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ALL CHANGE AT SAVANNAH

savannahSavannah ran a charity golf day on Thursday 5th Sept. They managed to get 72 golfers along and they all enjoyed a great day at Haywards Heath golf club in the heat ! After golf, it was back to Savannah for food and prizes and all in all, a sum of £1347 was raised for the Yews Centre. 

The golf club kindly agreed to charge a very competitive rate which very much contributed to the amount raised. All being well, Savannah will be repeating the event next September.


CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

central-sussex-collegeCentral Sussex College is looking for some very special employers – are you one?

If you’re in business not just to succeed but also to make a contribution to the wider community in which you’re based, they’d like to talk to you.

They need employers, ideally based in a location accessible by public transport, who are willing to invest a relatively small amount of time and energy to provide a supported work experience placement to a limited pool of young people. In return, you can be sure that the opportunities your business provides, along with the support of your own and College staff, will make a significant difference to the future of the young people concerned, giving them greater employment prospects and increased self-esteem and self-worth.

If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference to a young person’s life, please call 0845 155 0043 (press 4) or email [email protected]


CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE OPEN DAYS

Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House are having open days on Friday 4 October and Saturday 5 October 2013 10am to 4pm.

Come and see them at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice to find out about the care they provide and to celebrate their 10th birthday. Click here for a poster!


TWO AWARDS IN TWO WEEKS FOR QABOO

Qaboo at Business MattersMedia and marketing company Qaboo Ltd received recognition for its initiatives which help support local enterprises by picking up the prestigious “Innovation” award at the recent Business Matters Awards.

The plush black-tie award ceremony, staged at the Effingham Park Hotel Gatwick and attended by local business luminaries, was hosted by TV personality and newsreader Fred Dinenage

They later went on to win the Johnston Press South Business Awards held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on September 27th.

Qaboo has developed and launched a number of initiatives – including innovative in-taxi advertising and specialised Qaboo Taxi Booking and Local Deal Apps for use on passengers’ GPS Smartphones and DealBooks. This in turn helps promote other local businesses, a fact recognised by managing director Anthony Parkins on receiving the award.

“To be recognised for that is great,” a delighted Parkins told the Effingham Park Hotel audience.

“It means we are doing the right thing because we are trying to support them (local businesses) the best we can.

“To get something back is great.”


AND ANOTHER AWARD FOR 1ST CENTRAL

First-CentralFor the second year running 1st Central won Employer of the Year Award at the Business Matters Awards.

 


FANCY NETWORKING WITH AROUND 100 LOCAL BUSINESSES?

Business Evolution EventThere has been a lot of interest in this half-day seminar and networking opportunity, but there’s still time to get your ticket. TimelessTime and three like-minded businesses 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 [email protected].


WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS PERFORMANCE AND SUPPORT GOOD CAUSES?

alex-kent-associatesSince 2006 Alex Kent Associates Ltd has helped clients in and around Sussex make their businesses more successful, for example by increasing sales, improving profits and cash, and creating growth.

Alex is offering up to three HHDBA businesses a ‘transforming your business performance’ taster session for £100.  This will include approx. one and a half hours of personalised business advice and coaching.

Alex will be donating the proceeds of these taster sessions to three charities which he is supporting during 2013: Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research; The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy; and St Catherine’s Hospice.

If you would like to apply for one of the three taster sessions please call Alex on 07887 917657 or email on [email protected]

For more information on what’s possible for your business visit www.transformingbusinessperformance.co.uk.


ARE YOU IN?

Mike Oliver Associates – the Financial Advisers with  Cullen Scholefield – the People Consultancy are please to offer you a free invitation to:

Company Pensions Auto Enrolment – Employer Duties

mike-oliver-associatesMike Oliver
You’ve probably seen the TV and newspaper ads, with well-known names such as Karren Brady from the Apprentice and Dragon’s Den Star Theo Paphitis saying “I’m in!” Workplace pensions law has changed. Every employer has new legal duties to help their workers in the UK save for retirement. They must automatically enrol certain workers into a qualifying workplace pension scheme and make contributions towards it. CPD points available.

Auto Enrolment – a Human Resource opportunity or a disaster?

