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  • 27 September 2012 9:32 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    We’re 40...but we don’t look it!

    Parafix Tapes and Conversions Ltd are delighted to be celebrating their 40th year of providing bespoke solutions for industries such as electronics, automotive, aerospace, military & defence, renewable and healthcare. Celebrations are being held next month at Pangdean Barn in Pyecombe. A barn dance and hog roast are being provided for Parafix’s 50+ employees and friends of the company.

    Parafix was formed in 1972 on the South coast of England where the company has grown in both size and capability. Parafix were quickly appointed as a 3M preferred distributor for the local area and over the following years a strong relationship was built, resulting in the current status of being one of only 12 Global Preferred Converters for 3M. Other strong relationships were built and are enjoyed by Parafix; including Preferred Converter status with Rogers and Laird.

    Manufacturing has faced many difficulties over recent years, but Parafix’s commitment to continuous improvement, providing excellent customer service and focus on employee development are examples of their response to the challenging economic climate; which is why, despite the recession, the company has seen steady growth.

    Playing an active part in supporting the local community has also been important to the company and is one of Parafix’s core values; they are keen sponsors of local charities, including the Chestnut Tree House and also sponsor local sports activities including golf, Sussex County Cricket Club and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

    Their community and business efforts have been recognised on a number of occasions, including winning Manufacturer of the Year at the 2010 Worthing Business Awards, winning the Company of the Year trophy at the 2011 Sussex Business Awards and being recognised in the Manufacturer of the Year category at the 2011 Southern Business Awards.

    Steve Barwick, Sales and Marketing Manager, says of their work: “We have a variety of applications and customers we work with at Parafix, there’s always something new and exciting. We have high hopes for the future and perceive us to be just as strong throughout the next 40 years”.

    For more information about Parafix’s history please visit: http://www.parafix.com/en/index.cfm/Our-History/.

     

     

     

  • 20 September 2012 10:31 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Thank you to HR Smart for producing the newsletter with some very useful employment information.

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  • 20 September 2012 10:06 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Volunteers needed to deliver Lancing youth centre vision

    LANCING-BASED charity Electric Storm Youth (ESY) is continuing with plans to build a multi-purpose youth and community centre in the heart of Lancing and is calling for volunteers to help out.

    Local resident Marion Peskett launched ESY after being inspired to make a difference to her community at a Christian conference. It was led by a team from Legacy XS who had established a youth facility and skate park at Benfleet, Essex.

    ESY was formed with a board of directors before East Worthing and Shoreham MP,Tim Loughton agreed to be the group’s Patron.

    Now the group is calling for public support to create the youth and community centre on the site of the former Freshbrook School in the heart of Lancing.

    Seven years on, representatives from ESY are regularly meeting with councillors and officers of the parish, district and county councils to advance the project following the granting of planning permission in August 2011.

    Regular sessions with a growing group of young people continue at Lancing Youth Centre on the first Saturday of each month. These are great fun and include a mix of activities from sport, games, cooking and crafts. The next aim is to employ a youth worker to develop this work and other activities for young people in Lancing and Sompting. This will take place alongside a move to existing premises on the Freshbrook site in North Road, Lancing.

    Fundraising continues with a mix of events taking place including silent auctions, garage sales, car boot sales and concerts featuring a range of local musicians and music groups. ESY has also been successful in receiving grants from organisations including Adur District Council, West Sussex County Local Committee for Adur and Sussex Community Foundation.

    Anyone who would like to find out more about the project, or offer their support can contact Marion Peskett by calling 01903 752842 / 07964 914613 or sending an email to electricstormyouth@gmail.com

    If you can’t get involved with any of the above but still want to help you can volunteer to help at a fundraising event or make a cash donation to ESY. You can donate online at www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/electricstormyouth using your credit or debit card or make a cheque payable to Electric Storm Youth and send it to 34 Seaside Avenue, Lancing, BN15 8BY.

    Further information can be found on www.electricstormyouth.co.uk

  • 10 August 2012 11:33 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Please click here to download newsletter detailing forthcoming work on the A27.

    It is due to start from 17 September to 20 December, and involves improving the drainage system between Dankton Lane and the Adur Viaduct in Lancing, West Sussex.

    We will be repairing defective pipes as well as installing new drainage.  The flooding has contributed to the deterioration of the road surface in some areas, and so drainage improvements will mitigate this.  At the same time, we will also carry out small areas of resurfacing west of Manor Road Roundabout to Busticle Lane, and some technical repairs that are needed.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by these improvements, and will be working both during the daytime and overnight to complete them as quickly as possible.

