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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your employees and families a great Christmas break and a successful and healthy New Year.
Lancing Business Park has certainly filled out this year with apart from Graham Woods nearly all the other units are occupied. We are awaiting for the rumours surrounding the Graham Woods site to
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be confirmed which we believe will be in the not too distant future.
I would finally ask you in joining me in thanking the BID management for their time in helping myself and of course Linda and Tracie who put up with all of our demands.
Mike Punter Chairman LBP
...working together to build a strong business community
Dear friends and colleagues,
Did you know that businesses can exchange
their old or damaged ladders and receive a new
one with up to a 50% discount? It is called ‘The
Ladder Exchange’. The scheme aims to reduce
the number of falls caused by faulty ladders and
stepladders by inviting businesses to trade in the
old ones in order to receive a discount. It used
to be organised by the HSE in 2007 but in 2012
leadership of the scheme was passed to the
Ladder Association. The Ladder Exchange 2014
runs for three months ending on 31st December
2014. You can access it via a selection of online
and trade-counter retailers listed on their official
The discount varies according to the supplier
but a business can expect a maximum of
50%. Although the headline indicates that this
programme aims to remove dodgy ladders from
use, according to the Ladder Exchange website,
the trade-in partners should “offer discounts
in exchange for old ladders in any condition”.
It should therefore be perfectly acceptable to
exchange for a higher quality ladder or simply
one of a more useful specification or size to meet
your needs. As the Ladder Exchange is run by
a trade association rather than the HSE, there’s
an inevitable risk that the deals offered will be
less generous than they used to be. You should
compare prices to check you’re getting the best
deal and make sure that whatever product you
purchase meets the standard required for use in
the workplace, i.e. Class 1 (industrial use) or EN131
For more information on Health & Safety in the
workplace, please contact our Risk Manager,
Martin Coppard on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ladder Exchange
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Parafix has recently introduced an apprenticeship
for the first time and we are delighted to welcome
Laura Still who has taken on the three year
Laura was Head Girl at the Sir Robert Woodard
Academy and had been offered a place at Exeter
University to study Engineering, but decided to
pursue a vocational education instead.
The apprenticeship is running in line with a
two year BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Engineering
day release course. Laura will attend classes at
Northbrook College, Worthing, one day a week
and spend the rest of her time at Parafix. Laura
will be joined on the course by Luke Murphy,
machine operator and another new young recruit
Laura will be studying areas such as mechanical
design, CAD and process engineering which will
complement her training at Parafix. To provide
Laura with a well rounded understanding of
Parafix, our processes and our customers’ needs,
she will spend time in various departments
Parafix UK welcomes engineering apprentice
throughout the company. Her main role is
within our R&D Department, but during her
apprenticeship she will also gain experience
working with Quality Assurance (QA), Health &
Safety (H&S), Production, Purchasing, Estimating,
Customer Service, Accounts and Operations.
At the end of the apprenticeship it is hoped
that Laura will remain in the company and take
on a Supervisory Role as part of her long and
successful career with Parafix.
We have introduced an apprenticeship because
as our business grows we need more home
grown talent. Michael Punter, Managing Director
at Parafix is a strong believer in apprenticeships
as this is how he started out; as a commercial
apprentice with George Wimpey & Co, working
through their different departments, eventually
staying in their accountancy group.
To learn more about Laura’s time at Parafix keep
an eye out for her monthly blog on the news page
of our website at www.parafix.com.
...a hub to the business community on the park ...a business improvement district
Come along to our complimentary Auto Enrolment breakfast seminar
AUTO ENROLMENT AND PENSION REFORMS AFFECT EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYER IN THE UK, INCLUDING SME’S. DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE TO START PLANNING.
To book your complimentary place contact Emily.Whitby@iepfinancial.co.uk or call 01273 208813 Limited places available
What will you find out? The process you must follow to ensure you implement a suitable pension scheme for your business and your employees What options are available to you The time frames you must adhere to The opportunity to ask the experts any questions you have on Auto Enrolment.
on Tuesday 27th January at Sussex CCC , Eaton Road, Hove
Park talk LBP would like to welcome all new businesses that have recently
taken residence on the business park. Don’t forget to sign up
to our website where you will find special offers and receive our
news updates. Are you able to offer a discount to other members
on the business park? Would you like to advertise your business
to encourage inter-park trading? Need a sign on the wayfarer
board? Contact Linda – LBP Co-ordinator who will be pleased
to visit you and discuss your requirements.
You may be interested in the event below!
BREAKFAST MEETING 7.30AM, 17TH DECEMBER 2014.
AT SUE’S COFFEE POT, SHOREHAM VEHICLE AUCTIONS.
Come along and meet other members of the business park and
enjoy a free breakfast our last one of the year. If you would like
to give a short talk about your business at one of our breakfast
meetings held quarterly, please contact Linda.
SUPERFAST FIBRE BROADBAND IS COMING TO LBP!
Work is to take place over the Christmas period to install the
broadband cabinets at the locations on LBP as per the map
below. Testing will then take place with the project going live
hopefully by February 2015. Look out for news in the New Year
on Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme which will enable
your business if eligible to benefit from up to £3000 in vouchers
to help with connection.
LBP would like to thank Peter Raynsford of 5Rings Telecom, for
all his tenacity in what has proved to be a very difficult project.
There has been a sudden influx of temporary advertising boards
across the business park. We would like to remind members
that advertising signs are subject to planning permission and
therefore advertising consent will need to be applied from Adur
& Worthing District Council.
Lancing Business Park BID funded and implemented a £100,000
signage scheme across the business park to provide effective
directional signs and to de-clutter the business park of all
temporary unauthorised signs. There will be a ‘clean up’ of
illegal signs spring 2015 undertaken by Adur & Worthing District
If any changes are required to the wayfarer/directional signage
near your property with new businesses coming onto the park or
leaving, please let Linda know.
A27 ACTION GROUP
At last the Government has recognised that there is a case for
improving the A27 in Sussex!
A27 Action Group would like to thank all LBP businesses who
signed up to the campaign for their help and for the evidence
provided through the survey and case studies. There will be
investment of around £350 million to transform the A27. This
includes a new bypass at Arundel to complete the ‘missing link’,
plus further improvements to capacity and junctions around
Worthing, Lancing and Lewes. Also A27 Chichester Bypass:
upgrading the four junctions on the Chichester bypass. This
will help the A27 link together as a single route, supporting the
development of the local economy and removing notorious
congestion hotspots. All are subject to consultation with National
Parks Authority, local authorities, West Sussex County Council
and the public.
WINTER MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
Guidelines have been drawn up and placed on the website under
Policies. Please re