maureen-scholefieldA new chairman, a retail initiative for Haywards Heath, an exciting new events programme and networking for growth mark the latest steps for the Haywards Heath and District Business Association (HHDBA).

Membership is thriving and the Association has just announced the date for the 2012 Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride.

HHDBA Founding Chairman, John de Mierre, is handing over the Chairman’s baton to Maureen Scholefi eld (pictured right) as he’s just been appointed Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Mid Sussex District Council. “It’s a great wrench to step down from HHDBA, but I’d like to thank my colleagues for helping to really establish the Association as a strong voice for business in Haywards Heath. There have been lots of highlights but, clearly in terms of putting Haywards Heath on the map, the fantastically successful Bike Ride stands out. But the Association’s key task is about business growth and I am
grateful to many colleagues who are working hard to help achieve this.”

The latest Programme of Events, through until March 2012, has been launched offering everything from social-cum-networking to ‘Ask the Expert’ and a series of ‘How to…’ skills workshops. Maureen Scholefield comments: “When HHDBA promises to benefit its members, it means just that – so you can get advice on, for example, renegotiating your Lease, how the new Localism Bill will affect you, how to ‘tweet’ or write a press release.”

And, to make sure the Association is looking after ALL its members, there are two new initiatives on the starting blocks. A new Retail Initiative is determined to persuade more people to ‘shop locally’, while the Business & Professional Services group to help foster business development is set to launch in September. The real coup perhaps is that, for the AGM on Thursday 17th November, HHDBA has recruited a top level “Question Time” panel to debate the economic and business
issues of the day. It includes not only local MP, Nicholas Soames (House of Commons’ Whips allowing) but WSCC Leader, Louise Goldsmith; Gatwick Diamond’s CE, Rosemary French; MSDC Leader, Garry Wall and HHTC’s Leader, Tim Farmer.

Maureen Scholefield, says: “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be taking over at the helm of HHDBA. John has been a tower of strength, strategy and patience since our inception and I’m sure he will continue to help us. This is the third recession I’ve worked through and it’s definitely the worst; so our aim of putting our local economy and community firmly on the map is even more important. We’ve got to show just how good we are! The HHDBA is full of enthusiasm and wants success for the local economy and community. There’s a huge amount going on and lots of new thinking and initiatives to make this happen.”

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