    We would appreciate it if you are able to share this information both within your organisation and with customers if possible.  Hard copies of the newsletter are available through replying to this email address to confirm how many you would like, and the address for them to be sent to.

    The programme of works is complex and subject to change, and so we would like to provide email updates to residents and businesses throughout the works to ensure that you have clear information on what will happen when.  This will also give details of what arrangements we are making to ensure that access is maintained for you, and give the contact numbers for our staff on site to help with any queries that you have relating to access.

    If you would like to receive this information, please reply to this email and we will add your email address to our distribution list for updates.

    In addition, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Line on 0845 6000414, or write to us at either area4@bbmmjv.com or Highways Agency, c/o Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, 10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AR.

    Communications Team
    On behalf of the Highways Agency

  • 26 July 2012 9:42 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    The HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit scheme is a many splendoured thing. By incentivising companies to undertake research and development to improve the products and services they supply, it paves the way for more and more companies to benefit, helping to generate a stronger UK economy.

    The trick is not to put off dipping that first toe in the water. Which is where you come in.

    It’s a common misconception that R&D Credits are just for companies that have developed groundbreaking new products. Not true! The fact is that any activity which a company carries out to improve an existing product, process or service makes it eligible for an R&D Tax Credit.

    Take the successful claim made by mens’ hire business ACS Clothing Ltd, based in Glasgow. The claim was based on their investment in developing new computer software to improve product handling. The software helped accelerate the speed at which garments were brought in, cleaned and then re-distributed, providing a better service to their many clothing-retailer clients throughout the UK. But it didn’t end there…

    The advances ACS Clothing made with one piece of processing software had a knock-on effect that stretched far beyond Glasgow, leading to efficiency improvements in the many UK-based clothing companies that they supply.

    That’s typical of how the organic process we call progress works and demonstrates just how important a role small, efficient companies play in creating a stable economy. No wonder HMRC allows SMEs to claim Tax Credits at a better rate than larger companies.

    Who is eligible?

    The Government's R&D tax credits scheme isn't just for companies with R&D departments and men in white coats.

    Indeed, you may be surprised to discover that any company that spends money trying to improve a product or service through a technological advance, using qualified staff and appropriate project controls, and where there's doubt about the project's success, is likely to be eligible.

    Over 6,600 SMEs and 1,760 Large Companies are already claiming more than £980m each year in R&D tax relief from HMRC, but many more thousands aren't. Is your company one of them?

    To find out more about R & D tax credits and how may be able to claim, please contact Auditel in Brooklands House, Marlborough Road for a no obligation discussion on 01903 680002.

  • 19 July 2012 1:07 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    This week saw the start of preparations for the Sussex County F.A. 2012-2013 Senior Cup competition with draws taking place for the first two rounds.

    It heralds the start of a three year sponsorship deal that will rename the trophy as The Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.  Colin Wills, a director at Parafix, carried out the draw along with Ken Benham, Chief Executive of the Sussex F.A. and said “We are very proud to be associated with such a long standing and respected football competition within Sussex.  Many of our own staff and those from our customers and suppliers will have the opportunity to play in it or support their local teams.  I look forward to watching as many of the matches as I can, throughout the season.”

    For the first time, the draw was reported live on Twitter as the balls were pulled out of the bag.  There were many positive comments from the clubs and supporters who were waiting to hear the fate of their teams.

    For details of all the fixtures, please go to http://www.sussexfa.com/cups/2012-2013/parafix-sussex-senior-challenge-cup/fixtures#round-1
  • 22 June 2012 11:00 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Dear Stakeholder,

    I am writing to advise you that following the 12 week community consultation period that ended on 6th May, there is another opportunity for the community to have their say on the Rampion proposals. We will publish our draft Environmental Statement (ES) and launch a consultation period for statutory bodies, Local Authorities, Landowners and the wider public, commencing on Wednesday 13th June.  This consultation is about the same Rampion proposals, but with more detailed information available in the draft ES.

    The original community consultation featured 12 public exhibitions across Sussex and generated huge interest, attracting over 4,500 visitors from the local community and generating around 1,500 consultation responses commenting on the proposals.  As part of this response, some non-statutory organisations with a keen interest in the Rampion project asked for more time to consider the proposals in greater detail, once the draft ES was published.

    We’ve been really impressed with the level of interest during the community consultation which generated a thirst for knowledge about the Rampion project.

