You are invited to fast track your business

A Javelin train SUS-150709-122054001
A Javelin train SUS-150709-122054001

Hello, I’m Kate.

This new column in the Bexhill Observer is all about supporting businesses and tourism in our wonderful town.

Your Business is Invited

We are kicking off with an invitation to businesses in the Bexhill and Sidley area (you don’t have to be a member of the Chamber) to come along to an important event on 16 September from 6.30 pm – 9pm at the Coast Restaurant on De La Warr Parade (TN40 1JL).

It’s all about the Trains!

There is a high speed railway proposal that really puts Bexhill on the map. If it goes ahead (2017-19) you could get from Bexhill to St Pancras in 78 minutes (via Ashford) - cutting an incredible 1 hour off the current travel time! That would be such an advantage to all of us living and working in and around this area wouldn’t it?

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, is encouraging everyone to attend this ‘learn to lobby’ and networking event. You will make a difference.

At the event, Yolanda Laybourne, one of the leading rail lobbyists in the county and key member of the Bexhill Rail Action Group (BRAG), will brief you on the train project and give a masterclass in successful lobbying. You’ll get sample letters/emails and contact details to be able to show your support for the project’s business case.

Huw is waiting for a big mailbag as a result of us all getting together. The more support that we show, the more it supports his case to Government. (It really does.)

Networking too...

But it’s not just about lobbying. It’s a great opportunity to for social and business networking. Don’t forget your business card for a raffle and there is free tea and coffee on arrival.

We’d love to see you there. Please register your interest in attending by emailing

All Change at the Chamber...

James Kimber is now finishing his term as Chamber President and Sue Spice, Chamber Secretary, has retired. There’s a new committee up for election in September that wish to renew the Chamber’s focus on three key areas - business, regeneration and education. We’ll be holding evening networking alongside our breakfast meetings (attended by around 60 businesses).