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Important announcements and general Business Park news will be regularly posted on this page. The very latest information will also be available in various places around the website and on facebook & twitter.
  • 29 June 2017 10:59 AM | Tracie Davey

    The West Sussex Health and Life Sciences Cluster June Update

    Welcome to the latest news update, keeping you informed about the health and life sciences initiatives we are progressing, highlighting relevant sector events and opportunities, and updating you on the exciting things that are happening in the county.

    Workforce Skills and STEM

    webinarListen to the latest Apprenticeship Skills Reform information from your office on August 3rd.

    On August 3rd we will partner with Cogent Skills, the sector skills body for the science industries, to stream a free webinar for Cluster companies. The webinar starts at 2pm and the agenda includes:

    • What the apprenticeship reforms mean 
    • The apprenticeship levy and how the funding works for levy-paying and non-levy-paying employers 
    • The transition from frameworks to standards and the requirement for independent end-point assessment 
    • Using apprenticeships for workforce development, realising the potential of existing employees 

    To book your place and access the webinar, please use

    Please note: this webinar is for employers only

    CoastalCoastal STEMFest: 'Setting the Course for Careers in STEM'.

    Coastal STEMfest ran between February and March for a second consecutive year. The purpose of the festival was to inspire local students to pursue careers in STEM. The festival included college STEM evenings, university taster days, in school activities, site visits and the Big Bang@Butlins. 

    Cluster members including GSKInpress Plastics, and Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd took part in the festival, helping to make it a success. 

    Have you ever wondered what a Big Bang actually is? This short video captures both the excitement of the event and the benefits to students and industry alike.

    If you would like more information on Coastal STEMfest and would like to get involved, please go to the Coastal STEMfest website.

    Crawley STEMfestCrawley STEMfest now in its sixth year

    The highly successful Crawley STEMfest is back for its sixth year. The festival launched with an enjoyable and informative evening at Cluster member Welland Medical's facilities in Crawley.

    Crawley STEMfest aims to enthuse and inspire the next generation of young people. The programme matches schools and businesses to develop the tools and techniques that will drive the economy of the future. Included within the programme of events are in-school interactive activities, workshops, a public town centre event, site visits and the Big Bang Fair South East in Ardingly which over 9,000 students will attend.

    For more information and to get involved, please visit the Crawley STEMfest website.

    ConnectionsGetting Scientific with STEM- Raising the Profile of STEM in the County

    Many of you with West Sussex residential addresses will have recently received the latest edition of West Sussex Connections. Page 3 demonstrates our intentions to raise the profile of STEM further to parents and residents. The article provides a summary of some of the exciting things being delivered across the county as we work together to increase the 'science capital' of students and encourage them to consider careers involving these important subjects.

    Thank you to everyone that has been involved in delivering activities across the County.

    For those who have not received a copy of the Connections, you can access the online version here


    Innovate UKInnovation UK Feasibility Funding

    UK businesses can apply for a share of £8.5 million to fund feasibility studies in infrastructure systems or health and life sciences.


    Full details can be found here.


    The deadline for registration is midday June 28th and applications need to be submitted before July 5th.

    Leader logoLEADER Grants available to rural businesses

    LEADER grants are available to small businesses and community groups based in qualifying rural areas of West Sussex, Lewes district and Hayling Island.

    The LEADER funding programme supports job creation and business growth in rural communities.

    Small businesses based in rural areas can apply for grants towards capital investments including purchase of equipment and machinery plus the development of premises.

    Click here to read the full story.

    For further information, eligibility criteria and details on how to apply, visit the Business West Sussex website.

    Or if you would like to discuss your interest first-hand, call the LEADER team on 03302 228001. 

    Activities in the County

    Fisher ClinicalFisher Clinical becomes a chartered Toastmasters Club

    We’re delighted to congratulate Fisher Clinical, Horsham as their corporate Toastmasters Club has been recognized as an official club (chartered). Toastmasters is an international organization promoting low-cost, high value employee skills development in leadership and communication.


    For more information on clubs across West Sussex click here.


    For information on Horsham Toastmasters click here

    eyeNew ‘centre of excellence’ for eye care opens in Shoreham

    A brand new purpose-built ophthalmology department opening in Shoreham will provide access to some of the best ophthalmic assessment and surgical facilities in the country.

    Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands is a new service being launched at Southlands Hospital on Tuesday 27 June, following a multimillion pound investment by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    The full press release can be found here

    Sector News/ Opportunities

    Innovate 2016Showcase your innovative business for free at Innovate 2017

    Innovate UK is offering the opportunity to some highly innovative businesses to showcase their innovation for free in November at Innovate 2017.