    In response to this growing interest, I’m pleased to announce that this statutory and public consultation period will be extended to eight weeks, doubling the statutory requirement of 28 days, to offer time to consider the proposals in greater detail now that the draft ES is available.  In addition, I can confirm that the draft ES will be made available to the public at www.eon-uk.com/rampion from Wednesday and will be on display at six council offices, as follows:


    • Adur District Council Offices Help Point Ham Road Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6PR
    • Horsham District Town Hall Park House, North Street Horsham, RH12 1RL
    • Worthing Borough Council Offices, Portland House Worthing, BN11 1LF
    • Mid Sussex District Planning Offices, Oaklands Road Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS
    • Brighton & Hove City Council Offices, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove
    • East SussexCounty, Council Offices, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QE

    Any responses to the public consultation should be sent to E.ON in writing only, by email to rampion@eon.com or by post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM, by no later than Wednesday 8th August.

    This information is also being publicised in a statutory notice published in several regional newspapers.

    This is the largest consultation E.ON has ever undertaken on any project.  Having doubled this additional consultation to eight weeks to allow more detailed discussions with the public and stakeholder groups, this brings the total period of consultation to 20 weeks with the community and wider public consultation combined.

    We’ll carefully analyse feedback received from both parts of the consultation and consider what changes may be required to the proposals before any final application is made.

    As well as having this additional opportunity to have their say on the draft Environmental Statement, everyone will also be able to comment on the final application once it has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate later in the year.


    Kind regards,
     

    Chris Tomlinson
    Development Manager
    Rampion Offshore
    E.ON Climate & Renewables
    01273 603 721
    07815 141 008
  • 31 May 2012 10:22 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Lancing United Football Club are looking for a Sponsor for their 2012/2013 Playing Kit. Read more here
  • 17 May 2012 10:25 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Crime and Community Safety Survey
    West Sussex County Council want to know your views on crime and community safety in your local area and in West Sussex. Police, Local authorities, NHS, Fire and Rescue Services as well as local community groups work in partnership to reduce crime and disorder to make residents feel safe. They want to understand your priorities and the areas you think services should be focusing on in the future.

    The survey is available from 30th April to 31st July and will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Please click HERE to complete the survey 
  • 17 May 2012 10:20 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Lancing Business Park - Estates Excellence Pilot Project

    The Lancing Business Park Committee is pleased to announce its partnership with Adur and Worthing Councils, the Health and Safety Executive and the NHS, to reduce the costs associated with accidents and ill health in the workplace.

    We feel strongly that companies on Lancing Business Park could see real benefits from participating in the new national initiative called ‘Estates Excellence’. Our business park has been chosen to pilot this project which aims to reduce red tape, by developing a new collaborative and more sensible approach to managing business risk. The pilot will be designed to directly meet the health and safety needs of businesses, to help lower costs, improve the health of staff and reduce concern regarding legal requirements.

    The pilot will provide free health and safety training and support for all businesses on the park, to help improve performance without unnecessary costs. This is a non-enforcement based approach, where officers will freely give advice and access to the following help, without any obligation:

    •    Free face to face contact with health and safety professionals giving guidance in a non-enforcement context
    •    Free advice and coaching on health improvement
    •    Free training and taster sessions
    •    Increased knowledge and competence
    •    Opportunity for occupational health assessment
    •    Clear guidance on what measures are actually required
    •    Opportunity to collaborate and save e.g. through joint procurement
    Phase 1 of the pilot will begin on the 28th May and run until 15th June 2012, with the Estates Excellence Team calling on all businesses on the park to give them a quick overview of the pilot. Please note that this initial visit should take no longer than 15 minutes. The team will ask for information about your business and your main health or safety concerns to ensure that Phase 2 meets your business needs. Businesses will then be offered an opportunity to participate in Phase 2.

    Phase 2 will begin on 2nd July and run until 3rd August 2012 and will offer a free informal “benchmarking” visit which will take about an hour and aims to identify any gaps in health or safety provision, which your business could benefit from addressing.

    Phase 3 will begin in September 2012 and will offer a full menu of free training and events aimed at addressing the issues identified in Phase 2.
     
    This is a unique opportunity for our business park to lead the way in raising standards ahead of any future health and safety inspections. It will further improve our reputation as an excellent business park and we hope you will be able to share our enthusiasm for this project and take full advantage of it.

     For further information go to:
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/estatesexcellence/index.htm
    Or contact the Environmental Health Team at Adur and Worthing Councils through alison.lindley@adur-worthing.gov.uk  tel.01273 263437 or
    paul.unsworth@adur-worthing.gov.uk  tel.07827 926 266

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