The Coastal West Sussex Partnership brings together leaders from business and the public sector and we work together to strengthen the coastal economy.
Focusing on the strategic issues, the Coastal West Sussex Partnership brings together leaders and senior officers from business, education institutions and the public sector to work collectively on economic issues that affect the coastal area. The Partnerships vision is for a strengthened coastal economy that delivers an exceptional experience for residents, business and visitors.
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What is needed for tourism, leisure and hospitality industries to thrive in Coastal West Sussex?
As part of a series of interviews with tourism and hospitality businesses in the region, we spoke to James H***e, Partner at The Beach Littlehampton about water sports, well-being and his business’ aims for 2022.
“The vision for what we’re creating is a beach club. The person who takes you paddle boarding can also make you coffee. There’s a lack of community hubs – we want people to come and spend the day with us and to provide something for the whole family.
“Covid has given us a renewed sense of what we’re trying to achieve. What we want to build is that social space that people really missed during lockdown, and we don’t want people to lose sight of how good it feels to get out on the water and learn a new sport.
“We’ve got huge issues with mental and physical health, which are undoubtedly linked. I do think government and local authorities could do more to remove some of the barriers to people being able to do sports.
“Business rates in hospitality are incredibly high, and so government should get smarter on how they tax different areas of industry. Businesses like ours should really be classed differently to a pub, for example. A big part of what we do is to aid physical health and wellbeing through being active with water sports.”
Read the full interview here: https://coastalwestsussex.org.uk/qa-with-james-hoare-partner-at-the-beach-littlehampton/
Are you an ambitious start-up founder looking to grow your business?
Don’t miss the Great Accelerator - a free intensive training programme from Sussex Innovation and the Business Hothouse, taking place in Worthing next month.
The two-day training programme will be packed with workshops to help jumpstart your business and refine your business model, and is part of a new series of events
offering a comprehensive toolkit for start-up founders from Sussex Innovation.
The specialist innovation consultants will deliver a series of sessions, including:
• Stress-Testing Your Business Model
• Pitching Your Business
• Building and Leading Your Team
• Reboot Your Sales and Marketing
• Transitioning to Net Zero
• Making Ideas Happen
• Financial Planning Made Simple
If you’re a fast-growing start-up based in or around Horsham, Chichester, Brighton & Hove, Worthing or Haywards Heath, you can sign up to attend the Great Accelerator programme for free on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May at the Ardington Hotel in Worthing.
Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/3C4C5ap
The Great Accelerator from the Business Hot House Step on the Great Accelerator, a programme for ambitious start-up founders.
Fantastic news for Littlehampton - a new report by Ofsted has confirmed that The Littlehampton Academy is now officially a ‘Good’ school.
It is the first time the school has been judged as good in all areas since the academy opened in 2009.
Principal Morgan Thomas said: “The whole community is absolutely delighted with the outcome of this inspection. This report is the culmination of many years of hard work, commitment and dedication from staff and students alike. The inspection has finally given this community the recognition that it deserves.
“It is the concerted efforts of students, staff and parents that has made TLA the very good school that it is today. I would like to pay tribute to our young people, in particular, who are the very best ambassadors for our school: we are proud of them and I hope that this judgement will ensure that they can hold their heads up high and be proud of themselves.”
Henry Powell, Chairman of the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, said: “Our schools are the foundations on which we build both our children’s lives and our community’s future prosperity.
“The Littlehampton Academy has been transformed by the extraordinary leadership of its principal, Morgan Thomas, and its chairman, Christopher Honeyman Brown.
“Over the last six years they have worked tirelessly to improve the fortunes of the school’s pupils and the town, despite considerable headwinds in very challenging times, with funding cuts to social services and the impact of Covid-19.
“Morgan and Christopher’s hard work demonstrates that strong leadership is the key to the future of our coastal region.
“On behalf of the business community, I would like to thank them and their staff and wish Christopher a happy retirement.
“The future is bright for Littlehampton.”
Read more: https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/education/transformed-littlehampton-academy-awarded-highest-ever-ofsted-rating-we-are-so-proud-3626210
'Transformed' Littlehampton Academy awarded highest ever Ofsted rating - 'We are so proud' The Littlehampton Academy has finally been given the ‘recognition that it deserves’ after its latest inspection.
What support is needed for hospitality businesses to flourish in 2022?
As part of a series of interviews with tourism and hospitality leaders in the region, we spoke to Worthing chef and MasterChef champion Kenny Tutt about the challenges for businesses and what support could help give industry a boost this year, amid many challenges.
He said: “I think there needs to be investment from local authorities and recognition that tourism brings jobs and a vibrancy. With my Worthing restaurant, Pitch – that whole area is becoming a foodie hub, and we should really be highlighting that.
