Zumbathon 2013

Several intrepid HHDBA members were among the Zumba enthusiasts dancing the night away in a 12-hour Zumbathon held at Clair Hall over the bank holiday weekend.

Raising money for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Charity, Esther Featherstone and her crazy Zumba crew started their marathon at midnight on Sunday and continued until just before 1pm on Monday. Fuelled by Bagels and Bananas, quenched by Aquapax water and driven on by enthusiasm and sheer determination, over a hundred enthusiasts whooped and shimmied for this great cause.

There’s still time to sponsor one of the team online at


Cullen Scholefield IIP GoldPeople Consultancy Cullen Scholefield has been celebrating the re-accreditation of their Investors in People Gold award. They’re one of only 16 organisations in the Sussex area to have achieved the Gold standard. Cullen Scholefield have now achieved gold twice!

Cullen Scholefield’s Managing Director, Maureen Scholefield, states that “Investors in People is an underrated tool for business development, it is about sustaining performance over a period of time – sometimes in the rush to achieve we forget about how important it is to keep doing the right things in running a business.”

The Gold standard has been awarded to fewer than 550 organisations in the country, and celebrates those that perform beyond the core Investors in People Standard. The Standard provides a solid foundation for further growth and development and is awarded to well-run organisations which meet set criteria, including learning and development, leadership skills and recognition and reward of staff amongst others.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the South, said: “The current economic climate makes it even more important that an organisation adapts to survive. Cullen Scholefield is a shining example that proves organisations can achieve great things during challenging times.”

An organisation can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold status by meeting additional evidence requirements from across the Investors in People framework. To secure the Gold award, an organisation must meet a total of 165 or more different indicators, including 39 core accreditation standards. Cullen Scholefield met 177 of the indicators when they achieved Gold in 2010 and 186 of the 192 indicators this year, showing a cycle of continuous achievement and people development.

Working with Investors in People is proven to improve financial performance, productivity and profitability. Companies that have achieved the Investors in People standard also have higher levels of trust, co-operation and commitment than their competitors.

Cullen Scholefield celebrated their success with Philip Williamson who awarded them their first Gold certificate in 2010. This year they celebrated with colleagues, clients and friends at the Haywards Heath Golf Club. More information can be found at www.csgconsult.com.


Business Evolution EventTimelessTime have joined forces with three like-minded businesses to bring you an exclusive event.  They will take you on a business evolution journey sharing with you tips, tricks and information designed to help you determine the next steps for your own business. 

They’ll cover strategic and tactical marketing, sales, finance and people management.  By the end of the morning you will be able to determine the next steps in your firm’s business future.  You will also receive a special delegate offer from each speaker.

The seminar will be held at the East Sussex National on 22nd November 2013.  This morning event includes seminars and the opportunity to network with around 100 other businesses based in the South East.

For more details and to register visit http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/events/business-evolution or email sue.berry@timelesstime.co.uk.  The team look forward to seeing you there


We have not one, not two, but three of our members’ listed as a judges finalist for the Business Matters Awards 2013.

Mike Oliver AssociatesQabooMike Oliver Associates is a judges finalist in the category of ‘Small Business’.

Qaboo Ltd is a judges finalist for both the ‘Small Business of the year’ category as well as the ‘Innovation of the year’ category.

First Central

1st Central is a finalist in 3 categories in the Business Matters Awards.

Winners will be announced at the black tie awards evening which will take place at the Copthorne Hotel, Effingham  Gatwick on the 13 September and will be compared by Fred Dinenage. http://www.jpsouthevents.co.uk/event/business-matters-awards-2013/

1st Central is also a finalist for the European Call Centre and Customer Service Awards,  the Insurance Times Tech Awards and the Insurance Fraud Awards. The awards ceremonies take place in September and October.

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Tendering Masterclass – Hastings, Chichester

Keen to sell to the public sector? Then don’t miss this free morning seminar designed to help small and medium sized businesses hone their tendering technique.

You’ll meet the procurement teams that judge your tender applications to discover what makes a winning bid, find out how collaborating with other local businesses can boost you chances of winning work, plus, learn where to find tenders and how to ensure you have the necessary policies and standards in place to compete.

