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Lewes District Business Awards 2017

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Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and the ultimate winners, it was a great night and just shows what a strong and thriving business community we have in the Lewes district.

LDBA Winners 2017


Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Buses

Wave Leisure Trust Limited   WINNER

Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians

Fundraising Auctions


Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Swindells

Le Magasin   WINNER




Businessperson of the Year – Sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors

Nathaniel Hepburn, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft   WINNER

Richard Light, Fundraising Auctions

Jacqueline Elsey, Krunchkins Ltd. t/a The Runaway


Best Green Business – Sponsored by Veolia

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd   WINNER

Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC

Tina’s Kitchen


Business in the Community – Sponsored by Richard Soan Roofing

CTLA Community Transport   WINNER

Lewes Football Club

Edward Reeves Photography


Culture, Leisure & Tourism – Sponsored by Viva Lewes

Bluebell Railway Plc   WINNER

Pells Pool Community Association

Newhaven Fort (Wave Leisure Trust Limited)

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft


Best Independent Retailer – Sponsored by Wave Leisure

W E Clark & Son Limited   WINNER

Chalk Gallery

Alexis Dove Jewellery

Holy Cow! Ice Cream Company Ltd


Best Independent Food or Drink Producer – Sponsored by Knill James

Burning Sky Brewery   WINNER

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd

Ridgeview Wine Estate


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Basepoint

Cleankill Pest Control   WINNER

Gateway Cafe (Papachinos Ltd)

The Phoenix Centre (Sussex Community Development Association)


The Best Place to Entertain Clients – Sponsored by ACES Magazine

Plumpton Racecourse   WINNER


Aqua Restaurant


Best Business Growth – Sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine

Fundraising Auctions   WINNER

Le Magasin

Industrial Construction (Sussex) Ltd


Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by LEAP

Anna Lane – Treatment Tents    WINNER

Anthony Eggleton – ProAim Performance

Alison Grant – Fitzroy House, Lewes (Arts Venue)

Samantha Revill – Sam Revill Social Media Training

Kate Wood – Kate Wood Communications Ltd


The Professional Services Award – Sponsored by Yelo Architects

Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians    WINNER

Mayo Wynne Baxter

Oakley Property Lewes


The Creative Industries Award – Sponsored by UNIGLOBE       

Atelier Dina Malkova    WINNER

Design+Product Ltd





AGM Results 2017

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President’s Report 2016/17

2016/17 was been a busy year for Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and one I have thoroughly enjoyed as my first year as President. It¹s been great meeting so many new people through the networking events and learning so much more about Lewes, the people and the businesses that make it what it is.

We held 21 events throughout the year, these included the regular Breakfast and Lunch events, a Fire Safety Training course, updates on the North Street Quarter Development, a very delightful afternoon tea at Pelham House and Football at The Dripping Pan.

These events regularly attract a diverse range of businesses made up of both Chamber members and non-members, many of which have since joined the Chamber. Our membership currently stands ay 75 businesses.

I’ve tried to attend as many of these events as possible and have seen Chamber members building very successful partnerships. For those Lewes Chamber members who have not yet attend these events, I would really encourage you to come along.

We have actively supported and promoted Lewes for a Living Wage, The Lewes & District Business Awards (LDBA) and The Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance. Last year we had five members as LDBA finalists with three of them scooping the top spot in their categories – Cheese Please (Best Independent Retailer), Community Transport for the Lewes Area (Best Customer Service) and Wave Leisure (Best Employer).  I’m hoping to see similar if not better results in 2017!

I’d like to express my personal thanks to the Executive Committee for their support in my first year. The Chamber really has thrived over the past year and has received favourable comments to that effect. If you have ideas on how you would like to see the Chamber develop and expand over the coming months please do come along to an event, share them or contact the Chamber directly we¹d love to hear from you. 

Many thanks

Clare Crouch
President, Lewes Chamber of Commerce



PRESIDENT: Clare Crouch (hrscreative)
VICE PRESIDENT: Position Vacant*
SECRETARYClaire Duc (Small Business Locum)
HONORARY TREASURERAndrew Wells (Andrew M Wells Accountancy)
HONORARY SOLICITORSarah Morgan-Kelly (Morgan Kelly Solicitors)

Adam Bagnall (Harvey's Brewery)
David Clark (W.E.Clark & Son)
Fiona Kay (Cheese Please)
Nick Ludford (Plumpton College)


* This position is still available, if you're interested in hearing more about the role or getting involved with the Executive Committee, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.