Cullen Scholefield Maureen Scholefield
Cullen Scholefield offers expert business support for Management, HR Development, Strategic HR, Coaching and Mentoring. As Chairman of the Haywards Heath and District Business Association, Maureen understands business needs and can guide you through the minefield of HR issues thrown up by this new legislation. This year awarded Investors in People Gold for the second time so they really practice what they preach!

The “Are you in?” presentation is an opportunity to pick the brains of experts and find out how this legislation will affect your business and what provision can be made for your most valuable asset – your People.

From 11:30 am – 02:00 pm including a Buffet Lunch at the picturesque Haywards Heath Golf Club, High Beech Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1SL


YEWS NEWS

The YewsThe Yews has  just been presented  with  the Mid Sussex Times ‘  2013  “Charity of the Year” award on September  22nd at an  Awards Evening at Clair Hall.

This recognises both the  good work that the Centre does for groups people with special needs and the tremendous support it has received this year from the Haywards Heath community —  thank you especially to  membes of the HHDBA.

They would be  delighted  to welcome HHDBA members  to our 2nd Annual General Meeting  on Monday 21st October at The Yews on the corner of Muster Green and Boltro Road at 5.00pm for 5.15pm .

The meeting will begin with a short,  informal symposium on the rapidly growing problem of  alcohol abuse among young people , introduced by  Holly Margetts,  Quality and Development Manager  (Alcohol Abuse) at  WSCC’s Public Health Directorate and  followed by short  contributions from representatives of two Yews groups working in this field, A.A, and Al Anon.   The formal business of the AGM will then follow  including report s on progress made in the Yews Community Partnership’s second year of operation and plans for development.    Copies of the formal Annual Report will be available at the meeting and also very shortly on  the Yews website – www.theyewscentre.org.uk

Proceedings will conclude with suitable  light refreshments,  an opportunity for meeting each other  and conversation


HAYWARDS HEATH GOLF CLUB UPDATE

Haywards Heath Golf ClubNew HH&DBA member, Haywards Heath Golf Club, is rapidly integrating into the Association.

Meeting Room Facility

The Club’s Committee room is now being used by HH&DBA members to hold small meetings for up to 14 people, where ease of access and privacy is paramount. Drinks and catering can be served in the room while the comfortable environment of the Lounge is available for relaxing breaks. A new delegate package is now being offered with Morning Tea/Coffee and Danish Pastries to start, the HHGC Light Lunch Platter at mid-day and Afternoon Tea/Coffee and luxury biscuits.  The morning or afternoon rate including lunch is £10 per person while the day rate is £15 per person. The normal menu is also available.

Should HH&DBA members wish to hold larger meetings or presentations then the Club’s Lounge and/or Dining Room are available.

Caribbean Afternoon – 2nd October

Next month a local small business is using the Golf Club for a presentation to which everyone is welcome. Francesca Barone of Personal Travel Agents has arranged for several companies involved with Caribbean Travel and Tourism business to give presentations and hold one-to-one meetings.  Topics will include cruising, property and luxury holidays. To set the flavour of the afternoon Caribbean themed canapés and drinks have been created by the Golf Club’s catering team and will be offered free to all.  If you are interested in the Caribbean or just looking for ideas for your own presentation please come along from 15:00 on Wednesday 2nd October.

Luncheon Club

Members of HH&DBA are invited to use the Golf Club as their personal dining room, restaurant or canteen. There is no charge to join the HHGC Luncheon Club and members receive a card that gives ten percent discount on the already low prices of Club food and drinks. Call Graham on 01444 414457 Option 6 or email [email protected] for an application form. Alternatively just drop in to the Club and ask for details.

Advertising Opportunity

Haywards Heath Golf Club is offering HH&DBA members the exclusive opportunity to advertise to the Club’s 650 members. The Club is currently putting together its 2014 diary and fixture list which for the first time in many years will be carrying advertising. Advertising pages will be at the front amongst the useful information that golf club members always need. They are being offered at £150 + VAT for a full colour page. In addition to the advertising opportunity, all advertisers will receive a voucher for a courtesy round of Fourball golf at the Club. This can be used personally with friends or the voucher makes an excellent fundraiser for charity.


ENERGY EFFICIENT GRANTS AND COURSE IN HAYWARDS HEATH

sustainable-business-partnershipThe Sustainable Business Partnership are running a £500 energy and water efficiency grants scheme in partnership with the District Council, to help businesses invest in projects such new lighting, insulation, heating controls, push taps, etc.

