May Newsletter


MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER: Our biggest newsletter yet!




Maureen Scholefield

HHDBA featured in the Mid Sussex Times last week with the following piece:

St Peter and St JamesThe Haywards Heath & District Business Association (HHDBA) is asking its members to throw their weight behind the Association’s campaign to raise money for the St Peter & St James Hospice.

HHDBA has chosen the Hospice as its charity of the year and set a minimum fundraising target of £1,500 over the next twelve months.

The selection of the Hospice follows decisions of the HHDBA’s committee to offer charities a standard membership fee and that it would, each year, adopt one member charity.

Maureen Scholefield, chair of HHDBA, expressed her delight at the choice, explaining that St Peter & St James provides care and support for those living with life limiting illnesses from all of Sussex.

She added: “I am really pleased that we have selected St Peter & St James.

“All of its services are free and because it receives less than 14 percent of its funding from government it has to raise over £7,200 every day of the year to reach the £2.6million it needs annually.

“It does a phenomenal job and I am sure the Haywards Heath business community will support our campaign.”

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager of St Peter & St James said: “HHDBA supported us as a result of the first Bike Ride in 2011 and we are delighted that they have chosen to support us again as their charity for 2014.

“Membership of HHDBA has been extremely worthwhile and allowed us to make many connections with the local business community.

“We look forward to working with HHDBA to smash the target!”

If you want to contribute online please go to our Virgin Money Giving page.


Election of Officers 2014The new HHDBA committe was elected at the Birch Hotel on the 28th April. Among the seasoned campaigners were several new faces, giving HHDBA a fresh new approach.

Carolyn Robinson from St Peter & St James Hospice also gave a presentation on the Hospice’ plans for 2014/15.

Simon Callaghan was there to capture some photographic moments, and Pete Cogle captured a video of the events.

Checkout the Photo Gallery and the Video Archive.


Warden ParkYoung people leaving school in 1851 were better equipped with the skills to fill the most popular jobs of the time than they are today (Independent Online, November 2013).

There are two ways local businesses and their managers, directors or staff could help students at Warden Park Academy adapt to working life.

  1. Offering work experience placements – we work hard with prospective placement providers to best match students to eradicate failed placements, which are in neither party’s interests.
  2. Becoming a Young Enterprise Business Advisor, helping our YE companies form and perform through an academic year. They meet once a week, term time for an hour and a half after school to facilitate meetings and offer support, challenge and advice as the business grows (we hope) and develops.

In the first instance for either opportunity, HHDBA members can get in touch as below. We are happy to acknowledge and offer some publicity where appropriate in return for any assistance given.

Howard Collins, Young Enterprise Link Teacher, Warden Park Academy Trust

Direct Dial: 01444 476551 (extn 288 if prompted)


ExtechWe are delighted to announce the launch of our new in-house software development division. Our team of highly qualified software developers and engineers can create the simplest of websites through to the most complicated of software systems.

Whether you’re being held back by the limitations of your current systems or require a solution that actually does what you need it to do, Extech can work with you to make this a reality.

Managing Director Andrew Hookway said “We look after hundreds of businesses IT systems and over the years it has become quite apparent that many of them are frustrated or have outgrown their current IT software systems, but are often finding bespoke development too expensive and packaged applications not meeting their needs. With this in mind we felt there was a perfect gap in the market to offer clients a fully integrated IT support and software development service, with a price model that makes bespoke applications a realistic and attractive option.”

If you would like to discuss how we can help support your businesses IT and software requirements please email us on email or call 01444 443200.


The Day Release Degree in Business Studies from the University of Chichester is an exciting, innovative and flexible way for students to gain a full honours degree in Business Studies, whilst in work.

We are currently, successfully delivering the 2013-2017 Day Release Degree programme to a range of students from a wide spectrum of employers in the hospitality, travel, construction, engineering leisure, retail, marketing and social enterprise sectors.

The University of Chichester is inviting existing employees  who want to develop their potential by gaining a degree that is directly relevant to their work to contact us. We are also looking for highly motivated and talented students in their final year of college to consider this programme.

What’s in it for Employers?

The Day Release Degree is the best opportunity for you and your organisation to develop your own existing talent in a way that is focussed on your organisation and organisational goals, whilst allowing your employee the opportunity to get a recognised qualification. It is aimed both at existing employees and new entrants.

  • Attracting highly skilled, motivated people – offering a job within your organisation that allows a person to attend the Day Release Degree programme will help you to attract the high calibre recruits that can really help to drive your business forward.
  • Direct business impact – your business will benefit directly from work-related projects focused on your business objectives and enables the students to make a real difference while they are learning.
  • Increased loyalty – you gain loyalty from your employees as supporting development is widely proven to have a positive effect on staff motivation and retention.
  • Innovation – your organisation benefits from innovation and impact as the student brings the latest research and approaches to the work related projects that they will be doing.
  • Talent Management – grow your own employees who will become your high performers of the future.

