JULY 2013




Tuesday 2nd July 2013 – HHDBA Action Learning 18:00 – 19:45

Venue: United Services Club. Wivelsfield Road. Haywards Heath.

Cost:  £5 for HHDBA members, £10 for non-members but FREE to first-time guests AND the member who brings them along!

Contact Sue Llewellyn on admin@hhdba.com  to book or to find out more call Stephen Hillier on 0783 020 0722.

Tuesday 9th July 2013 – Networking Drinks 17.45 – 19.30.

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free

Thursday 25th July 2013 – Members Welcome meeting 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Physio Therapy Centre. 11 Heath Road Haywards Heath.

Cost:  Free for HHDBA members

Contact Sue Llewellyn on admin@hhdba.com  to book or to find out more call Wendy Langley on 01444 450162.


Helen Hall/Sue Darnell – The Yews

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Tom McClurg – Internal Control Institute UK & Ireland

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Gary Parker – Kruger Strauss Limited

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Graham White -Haywards Heath Golf Club                   

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Karen Bach – KalliKids

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Jane Pattenden -JPS Bootcamps

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 Extech sign two year shirt deal with Crawley Town FC

Extech have signed a two year sponsorship deal with Crawley Town FC as sponsor of their new Family Fun Zone and front of shirt sponsor on the home and away kit worn by under 18’s.

The deal means we will appear on all football shirts sold to under 18’s as well as mascot Reggie the Red Devil. The Extech Family Fun Zone will also enable children to have fun before and after a match whilst their parents relax over a coffee.

Managing Director Andrew Hookway said “We are very proud to be associated with Crawley Town as it really has become part of the local and wider community. Sponsoring a League One Football Club really illustrates just how far we have come as a business over the past 5 years.”

Richard Low, Chief Executive of Crawley Town FC said “We are a family focused club both on and off the field. I am delighted to have Extech onboard and thank them for their continued investment in the club and its younger fans.”

For more information on Extech please visit www.extech.co.uk



L-R; Mike, Rob, Hollie, Emily, Adam, Joe

Round 3 of our successful internship programme is now in its third and final month. Emily and Joe have made great contributions to the HHDBA team in supporting Hollie and Sue with various administrative tasks and events.

They are currently seeking CV help from Lynn Tulip of Assessment for Potential to help them stand out from the crowd in their job search. We would like to thank them for the time and energy they have put into the role as well as thanking their host companies; Cullen Scholefield, St Peter and St James’ Hospice, It’s Magic and De Novo Flowers. We will be saying a fond farewell and wishing them the best of luck on the 2nd August.

In the meantime we will be looking for two more interns to join us in August as well as some more host companies. If you are interested in hosting an intern or know of any school, college or university leavers that might be interested in taking part please contact Hollie Dunster at Hdunster@csgconsult.com.


The Yews

The BIG LUNCH is taking place in Haywards Heath for the second time on  July 7th.

Organised by Sussex  Oakleaf  and  hosted by The Yews on the corner of Boltro  Road and  Muster Green,  this is an event created by  the Eden Project to encourage as many people across the UK as possible  to  get together with their neighbours for a few hours of community friendship and fun.

Last year’s Lunch was a great success with more than 80 people  sharing  in the music,  performances and  bring-and-share  food .  Members of  the HHDBA are warmly  invited to come along and  join in this year with Yews User Groups and  the whole community on July 7th from 1.00pm to 4.00pm .

July 1st is also The Yews (Haywards Heath) Community Partnership’s second birthday, another  reason to bring the community together in celebration.  It was on this date in 2011 that West Sussex County Council transferred the management, operation and financing  of  the Centre to The Yews (Haywards Heath)  Community Partnership, a  charity set up specifically for this purpose.


Sainsbury’s have generously given The Yews permission to hold a charity collection at the Haywards Heath store all day on Saturday, July 13th. 

The proceeds will be  shared by the The Yews  Partnership and   those  small, charitable  User Groups  whose members are holding  the collecting  tins  that  day.  If you are coming to shop in the store and notice them there, please put a donation in one of the tins to help some  very good causes.



Sadly, we’ve cancelled the planned It’s A Knock out event, but we have some more fun events planned later in the year.



























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Haywards Heath Golf ClubNew members of the HHDBA, Haywards Heath Golf Club have graciously offered HHDBA members complimentary membership of their established Luncheon Club. The Luncheon Club allows non-golfers to enjoy the welcoming exclusivity of a members golf club with private rooms, a comfortable lounge, a well stocked bar and a full kitchen service.

Tailored specially to the wishes and tastes of the Club members there is a wide choice of dishes on the menu and an innovative selection of highly affordable daily specials. Membership of the HHGC Luncheon Club allows HHDBA members to entertain customers and guests without breaking the bank.

