Chichester Chamber Blog

In My View… Staff and business benefits in the New Year?

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ebenezer Scrooge, from Charles Dickens’ story ‘A Christmas Carol’, was an inconsiderate, miserly and very demanding boss. His drive for results is legendary and, unfortunately, this came at the expense of his only employee, Bob Cratchit. Bob had to work long hours in a col ..

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In My View… Why you should join the Board of the local Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Every now and then opportunities arise to become a member of this select group of individuals who work as a team to ensure the ongoing sustainability, growth and strength of the Chamber. I was asked to join the Board of Chichester Chamber of Commerce two years ago and welcomed the opportunity.  ..

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In My View…The Cost of Childcare

Thursday, October 25, 2018
I was interested to read some new research commissioned by Yoopies on the impact that the Government’s 30 hours of free childcare is having on working parents. I was, however, particularly struck by the impact this is having in Chichester… As a working mother to two yo ..

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In My View: Are your employees switched on?

Thursday, September 20, 2018
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UK’s Working Time Regulations which include the rules on how many hours people can work, the number and length of rest breaks, and paid annual holiday. But how relevant is this in today’s digital world? Although emails and texts w ..

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In my view: Making Tax Digital (MTD) update

Thursday, August 23, 2018
HMRC's pilot of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax has been extended and is now able to accept quarterly updates from individual landlords with simple tax affairs. Agents can also sign up clients to pilot. The latest extension means that certain taxpayers will be able to opt out of the cu ..

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In my view: We can all be a great support to one another!

Thursday, July 19, 2018
We at CCCI held a very interesting and interactive lunch earlier in the year with our MP Gillian Keegan. One of the discussion points was over the lack of support for people in the first year of business or at the start-up stage of a business. Although it was acknowledged that there is some su ..

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'In My View'... Spring Clean your Business

Thursday, April 26, 2018
There’s been some sad news over the last few months with the demise of a few larger businesses nationally, such as Carillion and Toys R Us, due to changing market conditions and buying habits. Of course, it’s not just the main businesses themselves that go under, it’s also tho ..

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'In My View'... Are small businesses putting themselves at risk?

Thursday, March 29, 2018
I recently read an article reporting that in 2016 there were 5.5 million small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK, employing 15.7 million people and generating an annual turnover of more than £1.8 trillion. This is a huge sector and you would think it would keep business advis ..

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'In My View'... Connectivity is the key to successful businesses

Thursday, March 01, 2018
As the country delves more deeply into the messy business of divorce from the European Union, the importance of building our economy through organic growth is even more vital. Those of us living in more rural areas appreciate the significance of the small business. In Chichester, of the 7,300  ..

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In My View… Reflecting on Changes

Friday, December 15, 2017
Having returned to CCCI in July 2017, where I originally worked from 2004 to 2015, I have found myself reflecting on the many changes during that time. When changes occur, it is very easy to talk down a city like Chichester and this is something we mustn’t do; otherwise those negative  ..

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