    Hosted by Innovate UK, Innovate 2017 is the UK’s leading innovation conference, exhibition and networking event dedicated to innovative UK businesses and features a packed two-day programme that will stimulate opportunities for innovation, export and investment for the UK’s most innovative companies.

    Visit the site for more details.


    The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry have launched ABPI LINC (Library of Initiatives for Novel Collaborations) which is a useful tool that allows academic researchers to search for open opportunities for collaboration with the biopharmaceutical industry.

    To access ABPI LINC click here.

  • 29 June 2017 10:57 AM | Tracie Davey

    Final Salary Pension Advice

    In 2015 the Government implemented changes to how those saving for retirement could take their benefits. This new legislation was widely referred to as Pension Freedoms. 

    These changes did not apply to those whose retirement benefits were held in a Defined Benefit (DB) arrangement, commonly called a Final Salary Pension Scheme.

    As a result there has been huge interest from people with DB benefits in transferring these to a Defined Contribution (DC) arrangement that they can then use to take advantage of Pension Freedoms. There are reports that the number of requests for transfers has tripled since the introduction of pension freedoms. Typical examples of DC arrangements are personal pensions and stakeholder pensions.

    We understand this can be a little daunting and so we’ve put together a summary to help you understand the sorts of things you need to consider carefully before deciding if transferring your DB benefits is right for you.

    Anyone who has DB benefits with a transfer value over £30,000 is required by law to take financial advice before they can transfer to a DC arrangement.

     click here to read more

    Lisa savers reject pensions but could have been mis-sold

    A LISA is a life time saving account which was launched on the 6th of April 2017. Being offered by only a few providers, the LISA is a tax free package that lets you save up to £4,000 every year. This can be cash savings or a stocks and shares version. 

    Read more here
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    Key Information About Inheritance Tax

    Here are some important Key Information about Inheritance Tax

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  • 29 June 2017 10:44 AM | Tracie Davey

    Spencer Wells of Fizz Creations is undertaking a sponsored slim for charity

    The money raised will be split 50/50 between the estate charity The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for ex-servicemen and the Royal Marsden in Sutton who treated my Grandaughter for leukaemia when she was 6 months old and are literally life savers.

    The forfeit should I fail to reach the 3 stone target will be to have all my body hair waxed on Facebook live.

    The event lasts until December at which time I will be re-weighed at the south coast gym who will also monitor my progress.

    Dig deep please for these worthwhile causes.

    You can help spencer wells raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page -

  • 22 June 2017 12:24 PM | Tracie Davey

    Summer of Circus 2017 - Premiere of RISE

    Last Friday, the 2017 Summer of Circus officially launched.
    The sold out evening was spectacular, with standing ovations atInline images 1 the end of the KIN performance.

    For all of you who joined us thank you, and if you missed it, then we have something extra special coming up next month.

    We have the stunning world premiere of RISE at the Pavilion Theatre on Tuesday 18 July at 7.30pm. 

    The show combines tightwire, live music and rich romantic imagery and is going to be brilliant.

    We will have an exclusive post show Q&A in the Pavilion Cafe Bar too, and tickets for the evening are just £10 when you quote CIRCUSCARD online, on the phone or in person.

    Come along and join us and if you can make it please let me know and I can reserve you some of the best seats in the house before they go -

    Full details here:

  • 22 June 2017 10:11 AM | Tracie Davey

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    Manufacturers call for Brexit strategy rethink

    The government should rethink its Brexit strategy, following last week's election, according to the engineering industry organisation, the EEF.


    Aston Martin calls for investment clarity after inconclusive UK election

    British luxury car maker Aston Martin called on politicians to quickly provide rapid reassurances to business so they can continue to invest after a snap election gave no political party an overall majority in parliament.


    Manufacturing managers hope for red tape cut after Election

    A specialist business lending bank has released a survey showing a high majority of factory managers will vote in the June General Election.


    Late Easter hits UK car production

    UK car production fell by 18.2 per cent last month after being affected by the late Easter bank holiday, according to the latest figures.


    Manufacturing leading other sectors for digital transformation

    More than three-quarters of manufacturing managers see digital transformation as the major driver for achieving future business growth, a new international study has revealed.


    Will British Manufacturing Survive The Next Few Years?

    A look at the history books will quickly show how much pride the British had in their massive manufacturing sector. 


  • 22 June 2017 10:10 AM | Tracie Davey

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  • 22 June 2017 10:08 AM | Tracie Davey




    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004


    Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


    The Adur Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination on 20th October 2016. The Examination Hearing sessions took place from 31st January – 8th February 2017.The Inspector has written to the Council to recommend Main Modifications. The Inspector’s letter may be found at:




    The Inspector is inviting comments on the post-submission Main Modifications to the Submission Adur Local Plan. Main Modifications are those which the Inspector considers are necessary to make the plan sound/ legally compliant. Main Modifications are proposed without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusion on the Local Plan which will take account of all representations submitted in response to this consultation. This is not an opportunity to again raise matters relating to other parts of the submitted Local Plan which have already been considered by the Inspector during the Examination. The Inspector will only consider representations from this consultation which relate to the Main Modifications.


