Newhaven Chamber of Commerce is a modern member-led chamber with an increasing membership of local businesses from the Newhaven and surrounding area. We welcome all types and sizes of businesses from start-ups to established, small and large businesses across all sectors as well as other business networking groups and other chambers of commerce.
A not-for-profit organisation, we are a voice for local business, dedicated to supporting the continued success of businesses throughout the local area. We do this by providing valuable networking opportunities for our members on a weekly basis as well as liaising with strategic partners, enterprise groups and the town council. We have strong ongoing links with business support organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses and the East Sussex County Council.
The Chamber enjoys a high reputation in the town for quality networking and provides an excellent way to keep in touch with the local business community.
Benefits of membership
Networking events – our very successful Breakfast Club, evening events, social events
Raise your business profile – automatic entry into our on-line Business Directory
Link your business to the Chamber website
Bring in new business – you can offer member to member discounts, and enjoy discounts from other companies
Sponsorship opportunities at some of our Chamber events
Be part of a bigger voice in Newhaven – we are the ‘voice of business’ and have the ear of the Town Council, District Council and our local MP and we are an independent lobby group
Make use of our growing international links with France and Vietnam
Be part of an up and coming town – there are lots of regeneration projects planned for Newhaven – UTEC, Wind Farm, Port Access road – all creating local jobs and business opportunities
Mentoring opportunities with local schools – supporting the employees of tomorrow
Get involved with the local community – benefit from showing your commitment and getting involved in the local business community
Affordable membership – Membership costs just £85.00 p.a. and £41.17 per month for the Breakfast Club. It is very easy to join – either online here or by BACS, cheque or cash – call the Chamber office on 01273 517544 or email us
What our members say
“This is a great Chamber, friendly, efficient and supportive. It’s great to meet and network with other members from sole traders to PLC’s all at the same events. The member’s directory and training resources are invaluable to any business. This was definitely money well spent, at last a Chamber that really does work for business and community.”
Richard Excell, Excell Design
“The Chamber of commerce in Newhaven is my first choice for genuinely useful business solutions. At any one of our networking events you will find such a wide variety of businesses that someone will be able to help you or know someone else who can whether it is a product, service, or advice. I am very pleased to have been a member for the last 8 years.”
Ian Kerr, www.iankerrcp.co.uk
“My business specializes in Classic Car service, preparation and storage.
I have been a member of Newhaven Chamber for many years now, and a regular attendee at the Chamber Breakfast Meetings.
I find that the breakfast meetings are a great marketing tool for my business. I also find a great source of help and advice from fellow members, and probably most importantly I have genuinely made some really good friends.
I strongly recommend that all business owners in the area, large and small, give the Chamber a try.”
Andy Melville. Motorline Engineering Ltd
Meet the team
The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation, run by the members for the members and is led by an executive committee, which is chaired by the President and has a number of other members.
Reporting to the executive committee are a number of working groups, at present this consists of events and marketing.
Membership of the executive is made via application, once an ordinary member has been an ‘active’ member for at least one year and meets the advertised role specification.
Chamber members vote in the executive committee member at the annual general meeting (AGM) or are co-opted if a vacancy arises until the AGM. Membership of the working groups is based upon relevant professional experience and again an application process is required.
The Chamber’s day-to-day business is managed by the Chamber President and part-time administrator. All executive committee members are voluntary and non paid positions where business representatives give their time in-kind.
Annie Lorys is the owner of EEBS Translation and Interpreting who specialise in translating all types of documents – from commercial, legal, medical, insurance, agreements and legislation. We translate from any language into any language using only native speakers and only translators that are fully qualified and experienced. We help businesses to communicate effectively in any language! Annie has helped to forge links with the local business community, Vietnam and has also met the Queen in her former role as Chamber President!...
Mike Shorer took up the role of President in 2017 and works with the committee in the various tasks, engagements and commitments of the Chamber. Mike also runs a highly successful jewellery business, Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery....
Paul first became a committee member in 2001 and was President for 3 years from 2009 – 2012. He currently is the Chamber Secretary. Through the chamber and his local business, Meeching Estate Agents, Paul is well positioned to connect local community with business....
Ian Kerr Complementary practitioner helps you feel great, achieve more, and take control of your life. Using a combination of therapies Ian can help you to bring your body, mind and muscles back into balance and thus good health. Ian brings his calm and holistic view point to Chamber decisions to support members businesses in the Newhaven area....
Richard Excell took up the role of Vice President in 2019 and works with the committee in the various tasks, engagements and commitments of the Chamber. Richard is owner of Excell Design & Marketing who specialise in Graphic design, branding and marketing services for SMEs across the south east and London....
Jon has been involved with the chamber committee for some years since he set up his pest control company Cleankill. Having previously served as Chamber President Jon continues to use his experience in helping the chamber to run smoothly....