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  • 02 March 2017 10:21 AM | Tracie Davey

    The National Minimum and National Living Wage are going up on 1 April 2017

    Both the National Living and the National Minimum wage are going up on 1 April 2017. By law you must pay workers at least the appropriate National Living or National Minimum Wage depending on their age and whether they’re an apprentice. The rates are outline below and click here to find out more information.


    25 & over

    21 to 24

    18 to 20

    Under 18


    1 October 2016 (current rate)






    1 April 2017






    As an employer you have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different legal National Minimum and Living Wage rates. If you need more information about the legal requirements then you can seek advice from

    Even if you are paying the correct minimum rates you should be aware of some common mistakes made when calculating worker’s wages which can result in not complying with the law. Examples include:

    Paying staff at the wrong rate by failing to implement annual rate increases, missing birthdays and therefore not moving workers from one age band to another or making errors in applying the apprentice rates. For example, apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate only if they’re either aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.  So an apprentice aged 22 in the second year of their apprenticeship, for example is entitled to the higher minimum hourly rate for their age band.

    Making deductions or payments connected to the job, which take pay below the legal rates. For example, asking staff to pay for uniforms, tools and safety clothing.

    Including tips, shift allowances or bonuses as a part of staff pay.

    Unpaid working time, which essentially are additional hours worked but not paid. These can be regular periods of time such as time spent helping to shut up shop or clear security after an employee’s shift has ended. They can also be longer periods spent training or ‘down time’ waiting for example.  Other common unpaid working time errors include travelling time if it’s in connection with the worker’s job, such as between assignments.

    Worker status errors by mistakenly (or intentionally) treating workers as either volunteers, or self-employed.  Whilst genuine volunteers and self-employed aren’t entitled to the National Minimum or National Living Wage, workers are sometimes being treated as such in order to circumvent legal employer responsibilities. 

    The Government is committed to ensuring all employers are compliant with minimum wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it and will spend a record £25.3 million on enforcement over the next year.

    If HMRC finds that an employer hasn’t paid the National Minimum or Living Wage the employer will have to pay any arrears to the worker together with a penalty. The employer may also be named in the media. Last year HMRC helped over 58,000 workers who received arrears totalling £10.3m.

  • 02 March 2017 10:12 AM | Tracie Davey

  • 02 March 2017 9:59 AM | Tracie Davey

    Best of Both Worlds - with property expert Lucy Alexander (From Homes Under The Hammer)

    Are you looking to move out of the urban jungle to the quiet of countryside? Or have you had your fill of the countryside and you’re looking for a slice of city action? What if you could find somewhere that gives you the perfect mix of city and country living?

    We’re looking for house-hunters to take part in Best of Both Worlds, a new Channel 4 series, with property expert, Lucy Alexander.

    If you want to know more about getting our help to find your dream home in the best possible location, Raise the Roof Productions would love to hear from you.

    For more information send an email with your details to bobw or call 0141 427 5880

    Raise the Roof Productions will process your personal data in accordance with their privacy policy. Applicants should also be aware that expressions of interest are not a guarantee of taking part.

    Below is a link to both Raise the Roof Productions and Channel 4’s take part website.

  • 02 March 2017 9:46 AM | Tracie Davey

    Wickers Gymnastics Club Open Day - 26th March 2017

    Wickers will be hosting an open day on the 26th of March for everyone who is a non member to the club. If you are on our waiting list or would just like to have a go contact us to book your slot. These will be 1 hour sessions and will include a pulse raiser, a stretch and then a go on the equipment. All sessions will be coached by a qualified British gymnastics coach.

    Sessions are £5 

    Time slots are as follows
    10am-11am 4-6 years
    11am-12am 7 years and over

    To book call us on 01903 752503 

    Please provide your child's name, age and contact details. Sessions slots may fill fast to they may be subject to availability. Payment must be made to book your slot.

  • 02 March 2017 9:41 AM | Tracie Davey

    The West Sussex Health and Life Sciences Cluster March Update

    Health and Life Sciences

    Can you spare 10 minutes to assist us with our skills challenges and business support survey?

    WSHLSCWe are trying to better understand the issues faced by businesses in your sector and we hope that the results of our survey will help us identify possible solutions to the issues that are raised.  Your experience is vital to shaping services and support fit to meet your needs.  If areas such as access to funding, challenges around capacity, entering new markets or recruiting staff are familiar challenges, participating in this survey will help us ensure that planned investment in support is right for you.

