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BEST4BIZTRUECIRCLE_FINAL2The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES) is holding another BEST4BIZ Conference in October this year with East Sussex County Council at the East Sussex National Hotel in Uckfield.

Places are limited and going very fast so book here for some excellent keynote speakers, breakout sessions, the Sparkling Sussex Reception and dinner to celebrate the "East Sussex Business of the Year 2015".  

The Sparkling Sussex Reception celebrates the very best of British viticulture with Ridgeview Sussex Sparkling.  

Followed by a celebration dinner with just one award category this will celebrate the very best companies who have won an award in East Sussex and have been nominated by their Chamber, the FSB or the IoD.  

ACES Background

In November 2012 Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce pulled together all the chambers and the FSB in East Sussex to decide whether we wanted to work together as a team.  The answer on the day was a unanimous “Yes!” As a result, after an intense meeting the joint chambers agreed five strategic goals to help business grow and succeed in East Sussex:

Agreed Goals
1. One voice
2. Infrastructure
3. Connectivity
4. Marketing
5. Skills
  • For business in East Sussex to influence policy makers. For structured, strategic approaches to all local authorities to achieve stated goals.
  • Improve the road and rail infrastructure in East Sussex.
  • Provide high-speed broadband to rural and urban East Sussex, as a matter of urgency. Close East Sussex mobile ‘not’ spots.
  • Promote East Sussex as the place to do business outside London. Develop the coastal, urban and rural tourism offers across the county.
  • Develop links between business, schools and colleges to ensure all students develop the skills needed for our businesses. Influence local authorities to provide skills training as required in rural areas as well as urban.
Agreed Goals 1. One voice For business in East Sussex to influence policy makers For structured, strategic approaches to all local authorities to achieve stated goals 2. Infrastructure Improve the road and rail infrastructure in East Sussex 3. Connectivity Provide high-speed broadband to rural and urban East Sussex, as a matter of urgency Close East Sussex mobile ‘not’ spots 4. Marketing Promote East Sussex as the place to do business outside London Develop the coastal, urban and rural tourism offers across the county 5. Skills Develop links between business, schools and colleges to ensure all students develop the skills needed for our businesses Influence local authorities to provide skills training as required in rural areas as well as urban

Open For Business

ACES was formed to co-ordinate activity across East Sussex and make sure we are seen as a vibrant business destination. And, as Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” so ACES will work with its partners to make sure its stated goals are achieved. We have held talks with: 

  • Chancellor George Osborne about the A27 and Gatwick Airport
  • The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin
  • Gatwick Airport Management
  • The Roads Minister Rob Goodwill
  • The Minister of State for Business and Skills, Matthew Hancock
  • Spencer Dale, the Chief Economist of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee
  • Becky Shaw, CEO of ESCC
  • Rupert Clubb, the Director of Economic Development and Transport ESCC
  • Roy Galley the Head of Economic Development and Nigel Hannam the Corporate Director at Wealden District Council

During these discussions ESCC committed to rolling out high speed broadband across 90% of the county by March 2016, and the SE LEP the South East Local Enterprise Partnership has started working on a programme to close the ‘not spots’ - where mobile cover fades out on major East Sussex roads.

Funding for transport is more difficult in the current economic climate, but we have made sure that all our partners are fully aware that the A21 and A27 in their current condition are not fit for purpose; so, when funding is available, these roads are prioritised for development.

Coastal Regeneration When Londoners decide to visit the seaside for a family day out, they jump in their cars and drive to Whitstable or Brighton as they can be there quickly via the M2 or M23.  They do not visit Hastings or Eastbourne unless they plan to stay overnight.  Fast roads will therefore make all the difference to tourism across the East Sussex coast line. Open for Business

We are working closely with Locate East Sussex, Cobb PR and all ACES members to promote the county as a successful business destination, and we are working with the universities and colleges across the county to ensure that all students are work-ready when they graduate.

If you have any issue or concerns you would like ACES to communicate on your behalf please email info@edeal.org.uk or call Edeal on 01323 641144.

To get support relocating to Eastbourne or East Sussex visit Locate East Sussex.

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"Being involved with the Chamber means I'm able to meet and network with the best and most forward-looking businesses in the area"

Neil Hooper - Handelsbanken

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"Being involved with the Chamber means I'm able to meet and network with the best and most forward-looking businesses in the area" Neil Hooper - Handelsbanken...