August Newsletter




The Central Mid-Sussex Schools’ CIC ChoirThe Central Mid-Sussex Schools’ CIC Choir and Orchestra made their debut performance at the Schools Aloud concert on Thursday evening.

It’s Magic provided the children with an exciting opportunity to perform in front of a live audience on a professional stage and it was an experience that they all thoroughly enjoyed and will have fond memories of.

The choir is formed of children from the 20 schools across Haywards Heath and the surrounding areas and ably led by the talented Josie Quin they provided a spectacular rendition of some popular music including Rhianna’s Titanium and Rolling in the Deep by Adele, before leading the crowd in a joint sing along.

The junior orchestra was formed at Easter and this very young group of musicians have worked incredibly hard and under the expert guidance of conductor Mike Wood played a series of pieces including Pachabel’s Canon and Half minute waltz.

The Central Mid-Sussex Schools’ CIC has been established to create opportunities for children from across the 20 schools in Haywards Heath and the surrounding area. For further information please visit their website


Mews MascotHaywards Heath veterinary practice The Mewes Veterinary Clinic held an open day on Saturday 13th July to raise money for Nowzad; a charity that rescues suffering animals in Afghanistan.

The event invited the residents of Haywards Heath and surrounding areas to come along and explore the practice, as well as donate to the Nowzad charity.

Throughout the day there was plenty to keep everyone’s mind off of the blistering heat including animal demonstrations, a family of hedgehogs and Brin; a dog rescued by Nowzad in 2010.

Julia Mewes, owner of The Mewes Vets says, “The event was a great success. We had a fantastic turnout and raised £300 for Nowzad whilst having lots of fun.

“We were slightly concerned that the weather was going to be an issue. But it turned out to be nothing that lots of refreshments and a paddling pool couldn’t fix.”

Nowzad was created by Royal Marine Sergeant Pen Farthing in 2006. Whilst stationed in Now Zad, a war town in Afghanistan, the sergeant realised that it wasn’t just humans that needed support.

Brin was amongst the dogs rescued by Sergeant Farthing and the British Army. He was branded a hero in 2010 for saving the lives of two soldiers by preventing them from stepping on a land mine.

Julia says, “Brin was definitely the celebrity that everyone turned up to see. There were even people who attended that had come to visit him for the second time.

“Brin is a great example of the fantastic work Nowzad does. As well as rescuing dogs from Afghanistan, the charity also rehomes the animals and makes sure they’re ready to be reintroduced into society.”

During the event The Mewes Vets held a grand raffle. The prize was £200 worth of pet food and has been awarded to ‘Gem’ Lawson.

Throughout the day visitors were invited to make small donations for portraits of their pets and guided tours of the practice.

The Mewes Vets was established by Julia Mewes, a registered veterinary surgeon, in 1996. It has since become recognised for its ‘one pet, one vet’ policy that guarantees animals will see the same professional on each routine visit.


ICI UKUnderstanding the nature of control in business, how control reduces risks, ways in which effective control supports the success of an organization i.e. its objectives, the distinction between control and managing, and not least shared ethical values, are fundamental to good business management. These and other key aspects of internal control will be discussed at a short seminar organised by the Internal Control Institute (UK & IRE).

The seminar will be held in London on 12th September 2013. The venue is the British Bankers’ Association, Pinners Hall, 105-108 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1EX. ICI UK hope you can attend.

For more details and to register visit; or contact;


Danny's Comedy ClubDanny’s Comedy Club serves up its latest confection of comedy acts every last Friday of the month at the Birch Hotel in Haywards Heath.

Due to its increasing popularity, the Comedy Club’s owner Daniel Kington decided a new home was needed and management at the town’s largest hotel complex recently offered to provide the Comedy Club with a prestigious new location.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Birch Hotel have generously offered us a grand new home,” said Daniel Kington, founder and producer of the Club. “They have just completed development of a fabulous new lounge area that is large, modern, stylish and comfortable, an ideal location to enjoy a great evening of laughs and entertainment in a friendly and welcoming environment. The management have even laid on special offers at the bar whilst the Head Chef has designed a special Comedy Night menu.”

Danny’s Comedy Club recently opened its own Youtube Channel, broadcasting clips of its shows worldwide on the internet.

A surprise success amongst local audiences and with an increasing following at every show, Danny’s Comedy Club offers up seven comedians and a singing act at each of its monthly shows. Established comedians from across the country will be appearing in the show, and for just £5.00 per person it’s a great cheap night out.



Homesmith’s existing team of 4 (right) are expanding!

Jenna Gale starts with Homesmiths on 13th August as their estimator.  Jenna lives in Haywards Heath and has been working in Brighton so is very happy to find a new role locally.  They are working on projects in three markets – care homes, show homes and residential.

They also need an intern, who intern will get to work on all of these projects supporting and learning from the design team. Interested applicants should contact Jaqui Smith directly via e-mail with a cv.

Homesmiths are now Barratt Southern Counties main show home designer.  Jacqui approached them in 2010 when they started building in Lindfield.  Homesmiths were commissioned to design the 4 bed show homes at The Limes and since then they have been kept extremely busy with sites throughout Sussex.


savannahLooking for the perfect way to combine business with a tasty meal, but without the hassle?

Then Savannah Cafe Bar has the answer! 

Their new in-house catering service can deliver a wide range of buffet-style packages, either to your place of work, or at Savannah, where they can also provide full PA facilities with projectors and screens for corporate events, business meetings etc.

The bespoke packages will be available to order by phone, e-mail and facebook . They are all home made and they only incorporate the finest ingredients.

Savannah invite you to join them for a free taster evening at Savannah Cafe Bar with a free glass of prosecco on arrival, on Tuesday August 20th from 17:30 – 19:30

If you would like to join them for this exclusive event then please call Amanda on 01444 458181 or email There is limited availability so r.s.v.p is essential.


Peter Andre drinking AquapaxAfter the long dry spell it’s been nice to have some more water in sussex. But, for celebrity Peter Andre there was more water on show, when he was recently pictured by The Daily Mail having a refreshing carton of Aquapax Water, thanks to HHDBA’s own Neil Thomlinson.

It's Magic EventsHe clearly needed to be refreshed after his succesful concert in Victoria Park as part of HHDBA member Tim French’s It’s Magic Event in July.




Owner Karyn Kelley and daughter Holly help to release over 200 balloons entered in the charity balloon race for St Peter & St James Hospice.

Local property lettings specialist, Belvoir Lettings celebrated the launch of their new office in Haywards Heath with a charity balloon race, in support of St Peter and St James’ Hospice in North Chailey.

After a VIP drinks party at Belvoir’s new office in South Road on 18 July, attended by the Mayor and over 40 guests, more than 200 balloons were released from Victoria Park during the ‘Schools Aloud’ concert, raising over £600. A Kindle Fire HD will be won by the owner of the balloon that travels the furthest distance during the two week race period, ending on Friday 2nd August at 5pm.

Husband and wife team, Kevin and Karyn Kelley, who own Belvoir Lettings, said:  “We are proud to be opening the latest branch of this award-winning national lettings franchise in our home-town and are delighted to be able to help the Hospice as part of our launch. A balloon race seemed the perfect way to combine celebrating our new business ‘taking off’, and providing an appropriate way to remember a loved one.”

Haywards Heath Town Mayor, Councillor Sandy Ellis, cuts the ribbon to officially open Belvoir’s office in South Road.Established in 1995, Belvoir Lettings is one of the UK’s leading lettings agents with over 150 franchised offices. The company offers a specialist service in property rental, property management, residential lettings and buy-to-let for tenants and landlords. Each local Belvoir office is owned and personally managed by local owners, operating under licence from Belvoir Property Management (UK) Ltd.

Belvoir was officially awarded the ‘Best Lettings Agency Franchise’ – Gold Award at the 2013 Lettings Agency of the Year Awards in association with The Sunday Times & The Times. Belvoir also won the Gold Award in 2012 and 2010 and Silver in 2011.

In addition, the Belvoir network won the coveted Gold Award for Large Lettings Chain 2013 at the prestigious Estate & Letting Agent Awards (ESTAs). ESTAs are awarded based entirely on feedback from customers. The ESTAs 2013 took place on 19th April at the Hilton Hotel in London.


bollywood-headerTickets are going fast for our HHDBA’s Bollywood Experience in September.

The evening will include:

  • A sumptuous three course Indian meal
  • A Bollywood dance floor show
  • Your opportunity to learn how to dance Bollywood Style with experienced instructors

£22 for HHDBA members. Bring your partners and friends!

Email to secure your place.

7:00pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 18th September at Tarana, Selsfield Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4PP

Tuesday 13th August 2013 – Networking Drinks and Summer Party 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost:  Free

Thursday 29th August 2013 – Recruiting right first time? Raising your chance of success 07:30 – 08:45

Venue: Orange Square, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: HHDBA members £10. Non members £15. This includes a drink and a full English breakfast.

Contact Sue Llewellyn on  to book or to find out more contact 01444 453399.


Please welcome our newest members:

Philip Catchpole – Insight Design Concepts Ltd

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Jean Watson – Just One Small Step

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Steve Blake – Sussex Inventories Ltd

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The Window Shutter Company is celebrating their 1st year anniversary on the 1st August.

They have had a fantastic first year and are excited about the future growth of our company as more people learn about the benefits of shutters over other window dressings.

To mark their anniversary, they’d like to make an exclusive offer to HHDBA members with 10% off any shutter order placed in August & September 2013.


aria-assistanceAria Assistance is proud to support two local chosen charities, however recently they have been able to support another worthy cause that is on our doorstep, ‘Computers for Charities’, by simply donating three van loads of their unwanted IT equipment. 

Computers for Charities refurbishes unwanted IT items, then sells them on at low, VAT free cost to charities, voluntary groups, churches, schools and non-profit organisations. All funds raised go towards supporting its other initiatives, such as improving primary and secondary education in Africa.

They join a long list of donors and business partners which includes; GMTV, British Airways and IBM.


chestnut-tree-houseThe Chestnut Tree House Children’s Cancer Charity is celebrating 10 years in 2013. 

Pete Cogle, from Suffuse Solutions, and some other intrepid members of HHDBA are going to be taking part in a 12-hour zumbathon at Clair Hall, starting at Midnight 25th August and finishing around 1pm on Monday 26th.

Please sponsor the team at


HH Scout GroupThe HH Scout Group would like to give a big thank you to HHDBA for circulating the flyer for our recent Quiz Night.

Thanks to support they were able to raise £105 towards new camping equipment.


Sussex Living MagazineSussex Living are looking for a highly experienced advertising sales person to join their friendly, result-driven team.

You need to have an outgoing personality, a thorough understanding of media sales in a commercial publishing environment and a detailed knowledge of the Mid Sussex business community.

Own transport required.

If this sounds like you, please tell them why you would be right for the job and email your details to


bank-of-englandThe Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions has been published this morning on the Bank’s external website.

If you would like to access this report please do so by clicking here.


HHDBAHHDBA is 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

Interns can always apply online here.


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