HHDBA ConferenceThe inaugural HHDBA conference on the 7th March was a resounding success, according to the people that attended.

The Sales & Marketing and Business Opportunities tracks were well attended and delegates left the conference with ideas and plans for their own businesses. We also had a great writeup in the Mid Sussex Times.

If you missed it, you can watch some of the videos HERE or download the delegate pack HERE.


Players in the Park

Players in the Park, of course; an outdoor amateur theatre company which brings quality open air theatre to the people of Sussex – a natural assumption to make!  Well maybe not, but Cathryn Parker has had a lifelong love affair with the theatre since she was 6 years old.  She has been a member of Lewes Theatre Club since 1987 and has directed over 60 productions for many theatre companies.  Perhaps not the image of your average lawyer then?  So you will be even more amazed to hear that her husband Geoff who works slavishly behind the scenes of the many productions, designing and building sets and overseeing the whole technical production spends much of his time lovingly tending his flock of ostrich.

This fantastic couple really are a force to be reckoned with in the amateur dramatics world.  Their next big collaboration will be with St Peter & St James Hospice’s Fundraising Department with Bard in the Barn.  They will be putting on an eight night performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ from 11-14th and 18-21st June at Cockhaise Farm in Lindfield.  All seating is reserved and indoors and any profit is donated to the Hospice.  Tickets are on sale and there are substantial earlybird savings to be made if you book before Easter.  Go to www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk for more information.



Esther Featherstone and several other HHDBA members did another 6 hour Zumbathon on March 16th, in aid of the Lindfield Arts Festival, of which Esther is joint Director for 2014. 

Esther’s Pink Army raised over £1,500 during the event. See if you can spot the HHDBA members in the photo!


NEW SUSSEX BASED PRIVATE ADVISORY GROUP FOR BUSINESS EXECUTIVESAlex Kent of Alex Kent Associates Ltd and Chairman of a South East Chief Executive / Managing Director private advisory group has launched a new group for business executives in March.

The new group is very diverse including both business owners and business executives from a wide range of industries and market sectors.

The new group will meet every two months, to work on business opportunities and issues using their combined skills and experience.  Many of the meetings will also include workshops from world class experts, to help members keep up to date with the latest business thinking.  In between group meetings Alex also helps coach and mentor individual members, to help them implement ideas and suggestions coming from the group sessions.

The next group meetings are scheduled for 17th April and 22 May 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about how private advisory groups help business grow faster, increase profitability and deal with difficult staff issues please contact Alex Kent on 07887 917657 or via email mail@alex-kent.co.uk.


Sophie Mitchell Dolphin Triathlon

Sophie Mitchell, Age 11, completed 1.5 miles in 15 minutes towards the total

Visitors to the Dolphin Leisure Centre came in for a surprise on Thursday 20th February during the busy half-term week.  Dolphin Centre staff set up a mini gym for a day-long triathlon to raise money for St Peter & St James Hospice and invited the public to help them complete the distance from Haywards Heath to Paris, some 234 miles as the crow flies, in a competitively timed challenge.

Members of the public, including 11 year old Sophie Mitchell and Dolphin staff took part in the triathlon by running, cycling or rowing in fifteen minute stints to help cover the 234 mile distance.  The participants’ enthusiasm and commitment meant that not only was the challenge completed, but the distance was covered well ahead of schedule.

Andy Jones, Dolphin Centre Manager said: “We thought we set the bar high and were delighted that not only did we get to our destination but that we got there early.  We kicked off at 10 am and had arrived in Paris by 3.30pm.”

The Dolphin recently started supporting the hospice and the funds generated by the triathlon will help to buy physical therapy equipment for the hospice’s brand new Wellbeing Centre. Andy explained: “Supporting the physical therapy offered to people with life-limiting illnesses in the Wellbeing Centre is a natural connection with our commitment to health and fitness and we are very pleased to be able to show our support to the hospice in this way.”

The funds raised by the triathlon were boosted by the sale of cakes and cookies donated by hospice staff and volunteers and the sale of bracelets and rings made enterprising Year 6 girls from Lindfield Primary, which raised an additional £156.

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager at St Peter & St James Hospice said, “The triathlon was a great event and we’re really pleased that the Dolphin has been able to contribute to our work in a way that reflects their ethos of promoting fitness for all.”


Neil Tomlinson

HHDBA member Neil Tomlinson shared his great news this month; his company’s brand Aquapax has just secured a nationwide distribution agreement with the health food store Holland & Barrett!

“We’ll be rolling out through 200+ zone 1 stores across the UK and Ireland” says Neil. “Zone 1 stores have fridges, so Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill stores aren’t included. Fans can visit fellow members ‘Grape & Grain’ for supplies of the good stuff or take advantage of the HHDBA members special, buying directly as listed in our ‘Member Offers’ section.”

Aquapax: http://www.aquapaxwater.com
Grape & Grain: http://www.grapegrain.co.uk/
Members Offers: https://www.hhdba.com/member-offers/


River Peak Wealth

RiverPeak Wealth, the local wealth management business, has been shortlisted as “Industry Newcomer of the Year” at the prestigious Citywealth Magic Circle Awards for 2014. Each year these nationwide awards recognise the achievements of top professional firms of wealth managers, law firms, trust companies, tax advisors, and bankers working with high net worth individuals and families.

The awards ceremony takes place in London on 8th May 2014 and the winners will be decided by a combination of votes from peers and a panel of judges.

James Powell, Managing Director of RiverPeak Wealth, said “We’re delighted that the hard work and professionalism of the team has been recognised by this nomination. We’re also keen to continue growing and offer our services to more people in and around Haywards Heath area.”

RiverPeak Wealth was set up last year by an experienced team to give independent investment and financial advice to people who need help sorting out aspects of their financial life. From pensions and investments to life assurance and estate planning, their breadth of knowledge means that they can help with most things. If you’re not sure whether or not they can help, give them a call on 01825 791421 or email them at info@riverpeakwealth.com, they’re nice people and are happy to have a chat.


Mews VetsOnce again the Mewes Vets and The Independant State of Cuckfield are inviting all dog owners to join the fun!

We will be hosting the Fun Family Dog Show for all pets, with or without a Pedigree, on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May.

This is the third time the Mewes Vets have hosted this event, which last year attracted over 100 dogs to join in on a fantastically warm sunny afternoon. Classes will include ‘Dog with the Waggiest Tail’, ‘Best Trick’, and the highly competitive ‘Best Fancy Dress Competition’.

There will be Rosettes, prizes and gifts, and an opportunity to try your skills at Musical Sits with your highly trained hound in aid of the Guide Dogs for the BLind Association.

The event takes place as part of the wonderful annual Cuckoo Fayre on The Recreation Ground, Cuckfield. We will be taking entries from 1pm and judging starts at 2pm, with a ‘Best in Show Class’ at the end to find the Cuckoo Fayre’s Top Dog! Entries are £2.00 per class.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Super hero day groupTake part in Hero Friday and raise awareness and funds for Chestnut Tree House, your local children’s hospice. Dress up as your personal hero and join in the celebrations on Friday 20 June 2014. Or feel free to choose an alternative day during Children’s Hospice Week if you wish.

Children’s Hospice Week runs from 13 to 20 June 2014 and we are encouraging workplaces, individuals, schools, colleges and groups to take part and spread some fun, whilst also helping to raise much needed funds for Chestnut Tree House.

Who is your hero?

Maybe it’s a superhero such as Spiderman, Wonder Woman or He-Man. Or it could be a sporting hero such as Usain Bolt, David Beckham or Jessica Ennis. What about a pop hero like Michael Jackson or Lady Gaga? Or, like for many of the children who use Chestnut Tree House’s services, it could be someone who has touched your life like a parent, nurse, doctor or carer.


Could your office take part and hold a Hero Friday fancy dress competition? Maybe get everyone to bring in cakes and sell them during the day, or even hold a raffle?


Just wear your hero costume all day with pride! Maybe get sponsored to wear a really silly outfit all day?


If anyone has children at school, suggest they get involved! Why not get students to dress up and write a story about who their hero is and why? Maybe have superhero games in PE lessons, or hold a Kryptonite cake sale at lunchtime? There are lots of fun ways to get involved.

To find out more about Hero Friday or to register your interest, please contact Jayne Todd, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House:

Call: 01903 871820



Chris RandallSUSSEX solicitors Mayo Wynne Baxter have today announced that they are further expanding across the county. The latest growth comes from the upcoming merger with long established law firm Stuckey Carr & Co, who operate from offices in Storrington and Pulborough. This merger is due to complete on 1st July this year.

This merger is the third that the law firm will have completed in the last two years following the acquisition of Allen Ticehurst Solicitors in East Grinstead during 2012 and Forest Row firm PR Vince in October last year.

The completion of this deal will mean that Mayo Wynne Baxter will have eight offices in Sussex including those long established bases in Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes and Brighton.

Stuckey Carr & Co was established in Sussex in 1843 and Senior Partner Robin Carr is the third generation of his family to have been at the firm. Along with Partner Peter Jones, Robin will remain on as a Consultant post merger.

Mayo Wynne Baxter’s Chief Executive, Chris Randall, said: “We are delighted to announce the upcoming merger with Stuckey Carr & Co. This is a great move for both firms and means that clients in Storrington and Pulborough will have access to a much broader range of legal services.

The additional two offices extend our reach into West Sussex and is a further step towards Mayo Wynne Baxter being the dominant law firm in the county.”

The news of this merger follows a recent announcement that the firm has invested heavily in new practice management software to further improve it’s already industry leading client service delivery. This state-of-the-art software will go live later in the year and includes functionality that can allow clients to have direct 24 hour access to their matter via a secure web portal.


KalliKids Ambassador Mike YardySussex cricket legend Mike Yardy and tennis star Julie Pullin have been signed up as Ambassadors by children’s activity accreditation service, KalliKids.

The company, which helps parents make informed choices about children’s activity providers and services, has signed up the left-handed batsman and Wimbledon veteran to help educate and encourage youngsters to fulfil their potential.

“We’re delighted to announce Mike and Julie as Ambassadors for the KalliKids brand,” said its founder, Karen Bach. “I know their fantastic sporting achievements and determination will act as a source of inspiration for many of the families who use our website to select the best children’s activities and tuition providers in Sussex.”

Bach also revealed the signing of Yardy and Pullin to be the first of a number of personalities who have agreed to join the dynamic KalliKids team of spokespeople, as further announcements are due to be made later in the year.

Yardy enjoyed 15 years as part of the Sussex cricket team, as well as on the national side who won the Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2010. Pullin was British No.1 ranked tennis player in both singles and doubles, played Wimbledon nine times and represented Great Britain in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

“It’s great to be getting behind a project like this” said Pullin. “I have two children myself and know how hard it can be choosing an activity provider with absolute confidence. I’m delighted to have been asked to be a KalliKids Ambassador.”

Since KalliKids.com went live on 17 January 2013, the website has attracted 100,000 visits.


Heather MartinHeather Martin Garden Design is excited to announce that Heather Martin will be appearing as one of the Garden Design Experts at this year’s Grand Designs Live at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands on 6th and 7th May 2014.                           

Heather will be offering FREE 30 minute consultations on all aspects of garden design, from creating desirable outdoor spaces through interesting landscaping techniques, to sourcing the perfect plants for your borders and planters, helping to helping to create the perfect outdoor space for your home or business.

Sessions are pre-bookable through the website: www.granddesignslive.com


  • She is a smart young lady 22 years old, well schooled in the fundamentals of economics and management.
  • She is presently looking for a training period in a British firm in May, June and hopefully July 2014, as part of her last academic year.
  • She would be based locally and only need some small remuneration, so this could be a good opportunity for a local company.

This is how she describes herself and her aspirations

  • Cullen ScholefieldI am truly interested in obtaining an internship abroad, especially in marketing and human resources
  • I am creative, rigorous and conscientious I think that these are qualities that are required for a job in marketing.
  • I also like human contact and I enjoy working with other people.
  • My different artistic hobbies have developed my creativeness but with my scientific education I have developed a keen practical logic which allows me to be precise and thorough.
  • I would relish a position that would allow me to put these skills to good use in your company.
  • Getting an internship abroad is an exceptional opportunity in many ways. First of all, it would allow me to discover new management systems, new ways of working and to meet new people.
  • I will have the possibility to improve my English and to be completely immersed in another culture.
  • I am deeply interested in the world of business and would enjoy the challenge of working as part of your team.