Those who attend the free training course they are holding on the morning of the 15th October in Haywards Heath are eligible to apply. Details can be found at: http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/news/grants-and-free-course-for-mid-sussex-businesses

Bookings can be made by contacting Rowan on 01444 477501 or [email protected].


FRIENDLINESS AWARDS FOR LOCAL CHARITY

msscvsTwo local charities, who know how to take care of their volunteers, were awarded the FABVOG trophy on 26 September 2013.

This Friendliness Award for Best Voluntary Organisation, which was introduced in 2008 to recognise good practice regarding recruitment, retention and rewarding volunteers, is awarded by Mid Sussex (South) CVS charity and Volunteer Centre.

Charities and local groups are nominated by volunteers and this year the joint winners were Group B Strep Support (preventing GBS infection in newborn babies www.gbss.org.uk ) and Hope in the Valley RDA Group (riding lessons for physically disabled children www.hopinthevalley.org ).

Margaret, who nominated GBSS, said: “I really look forward to spending my Mondays in the office doing all sorts of interesting jobs. All the ladies I work with are very friendly and welcoming.”

Jacky, who nominated Hope in the Valley, said: “All the volunteers are lovely, especially those holding a position who organise us. We always feel welcome and useful, even when we can only offer a limited amount of time.”

Congratulations to both organisations, and also all those who were nominated.

For local businesses – if you are interested in supporting your employees to volunteer or would like to offer business support to local charities and small community groups then please do contact MSSCVS at [email protected]

www.msscvs.org.uk


ST PETER AND ST JAMES HOSPICE EVENTS

It’s Hospice Care week 7th – 13th October! St Peter and St James have a couple of events they’d like to share.

Hats for HospicesOn the 11th October SchoSwimalongols, businesses, shops and other supporters are encouraged to wear a hat for a day and donate £1, raising money for the Hospice.

On the 13th October, they have a Swimathon at The Triangle leisure centre.

http://www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk

Local MP visits St Peter & St James Hospice and ‘takes the pledge

Norman Baker, Transport Minister and MP for Lewes, visited St Peter & St James Hospice in North Chailey on Friday 20th September.

Having a conversation with one of the hospice patients during her physiotherapy session he was told in no uncertain terms, “These people are first class and the care here is second to none!” As well as meeting staff and patients, Norman was pleased to sign the Help the Hospices ‘Count Me In’ pledge which will be a key feature of this year’s Hospice Care Week (7th – 13th October).

Everyone who agrees to ‘count me in’ pledges to tell at least five people why hospice care counts. Signing the pledge in front of some of St Peter & St James’ patients, volunteers and staff, Norman said, “This hospice, together with the others who serve my constituency, provides an invaluable service to those who are reaching the end of their lives. The Hospice Movement is a wonderful example of a service based within the community, supporting the community and supported by the community and I am pleased to add my support to this campaign.” Norman also promised to tweet the news of him signing the pledge, thereby ensuring the message will reach many more than five people!Carolyn Robinson

New Donor Relationship Manager, Carolyn Robinson

Carolyn Robinson recently joined St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care to look after their Corporate Supporters & Major Donors.

Previously she worked at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice as the Major Donor Manager. She would be delighted to hear from any local businesses who would like to find out more about how to get involved with helping the Hospice.


OPEN 4 BUSINESS

HHDBA and many of it’s members saw a good turnout at the Open 4 Business event hosted at Clair Hall on the 18th September.

If you missed the event, or Maureen Scholefield’s presentation you can watch the video below:


OPEN 4 FUN

Bollywood NightA few members of HHDBA went on from the Open 4 Business Event to the Open 4 Fun Bollywood Evening at Tarana in Turners Hill.

Not only were the treated to great food and entertainment, but a courageous few were persuaded to learn some bollywood dancing!


DOG SHOW FUN

Mews Vets at HH Town DayThe team from The Mewes Vets ran a very successful Fun Dog Show as part of the Haywards Heath Town Day on Saturday. Despite the threatening weather over 60 dogs checked in for classes including Scruffiest Mutt and Prettiest Bitch. Each winner went home with a rosette, certificate and basket of doggy goodies. Best in Show was won by the 13 year old winner of the Best Veteran class, German Shepherd Dog, Ben, who only moved to Sussex very recently.

The judge had her work cut out picking among the Waggiest Tails, even though a sharp shower failed to dampen spirits, won by Pluto the 5 yr old Cocker Spaniel, with a tail that whipped from one flank to the other at top speed. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on the canine Musical Statues. This event was one by 1st prize winner in the Cutest Puppy category, Bella the springerdor (Springer x Labrador). Not only the cutest all-black youngest entrant at 16 weeks old, she was the best handled by her teenage owner, wiping the other contestants on the dance floor with her ability to sit and stay whenever the music stopped!

The event was to raise funds for Nowzad, a charity started by British Forces personnel to assist animals in need in Afghanistan and Iraq. As everyone was having so much fun, the judge added an extra class – ‘the dog she would most like to take home’, won by Nowzad rescue dog Khaki (pictured with Toggle) who is now settled with a family in the UK after being saved from Afghanistan. The event raised £226, and introduced the new Mewes Mascot, who spent much of the afternoon attempting to join in the classes. The opportunity to name him was won by 12 year old local schoolboy Dean who chose ‘Toggle’. Dogs came from as far afield as Portsmouth & Lancing. VIPs from twin towns Traunstein and Bondues enjoyed getting into the spirit of the dog show, too. Photos available on www.themewesvets.co.uk

With thanks to the teams from the Mewes Vets, and especially Head Nurse Laura Smith, RVN, and the volunteers from Nowzad for making the afternoon so special.

The Mewes Vets’ next event is a talk for owners of pets terrified by fireworks, and especially owners of new pets on how to help them cope with Mid-Sussex’s crazy preference for huge fireworks displays! This will be on Wednesday 16th October at the Birch Hotel at 7.30pm. Places are strictly limited, so please email the Clinic on [email protected] or phone 01444 456886 to book your free place.


JUNO WEALTH MANAGEMENT NEWS

Juno Wealth ManagementAshley Law change name to be clear its about the money!

Ashley Law Mid Sussex has changed it’s name to Juno Wealth Management. However, it is business as usual with the same team, the same address & telephone number and the same business structure. They have simply opted for a fabulous fresh brand in a gorgeous shade of blue!

Why the change? What made them choose Juno with the Peacock as our symbol?

More often than not, when meeting people for the first time, they’ve understandably assumed that with the word ‘Law’ in our name, we must be lawyers or, provide legal services in addition to independent financial advice. It made sense to nip this confusion in the bud.

Their clients and the professional introducers recommending our services to their clients hail from the entire South East of England so to have the word ‘Sussex’ in their name was no longer accurate.

They were inspired by the name Juno for many reasons. Did you know that Juno was a Roman goddess and the Temple of Juno Moneta was an ancient Roman temple, originally situated in the centre of Rome? It was here that Roman coins were first minted.

The Peacock is a beautiful bird, associated with Roman mythology and particularly with Juno. It’s a bird that symbolises integrity, honesty and trust.

As a team they felt that Juno, with the Peacock as our brand symbol resonated with their values, their  ethos and the services they provide to their clients and their professional partners.

Please take a look at their new www.junowealth.co.uk and follow us on their social media channels. And, if there is anything they can help with at all, do feel free to get in touch.

Seminar:

Juno Wealth Management would like to invite you to a free to attend event that we are jointly hosting (along with 3 local Law firms) at the glorious venue of Roffey Park Institute on Tuesday 8th October from 09:00am to 12:30pm, (Registration from 08:30am). There are just 50 places available at this no charge event and we do hope that you will be able to join us.

What is this event about and why would you benefit from attending?

Businesses are no different from human beings. From time to time they need a check-up, to see that all their various parts are working properly and in harmony. Our business health check will give you the information you need to ensure there are no symptoms lurking beneath the surface that could cause serious difficulties if left untreated.

Issues covered by our speakers will be:

Employment Law (presented by rwLaw) – do you have the right documentation and procedures in place to protect against damaging and expensive problems with your employees? Protection now guards against future disasters – and it makes for a happier, more productive workforce.

Pensions & Employer Duties (presented by us at Juno Wealth Management) – are you ready for auto-enrolment? This has been referred to as the biggest shakeup in UK pensions in the last century. The time to understand your auto enrolment obligations is now, whilst you have time on your side to understand the costs and to prepare.

Business Contracts (presented by BrightLaw) – are your contracts and terms of business fully protecting your interests? We will highlight the key issues and terms to include in your contracts and to consider when negotiating a contract.

Bad debts (presented by SDK Law) – a problem for everyone in business. Since 1st April 2013 the small claims limit has risen from £5,000 to £10,000. But now, if you use a solicitor to recover the debt, you are unable to get back anything but a nominal contribution to your legal fees if you win. We will look at strategies to deal with this.

There will be bacon sandwiches and refreshments on arrival, with coffee/tea available throughout the morning.

You can find out more about the Roffey Park Institute and the event location here:

http://www.roffeypark.com/contact/

How to confirm your place at this event

We really do hope that you will be able to attend this event. Please reply [email protected] or ring 01444 237823 to find out more and confirm your place.

Alternatively, you can register online at

https://business-healthcheck.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please remember, that there are only 50 places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday 8th October 2013 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free


Thursday 31st October 2013 – Practical Tax For Small Businesses 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 [email protected]  to book or to find out more contact 01444 453399.


NEW MEMBERS

Please welcome our newest members:

Eleni Stephenson Clarke – Borde Hill Garden
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Jayne Todd – Chestnut Tree House 
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Stuart Walker – Style Marquee Ltd
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Steve Reynolds – 71 Design & Print
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OTHER NEWS

WEST SUSSEX INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC COMMISSION CONSULTATION

WSIECThe West Sussex Independent Economic Commission is undertaking an extensive consultation of firms in West Sussex. As part of that we have issued a business survey which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DSVV8K9.

The survey has been sent out to over two thousand businesses, but is open to all firms in the County.

The IEC would greatly appreciate your support in promoting this survey to your member businesses. We have established a Twitter account at: https://twitter.com/wseconomy (they are encouraging people to use the hashtag #wseconomy) – please feel free to tweet this to your followers and communicate it through your other social networks (linkedin etc.). The main website for the IEC can be found here: wsiec.org

Thank you for your support. If you have any queries, please direct them to [email protected].


TIME COST MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Open File UK Ltd

For companies in the service sector time and cost recording is a critical part of project management and customer care. Failing to record and report time and costs is risky for the business for two reasons, billing and accountability.

Ensuring a customer is fairly billed is of course key to good customer relations, and transparent reporting of who, how much time, what, and disbursement costs can be achieved in a simple way with a database system, or in a more complex way using paper, Excel, Outlook, Word etc., gathering the information together collating it and then invoice writing and or report writing.

Failing to bill for work undertaken can be a costly mistake to make, and in some circumstance these losses cannot be reasonably recovered from the client on the basis of maintaining good customer relations and not wishing to look inefficient.

Further to this there is a real benefit in having time costs analysis for projects undertaken, allowing better business planning and understanding in costs of running a project or supporting client needs.

The requirement to record time and disbursement cost is even more important where a business has more than one employee or sub-contractors working on a project, or many consultants working on a single project, whether for just a day or over months and years.

Open File UK provides a free starter Access database solution suitable for a consultancy business to manage time and costs and fee billing.

It does not take much imagination to realise the advantage in having a system for consultants and employees to use and share project time information.

  1. For the individual user, time is accountable and if sub-contracting, it is proof of work done
  2. For the client, it is an accountable record of effort, often required in organisations having an ISO accreditation and a reassurance of correct billing.
  3. And for the business owner.
    1. Full knowledge of actual work done, and costs incurred
    2. The ability to manage project cost and employee time
    3. Planning and future proofing in job costing.
    4. Simple reporting for administrators to bill clients

In conclusion, it is not at all difficult to use a time and cost management system.  Our Access database package can be used by a single consultant or a whole team of employees, and with it, a comprehensive billing and administration of projects costs is at your fingertips.


LIONS FLYING NIGHT APPEAL

lions-flying-night

HH Lions, in collaboration with other Lions clubs in the area are continuing to raise funds for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Lions Night Flying Appeal which aims to provide equipment and manpower to man the air ambulance 24/7/365 and so save an additional 700 lives per year.

They are holding three events over the coming months, one of which is a Race Night to be held at Warden Park School.They are looking for people to attend, perhaps in groups or as individuals in order to raise money for this worthwhile cause. It costs £7Million a year to keep the helicopter in the air. As Lions, they, as a collective group in the area are aiming to raise £250,000 so events such as this are important in allowing this to happen.

