About Hailsham Forward CIC

Hailsham Forward Partnership was born out of the Mary Portas Vision for revitalising Town Centres. Hailsham Forward CIC is a Town Team Partner, is supported by the Government, and has received £10,000 funding to undertake projects to improve the business community in Hailsham.

The Partnership is made up of many local people and organisations including the local Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Local Councils, Hailsham Youth Council and Hailsham's MP.

Executive Team Membership (November 2021):

Chairman and member – Cllr Chris Jackets – Hellingly Parish Council
Director – Cllr Gavin Blake-Coggins- Hailsham Town Council
Director – Jan Townsend – Community Representative
Director – Mark Hallett- Chair, Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce
Director – Clive Soper – Federation of Small Businesses
Director – Ben Pratt – Hailsham Farmers’ Market
Director- Steve Wennington – Chair Hailsham Active
Secretary and member – Mickey Caira - Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager
Member - Cllr Chris Bryant - Hailsham Town Council
Member – Phil Matthews - Hailsham Community College
Member – Paul Gibson – Hailsham News
Member – Tony Biggin – Hailsham Festival
Member – Peter Willson – Hailsham FM
Member and officer support- Nikita Clarke- Cox – Business Enterprise Assistant

Member Organisations:

Hailsham Town Council:

Hellingly Parish Council:

Wealden District Council:

Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce:
Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce represents over 100 businesses owners in and around Hailsham. We meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Hellingly Community Hub for a breakfast networking meeting. We welcome guests to attend by contacting the Chamber secretary via email [email protected]. The breakfast meeting has a 10 minute slot for speakers if you are interested please let the Chamber secretary know.

We are stakeholders on the rebuild of Hailsham Town Centre Vicarage Field. The Chamber meets regularly with Wealden District Council and Hailsham Town Council. We especially appreciate the close relationship as we help each other on Police and Youth initiatives. We are supporters of Hailsham Forward it helps our members to generate more business in the Town Centre. We look forward to our continued support with Hailsham Forward.

Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce are entering an exciting new venture setting up a Business Improvement District in Hailsham and surrounding areas. The BID is Business led funded by levy. Businesses decide and direct what they want in their area. We will be working in cooperation with Hailsham Forward to create meaningful projects that benefit Hailsham.

Mark Hallett Chairman of HDCC and Board Member of Hailsham and District BID Ltd.

Federation of Small Businesses:

Hailsham Farmers’ Market:
Local farmers and producers selling direct to the public. Shop in the fresh and talk to the people who produce your food and goods.

Hailsham Active:

Hailsham Community College:

Hailsham News:

Hailsham Festival:

Hailsham FM: