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PROGRAM FINALISED FOR THE HHDBA CONFERENCE 2014

HHDBA ConferenceThe programme. for the HHDBA Conference on Friday March 7th has been finalised, and the date for earlybird tickets has been extended to the 14th February.

Tickets are now on sale HERE

Earlybird tickets for HHDBA members are £15 & £25 for non-members. From the 15th February the price rises to £25 for HHDBA members and £30 for non-members. So don’t delay!

Chose to attend conference tracks on Business Opportunities or Marketing and Sales. Mingle with like-minded professionals whilst listening to the very best speakers from across the district and beyond. And be challenged to take action in your business to improve and prosper.


EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK

MSSCVSBookings are now open for an affordable Emergency First Aid at Work course on Monday 31 March 2014 at Mid Sussex South CVS’s Community Training Room in Burgess Hill town centre.

Mid Sussex South CVS, a local charity, organises training courses for the community and voluntary sector and are able to offer two places per course to the business sector.

It is still a statutory duty for organisations to have the appropriate number of suitably qualified first aiders with training undertaken every three years. However, earlier this year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) removed their system of approving and accrediting first aid training providers and so the onus for selecting ‘suitably qualified’ trainers now falls on the organisation booking the training. http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/changes-first-aid-regulations.htm

Mid Sussex South CVS can save you the hassle of conducting ‘due diligence’ to assess the competency of a training provider – as we have already done this when booking the reputable training organisation McCrudden Training to deliver the training. http://www.mccrudden-training.co.uk/training/first-aid-training

If you are interested in taking up this offer (first come, first served) or would like more details please contact Sue, [email protected] 01444 258102

TOWN CENTRE MEETING ROOM FOR HIRE

Mid Sussex South CVS, a local charity, has a large room in Burgess Hill town centre available for hire at reasonable rates. The room is ideal for workshops, board meetings, training, interviewing, business and community network meetings.

Located at 38 Church Road, the room is available to community and private organisations and businesses and accommodates up to 50 people seated theatre style or 18 seated boardroom style. The hire charge includes use of a fully equipped kitchen and the venue has disabled access and facilities. It is close to the railway station and town centre bus stops and there is a public car park adjacent to the building.

Visual and audio equipment, including laptop, projector, video and DVD are also available.

For further information please contact Sue, 01444 258102 or e-mail [email protected]  Information about the services provided by the CVS and room hire is also available on the website www.msscvs.org.uk


SUSSEX PRIVATE ADVISORY GROUP FOR BUSINESS LEADERS & EXECUTIVES

VistageAlex Kent will be running an exclusive private advisory group ‘taster’ event – a breakfast seminar between 08.00 and 11.00 on Tuesday 11th February at the Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club.

The event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded local business people and experience first-hand the techniques used within private advisory groups to challenge problems, evaluate opportunities and solve an assortment of strategic, operational and personal issues. For further details see http://www.alex-kent.co.uk/events/

To reserve a place contact Alex Kent: [email protected] or phone 07887 917657

EMPLOYMENT SWINGS UP AT LONDON & SOUTH EAST SME BUSINESSES

London & South East’s medium-sized businesses are gearing up for a great 2014 and are starting to recruit strongly thanks to at least four months of strong optimism about the economy reveals the new Vistage Medium-Sized Business Confidence Index.

The research is based on responses by 413 CEOs, MDs and owners of largely medium-sized and larger-small businesses (including 134 in London & South East ) conducted in December 2013 by Vistage (www.vistage.co.uk) the world’s leading organisation for senior business leaders.

Alex Kent, MD of Alex Kent Associates Ltd and Vistage Chairman for the South East England Region, said:  “Germany’s Mittelstand businesses are often cited as the reason for its economic success.  However, the UK’s SME companies don’t get the acknowledgement they deserve for their importance and huge contribution to sustainable economic recovery and job-creation.

“Many SMEs have emerged from the economic downturn in good health with hard-earned cash reserves.  Our research shows they are expecting a good 2014 and most have plans to expand their workforces to take advantage of this – in fact many are doing this already.”

For further information please contact:

Alex Kent (Vistage Chair – South East England Region)
Tel: 07887 917657
[email protected]


BIRCH HOTEL REFURBISHMENT

Birch HotelWe are pleased to announce the next phase our refurbishment will start on the 20th January with a total refurbishment of 13 bedrooms and bathrooms.