Her CV is available from Vicki Taylor please eMail VTaylor@csgconsult.com

Tuesday 1st April 2014 – Planning 4 Profit : Developing a strategy to achieve your goals 07:30 -09:30

Venue: Orange Square. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

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

Please click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

Tuesday 8th April 2014 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Cost: Free

Please click HERE to register.

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – How to… Skills: Alex Kent, Alex Kent Associates: Selling for success 07:30 – 08:45

Venue: Orange Square. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

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

Please click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

Monday 28th April 2014 – Members Meeting: Election of Officers 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: The Birch Hotel. Lewes Road. Haywards Heath. RH17 7SF.

Price: Free to all members – Includes a buffet and soft drinks.

Please click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Please welcome our new members:

Peter Desmond – Growth International

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Yann Davies – ABCOMIT Solutions

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Jason Dilworth – fifty6

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Rosan Sapkota – Everest Spice

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Henry Laker – HH Design

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The 14th Burgess Hill Means Business Exhibition, is to be held on May 9th, from 9.30-3.30 at The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill  RH15 9LR.

HHDBA members are of course, very welcome to come along on the day. There are 72 stands of exhibitors.

Entrance is free with a business card and refreshments are available.


HHDBA membership dues

All members should have received letters detailing that membership is now due from the 1st April. Costs vary, depending on the size of your business, but you can pay by cheque, standing order or online HERE.

Nano businesses <5 employees £35 per year
Micro businesses 5 -20 employees £65 per year
Small businesses 21 – 50 employees £120 per year
Medium and Large >50 employees £175 per year



The latest newsletter from the Physio Therapy Centre is now available HERE.


District Councillors have supported a scheme that will see over one thousand Mid Sussex businesses receive a reduction of around £1000 in their business rates next year.

On Tuesday 3rd March, Mid Sussex District Council’s Scrutiny Committee for Planning and Economic Development supported rolling out a new Government scheme to support small businesses. This will benefit many businesses with a rateable value of £50,000 or less which have visiting members of the public, for example shops, restaurants and cafés.

The Government funded scheme is for a two year period to help boost the local economy and support small businesses which provide services for the public. The District Council has published details of the types of businesses that will benefit and how the scheme will be administered. These will be formally agreed by Council on 26th March.

Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:

“We are delighted to support this new scheme, which will provide much needed relief to over a thousand Mid Sussex businesses. These businesses are the lifeblood of our district, providing essential services to residents and visitors and boosting the economy and prosperity of Mid Sussex”.



South East Water have planned some road works for South Road, Haywards Heath which will cause a level of disruption. In order to understand the plans and feed in some local knowledge, WSCC would like to invite you to a meeting;

Date: 22nd April
Venue: Haywards Heath Town Council
Time: 9am – 10:30am
Please RSVP to Helen.Card@westsussex.gov.uk



TimelessTime has just published an argument in favour of describing personal characteristics of employees using psychometrics. The article will shortly go out in the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers journal.

The article argues that just as engineers use systems modelling to predict the performance of an electrical or other system, so managers can use psychometrics to model the intelligence, personality, needs and other individual differences of staff.  This then allows managers to predict the behaviours that staff will exhibit.

Psychometrics has many applications in management but most especially in selection during recruitment and assessment during restructuring and change.

The article can be read at http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/articles/the-case-for-using-psychometrics/.  If you’d like to use psychometrics or would like to know more about the advantages, call us.


Growth Accelerator

Nick Handley of Marketing Leadership who spoke at the recent Business Conference on marketing strategy, is now working with a number of local businesses with high growth potential.

This is through the government Growth Accelerator programme which provides funding. For further information, please contact Nick at info@marketingleadership.co.uk or go to the Growth Accelerator website.



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.