Event Programme:

  • Meet the procurer – East Sussex County Council / Arun & Chichester District Council
  • Tendering technique – effectively, but efficiently, complete PQQs and ITTs
  • Score the tender – put yourself in the buyer’s shoes
  • Where to find work – keeping track of upcoming opportunities

9am – 1pm, Wednesday 9th October, White Rock Hotel, Hastings
9am – 1pm, Thursday 10th October, East Pallant House, Chichester

Can My Business Benefit From the Green Deal & ECO? Chichester, Hastings

Free for businesses in the construction, energy efficiency, renewables and related industries.

The Government has recently launched The Green Deal and ECO energy efficiency schemes to encourage the uptake of energy efficiency measures at homes and businesses. This free seminar will explore the opportunities, practicalities, costs and risks for businesses who are thinking of getting involved. There will also be the opportunity to meet a Green Deal Provider.

The seminar will help answer the following questions:

  • How do the Green Deal and ECO energy efficiency schemes work?
  • How are the local authorities and housing associations involved?
  • Will there be sub-contracting opportunities for my business?
  • What certification is needed? What are the costs and time commitment required?
  • Is there any further support is available for my business?

9am – 1pm, Thursday 12th September, East Pallant House, Chichester
9am – 1pm, Wednesday 18th September, White Rock Hotel, Hastings


Refreshments and a networking lunch are provided. Booking essential: 01444 477501, 07807 588887 or jo@sustainablebusiness.org.uk

Further details: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk/restart-local

The seminars are being run by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit company. It is free to attend thanks to part funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Institute for Sustainability led RE:Start Local programme.


The East Grinstead Business Association are organizing a fundraising dance for the statue to Sir Archibald McIndoe which they hope to have installed in Spring next year.
The dance will be a 1940s Retro Dance to be held at the Felbridge Hotel on 14th September 2013 and 1940’s dress is optional.
There will be a welcome drink, two course dinner, Big ConChord Band, Lindy Hop demonstration, other live music.  Auction and raffle prizes. It should be a great event.
Download the booking form/details here. The price is £39.00 per person or £370.00 for a table of 10.
1940’s attire can be hired from Chequer Mead in East Grinstead or bought from Wear it Again Sam in East Grinstead or perhaps via ebay.   Or if preferred normal dance attire.
If you require any further details please call Caroll Everest, EGBA Administrator on 01342 324353 or email caroll.everest@egba.co.uk or go to www.egba.co.uk


WSCC has launched Be The Businesses – a new £850K campaign to help start and grow business across the county.

There are three main themes to the campaign:

  • A business support programme offering one-to-one support to local companies through a series of workshops, events and access to expert advice, over the coming months.
  • A business ‘start up and grow’ grants scheme which could unlock funding of up to £30,000 per successful applicant. The grants are open to any business in  the county and anyone who wants to start a business.
  • The ambition to create at least 50 new Higher Apprentices across the County for people aged 18-24 by providing employers with a grant of £2,500 towards salary costs.

 More details are available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/bethebusiness


Our September issue is out from 29th August – here’s a little look at what’s inside:

Autumn in all its glory is just around the corner. If you’re in Mid Sussex, there’s only one way to celebrate the season and all that’s good about our countryside: the Autumn Show & Game Fair at Ardingly. We took a sneak peek behind the scenes for you (p.7-12).

And while we’re on the subject of game, I’d like to welcome our new food writer, Robert Hanson, who starts off his ‘Food Glorious Food’ column (p.60) in true autumn style – by roasting a partridge!

Another fixture on the Mid Sussex September social calendar is the Hurst Festival – two great weeks of art, music and entertainment for the whole community, now under the chairmanship of Colin Matthews (p63). We also caught up with what must surely be the youngest ever exhibitor at Hurstpierpoint Open Studios: Ben Driver, aged 8 (p.64-65)

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a wonderful charity that provides therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. There’s a group right here in Mid Sussex, and they kindly invited us to see for ourselves how the bond between rider and horse can have transformative results (p35-37).

If you thought nothing much ever happens in Fulking, you’d be wrong. When we learnt that John Ruskin, the famous Victorian social thinker, had a hand in bringing water to this small village at the foot of the Downs, we just had to find out more (p19-21).