Events

  • New Courtyard weekday Lunch and Family Traditional Sunday Lunch; Enjoy our fabulous choice of menus with a complimentary 125ml glass of house wine or soft drink. Weekday lunch one, two or three courses you choose.
  • Sunday February 2nd   “Wedding Show” at the Birch, 10.30am – 3.30pm, free admission, a wedding one stop shop to view the Birch as a venue and discuss your day with local suppliers.
  • Friday February 14th “Valentines themed Disco”, three course meal plus disco , 7.30pm – 12.15, £32.00pp  (10% discount to Haywards Heath and district business association members)
  • Friday 7th March “Neil Diamond Tribute night”, three course meal plus Bob Drury sings the legends songs, 7.30-12.00,  £32.00pp ( 10% discount as above to members)

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, RH17 7SF
Tel: 01444 451 565
Web: www.birchhotel.co.uk


LOCAL FINANCIAL ADVISER BOOSTS QUALIFICATIONS TO DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Juno Wealth ManagementSussex based Independent Financial Adviser, Tracey Evans, has succeeded in simultaneously securing the coveted titles of Certified Financial Planner (CFPCM) and Chartered Financial Planner.

Tracey Evans, based in Bolney, near Haywards Heath is the joint business owner and principle adviser at Juno Wealth Management.

Comments Tracey, “This success is a major milestone in our plans at Juno Wealth Management. Achieving these accreditations demonstrates our ongoing commitment to high professional standards and to my own personal development. The road to securing CFPCM and Individual Chartered status was extremely challenging. However, it was well worth it and will assist us with differentiating Juno Wealth from our peers in a competitive market.”

CFP certification is the only globally recognised mark of excellence in Financial Planning and less than 1,000 financial planners have achieved this in the UK1.

 

Chartered status enables individuals and firms to demonstrate their professional commitment to raising standards of knowledge, capability and ethical practice. It tells their customers that they can expect the highest quality of service.

 

Tracey is not just a leading Financial Planner, but also one of the first UK based Kinder Institute accredited Registered Life Planners®. Tracey believes that Life Planning brings an additional dimension to her work with clients; helping them to discover and articulate their goals and aspirations more clearly. The benefit of this greater clarity is that clients develop a clearer appreciation about what they want their money to do for them. This enables Tracey and the Juno Wealth team to create financial strategies to match their client’s real goals and aspirations.

There are currently less than 10 financial advisers in the UK that have achieved all three of the above accreditations2.

Sources:
1 – http://www.financialplanning.org.uk/certified-financial-planner-certification-0
2 – http://www.kinderinstitute.com/dir/

To read more information about Tracey Evans and to check out her client reviews take a look at the following links: www.junowealth.co.uk & http://www.vouchedfor.co.uk/financial-advisor-ifa/haywards-heath/2545-tracey-evans

Interviews available on request. For further information please contact:
Tracey Evans on 01444 237820 or email [email protected]


A NEW VET AND EVEN MORE SKILLS AT THE MEWES VETS

Mewes VetsWe are thrilled to announce that Mrs Mialee Blair, MRCVS, a highly experienced and popular vet, formerly of the Ark Vets in Hassocks, and the Victoria Veterinary Clinic in Burgess Hill has joined our team. It is wonderful for Julia and Mialee to be working together again at last, having spent our 6 years at University Vet School together.

Meanwhile, another of our vets, Mrs Angie Gill, MRCVS has been studying hard and sitting professional exams. She is now one of only a very few Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists registered with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). The Mewes Vets can now offer Veterinary Acupuncture in a special calm, quiet room.

Acupuncture is a complementary treatment for painful conditions such as muscular strains and osteoarthritis. It is also great for skin complaints, neurological conditions such as incontinence, and support for the internal systems such as the kidneys and the immune system.

We have taken on a new Trainee nurse, Lisa, as well as a new Vet, and have 3 Trainees approaching Finals this summer. One of these, Harriet, passed her Practical Exams recently with 100%!!

Plus….We are running a Valentine’s Week Walkies, so if you are a single with a dog, let your canine play Cupid…..Find puppy love with The Mewes Veterinary Clinic. On Saturday 15th February, we’re inviting singles along to a Valentine’s Week Walkies. Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start at the Pub car park, The Wheatsheaf, Cuckfield, RH17 5DW returning c11am for complimentary coffee and cakes on us! Do join us!


SOLAR PV BREAKFAST EVENT – BURGESS HILL, 19TH MARCH

Haywards Heath Business BreakfastThe Sustainable Business Partnership are holding one of their popular breakfast events in Burgess Hill, focusing on solar PV.

Speakers are to include solar specialists PDP Electrical, the local council’s planning team and Shoreham Port who have installed two large solar arrays.