    Marketing Means is in the process of engaging with companies, please contribute to the survey to allow us to make informed choices about how we can assist you.

    If you would like to participate in the survey, and have not been contacted yet, please email

    Innovation SouthInnovation South Science and Innovation Audit Bioscience Workshop March 21st, 12-2 in Horsham or Crawley (tbc)

    Bioscience stakeholders are invited to take part in a discussion as part of a Government endorsed project to help shape local and national investment in innovation in Bioscience.

    “Innovation South”, a consortium of businesses, universities, and local enterprise partnerships in the South of England, invites you to take part in a workshop event to help drive growth and digital innovation in *Bioscience in the South of England.

    The Government has asked “Innovation South” to identify our region’s innovation strengths in *Digital Enabling Technologies, and investigate their potential for driving innovation and new growth opportunities.

    Why should you come? The workshop aims to:  

    • Identify areas of global competitive advantage in your sector
    • Help to strengthen future bids for inward investment & export contracts
    • Help make a powerful case for championing and promoting the South of England and its businesses at home and internationally as a go-to region for enterprising innovation
    • Define innovation priorities     

    Lunch will be provided. For more information and booking please click here.

    Coastal STEMfestCoastal STEMfest 2017 Launches at Ricardo, Shoreham

    Coastal STEMfest now in its second year, launched on February 7th at Ricardo, Shoreham.

    Secondary school teachers, careers advisors, local authority and higher education staff were brought together to discuss STEM skills in the local economy.

    The two month long festival provides an extensive programme of activities to enthuse and inspire students to pursue STEM careers. The festival culminates in a Big Bang@Butlins on March 14th with several of our cluster members set to participate.

    If you are interested in becoming involved in Coastal STEMfest please contact

    NuffieldChange someone's life in one summer by becoming a Nuffield Placement Provider

    Nuffield Placements (NP) place Year 12 students (16-17 years olds) in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) organisations for 4-6 weeks. The placements provide students with the invaluable experience of working alongside STEM professionals in a real work environment. 

    Organisations are not required to make any financial commitment and the benefits for organisations are considerable. In return for some supervision and guidance, students can work to a high standard on different types of projects and make significant contributions to organisations.  Work carried out by students often leads to published papers and can be used as the basis for grant applications. Students can also help staff members develop their own teaching and mentoring skills, and can contribute to organisational corporate social responsibility. 

    Cluster members Deltex Medical and GSK already participate in the scheme. Lee Linfield, Production Team Leader at Deltex Medical said 

    “I am continually surprised by the students’ work ethic and capability. Not only with the projects carried out at Deltex but also during the presentation evening when you see all the projects. For students their age to do such advanced work in a fairly short amount of time is amazing.”

    Ali Khan, Early Talent Adivisor at GSK likewise cited benefits for his organisation in regards to students offering a fresh perspective.

     “Fresh eyes, we can take a lot from the students…with students it’s all new and everything is questioned…it’s a great way to find improvements.” 

    Full case studies for GSK and Deltex Medical can be found here.

    For more information, please contact STEM Sussex, the regional co-ordinators. Please call us on 01273 644178, email or visit the Nuffield area for employers website.  

    Cogent skills

    Science Industry Partnership launches Action Plan to ensure the supply of 260,000 new scientific entrants required through to 2025

    Its Action Plan is aimed at attracting these numbers and at ensuring a globally competitive science industry sector – which includes life sciences, medical technologies, bio-technology, chemicals and advanced materials. It sets out to meet a number of objectives from raising Standards and embedding vocational skills in the education system, to upskilling the current workforce and promoting the wide variety of exciting STEM careers on offer.

    To read the more information on the Action Plan please click here.

    Responsible Research in PracticeResponsible Research in Practice offers Cluster Members Reduced Priced Workshop 

    Cluster member Responsible Research in Practice has offered other cluster members the opportunity to host a 'Bioscientists guide to RI' workshop for the reduced price of £500 plus travel.

    This half-day workshop for researchers at any stages of their research career, will provide an introduction to research integrity and responsible conduct in the context of biomedical/life science disciplines. We will discuss what research integrity is and what this means in daily practice.  The session will include a mix of presented content, workshop activity and group discussion designed to make the session interesting, engaging and interactive, whilst also providing an opportunity for self-reflection. Attendees will gain an improved understanding of what RI is and the key issues currently facing biomedical/life science researchers will be highlighted. Tools and resources that are available to support researchers to avoid or address these issues in their own research practice will be promoted, enabling every individual to take responsibility and be accountable for their own research conduct with renewed confidence

    ToastmastersCommunication and Leadership Skills Training

    Would you or your staff benefit from communication and leadership training? Do you meet regularly with clients and need help making presentations or taking meetings? Are you looking for a low cost solution for employee skill-building?

    Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members learning through doing, by attending club meetings. Clubs are either community based or work-place clubs. Clubs worldwide are supported by e.g. Merck, Fisher Clinical, Pfizer and GSK. We have clubs across West Sussex, at Gatwick, Worthing, Chichester and in Horsham, at Fisher-Clinical.  Guests are warmly welcomed at our clubs.

    More information on the Toastmasters on the West Sussex offer can be found HERE.

  • 02 March 2017 9:30 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!

    Mobile 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 location 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.

    Digital age security services for Sussex from a local company.


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    Avantguard Security Ltd

    Littlehampton Business Centre

    10 East Street, Littlehampton

    West Sussex BN17 6AW

    01903 890261

  • 16 February 2017 11:02 AM | Tracie Davey

    Your round-up of the latest manufacturing news from Tenkay Electronics 

    UK manufacturing 'firing on all cylinders' amid record jump in competitiveness

    British manufacturers are "firing on all cylinders", as the weaker pound drove the biggest increase in UK competitiveness in non-EU markets on record, according to the Confederation of British Industry ...



    UK car output reaches 17-year high on export growth

    The number of cars made in the UK reached a 17-year high last year, according to the industry's trade body ...


    Where now for UK manufacturing?

    Following the Prime Minister’s clarification on the UK’s likely post-Brexit relationship with the EU, Britain’s manufacturing sector will be looking to determine what the future holds in store outside the single market ...


    Record rise in import costs dents growth in UK manufacturing

    A record rise in the cost of imports in January has taken the shine off a strong performance by the manufacturing sector, which has rebounded since the Brexit vote to record its sixth consecutive months of expanding output ...


    Bridging the technical skills gap in manufacturing

    British manufacturing is facing a major skills shortage and according to the EEF Skills Report 2016, technical ability and understanding of new software are among the top gaps in the industry ...

  • 16 February 2017 11:00 AM | Tracie Davey


    A LEAP forward for local businesses with Small Business Grants 

    Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP)

    A new grant scheme for small businesses and apprenticeships is being introduced by Adur & Worthing Councils, offering grants of up to £2.5K until the end of September 2017.

    Part of a West Sussex-wide scheme, known as the Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP), there is approximately £71,000 available for businesses located in Adur and a similar amount for businesses based in Worthing.

    The scheme recognises the vital role that small businesses play in the local economy and the particular difficulties that micro businesses (those with up to 10 employees) can face in accessing funds to help them grow and take on staff. Small businesses (up to 50 employees) can face similar difficulties when looking to take on an apprentice or provide apprenticeship opportunities for existing staff, and these are the type of businesses this scheme is designed to help.

    How to Apply?
    Come along to Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce's Networking Breakfast on 24th March at 7.30am to understand the criteria and information on what will be accepted for the grants. Click here to Register for the event 

    About these grants
    The scheme is being delivered by the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership and businesses will be on the Awards Panel, helping to decide which applications are successful.

    Small Business Grants
    The Small Business Grant is available to local micro businesses of up to 10 employees and the Councils are offering grants of up to £2,500 which you will need to match fund. For example, if you want to purchase some equipment that costs £1,500 you can apply for £750 from the grant fund and source the additional £750 needed from your own funds.

    You must be able to demonstrate how the project will develop or establish your business and what difference it will make.

    Apprenticeship Grants
    The Apprenticeship Grant is available to small businesses of up to 50 employees and the Councils are offering grants of £1,500 to match funding currently available from the Government.

    For more information about the grants, guidance notes and application forms please click here

  • 16 February 2017 10:52 AM | Tracie Davey

    Lancing GP Team Event 

    Teamsport Indoor Karting will host a Lancing Business Park race. This will be a team event consisting of about 3-4 drivers per team racing to represent your company and win your business free entry to the next Lancing Grand Prix! It really is fun on 4 wheels.

    Date: Thursday 9th March 
    Cost: £99 Per team    

    15 minute Practice
    10 minute Qualifier
    90 Minute Race

    Time:19:00 Arrival: 19:30 Race

    The bar will be open through the night for drinks and hot and cold food.

    Get involved and have a great night with us. Give us a call on 07854 228521 or email for more information.

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