HHDBA Luncheon Club members can use the HHGC Clubhouse between 11:00 and 16:00 which means their fabulous lunchtime catering is available as well as afternoon tea and home-made cakes.

Your Call to Action: Download an application form here. 



OptomenIs your shop regularly targeted by thieves? Are light-fingered customers crippling your business? Would you like some professional help to deter shoplifters once and for all?

Optomen Television, the makers of Mary Portas: Secret Shopper and Gordon Ramsey’s: Kitchen Nightmares is producing a brand new television series for a major broadcaster, offering help to businesses plagued by shoplifters.

We’ll be working with one of the country’s top crime prevention police officers, who will be offering free advice on how to protect your business, including making essential adjustments to your store to deter the thieves indefinitely.

If you’d like to know more about the programme and how you can better protect your business then please email ShopCrime@optomen.com or call 020 3227 5867



The MewsThe Mewes Veterinary Clinic in Haywards Heath is having an Open Day on July 13th, 2pm – 4pm.

Come and meet the team, have a guided tour behind the scenes, meet a family of hedgehogs, have your portrait taken with your dog, watch demonstrations from The Sussex Search and Rescue Team and Haywards Heath and District Canine Society, enter our competition to name our new mascot and our Grand Raffle, to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of pet food.

AND…meet Brin, our celebrity guest. Brin was a stray in Afganistan, before being adopted by the British Army and saving soldiers lives by alerting them when there were mines or roadside bombs.

All proceeds will go to the charity NOWZAD who rescue stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information, call 01444 456886 or go to www.themewesvets.co.uk.


sustainable-business-partnershipJoin the Sustainable Business for the next in our series of breakfast learning and networking events. This time we’ll be by the seaside in Shoreham looking at energy efficiency in buildings, vehicle fleets and throughout the supply chain. With speakers from The Body Shop, Iron Mountain and Greengauges this is an event not to be missed.

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2013

Time: 8am to 10am

Venue: Sussex Yacht Club, 85-89 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 6RF

Event programme:

Case Study: The Body Shop
Find out how the beauty products company are improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of their stores by introducing energy efficient lighting, sourcing sustainable flooring and building materials, and training store managers. With Simon Locke.

CSR: Burden or Benefit?
Jim Craig from Greengauges will discuss the business benefits of implementing a CSR strategy in your business. Jim is the former Head of CSR at Sun Microsystems and will share his first hand experiences of how investing in CSR to create a sustainable and ethical business can create quantifiable financial returns.

Case Study: Iron Mountain
How do you go about improving the fuel efficiency of your vehicle fleets? Rory Morgan from Iron Mountain will talk about how they have cut emissions and fuel costs of their vehicle fleet through monitoring technologies and driver training.

Your chance to introduce yourself and your business to the audience.

£20 per head or £30 for two (why not bring a colleague or invite a client?). BACS, card, cheque accepted. To book, email or call Jo Southernwood on network@sustainablebusiness.org.uk or 07807 588887

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Haywards Heath Town CouncilMembers are cordially invited to Haywards Heath Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan – Business Breakfast on  Thursday 4th July 2013 – 7.30am – 9.00am at Haywards Heath Town Hall, 40 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath.

Haywards Heath Town Council invites you to a consultation event on the retail and business chapter of the draft Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan.

In line with powers given to Town/Parish Councils under the Localism Act 2011, Haywards Heath Town Council is writing a Neighbourhood Plan which will govern the growth and development of the Town over the next 20 years.  Once adopted this document will act as a strategic planning tool, and will be attached to Mid Sussex District Council’s District Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan will include a strong emphasis on economic growth to support an increase in housing within the Town and across the District.  The Neighbourhood Plan must align with strategic policies of Mid Sussex District Council’s District Plan (outlined in their Economic Development Strategy), which are high level policies that can be adapted to meet local needs and circumstances.

In light of this the Town Council wishes to validate and obtain views on six areas/issues that it feels will support the business community and which the Town Council proposes to base its Neighbourhood Plan policies on in relation to the retail and business section of the plan.

The business breakfast on the 4th July will include short presentations on:

  1. Background to Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan (Town Clerk)
  2. Mid Sussex District Council Economic Strategy (MSDC Officers)
  3. Haywards Heath and District Business Association’s view on the Neighbourhood Plan process
  4. Haywards Heath Town Team’s view on the Neighbourhood Plan process (Chair – Town Team)

Questions will be welcomed after the presentations with a further opportunity to comment on the policy areas the Town Council is looking to include in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Please RSVP by Friday 28th June 2013 – Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please email town.clerk@haywardsheath.gov.uk or call 01444 455694 to book your place.



BelvoirHelp Belvoir Lettings celebrate their new business getting off to a ‘flying start’ by taking part in their charity balloon race, in support of St Peter and St James’ Hospice.

Buy a balloon to fly – perhaps in memory of a loved one, and help raise money for a great cause at the same time.