There are races to be sponsored – and horses to be “bought” – there’s loads still available – and if you haven’t attended such an event its good fun and gets everyone cheering for their horse.

Tickets: £9
Date: 9th November 2013
At: Warden Park Academy
First Race: 7:30pm
Contact Peter Parr on 01444 471587 for tickets.


CHANGE OF NAME FOR STEPHEN GALLICO SOLICITORS

gray-hooper-holtOver a year ago longstanding Redhill based law firm Gray Hooper Holt LLP acquired the practice of Stephen Gallico Solicitors in Boltro Road in Haywards Heath.

In order to be consistent in both the Surrey and Sussex offices they have decided to rebrand to Gray Hooper Holt LLP in Haywards Heath. Clients old and new can still expect the same professional and efficient service for families, individuals and businesses alike. Senior partner Robert Gray says “we are very keen to give clients as much transparency as possible and can provide fixed fees for many of our practice areas”.

They have a wide range of services including Wills, Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney, Probate, Trusts, Residential and Commercial Property, Matrimonial and family matters, Personal Injury, Employment, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Company and Commercial, Crime and Fare Evasion. Jessica Partridge who heads up our Private Client Department is currently offering free will and tax reviews.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSTER GREEN SOUTH AND THE BROADWAY IN HAYWARDS HEATH

West Sussex County Council will shortly make a temporary Traffic Regulation Order that will introduce temporary traffic restrictions in Haywards Heath as follows:

Phase 1: Eastbound traffic on Muster Green South will be prohibited from making a left turn into Dolphin Road (A272 gyratory system)

Phase 2: Westbound traffic on Muster Green South will be prohibited from making a right turn into Dolphin Road (A272 gyratory system)

Phase 3: Southbound traffic on The Broadway will be prohibited from making a right turn into Muster Green South

Phase 4: Southbound traffic on The Broadway will be prohibited from making a left turn into South Road.

These measures are needed to allow new high voltage electricity cables to be laid beneath the carriageway.

The Order is expected to come into effect on 30 September 2013 and remain in force until 6 December 2013. Details about the dates of each phase of the works will be provided locally by the contractor carrying out the works.


FREE STAFF HEALTH CHECKS

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West Sussex County Council has partnered with ToHealth to provide workplace-based free NHS health checks to employees between the ages of 40 – 74 years.

This partnership is part of an outreach program to employees within West Sussex across the County, including those who are deemed to be at most risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. These illnesses currently affect the lives of 4 million people in England and are responsible for a fifth of all hospital admissions. NHS health checks could prevent 1600 heart attacks and strokes each year and help save 650 lives.

West Sussex County Council and ToHealth are really excited about the positive impact these health checks will have within the workforce – they will educate employees about how to reduce and prevent their personal health risks and live healthier lives.

On behalf of West Sussex County Council, we would like to offer you the opportunity of participating by providing free NHS health checks to your workforce (if eligible). There is no cost involved for your site or your staff – ToHealth will provide qualified health care professionals and equipment to complete the health checks and manage the station. All we require is a small space; 2metre square (room), a suitable power supply and possibly storing equipment overnight. We will also require access in or nearby to hand washing facilities

What is an NHS Health Check?

The health check takes 20-30 minutes to complete and will consist of:

• Straight forward questions to employees on their health and diet, exercise habits and family medical history

• Height, weight, waist and blood pressure measurements being taken and dementia awareness (for over 65s)

• A simple finger-prick blood test for cholesterol and glucose levels (if required)

• Individual’s cardiovascular risk score with recommendations of what could be done to reduce risk, including: weight management, smoking cessation and physical activity programs

• Advice and support on maintaining good health and on lifestyle changes that will help improve individual’s health

This is an ideal opportunity to offer employees working for organisations located within West Sussex, access to their free NHS Health Check, which could prevent long-term chronic conditions and potentially save lives.

If you are interested in hosting this free health check service, please contact Lydia Agyapong on 0207 863 3098 or email [email protected] to find out more.


MORE HHDBA INTERNS REQUIRED

HHDBAHHDBA is looking for two more interns to join us in October 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 [email protected]

Interns can always apply online here.