In the community series: part 1 of 4

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Sims Williams understands that moving home is so much more than the physical property you’re purchasing; the location, neighbourhood, estate agent, and amenities play a significant part in the decision-making process. We want to help make this easier for you.

With 40 years of experience, buying, selling and letting property in West Sussex we’ve discovered the best local, independent businesses Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Walberton and the Six Villages have to offer. They’re too good to keep to ourselves and want to share with you, especially if you’re looking to move to the area. We guarantee we will be able to recommend first-hand a local business to suit your needs!

Catherine’s Originals, Walberton

To start this ‘in the community’ series off we have the ‘sweetest’ business – Catherine’s Original Vegan Chocolates, in Walberton! Founded by Catherine and Jamie in 2021, the community led business creates the most unique, delicious, vegan chocolates you could ever wish for. ‘Baby I’m Blue’ is their unique chocolate (lavender & chamomile flavour!) What’s more – the whole production takes place in Walberton too!

We sent a couple of our New Homes team heroes off to explore the ‘Wonka’s of Walberton’; here’s what Annabel had to say on her return:

“Mel and I have had such a fun morning! We went down to meet Catherine, Jamie & Team at Catherine’s Original Vegan Chocolates in Walberton and had a tour of the Chocco Cabin & their new Walberton factory. Great people, a great company and a great local business!”

Catherine’s Original Vegan Chocolates was born from the belief that there is a different chocolate for every mood & everyone has their own favourite. Catherine’s personal favourites are ‘Popped Cherry’ & ‘Bite Me Balls’, (a caramel filled chocolate). Jamie’s is ‘The Cookie Muncher’ (a cookies & cream chocolate).

This brilliant business has set some impressive goals for 2024. We can’t wait to see them continue to grow and support them in testing out the rest of the collection soon! Keep your eyes peeled for Catherine’s Original Vegan Chocolates stalls at seasonal Christms markets later this year and why not purchase a collection box to see what all the fuss is about!

Beachtown Blooms, Littlehampton

Next up, we connected with Dave Carman, owner of the beautiful ‘Beachtown Blooms’ – a fabulous independent, award-winning florist.

“It all began just before lockdown. I had contacted Sam and Stuart from The Brewhouse Project and asked them if I could do a pop up shop in the car park. When things started to open up again post lockdown, they asked if I would like a more permanent stop inside and I jumped at the chance!” 

Something we love about this local business is the variety on offer. Dave and his team are able to create everything from wedding flowers, sympathy tribute flowers, corporate work, local delivery and self service. In Dave’s words, “I use the best flowers I can get my hands on and the most popular product is the ‘Florists Pick Bouquet’ . I think the USP with Beachtown Blooms is the personal service and value for money”.  

Dave kindly provided a bespoke Mother’s Day bouquet for our giveaway which was extremely well received by our lovely winner Trudy “It was a lovely bouquet thank you very much!

If you are looking for stunning floral designs, whatever the scale, we would highly recommend you check out @beachtownblooms and speak to Dave about your vision. 

Speaking of visions, 2024 is going to be a jam packed year for the business; from weddings, events as well as day to day running of the business, Dave has also just launched a new company called Gubbins – a styling company that provides wedding cakes, flowers and props all in one package. As Dave said, “That should keep us busy!”

Picturedrome, Bognor Regis

Our third business we’ve teamed up with so far this year is the infamous Picturedrome in Bognor Regis. 


Did you know that it’s a Grade II listed building and was originally built in 1885 and first used as the Assembly Rooms? The Picturedrome was then designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage on 23rd July 2009.

Located conveniently opposite Bognor Regis Railway Station; it houses four cinema screens which can seat up to 544 viewers in total, features digital projectors and uses Dolby Digital Surround Sound. It was opened as a full time cinema known as the Picturedrome on 5th July 1918.

With a variety of shows on offer, the Picturedrome is a hub of entertainment for all the family and a great treat! Something we really value is the level of consideration for accessibility and diversity; disability access is considered as well as offering Autism and Sensory Friendly Screenings of popular family films on a regular basis.

Our latest giveaway included four tickets to a show of your choice with a delicious drinks and snack bundle to top it off – perfect just in time for the Easter Holiday!

If you’re looking for a local activity and fancy visiting a historical site then head down to the Picturedrome. Book your tickets here.

Stay connected with Sims Williams on social media (Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn) and make sure you don’t miss out on any future giveaways as we continue to build on our ‘little black book’ of community businesses throughout the rest of 2024!
Sims Williams are estate and letting agents with offices in Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester and The Six Villages. For expert advice on all things property or for a free no obligation market appraisal, do contact your local Sims Williams office. We are here to guide you through every step of your journey, providing professional advice, support and guidance you can trust. 


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