PDP Electrical will talk about the various types of solar panels available and their differing efficiencies as well as look at installation and maintenance practicalities and typical energy and cost savings and payback periods.

A member of the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Team will explain in which situations planning permission is required and how to minimise delays when applying for consent for your project.

Shoreham Port will share their experiences installing a 90 kWp solar PV system in 2012, financed through a community share scheme.

Before and after the presentations, there will be time for delegates to meet other businesses interested in renewable energy.

The Sustainable Business Partnership’s breakfast events are typically attended by around 30 to 40 businesses from a mix of industries and trades.

The event is being held at Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill on Wednesday 19th March from 08:00 to 10:00. Bookings can be made by contacting the Sustainable Business Partnership on [email protected] or 01444 477501. The cost is £20 or £30 for two.

Full details can be found at: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk/network


HAYWARDS HEATH TWINNING NEWS

As 2013 has drawn to a close and 2014 looms in front of us.

We would like to wish you all Season Greetings from the Committee of the Association and thank you for your support.

We undertook a number of events throughout 2013, as you will know if you have been following the Website  www.hhta.eu. All of which were supported well by the members. Starting with the Jumelage AGM in Bondues in February, and ending with a visit of a group of Classic Car Enthusiasts from Bondues attending a Bonfire and Firework display on the Saturday and going to Brighton to see the finish of the London to Brighton veteran car run in November, and many other activities in between, Including The Haywards Heath Bike Ride, The Annual picnic, that took place in Canterbury, The golf exchange at Haywards Heath Golf Club, Blue week celebrations in Bondues, The opening of the Truna in Traunstein, And last but far from least our Celebrations over the Town day weekend in Haywards Heath that saw more than 50 persons from our twin towns in Haywards Heath to celebrate with us. In all a very good year was had by all who participated. Our only real disappointment was the resignation of our long standing President and founder member Mr David Turner, we all wish David and Rose well in the future and we thank them for their hard work and dedication towards the Association in the past .

We now move on to 2014 and hope the year is equally as good. I have listed the various events that are already in the calendar, to which you are all invited. [email protected].  If you have any Ideas or thoughts of what you may like to see take place please do not hesitate to contact one of the committee. We can then try and include it in the events to come.

Proposed List of Events for 2014

  • French AGM    8th 9th February, In Bondues
  • 2014 Social mid to late February to be arranged. (See Flyer)
  • Walking Weekend   21st 22nd 23rd  March In France  (See Flyer)
  • HHTA AGM  Friday 28th March 2014, at Haywards Heath Town Hall.
  • Cultural weekend    28/29/30 March  ??? 4/5/6 April in  Haywards Heath
  • Town Spring Fair   
  • Georgiritt   is held in Traunstein every Easter
  • Bike RideWeekend   18th May    in  Haywards Heath
  • Picnic    1st June   In Bondues  (See Flyer)
  • Town Day  13th September  in  Haywards Heath.

There will be a number of additions as the month progress I am sure.

Subs have been coming in slowly so thank you, just  a little reminder  that the AGM is on 28th March 2014. Judith will be sending out nomination forms for the re-election of officers for the next year so please return them. We sadly missed out on an annual dinner in 2013 but are planning an early year get together in February. We are awaiting a date.

Subs Reminder Form

Membership Form

Happy Twinning

Fred Bone  (01444.239853)


PRAISE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES GROUP

Gordian Solutions

In November last year I took the opportunity to invite those attending the HHDBA Professional Services Group Action Learning event to look at my business and help me confirm what I should be focussing on and where I should be placing my marketing efforts.

Whilst quite apprehensive about opening myself up to the group, I found the whole process extremely useful. Yes, the questioning was probing and forced me to look at areas of the business I had buried away, but the group was very supportive, non-judgemental and provided a number of very good ideas on what to do next.

Since then I have adopted a number of the suggestions with positive results and whilst there are still things to do, I can thoroughly recommend the group as a forum for addressing business issues you may have. It’s true that a problem shared is a problem halved.

Paul Dallibar, Gordian Solutions Ltd


FREE HEALTH CHECKS

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Here at our health clinic, we can give companies and their staff free health checks. It involves checking height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. It takes half hour per person and its a way of highlighting risks such as, high blood pressure or diabetes, bringing it to their attention so they can seek advise from their own G.P.

I believe this is a positive step in helping people to look after their health and I would like to bring it to employers attention.

Sharon Woolven

Crawley Health Centre


STRATEGIC TRANSPORT INVESTMENT PROGRAMME – STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

West Sussex County Council has established a Strategic Transport Investment Programme (STIP) to guide the identification and progression of strategic transport schemes. This is explained in more detail in the attached note and the draft schedule Jan 2014.

We invite you to submit any comments you may have on the attached draft schedule of schemes (the ‘long list’) to the addresses below by Monday 17th February 2014. The long list of schemes will then be prioritised to produce a short list of scheme priorities for development as resources permit.  The short list will be approved by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport in May 2014.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please contact the Planning and Transport Policy Team by email at [email protected] . If you have a query best dealt with by telephone, please add a contact number and a request to call back.

With kind regards,
Planning and Transport Policy Team
Strategic Planning
West Sussex County Council
County Hall
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1RH


BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION’S MID SUSSEX BRANCH CASTS ITS NET

British Heart FoundationAfter 5  years  of leading  one of the most successful Fundraising Branches in South-East England, Simon Cartwright plans to relinquish the Chairman’s  role at the end of March 2014.  “I have enjoyed my time as Chairman immensely” says Simon, “and  together with our experienced Committee of Fundraisers,  have developed the activities of the Branch, and brought us to the point where we have now raised  over £1 Million locally for this fantastic Charity. As my daughter and her young family have very recently moved to the USA, I am however  keen to spend more time with them in their new home, so I feel it is an appropriate time to hand over the reins to someone new. Naturally I will continue to stay very closely in touch with Mid Sussex BHF, and no doubt will be volunteering for duties when I’m available”

The Mid Sussex Branch of the British Heart Foundation organises a range of fundraising events throughout the year – each headed by a member of the Committee – Including the Cross Country Horse Ride, Summer Lunch Events with guest speakers, a Christmas Market, the Santa Fun Run round Victoria Park, as well as a variety of smaller events, and regularly raise well in excess of £40,000 each year for Heart Research and helping to fund key  equipment for local hospitals.

The new Chairman (Male or Female) will work with the Committee to identify new Fundraising Opportunities, and is an unpaid role which would ideally suit an energetic person with good leadership and communication skills. The Chairmanship role currently takes an average of 4 hours a week, and the role is supported not only by its Committee of Volunteers, but by a BHF Community Fundraising Manager who works very closely with the Branch.

If you are interested in the work of the British Heart Foundation, and would like to discuss this role further please telephone John Higgins (01444 482183) or Simon Cartwright (01444 482751)

 


Wednesday 5th February 2014 – How to… Skills: Dean Orgill, Mayo Wynne Baxter: Your contracts and what you must put in them
Venue: Orange Square, The Broadway, Haywards HeathCost: HHDBA members £10. Non members £15. This includes a drink and a full English breakfast.Click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.


Tuesday 11th February 2014 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Cost: Free

Please click HERE to register.


Monday 24th February 2014 – Welcome Meeting: Amanda Brackley, Savannah Café Bar

Venue: Savannah Bar, The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Price: Free for HHDBA Memebers

Please click HERE to register.


NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Please welcome our new member:

Simon Callaghan – Simon Callaghan Photography

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OTHER NEWS

GEORGINA CARTER IS THE “MIKE OLIVER ASSOCIATES APPRENTICE 2014”

Georgina Carter

We are delighted to introduce our new apprentice Georgina Carter.  ‘Welcome on board Georgina from all at MOA’. Georgina was selected from an intake of 45 applicants for her strong skill set and valuable customer services experience, to reinforce our customer care proposition reporting directly to our Administration Manager.

Principal Mike Oliver commented “As a prominent and growing company we have committed to a Youth Policy providing fertile ground to develop young talent within our industry.  The training program will support Georgina to NVQ and Certificate level eventually leading to a Diploma in Financial Planning through the Financial Adviser School (FAS). If this goes to plan Georgina could become a Chartered Financial Planner within the next 5 years.”


NEW STAFF AT CULLEN SCHOLEFIELD

Vickie Atkins

Happy New Year from the team at Cullen Scholefield.  January can sometimes seem like the longest month but we’ve prepared for the slog and have introduced a few new things to keep us entertained.

The first isn’t exactly a thing but is a new team member!  We are delighted to introduce Vickie Atkins who joins us in the role of Customer Relationship Advisor.

Vickie comes to us from Bolney School where she worked for five years as a teaching assistant.  She also sat on the Board of Governors for ten years in various different roles including Parent Governor, Chair and Non-Teaching Governor.

Prior to this, Vickie worked as a Purser for Caledonian Airways.

Of her experience with us so far, Vickie has said:

“I am enjoying the challenge of working with a supportive team. I hope I can live up to their high expectations.”

We are happy to welcome Vickie to our team and in true Cullen Scholefield fashion we have dropped her in at the deep end and forced her to take part in our fundraising for Dry January!  How terrible of us.

The majority of us have decided to remain dry for January. There have been a few accidents on the wagon but the wheels are still turning.  If you would like to support us in our trials and tribulations then please donate through our fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/cullenscholefield. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Alcohol Concern.

Here’s to a great 2014!


THE WEALD COMMENT

Weald

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Firstly, a Happy New Year!

We believe 2014 will be a successful year for Weald, primarily because we also believe many of our clients are confident and expanding to take advantage of the evident upturn. It’s also our 25th year in business so it’s a very significant milestone for us.

New Staff and new roles for existing staff.

Please review our organisation chart which is displayed on the contact page of our web site.
http://wealdcomputers.com/contact
We have recently been able to invest in additional staff following a successful first half of our financial year . We are investing in staff to increase the service levels delivered to our clients and to exceed expectations.

Notable changes:

Hazel Morris moves from Office Manager to Customer Support Manager.
Steven Humpherson – New Helpdesk Manager
Steven Rixon – Additional Senior Network Engineer to handle installations and outsourcing contracts alongside Tom Winchester.
Barry St.John-Poulton – Returning as Sales Manager
Laura Churchman – New Office Administrator taking on much of Hazel’s existing role

Waking Hours support

We have introduced a rota-system of engineers to take calls from 6am until 11pm, 7 days a week.

If your company would like to be able to call Weald out of normal working hours, please let us know.

This is an internal Weald service – UK based and you will talk to your normal known Weald support staff.

Data Centre investment

Before Christmas, Weald replaced and upgraded all of our front end servers in the Reading Data Centre and will continue with further investment into the Maidstone Data Centre during February. Our continued investment into our private data centre space means that we believe that the big players (HP, Microsoft etc) are not quite able to deliver the same flexibility to our clients yet.

This investment has delivered increased capacity and speed to more than 100 clients who use the space.

25th Anniversary

Many of you will have seen our various press releases celebrating 25 years in business. We are very proud of our achievements, but we’re not done yet. At 45 and 49 respectively, our two major shareholders are not quite ready to retire. We have the funds and the experience and now the economy is growing once more, we intend to take Weald to at least double its current size in the next 5 years.

Our Big Message

It’s all about empowering our clients, and indeed our staff, our partners and our prospects.

We know a lot of stuff – having been doing this for 25 years, and still on top – but we don’t think we have evangelised as we should have. We have more to give.

A series of shows, workshops, presentations and forums will be put in place over the next 12 months to reach as many people as we can with our messages.

Cloud_Clarify (cloudclarify.co.uk) will be the site on which we announce the timetable of these events.

In the meantime, if you would like to talk to us, please do get in contact.

Charitable Events

We are keen on being active in our community and giving back some time & money to good causes.

5k Team Swim
Please sponsor us.
http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/wet-wet-weald

The two old men and the young
pretenders. We will be swimming 200 lengths on Saturday 22nd March. 15:30 at the Triangle. Supporters welcome. Mike, Barry, Laura and Rob

BackDoor – lock it or lose it.

Security is an important subject for 2014. Make sure backups, AV, security patches are up to scratch. Old XP and 2003 operating systems need replacements.


HEREWARD KAYE AT THE MARTLETTS

Hereward Kaye

Hereward Kay is performing live at the Martletts on March 7th 2014.

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TIMELESS TIME: A QUALITY FIRM

ISO9001On 29th January 2014 TimelessTime Ltd sustained its certification to the international quality standard ISO9001:2008. The certification was confirmed by SGS and authorised through UKAS, the UK Accreditation Service after two days of independent audit of TimelessTime’s systems and business operations. This makes it the fourth annual audit in a row when TimelessTime has sailed through with flying colours.

ISO 9001 is a series of standards, developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), that enable organisations in the manufacturing and service industries to define, establish, and maintain an
effective quality assurance system. Many buyers mandate that suppliers are certified under ISO9001, particularly buyers in the public services and larger enterprises.
Commenting on the achievement, TimelessTime managing director Sue Berry said “We have set the company up to have an ethos of high quality and so proving quality in all that we do is relatively easy”.
Read more…

BANK OF ENGLAND NEWS

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The Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions has been published on the Bank’s external website. If you would like to access this report please do so by clicking HERE: