demands on the infrastructure of Chichester and which will allow this region to economically grow.  It has been said already, but Chichester businesses recognise that if we cannot agree on a solution we will lose this vital opportunity and momentum to put right a problem which is only going to get worst.  CCCI continue to liaise with key businesses in the area to lobby these points - I look forward to updating you soon on a planned forum event.  Let’s make our powerful economic voice heard!

For information about Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or any of the above initiatives, please visit www.chichestercci.org.uk or contact office@chichestercci.org.uk

Helen Reeve, Business Development Director of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

In My View... Give Chichester and the surrounding area the Power to Grow

Thursday, April 21, 2016
There has been much in the news recently regarding the A27 - are we having a northern bypass or not - will the money go elsewhere - is improving the present infrastructure enough for the region - has the whole process been a shambles? As the key voice for business in the region, representing a  ..

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In My View... In 2025, BT will be switching off the ISDN Network…

Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, March 24, 2016

ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is the transmission of voice and data traffic over telephone copper wires. In 2025, businesses will no longer be able to use any systems that use the ISDN networks. If your current traditional telephony contract is up for renewal soon, now is the time to start exploring the benefits and opportunities of VoIP and SIP technologies. It might seem a long way off, but now ISDN is becoming a legacy platform, it is likely that the existing network and infrastructure, will begin to disintegrate before the 2025 switch off date.

So what is VoIP and SIP? We like to keep Technology Unravelled, so put simply, VoIP allows you to make free, or very low cost, telephone calls over the Internet.

SIP Trunking is a form of IP telephony and a replacement for ISDN. SIP allows the running of voice calls over your internet connection (also known as VoIP).

There are currently 3.2 million ISDN channels active in the UK. Any business which doesn’t move away from legacy networks, will become severely limited in their usability, business continuity and service quality.

Top 5 benefits of SIP & VoIP

  1. Cost – Significantly cheaper external and international calls and line rental, free intra-site calls.
  2. Flexibility – Phone lines aren’t tied to any specific geographical location. Remote workers are able to use VoIP anywhere with internet connection including mobiles.
  3. Disaster Recovery Solutions - Can forward calls to a number of different lines in the event of as disaster e.g. data breach, accident, fire.
  4. Scalability – As your business evolves, VoIP can be scaled up or down, adding more lines to your business. Phone systems and handsets also need to support VoIP (your service provider will be able to help you with this.)
  5. Easy installation – 48 hours (in comparison to 6 weeks for ISDN installation!)

The switch off will happen… so don’t leave your business continuity in jeopardy, be sure to speak to your managed service provider shortly about your next steps to VoIP technology.

For information about Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or any of the above initiatives, please visit www.chichestercci.org.uk or contact office@chichestercci.org.uk

Luke Mead, Director of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and LMS Group

In My View... In 2025, BT will be switching off the ISDN Network…

Thursday, March 24, 2016
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is the transmission of voice and data traffic over telephone copper wires. In 2025, businesses will no longer be able to use any systems that use the ISDN networks. If your current traditional telephony contract is up for renewal soon, now is the time t ..

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In my view… It could be you!

Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, February 25, 2016

I have been in the driving seat of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI Ltd) for 2 and a half years and prior, was Vice President for four years. Catching a glance in the rear view mirror I realise how busy it’s been and how much has been achieved!

It seems a good time to relaunch the Chamber of Commerce with new branding, a new video to show new and prospective members what we get up to - and with a different approach to events and meetings, all as a result of member research over the last few years.

I’ve had first-hand experience of the Chamber’s influence; sitting on boards and committees on behalf of businesses in the District. We certainly have our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in our area. We also have some great supporters among the larger companies in our membership including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Goodwood, West Sussex Growers, Chichester College, the University of Chichester and Stagecoach, to name a few, as well as superb interaction and engagement from smaller and micro businesses. 

So, it is with a heavy heart that the time has come for me to resign. The Chamber has been a significant part of my life for a long time and I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, in particular our members, for enabling me to help affect change and development on their behalf.  I appreciate the support the Board of Directors has given me over the last couple of years - as well as running our own businesses, we’re running this business!  

The tenure of Directors is just three years, to ensure everyone gets a turn and to keep the thinking fresh and so for timing reasons, there are places currently vacant on the Board – should you be interested! We also need a new Chair!

