Day: 9 July 2020

MP thanks big businesses for school furniture donations

Arundel & South Downs MP Andrew Griffith has thanked the businesses who have donated their unwanted office furniture to Steyning Grammar School and Petworth Primary School through the Business2Schools charity.   Andrew hosted a video call with the project managers and CEO’s from firms including Jones Lang LaSalle, The British Academy and McCann Worldgroup.   They were joined by Lindsay Parslow, the CEO of Business2Schools, and Sue Gearing, the Chair of Governors at Steyning Grammar School.   Steyning Grammar is preparing to refurbish the new sixth-form site at The Towers in Upper Beeding for when it opens to students in September 2021.  The Towers ceases to be an independent school at the end of this term with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament donating the building to Steyning Grammar School.   Sue Gearing identified Business2Schools as a resource for equipping the school with top quality furniture and technical equipment and has been overwhelmed with the donations received.  Some of the furniture has been given to Petworth Primary and it is hoped that other local schools will benefit from future deliveries.   Sue said: “Business2Schools is providing us with furniture and equipment through their links with businesses to equip this amazing new provision.  Much needed replacement furniture and tech for our other sites are also being donated.  A massive thank you to the businesses donating to us through B2S.  This model means scarce school budgets will stretch further and businesses and schools can be part of a sustainable program that supports the need to protect our environment for future generations.”   Lindsey Parslow, Chief Executive of Business2Schools, said: “We are delighted with the progress we are making in West Sussex, re-homing furniture and re-deploying computers and laptops to schools.  The current crisis will see offices leaning towards more agile working in the future; so it is essential that any furniture and tech they don’t need can be used to refurbish and upgrade our schools.  Business infrastructure donated to schools builds links with businesses, saves on precious school funds and it shows children the tangible benefits and understanding of sustainability.  Every business in the UK can help to build a better Britain and we must look to encourage businesses and schools to play a bigger part in the circular economy.”   Andrew Griffith said: “I commend the work of Lindsey and her Business2Schools charity, not least because it is saving great quality furniture from ending up in landfill, but also for the links established between business and schools.  Steyning Grammar and Petworth Primary are the first beneficiaries of these donations in my constituency and I hope many more schools will benefit as more businesses engage with the programme.”

MP welcomes £1.5billion for arts and museums with visit to Amberley Museum   

Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith paid a visit to Amberley Museum on Monday morning (6th July) to see how they are preparing to re-open after being closed for three months. 


The MP welcomes the Government’s announcement of a massive £1.57 billion rescue package for culture, arts and heritage.  The world-leading package of support for the cultural and creative sectors is the culmination of weeks of work between Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Her Majesty’s Treasury. 


Many of Britain’s cultural and heritage institutions have already received unprecedented financial assistance to see them through the pandemic including loans, business rate holidays and participation in the coronavirus job retention scheme.  Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors. 


Andrew met Valerie Mills, Director of Amberley Museum, an important museum in the heart of the South Downs National Park, dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East.  With 40 exhibits set over 36 acres displays visitors can learn more about 150 years of the South’s working past in what was once a busy chalk quarry and lime works.   


Valerie said: “We were delighted to welcome Andrew to our museum and to show him just why it is so important to preserve the South Downs heritage and history.  We are grateful for the help already received but we, and many museums like us, need a real safety-net to ensure we can keep going throughout this crisis so that we can still be here for schools and visitors when this is all over.”   


Andrew Griffith said: “I am grateful to Valerie, Richard and Graham for showing me around their wonderful museum site which is full of fascinating artefacts from the South Downs rich history.  I welcome the unprecedented additional support announced by the Government for the arts, theatres and museums this week as we all benefit from the tourism and hospitality that they support.”