Our September wedding feature includes a useful wedding planner as well as lots of ideas from local suppliers to make your day extra special (p.48-57).

There’s also an education feature this month, a walk through Bedelands Nature Reserve, as well as our regular sections on home & garden, health & beauty, food & drink, local living and our popular monthly diary dates.

Oh, and one tiny last thing: Sussex Living has reached a bit of a milestone this month: September 2013 marks our 100th issue! Feel free to pop open a bottle of fizz on our behalf, if the fancy takes you. We’re celebrating with a little showcase of our favourite front covers through the years, on page 89. Do take a look.


Tuesday 3rd September 2013 – HHDBA Action Learning 18:00  -19:45

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! (a light buffet included and very attractive bar prices)

Contact Sue Llewellyn on admin@hhdba.co.uk to book or to find out more call Stephen Hillier on 0708 020 0722

Tuesday 10th September 2013 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free

Wednesday 18th September 2013 – Open4Business 15:00 – 19:00

Venue : Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

Free (pre-registration required)

Wednesday 18th September 2013
Open4Fun 19:00 onwards

Tarana, Selsfield Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4PP.

£22 for HHDBA members, bring your partners and friends!

Contact Sue Llewellyn on admin@hhdba.co.uk to book your place


Please welcome our newest members:

Ryma Skeen – De Nova Flowers

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Wendy Watkins – Watkins Chiropracter

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Peter Lewry

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Gordon Brown – Drainbox Plumbing and Draining Ltd

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Are you well-treated in your voluntary role?

Has your organisation…

  • Made you feel welcome and appreciated
  • Listened to your views
  • Recognised and supported your needs
  • Ensured your health and safety?

msscvsAre you…

  • Greeted with a smile
  • Given sufficient information to carry out your work
  • Offered out-of-pocket expenses
  • Thanked for your time?

Then nominate your group for this volunteer-friendly award.

Nomination forms available here.

Deadline Friday 6th September 2013. Award presentation at MSSCVS AGM. www.msscvs.org.uk


PC TamersPC Tamers are conducting a survey of how people feel they use their computers, more specifically the main four Microsoft programs, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.

It would be great if fellow HHDBA members would take complete the survey, as the more responses they get the more accurate the information they will have.

They can take the survey by going to www.pctamers.eu and clicking the big link on the main page. This is part of an initiative to get businesses computing more effectively, more of which at a later date.


The Department for Communities and Local Government have just released a new consultation document.
Download it here.


Gatwick Diamond invite members to participate in some important business research.

This online survey will help identify how the Gatwick Diamond area is perceived as a business location and provide evidence of trends to help us respond constructively to the changing economic environment.   In this survey, they focus upon the housing situation in the Gatwick Diamond area and the implications for local employers.  It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.



The Overview of the August (2013) Inflation Report has been published on the Bank’s external website.  If you would like to access this report, please click here.


A big campaign is launching on the 7th December to support the entrepreneurial UK spirit: Small Business Saturday.

This was originally a US campaign that is going into its 4th year and has been phenomenally successful, hence we are now bringing it to the UK.

 Some key facts:

  • Small Business Saturday is a grass roots campaign in the UK to encourage people and businesses to support small businesses in their community, on the 7th December 2013 and beyond
  • It launched in the US in 2010 and is now in its 4th year
  • It has strong cross party political support (launched and spearheaded by the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Chuka Umunna, and supported by the Prime Minister), multiple trade associations are supporting and we have corporate support from American Express, Facebook, Ingenious Britain, Startup Britain, O2, and a number of other businesses that work with small businesses in the UK
  • The campaign launches to small businesses at the end of July and launches to consumers on the 28th October
  • There will be a national media spotlight on the campaign as well as local media support
  • Social media has now launched with the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk and Twitter @SmallBizSatUk

Please go and follow our social media feeds – there will be info and event activity on the pages updated regularly.

If you have a small business, PLEASE come and sign up to get involved! If you love small businesses, please do support us both on social media and on the day itself.


HHDBAHHDBA is looking for two more interns to join us in Septemberas 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.

Interns can always apply online here.