    The consultation period will commence 15th June - midnight   26th July 2017.


    Electronic versions of the Main Modifications to the Adur Local Plan can be found on the Council’s website at from 15th June onwards along with response forms and guidance on how to make a representation.


    The Council is also inviting comments on the accompanying Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal of the Adur Local Plan – Proposed Main Modifications (2017). A Schedule of Minor Modifications, which are minor changes to the Plan which do not affect soundness, are also published; however these are for information only and do not form part of the consultation.


    Representations should be made in writing, and can be emailed or posted to the addresses below, by midnight 26th July 2017. Only representations received within this period will be considered by the Inspector; late representations will not be considered.


    Location of Documents for Inspection


    Paper copies of the Main Modifications are available at the following locations for inspection:


    Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5WU  


    Shoreham Library, St Mary’s Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5ZA  


    Lancing Library, Penstone Park, Lancing BN15 9DL  


    Southwick Library, Southdown Road, Southwick, BN42 4FT  


    In addition to providing copies of the said documents in accordance with Regulation 35, reference copies have been placed at Sompting Parish Council (Harriet Johnson Centre, Old School House, Loose Lane, Lancing, BN15 0BG) and Lancing Parish Council (Parish Hall, South Street, Lancing, BN15 8AJ).


    Response forms are available at all the above locations, or from the Council’s website.


    Representations must be received by midnight 26th July 2017 at the following addresses:




    Planning Policy Team, Adur and Worthing Councils, Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1BR


    Or handed in at:


    ·         Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea,  BN43 5WU or

    ·         Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS


    For more information visit:



    Email address for queries:

    or telephone: 01273-263000 and ask for the Adur Planning Policy Team.

  • 22 June 2017 10:06 AM | Tracie Davey


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    At night, do you know what's happening in your factory, office or warehouse? We do.....and we use security audit technology to let you know. Security Patrols are a highly visible and effective deterrent to help protect your building and assets. Our patrol officers make ad-hoc visits to your site on a frequency which suits your needs and budget. As well as being a physical presence, they are always on the lookout for signs of forced entry, fire and flood threats, open doors and windows, vandalism and graffiti.We are trained to look out for the unusual and work with you to keep your people and property safe and secure. 

    Give us a call on 01903 890261 and find out how we can help with security patrols, key holding and alarm response, locking and unlocking buildings, security officers, escorted site access and vacant property inspections.

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  • 22 June 2017 10:04 AM | Tracie Davey

    Book now for your free 1-1 business advisory clinic

    The Business Navigator Service in partnership with Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce invite businesses to attend a free 1-1 business advisory clinic. 

    Next Date: 27th June limited spaces left
    Upcoming Clinic Dates: 18th July & 19th September
    Availability: 12pm -7pm
     Sphere Business Centre, Northbrook College, Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8HJ

    For each one hour advisory session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your growth aspirations with Ryan Davies, Business Navigator. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on a topic of your choice ranging from sales & marketing, access to finance or reaching new customers and new markets.  

    Outcomes from these sessions can range from acquiring business premises, applying for funding, taking on more staff, increasing turnover. The meeting will result in a few simple actions that make a significant difference to your business.

    To book your FREE one hour 1-1 appointment with Ryan please email:

    *Follow up are sessions are available upon request

    About us: The Business Navigator is a government funded business support service that is free for businesses to use. The service can help you grow your business, overcome any barriers to growth and give you impartial access to professional services by linking you to the relevant support.

    To find out more visit or call 0800 977 4146.

  • 15 June 2017 10:25 AM | Tracie Davey

    Clear Your Clutter!

    Donate your unwanted items and help raise vital funds for disabled veterans

    Lancing Business Park’s chosen charity for 2017 is

    The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Worthing where they care for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women. 

    The charity receives no regular Government funding and needs to raise over £1.3 million this year to continue their vital care.

    You can support them simply by donating your unwanted items for their pop-up charity shop stalls which raise thousands of pounds every year.

    They need books, DVDs, bric-a-brac, garden equipment, clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, toys/games, household items & small furniture. 

    (Sorry they can take large pieces of furniture or electrical items)

    All items need to be clean and in good order.


    Why not clear out your clutter and support this vital local charity. 

    What’s more you don’t even have to take the items to a charity shop as they will collect from LBP.  To donate simply take one or more bags home, fill it up and then bring it to work and QAHH will come and collect it from LBP on Tuesday 27th June.

    Thank You!


    Charity Reg No 1072334

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