Bruce Bannerman

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I am sure that most members are aware that Bruce Bannerman, owner of The Gourmet Delicatessen, sadly died on 1st March, aged 84.  

Below is a lovely article about Bruce, written by his friend Andrew Clarke of Louis Potts & Co.


Bruce learned his trade as a caterer at the Savoy in London and had a long and successful career in the catering industry, first as the owner of the Old Ferry Inn in Fowey, Cornwall and later as a specialist catering importer in Trinidad, before giving in to the lure of being his own boss. In 1962 he began searching the country for a suitable site for a high class delicatessen and caterer - his own Harrods Food Hall.

His search ended in Lewes, where he had the foresight to see the town’s potential when it was at its lowest point, opening in the High Street in June 1963, at a time when many old established shops were closing.

Bruce, and his wife Jean, were pioneers of modern Lewes, expanding steadily over the years to build the hugely successful and fondly remembered Gourmet shop and outside catering. Bruce often commented that he saw the town hatched, matched and dispatched as he catered for many of Lewes society’s christenings, weddings and funerals. It is hard to believe that it is 20 years since the Gourmet closed. We all remember his fantastic hanging baskets, invariably illuminated by the lights from his kitchen, as he and Jean regularly worked six days a week from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

In spite of his prolific workload, from the time he opened his first shop, Bruce was an enthusiastic and active member of the Chamber and never ever missed a Chamber of Commerce meeting. He was always a steady source of advice, forever volunteering for the hard sub-committee work that achieves results without necessarily reflecting public glory, and he was one of the original Christmas Late Night Shopping team.

Less well known is Bruce's unstinting effort, often through the Chamber, in encouraging new business in Lewes. He was a tremendous encouragement to us when we first opened Louis Potts on School Hill in 1976 (he was our first landlord) and it was Bruce who, when we outgrew 206 High Street, tipped us off about the potential availability of a bigger shop at 14 High Street in 1979. In 1989, Bruce was instrumental in introducing us to the developer of our present shop in Cliffe High Street - he has been a fantastic friend and mentor to us over the years, and I can name a good many other shopkeepers and restaurateurs who have similarly benefited from Bruce's advice and support, both personally and through the Chamber.

With regard to Bruce, it is enough to say that he was a great and kind man, and he will be fondly remembered by all of the Lewes business community.




Dementia Friendly Lewes

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Do you know what dementia is?  Has a member of your family been affected by dementia?  Are you worried that your memory might be affected in the future?  We all know knowledge is power: you need to know more about dementia.  

You can become a Dementia Friend to help answer some of these questions: come to a session to learn a bit more about dementia and how it affects people.

Dementia Friends is a fun, interactive session where you will learn more about dementia and how you can help to make society more dementia friendly. It is a social action movement: Dementia Friends empowers people to make a difference. 


Wear your badge with pride

For a full 45-minute face-to-face Dementia Friends session go to and click ‘Get Involved’ to look up one near you.

The next free dementia awareness sessions at Lewes Town Hall will be at 12:30pm on 24th March and 12th May. 

Councillor Esther Watts said: “We want Lewes and district to be a dementia friendly community, empowering people with dementia to live well and continue with both day-to-day and leisure activities, going shopping, catching a bus, to going out to watch a play, a film or a football match”.

Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance exists to help make the area a good place to live for people with dementia. You can join by making pledges to raise awareness, make the environment more dementia friendly and to improve the service you provide to this group of people. To find out about call Cllr Watts on 07860 783309.

For further information on dementia go to or if you have a question call Alzheimer’s Society’s national helpline on: 0300 222 11 22

The Helpline is open 9am-8pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am-5pm Thursday and Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.


Dementia Facts

  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.  
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.


Did you know?

Two thirds of people with dementia live at home in the community.




Plumpton College Open Day

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Plumpton College Open Day

Each year the Open Day goes from strength to strength and with around 14,000 visitors, it has become a major family day out in the region. Between 10:00am and 5:00pm the College will be opening their doors to the public and hosting a huge variety of attractions across the College – they want this year to be the best ever!

As always during the day there will be excellent displays of all the course areas that they offer:

  • Forestry
  • Equine
  • Horticulture/ Floristry
  • Agriculture
  • Machinery
  • Viticulture
  • Countryside Skills
  • Sport & Adventure Education 

These displays give the public a chance to view the work of the College, with the students themselves playing an important role in the success of the day and raising awareness of local craft and land-based businesses.

They invite you to apply for an exhibition/trade space at our Open Day. Spaces are limited - if you would like to attend, please could you complete the attached form and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact them

Rebecca King
Open Day Organiser
01273 892035