Entries cost just £3 in advance, for a chance to win a fabulous Kindle Fire HD, as well as tickets to see Peter Andre or Katherine Jenkins in Haywards Heath in July.

Balloons will be released from Victoria Park during the ‘Schools Aloud’ concert on Thursday 18 July and the Kindle Fire will be won by the owner of the balloon that travels the furthest distance during the two week race period. There will also be a prize for the person who finds the winning balloon and returns the label.

Plus, Belvoir have teamed up with It’s Magic Events to give you even more opportunities to win! Everyone who enters the race in advance will be placed in a weekly draw for the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to attend either Peter Andre or Katherine Jenkins’ concerts on 19th & 20th July. So, the earlier you enter the race, the more chances you will have to win!

To enter, visit our website to print off an entry form and return it to Belvoir Lettings at 132 South Road with your payment. Go to http://www.belvoirlettings.com/belvoirs-charity-balloon-race-p3753


12-hour-zumbathonAfter the success of last year’s record breaking 39 hour 20 minute zumbathon, this year some members of HHDBA will be taking it easy this year by only doing a mere 12 hours!

Starting at Clair Hall between midnight on Sunday 31st August and finishing around 1pm on Monday 1st September, the event promises to be a real party atmosphere. If you can’t face a full 12 hours then anyone can join in by doing as little as 2 hours.

Hosted by the “Zumba Queen of Lindfield”, Esther Featherstone, funds raised this year will go towards the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, the only Children’s Hospice in Sussex.

If you want to sponsor one of the team then go to http://www.justgiving.com/teams/zumbathon or if you’d like to take part then download an entry form from http://zumbalive.co.uk/charity/charity-zumbathon-2013/


Timeless TimeTimelessTime is sponsoring the Innovation of the Year Award 2013.  The Business Matters Awards are run in conjunction with The West Sussex County Times, Crawley Observer, Mid Sussex Times and Sussex Express culminating in a gala black tie dinner on 26th July at which TimelessTime will present the Innovation Award to the winner.  Commented TimelessTime’s Sue Berry, “When judging we will be looking for a company or an individual who is able to demonstrate novel approaches that have facilitated the growth of their firm”.

Innovation takes many forms.  In the early days of man’s evolution a stone fashioned in to hammer was innovative.  The spinning looms of the industrial revolution allowed products to be made more efficiently than by hand production.  Today innovation tends to often be computer based.  As Sue continued “We will be looking for a solution which brings a fresh approach to service delivery, product development or marketing”.

URL for more on the awards: http://www.jpsouthevents.co.uk/event/business-matters-awards-2013/

For more on TimelessTime: http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/

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Sussex Living Magazine

Have you heard the buzz? Our cover story is all about the plight of our honey bees and how we can help keep that familiar summer buzz in our gardens, do check it out on pages 23-27. Bursting with events, fresh ideas, features and activities, Sussex Living magazine helps you get the most out of Mid Sussex. You can read the whole issue online here.

Want to get your own copy? You don’t have to go far to pick one up. Pick-up points in and around Haywards Heath include: Antares (South Road), De Novo, The Orchards, Baldwins, Archies Sandwich Bar, Grape and Grain, Sarah Lacey, Action for Deafness, Franklands Village Stores, Clair Hall and many more. Old Mill Farm in Bolney and The Hare and Hounds in Cowfold, we truly value all these businesses for supporting the magazine.

In the Footsteps of the Romans: Part 3
Concluding our three-part series, we look at the Wealden industry that supported Mid Sussex’s economy during the Roman occupation of Britain pages 7-10.

Taking the Inside Out – want to make more of your Home and Garden?
This month, we are looking at how to bring the inside out. Check pages 13-18 on how to make the most of your outside space. We have great tips, inspiration and style ideas to help you create a very stylish garden.

St Peter and St James Open Gardens from 1st July – 18th August.
Come and visit a huge variety of different gardens that are opening to raise vital funds for the hospice across Mid Sussex. Whether you like smart, modern, metropolitan gardens, country cottages, townhouse gardens or large country gardens there is something for everyone. For more details www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk

Want to try a peaceful walk?
Why not try our July Walk in Small Dole? A lovely walk through low-lying meadows, this route takes us along a stretch of the Downs Link and the River Adur near Henfield and Small Dole, starting at Woods Mill.

Hurstwood Park
Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath is a centre of excellence for neurology and neurological surgery. It meets the needs of patients suffering disorders of the brain and nervous system, and it has a nationwide reputation for the quality of its care. Read more about the fabulous work this hospital does and the tireless fundraising  activities spearheaded by Chairman Brian Gubbin in the July Issue.

Don’t delay – pick up your FREE copy today!

Call: 01273 835355 Email: info@sussexliving.com web: www.sussexliving.com twitter: @sussexliving  www.facebook.com/sussexliving


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