Could it be you? It’s a chance to raise your profile, make connections, lead the way and feel proud of being a part of something that continues to make a difference. There’s still more to be done! 

Any interest should be registered via admin@chichestercci.org.uk and you can see what we get up to at www.chichestercci.org.uk.

Louise Hopkins, Current Chair of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Director Recenseo

In my view… It could be you!

Thursday, February 25, 2016
I have been in the driving seat of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI Ltd) for 2 and a half years and prior, was Vice President for four years. Catching a glance in the rear view mirror I realise how busy it’s been and how much has been achieved! It seems a good time to  ..

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In My View.....Looking ahead for Chichester Chamber of Commerce in 2016

Office Chichester Chamber - Friday, December 18, 2015

I’ve said before: all organisations - private, public and charity sector - need to constantly evolve or they will stagnate and get left behind. And this is no less the case for Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As with any business, it is vital to our existence that we look to the future and consider how our member (customer) demands on us are changing and will change going forwards. Over the last few months we have revisited member research, re-evaluated our competitive marketplace and reviewed our strategy as a Chamber of Commerce.

As a noisy local chamber, we represent organisations throughout and across our District and beyond, with members hailing from as far as Fernhurst, Littlehampton and Farlington. So we are not without influence!  We already offer a variety of interesting networking and events and we’re expanding these in 2016 to include more advice and new business opportunities. But it is also our role to drive a thriving and committed group of members to be the true voice of Chichester business people, supporting our community and economy. 

As a powerful mouthpiece for Chichester and beyond, we continue to represent our members’ interests – and potential members’ - to key stakeholders and influencers in the region on a host of issues which affect us. Not just a networking organisation, Chichester Chamber is already a valuable consultee for the A27 Chichester Bypass, for the proposed Gatwick expansion and for the ongoing challenge of maintaining commercial land within the district for growing businesses and to aid employment. We have also recently added our weight behind the new District Council-lead Chichester City Vision project.  All of these directly impact on our regional economy and present real opportunities for Chichester Chamber members to engage on the future and function of the City and its surrounds over the next 20 years.

These interests are formalised in our Public Affairs Agenda being launched in January 2016, which covers four key areas and aims to: Keep Chichester Moving, Give Chichester the Powers to Grow, Maintain a Skilled Workforce and Ensure Chichester’s Economic Future.

We’re putting our marque on this with a new look for the Chamber from January to represent our modern and progressive approach to business in Chichester District. Why not join us?

Louise Hopkins, Chairman CCCI Ltd and Director, Recenseo

In My View.....Looking ahead for Chichester Chamber of Commerce in 2016

Friday, December 18, 2015
I’ve said before: all organisations - private, public and charity sector - need to constantly evolve or they will stagnate and get left behind. And this is no less the case for Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As with any business, it is vital to our existence that we look  ..

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Hop and Hemp Trading Ltd receives on-going support from the Business Navigator signposting service

Office Chichester Chamber - Friday, December 04, 2015

Nathaniel Loxley founded Hop & Hemp Trading Ltd in September 2014 to cultivate interesting and sustainable natural local products and raw materials for the UK market.

His project aims at producing naturally grown hemp seed products which are oil rich sources of Essential Fatty Acids. Used in a variety of applications including; culinary products, animal feed, fishing bait and feedstock. As production manager Nathaniel ensures that the products are produced to the highest standards.

Originally introduced to the Business Navigator Service during its pilot year in May 2015, Nathaniel has continued to update the service on his progress and receive further support.

He has previously received support from the Prince’s Trust and following on from his Navigator conversations, has since been referred to and supported by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform programme. In October 2015, Marsha Robert from the local Business Navigator team based in Shoreham, sent Nathan details about the Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain LEADER grant fund and referred to Richard Chalk. After a very positive conversation with Richard, Nathaniel is now ready to submit an application for the funds.

Nathaniel is grateful for the support offered through the Navigator Service and is looking forward to discussing his business plans further.

Keep up to date on Nathaniel’s progress via Twitter: https://twitter.com/HopandHemp and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopandhemp/

Chichester Chamber, alongside Worthing & Adur and Brighton Chambers of Commerce, are working with the Business Navigator Growth Hub to help businesses access grants, funding and other practical support. It’s a free service too so there are no costs involved.  

