Hunters has enjoyed a promising first year in business in Haywards Heath and Partner, Phil Richrdson, reflects on their success:
“2012 was slow throughout; what was obvious in local selling was that there were buyers out there, but some property valuations tended to be over ambitious. Property that was keenly priced and actively marketed was sold, but stock that was over-priced tended to stall until the on the market price was lowered to meet customer opinions.
January and February this year were certainly busier with more people looking to market their property. This continued with good levels of sales up to the Easter break. Since that time there has been a slight slowdown of new instructions coming on and buyers are reporting some difficulty in finding the right property for them. This is in part due to the slight shortage in new stock appearing and further with a number of market appraisals where the vendors are undecided whether to market now or wait until further into the year. We are hoping for a more active year in 2013 and certainly all indications point in that direction as we continue to build on market share and local reputation.
Tom Gunstone, who comes from a background in house sales with a south London competitor, has just joined the team and, of course, HHDBA members who want to discuss market prospects are welcome at Hunters any time!”
Nothing if not adventurous, the HHDBA is organising its very own It’s a Knockout on Sunday, 28th July at Clair Park (or if wet, in Redwood Centre) from 2.00 pm.
Try your hand at games old and new; bring the family or a team from your business. It’s free to enter but there will be a charge for the Bar and the BBQ to be served at 4.30 pm. More news soon but keep the date and get prepared to roll up for a great time! www.hhdba.co.uk.
MAKING INFORMATION YOUR CRITICAL ASSET
In a time of increased outsourcing, partnering and flexible working, a company’s main asset must be its information. We will explore how to manage enterprise content to enable your company to be lean, agile and responsive.
Join Total Document Solutions for one of two seminars covering this critical subject, see and hear from our experts how thousands of companies from sole traders to multi-nationals have reaped rewards. Gain from intelligent ideas to tackle tedious paper-based processes, reduce storage costs and increase compliance within your organization.
10.00am and 2.00pm Thursday 27th June 2013 Apex Conference Suite, Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill
MONTE CARLO OR BUST FOR CHARITY
HHDBA members, AM & M and Extech, took part in the Gatwick Diamond Business 2013 Charity Challenge in May helping to raise more than £12,000 for the GDB’s chosen charities
12 teams in cars provided by Coulsdon Audi set off for the Monte Carlo Columbus Hotel, driving non -stop and competing against a GDB team using only public transport. Brilliant navigation, dastardly intrigues amongst competitors to outsmart others at toll queues, not to mention generous contributions to the French Police for speeding fines, made for a close contest.
Alix Cox from AM&M, Becky Sharpe from Harvey John Recruitment and Tony Rice from Audi, found themselves in the lead car coming to the final toll approaching Monte Carlo itself, but a disastrous choice of toll queues, coupled with an inadvertent tour of the famous Grand Prix racing circuit, saw them pipped to the post by Team EasyJet, and, ultimately, end up in fifth place behind even the Public Transport team.
Not only will there be a chance to shimmy away your blues, but there will be a live singer, a samba show, 5+ instructors and special effects.
Tickets cost £15 in advance and £20 on the door. Come and join the party with Gian Da Silva at www.gian-zumba.co.uk.
LET’S GET QUIZZICAL!
1st Haywards Heath Scouts are holding a quiz on 28 June 2013 to raise funds for new camping equipment. Starting at 7.30 for 8pm, food will be provided but please bring your own liquid refreshments and glass! Adults only, it’s just £20 per team, with a maximum of six people per team and there are fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
It will be held at the Scout Hut, behind the garages, in Franklands Village Haywards Heath RH16 3RS. For tickets and more information call Kate Graham on 07546 943 939 or e-mail Tony Pearson at email@example.com
HHDBA member, Alex Kent Associates Ltd, is sponsoring a Midsummer Concert by local new choir Coro Nuovo in St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath on Sunday 23rd June at 7.30 pm.
The choir is led by the Newick-based international opera singer, Andrew Rees, and the event promises to be an evening packed with fabulous music, theatre and spectacle. The concert will include some well-known opera pieces as well as some guest spots from talented local soloists.
The Middy and its sister papers want to support local businesses as much as possible and will be holding a Middy Marketing Opps presentation at the Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June. On Monday 17th, there will be presentations at 9.00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm and 2:45pm. It’s the same time on Tuesday, with an extra session at 4.30pm.
The sessions will give advice and tips on how to market your business effectively. It’s completely free to attend and each presentation lasts about 30 minutes – and there are exclusive advertising rates for a range of our titles including the Middy which are only available for attendees.
To participate, businesses can register their interest by emailing Richard Harmer at firstname.lastname@example.org, but be quick as demand will be high!
The Mewes Veterinary Clinic is busily meeting lots of prospective clients. They recently held a Dog Show at the Cuckoo Fayre, which was blessed with sunny weather, and lots of wagging tails, and are now planning an Open Day on Saturday July 13th.
Features include guided tours behind the scenes at the clinic, the opportunity to have your photo taken with your pet, and the chance to meet a fantastic four-legged celebrity, in ‘Brin the Afghanistan Hero Dog’, who saved many soldiers’ lives while out in Afghanistan.
The Mewes is also offering a ‘Recommend a Friend’ initiative starting this month, whereby if an existing client brings a new client, they get a 50% discount on their dog, cat or rabbit’s next vaccination.
TAX MYTH 11 – THE TAX SYSTEM DOESN’T SUPPORT MARRIAGE
Paula Tomlinson, of On the Spotax, says Marriage and Civil Partnerships are provided with many tax reliefs and people shouldn’t say there are none.
For instance business partnerships, where one spouse is a working partner, provides scope or, if the company is limited, there are opportunities via share distribution. Paula also warns of the risks on not managing inheritance tax.
Reeves, one of the South East’s leading Accountancy and Financial Service firms, will be a new commercial sponsor of the British Short Track Speed Skating team as they begin their 2014 Winter Olympic campaign.
Reeves will be sponsoring alongside the international children’s charity Right To Play, whose work aims to use the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.
With 255 days to go until the Games, the British Short Track Speed Skating team is back training on the ice following valuable rest ahead of the final stage of the four year training cycle for the Winter Olympics.
GB Short Track performance director Stuart Horsepool said, “We are delighted to have a new sponsor in an Olympic year. The sport relies almost completely on UK Sport Lottery funding, so the addition of commercial sponsorship from a company like Reeves is invaluable to us when it comes to the detailed planning of Olympic preparations and the build up to the Games next February in Sochi, Russia.
The June issue of Sussex Living is out now and is bursting with events, fresh ideas, features and activities, to help you get the most out of Mid Sussex. You can also read the whole issue online here
AMORE: SINGING FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
Our cover story is Amore, the classical quartet who were part of the entertainment on the Royal Barge at last year’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Since then, there’s been lots of media attention and next month they are performing in Haywards Heath.
CHARITY OPEN GARDENS
Why not spend a leisurely afternoon immersing yourself in some of the most delightful gardens in Mid Sussex? Large and small, we are featuring them and many listed in our Diary Dates including Cuckfield and Turners Hill.
HHDBA – IT’S ALL ABOUT GROWTH!
Haywards Heath and District Business Association is going from strength to strength as you know! See the fantastic coverage in our June Issue pages 74-75 on this fast paced, dynamic, local business association.
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