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Full time blogger is finalist in Working Dad of the Year 2019

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TOM Briggs quit a well-paid job to follow his dream of becoming a full-time blogger.

He writes the award-winning blog Diary of the Dad.

Now Tom, from Polegate, is a finalist in the Working Dad of the Year category of Pitman Training’s SuperAchievers awards.

This award is for fathers who epitomise the dedication required to juggle a busy home and family life, alongside achieving personal career ambitions.

Tom was nominated by his wife Kate and together they have three young children.

He started his blog as a new hobby back in 2010 but it has since grown into something much bigger.

In 2015, Tom made the decision to become a full-time blogger to spend more time with his family.

His wife was pregnant and Tom’s career at the time wasn’t allowing for a great work/life balance.

Tom was the family’s only earner at the time so there was a huge risk to walking away from a secure, well-paid job.

But he wasn’t finding the enjoyment in the role and knew that he wanted more precious time with his growing family.

Tom has turned a hobby into something that provides for a family of five and, most importantly, that gives them more time together.

He has had numerous media appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain and the Victoria Derbyshire show, as well as radio, newspaper and magazine interviews where he can offer a dad’s point of view.

He also works with various brands as a spokesperson and holds regular contributor slots on various websites.

Most importantly, Tom is able to play a full part in family life.

Working from home, with no commute, he structures his work to standard office hours.

Around that, Tom is able to do school runs, attend class assemblies, school plays and all the extra-curricular activities that family life presents.

Wife Kate said: “Tom has worked so hard to provide for us and has gone from strength to strength while being around more too.

“He’s found a way of having the best of both worlds and we’re really happy with how things have worked out.

“I think Tom is a great success simply because he loves what he does for a living both in terms of his job itself and the work-life balance that it gives him.”

Voting online via Pitman’s website is now open for all finalists (http://superachievers.pitman-training.com/index.php)

Public vote closes Friday and the winners will then be announced on March 29.

Winners will receive an engraved award, £500 and a voucher for a distance learning course of their choice.

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Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane in the centre of Brighton

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BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

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Business chief says he is ‘thrilled’ with £100m new Lane

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BUSINESSES have been shown around the new Hanningtons Lane development in Brighton.

As the Lane takes shape and ahead of its opening next month, Redevco and architect Morgan Carn Partnership invited Lanes businesses and representatives from Brighton Business Improvement District for a preview.

Gavin Stewart, Chief Executive of Brighton BID, said: “We are thrilled that the new Hanningtons Lane is almost near completion.

“The development really adds a whole new dimension to the city centre retail scape, giving locals and visitors alike a brand new area to explore and enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, portfoliod irector at Redevco, thanked everyone for their support during construction.

He said many of the design and construction team had never worked on such a complicated build but they were absolutely delighted with the results.

The group walked down the new Lane into some shops and peeped into the offices above.

They saw Gingerman Restaurant Group’s latest venture The Flint House being fitted out and learnt about the restoration of Puget’s Cottage, a new Green Wall, and two art projects.

Denise Taylor is secretary of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group and Chairman of Brighton and Hove City in Bloom.

She said: “Businesses in The Lanes have engaged with the architect since early proposals and the developers thereafter.

“The majority of the Brighton Lanes Traders Group has supported this project to ensure the regeneration and survival of the Old Town.

“The huge investment in the development of the area and the opening up of a new lane to link with the original mid-eighteenth century layout is vital for the sustainability of The Lanes and surrounding areas.

“With so much economic uncertainty at this time, it is anticipated that this development will prove popular with visitors and tourists alike and will entice new businesses into the Lanes.”

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Invite to Sussex firms to do business at sea in the Channel

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FRENCH and Sussex start-up companies will be doing business at sea.

The cross Channel communities of Newhaven and Dieppe in France are meeting in international waters to discuss future business ties and investment opportunities in April

The start-up cruise is hosted by Normandy Ecospace and Newhaven Regeneration Group (NRG).

It will bring together 60 entrepreneurs from both sides of the Channel to boost the existing trade links between Sussex and Normandy.

It is sponsored by ferry operator DFDS and Veolia.

The ship will depart from Newhaven at 10am on Thursday, April 4, with the English businesses, mentors and potential investors.

On arrival in Dieppe, the French contingent will be welcomed on board and the return crossing dedicated to boosting business.

Graham Precey, from NRG, said: “This is a unique opportunity for start-ups to explore new connections and opportunities with their cross channel neighbours.

“Normandy and Sussex have a proud trading history bridging hundreds of years and we want to promote the existing ties and develop them for the future to create a Sussex Normandy Hub of businesses changing the world.

“Newhaven is a great place and it really does have so much potential.

“Of course, it has faced its challenges over the years, that’s no secret.

“I genuinely believe that Newhaven has a bright future, and we want to play our role in that.”

Valery Jimonet of Normandy Ecospace said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the start-ups to network, establish new contacts and develop their ideas.

“We have much in common and we’re looking forward to seeing a thriving cross channel partnership as a result of our voyage of discovery.”

Several notable guests are expected on board including Sébastien Forest, founder of “Allo resto” – the French equivalent of the online delivery app Just Eat – and Victor Gobourg, founder of Private Market.

Interested UK entrepreneurs, sponsors and investors from both Sussex and Normandy can join the cruise by registering at www.startup-cruise.fr or by contacting graham@livingnewhaven.co.uk

You can follow the start up cruise at https://www.facebook.com/sussexnormandyhub

Normandy Ecospace is focused on energy and media innovations, including prototyping machines, a wide range of printers and 3D scanners.

NRG is a social enterprise dedicated to incubation and business development with a particular focus on clean, green and marine innovations. Both organisations work together to boost entrepreneurialism between the UK and France.

This alliance will be formalised in a partnership agreement signed between chairmen of NES, Valery Jimonet and NRG, Graham

Precey, in international waters on the day.

Interested entrepreneurs, sponsors and investors from both Sussex and Normandy can join the cruise by registering at www.startup-cruise.fr by Friday.

Back in 2016, we reported that MP Maria Caulfield has predicted that down-trodden Newhaven will become the “go-to place” for Sussex in ten years’ time.

The MP for Lewes, whose constituency covers Newhaven, said the town could see a swathe of trendy bars and restaurants to compete with Sussex’s hippest enclave.

Ms Caulfield told The Argus: “I think Newhaven will compete with Brighton but it would be a different offer.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have quayside coffee bars, shops and activities and we have the population to support that.

“If we have a quayside, it seems crazy not to use it.

“Physically we’re not as big as Brighton but there’s no reason why people might not come here for the evening.

“Once people start coming to Newhaven there’s more chance that they will return.

“The potential is huge.

“We have often been the Cinderella when it comes to regeneration in Sussex but we now have a lot to offer.

“In ten to 15 years it will become the go-to place for Sussex.

“In ten years we will not recognise the town.”

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