The Sussex Chamber Business Expo has been opened by local MP Mims Davies.  The conference created a face to face platform for dozens of high growth entrepreneurs to personally showcase their products and services. Expert members of the Chamber of Commerce offered products and services whilst enabling visitors to network and attend presentations on business growth opportunities.

Presentations covered how to improve recruitment by Claire Beech at Love Local Jobs and how to win public sector tenders by Clive Bonny at Strategic Management Partners. One of the exhibitors was Auntie Val’s Ability Centre a charity enabling employment for disabled persons whose motto is “It’s not always the disability you can see.”

Auntie Val’s founder Andy Challis commented “This event gives our wider community the chance to see the real value of workplace social integration. Employers who support us can also obtain recognition on their social value actions to win business with public funded bodies shown in Clive’s presentation.” Clive Bonny added “everyone I spoke with agreed the event was very successful and we look forward to the next one in November”

Below Andy Challis with Ana Christie, Chief Executive of Sussex Chamber of Commerce.

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How your Eco and social value credentials can win new business


The Responsible Business Standard: What is the Standard?


A national standard independently verifying best practice for business sustainability, environmental management and social responsibility. This Standard has received many accolades for the unique service it provides to small businesses, including support for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) from Local Authority Councils and trade bodies. These credentials help small firms win public tenders.

Why Should Business Report on Social and Environmental Issues?

Organisations are being increasingly required by law (Companies Act 2006) to ensure they meet specific standards in environmental and social governance. “Triple Bottom Line ESG” reporting (Environmental, Social and Economic Governance) is now a statutory requirement for public-funded bodies, health, education, and PLC’s. In turn, small enterprises down the supply chain are being asked to demonstrate their social and environmental credentials. The UK Public Services (Social Value) Act March 2012 obliges public procurers to check all suppliers show evidence of environmental management and social value as a pre-qualification for a share of the UK public procurement budget worth over £100 Billion a year.


How does it work?

Most organisations already meet parts of the standard. As a starting point, organisations are welcome to take a simple online questionnaire that acts as a quick SWOT analysis, providing immediate detailed responses and signposting where appropriate. This online review is free and online tuition costs just £15 at


Why Apply?

It shows evidence of sustainable operations and business continuity against an approved national standard. It reduces the risk of non-compliance with new Environment Laws. It improves opportunities to win tenders for corporate and public works. It uniquely includes both Environmental and Social Standards making it broader than other forms of certification, and it is less complex. It is tailored specifically for smaller organisations employing 1 to 49 persons who are unable to divert financial and technical resources to meet other standards such as B Corp and ISO


It widens marketability into public sector and corporate prime contractors. Local Authorities spend £40 Billion pa on external services and are now targeted to ensure 25% of suppliers are SMEs. The Responsible Business Standard enables small enterprises to prove their sustainability as quality suppliers for public limited companies, and public sector bodies such as NHS, schools, central government and local authority services.


For more information contact Clive Bonny 01273 308865