Hi Everyone

I hope you had a wonderful Easter despite the snow! The town council has asked me to share with you some information about their upcoming events as well as giving you a quick nag about the HHDBA events this month.

  • 9th April – Networking Drinks
  • 16th April – Planning for Profit 4 of 4
  • 25th April – Making Social Media Work for You
  • 29th April – Haywards Heath Town Meeting
  • 30th April – HHDBA Members Meeting
  • 5th May- Sussex Living Marathon.

Networking Drinks

Idlewild in the Broadway is the place to be for the HHDBA’s highly successful networking event. From 5:45pm on the 9th of April our members will be in the main bar area to get a round in, enjoy some nibbles and network furiously.

Planning for Profit: 4 of 4

The final instalment of René Moolenaar’s popular ‘Planning for Profit’ programme will be held on 16th April, 7:30am at Orange Square.

Take a firm grip on the future of your business, because the programme:

  • has been developed and is delivered by an experienced Managing Director,  also a Tutorial Fellow of the Business and Management School of the University of Sussex;
  • will give you the very latest in best practice business models;
  • will enhance your understanding of business planning, to help you dealing with the future challenges your business inevitably will face;
  • will improve your return on investment, chances of success and reduce risk.

The programme is relevant for businesses from any industry where confidence has returned or is returning, and who want to grow profitability ensuring their investment in time and money has a high degree of success.

Making Social Media Work for You

Is Social Networking a blessing or a curse for your business?  Are you a Twitter timewaster, or are you handcuffed to Hootsuite?  Do you only Facebook with family or do you linger in LinkedIn?

On 25th April, 7:30am at Orange Square, Pete Cogle, from Suffuse Solutions will compare and contrast a variety of Social Media tools, helping you decide which you should use, and which you should avoid. Offering time saving tips and ways to integrate your website with the most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+.

Haywards Heath Town Meeting

Don’t forget about the upcoming Haywards Heath Town Meeting on 29th April from 7pm at the Town Hall. Teas and Coffees will be served from 6.30pm

The council would welcome pre submitted questions as well as questions from the floor. A formal agenda will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Members Meeting

One of the biggest events of the year will be held on 30th April at the Birch Hotel from 6pm. We hope as many members as possible will attend.  The main business is to elect the officers and committee for2013/14. Chairman Maureen Scholefield is always keen to hear from any volunteers for a committee place, or to be a member of one of our task groups – Connect to recruit members; Communicate to promote the Association, Develop to plan our programmes and Grow to consider the best ways of sharing knowledge to grow your business.

The meeting is also an opportunity to hear what the HHDBA has planned and to have your say on its future development.

Sussex Living Marathon

The Sussex Living marathon is coming to Mid Sussex again this year after its success last year attracting over 1300 runners and many more spectators.  The event is unique run over three days in three locations starting on Saturday 4th May in East Grinstead, moving on Sunday 5th May to Haywards Heath and finally to Burgess Hill on Monday 6th May. Each race combined makes up the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

This year we are hoping to build on the success of the event and bring in local businesses to ensure that we support the local economy too. Therefore we are contacting you to see whether you would be interested in supporting the event by donating prizes in return for recognition at the awards ceremonies or having a stand or promotional leaflets at one or all of the events depending on what you are able to offer.

We are looking for prizes to give to those who win, come second or third as well as age related winners and team races. These range in value from £5 to £75. Many local businesses are keen to support the event by providing prizes as well as offering special deals on the day such as two for one on cakes in local cafes and discounts in their stores.

With the Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill races this year in town centre locations this is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business at a community event where runners come from all over the South East with their families to take part. The races will also be covered by local radio stations who will be live on air at some of the races.

If you think this is something you are able to support then please do get in contact with Lucie Venables on 01444 477 012 or at Lucie.venables@midsussex.gov.uk

Finally, Sue will be returning from holiday on the 10th April, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sue or myself if you need any further information.

Kind regards

Hollie Dunster