Claire Atkinson is the Business Navigator for Brighton through to Chichester. To get in touch with her, call 07912 894409 or email clairea@prevista.co.uk. 

 

Hop and Hemp Trading Ltd receives on-going support from the Business Navigator signposting service

Friday, December 04, 2015
Nathaniel Loxley founded Hop & Hemp Trading Ltd in September 2014 to cultivate interesting and sustainable natural local products and raw materials for the UK market. His project aims at producing naturally grown hemp seed products which are oil rich sources of Essential Fatty Acids. Use ..

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In My View...It’s the Start of Something New

Office Chichester Chamber - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

At my interview for the job of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Development Director, the Chair Louise Hopkins asked me: “Have you ever been to a Chichester Chamber event?” and my answer was “no”.  “Lovely to meet you all and thank you for interviewing me” was my thought, however my honesty was appreciated. 

Despite having lived in Chichester for nearly 10 years, 20 on and off, and starting my own business in 2014, I had never been a member of the Chichester Chamber.                    

So, starting in the role four weeks ago, I had to ask myself “Why join the Chichester Chamber” and the answer was there when I went to my first evening network meeting in September at Cobnor Activity Centre, Chidham.  What a fantastic membership of local businesses – connecting, supporting, growing - being part of Chichester’s business community.

And now to the next 4 weeks, 1 year, 10 years, 20 years!  This is a fantastic opportunity to drive a thriving and committed group of members to be the true voice of Chichester business people, supporting our community and economy.  And how are we going to do this?

  • A fresh new look for the Chamber- a new brand and logo for the Chichester Chamber that will represent our modern and progressive approach to businesses in Chichester.
  • A powerful voice for Chichester - we need to continue to represent the interest of our member, or potential members, to key business stakeholders and influencers in Chichester
  • Expand our offering - we already have fantastic networking and event opportunities but in 2016 we shall expand this to offer more advice and new business opportunities for our members.

We cannot wait to share our exciting new agenda with you in January 2016 – in the meantime come and meet us at one of our up-and-coming events or give me a call or email the office.  Chichester has so much to offer, so much to support and so much to give – I cannot wait to be part of its future.

Helen Reeve Business Development Director, Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry

In My View...It’s the Start of Something New

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
At my interview for the job of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Development Director, the Chair Louise Hopkins asked me: “Have you ever been to a Chichester Chamber event?” and my answer was “no”. “Lovely to meet you all and thank you for interv ..

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In My View...A resignation is a catalyst for change

Office Chichester Chamber - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

All organisations without exception need to evolve or they will stagnate and get left behind. Not only should you keep tabs on changes within your marketplace, but when anyone moves on from a role, it presents an opportunity for change that is often more powerful than is initially obvious. And so we have grasped this opportunity at Chichester Chamber of Commerce.

We are currently saying goodbye to Julie Harrison, the Business Development Manager here at Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Julie has been the formidable face of the Chamber for eleven years and it would not be an exaggeration to say that her resignation has shaken up both members and the Board, alike. 

Since announcing her departure, we have received a plethora of moving emails and comments from members, contacts and partners alike, exclaiming their disappointment that Julie’s leaving and passing on their well-wishes.

However, as a membership organisation run by businesses for businesses, amid the disappointment that comes with the resignation of an excellent employee, we saw an opportunity for change which Julie, as the consummate professional, has helped us with.  What started as ‘simply’ replacing a Business Development Manager, has become a mammoth review of everything we do and deliver.

And we mustn’t lose sight of our role as a membership organisation; it is vital that we introduce not just someone who can do the job, but someone who is right for the role – and right for our members.  Thankfully, we have found that person and will be introducing our new Business Development Director in our column next month.

That leaves me to sign off with the acknowledgement that Julie Harrison has been a well-loved, formidable and professional representative of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and she will be very sorely missed. We all wish her well in her next venture.

Louise Hopkins,  Chair of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Director Recenseo

In My View...A resignation is a catalyst for change

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
All organisations without exception need to evolve or they will stagnate and get left behind. Not only should you keep tabs on changes within your marketplace, but when anyone moves on from a role, it presents an opportunity for change that is often more powerful than is initially obvious. And s ..

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