“Hospitality has been massively impacted by rising prices. If the cost of a dish has gone up by £1, no-one is really getting any richer.
“We’re all still playing catch-up, so we need real patience from local authorities. Everyone wants to pay their bills, but everything has gone up in price – from meat to sugar – and fresh produce is the highest I’ve ever seen it.
"I’m not willing to compromise on quality, so we have to pay these higher prices. Keeping business rates at bay would be the best way to support hospitality businesses – although I recognise local authorities need to balance their books too.
“On recruitment, I think businesses really need to be showing off what’s great about working in hospitality. We offer competitive salaries, pensions, days out for teambuilding and have good HR and support channels.
“We have to shake off this image that people are treated badly in this industry.”
Read the full interview here: https://coastalwestsussex.org.uk/interview-with-worthing-masterchef-champion-kenny-tutt/
Has English Tourism Week got you thinking about your business’s next steps?
Sign up now to join Experience West Sussex, VisitBritain and Expedia Group for the West Sussex Tourism Symposium next week.
Hosted by Experience West Sussex and South Downs National Park, this free event will be packed with workshops, networking and support to help industry leaders grow your businesses in 2022.
You'll be able to meet your tourism destination management organisations and engage with Coast to Capital, The Business Hothouse, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and more.
The Symposium is taking place at South Downs National Park Centre in Midhurst next Tuesday 29 March from 9:30am to 2pm, and lunch will be provided.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-sussex-tourism-symposium-tickets-256018176257?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jan_2_2022_funding_and_grants&utm_content=2022-01-27
West Sussex Tourism Symposium Tourism and hospitality leaders will hear from experts Expedia Group and Visit Britain, join workshops and meet business support providers
Did you know that the tourism industry in Sussex brings 62m visitors a year to the county, delivers £5bn to the economy and supports 72,000 FTE jobs…which is the same as the whole of Iceland!
Today we held another Ideas Exchange event in collaboration with Always Possible. We brought leaders from the tourism and hospitality sector together to discuss collaboration to help the sector thrive in 2022.
We heard from Adam Bates at Blue Sail Consultancy, who challenged the group to consider what makes Sussex distinct. It has a great and varied tourism offer, from impressive heritage and cultural attractions, stunning gardens and landscapes, but what makes us stand out against competing destinations around the country?
One of the key challenges for our county is that it is made up of several tourism organisations and therefore has a rather fragmented structure. Adam shared survey results which show there is better recall of individual places in the county, rather than of Sussex as a whole…meaning we need a stronger collaborative voice.
Whilst our tourism and visitor economy faces some extreme challenges, there are some opportunities for the sector to focus on, including:
• Sustainability – 76% of people are influenced by businesses which act responsibly
• Multigenerational travel
• Maximising behaviour – tourists are more likely to cram as much as possible into one trip
• Aging population
• Experiential – the trend to pursue real and authentic experiences and support local communities
Thank you so much to all our brilliant attendees for joining the discussion and sharing your thoughts!
Read more about today’s tourism Ideas Exchange on our blog here: https://coastalwestsussex.org.uk/tourism-the-visitor-economy-ideas-exchange/
always possible Arundel Castle Experience West Sussex Chichester Festival Theatre Amberley Museum West Sussex County Council Riverside South Downs Gatwick Airport Wakehurst
What is needed for tourism and hospitality industries to thrive in West Sussex?
We spoke to Sophie Tanner, Director of Sales & Marketing at Historic Sussex Hotels, and Chris Alger, General Manager at Bailiffscourt Hotel in Climping, about the challenges facing tourism businesses in 2022 and what support could help the sector grow in our region.
“I think it would be of huge benefit to present a united tourism programme and strategy for all of Sussex: East, West, Mid and Coastal.
"We’re very close to London and very accessible, but not a lot of people necessarily know that. At the moment it’s quite fragmented – I totally understand there are challenges of working with multiple agencies, districts and councils, but this has led to multiple Sussex websites which can be confusing for a visitor to know which way to turn and indeed for local businesses to know where to advertise.
"The Cotswolds or Kent are excellent examples of counties with a clear identity and tourist website, so UK travellers know what to expect from the area, as do travellers from overseas.
“To have something similar for Sussex would be great. I know there’s some amazing things happening at Experience West Sussex, the Great Sussex Way, and Sussex Modern, as well as many other initiatives, locally and county-wide, so I’m sure it’s a work in progress and we are keen to do everything we can to support this.”
Read our full interview with Sophie and Chris here: https://coastalwestsussex.org.uk/qa-with-sophie-tanner-and-chris-alger-at-historic-sussex-hotels/
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