How does it work?

The University of Chichester identifies employers who want to be part of this innovative programme. Businesses want to partner with us because they can see the benefits of developing their existing staff members as well as attracting new entrants and the long term benefit that this can bring to the organisation.

  • Students will study at the University of Chichester one day a week over three ten week terms for the first three years. The fourth year comprises primarily a tutor supported management project studied over two semesters i.e. September to May
  • Study is a mix of generic business and skills based modules. The majority of assignments are work related projects agreed in advance with the employer. Subjects covered include, finance, management, marketing, HR and operations.
  • Students are supported by both an academic tutor and a work based mentor.
  • Employers typically fund 50% of the course fees with some participants getting access to student loans.

What’s in it for the Day Release Degree student?

You may be an existing employee and want to develop your potential within the company to enhance your career and move to more senior roles. The Day Release Degree is perfect for developing and progressing your existing career and because you will be working on practical projects you make a very direct impact on your business.

Alternatively, you may have completed your BTEC or your A Levels and want to get a degree, but may not want to go to university full time in which case the Day Release Degree is for you.  It is an excellent opportunity to achieve a recognised degree, whilst gaining valuable work experience.

As the degree is done while you are in work, there is every chance that you will have much reduced student debt from the fees. You can still apply for student loans.

Here are some comments from our current employer partners and students:

“It’s about investing in the young today to give you the managers of tomorrow. We are really pleased with our student, Anna-Marie; she has exceeded expectations and is already making an impact. We definitely plan to recruit two more for this year’s programme” Nick Munday, Managing director, Classic Collection Holidays Ltd.

“Working directly with a corporation allows you to get vital work experience for future career progression”. Jay – Trainee, Butlins Leisure

“With the coursework being based around the company’s own core principles and internal training policies I feel I am getting the best education from both sides”. Simon – Manager, Bombardier Engineering

The Day Release Degree is an amazing experience. It gives you the vital experience that employers look for alongside your qualification” Anna Marie Hillard, Day Release Degree student, Classic Collection Holidays Ltd.

How do I find out more?

Call Andrew Adams at the University of Chichester on 07796 655247,email


Circle of PeersHappy people are important and so are the Senior People Professionals looking after them. We need to take the time to tackle these issues properly and we all know the benefits of discussing ideas with our peers confidentially, so what better then a Circle of Peers event under the ‘Chatham House Rules’?

The leaders of two Sussex businesses collaborated to create this event – Maureen Scholefield, Managing Director of Cullen Scholefield and Lisa Jarvis, Managing Director of Permanent Solutions Direct.

Dawn Holmes, Vice President Human Resources, hosted the Sussex Circle of Peers Launch at Tokyo Electron Europe Limited’s Crawley offices, where 30 Sussex People Professionals discussed the topic ‘Love your People’.

The event began with an introduction by David Brough, Managing Director of Tokyo Electron Europe.

Maureen then reviewed the latest trends challenging People Professionals.

Chris Britton, Senior Learning and Development Business Partner at Virgin Holidays, discussed Virgin’s Learning and Development programmes which allow employees to strive for the top positions in the organisation.

Mario Manelfi, Training and Development Performance Consultant at Black and Veatch, spoke about his time spent at Coca Cola and how this large, international brand valued their employees by making working for Coca Cola feel like a life-style.

After the presentations the room was buzzing with excitement and conversation during lunch making the first Sussex Circle of Peers a great success. Gill Whensley, HR Manager at Spofforths said: “It is so rare to see this level of buzz in the room at a networking event, especially a first time event.  I look forward to the continuation of the Sussex Circle of Peers.”

The next Sussex Circle of Peers event will take place on the morning of Friday 6th June and will be hosted by Cineworld at their Crawley Complex.


Kevin and Karyn Kelley from Belvoir Haywards Heath receive their award for ‘New Franchise of the Year’ from celebrity Hugh Denis and Belvoir new CEO Carl ChadwickHusband and wife team Kevin and Karyn Kelley have scooped one of the top awards in the Belvoir annual ‘High Achievers’ award scheme – less than 12 months after opening for business.

Kevin and Karyn, who own the Belvoir office on South Road in Haywards Heath, were announced winners of the Silver Award in the category ‘New Franchise of the Year’.

At Belvoir’s presentation evening, staged in the East Midlands, the company’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Carl Chadwick, said: “Belvoir’s annual awards are highly contested by each of our 150 plus offices throughout the UK but this category is incredibly competitive since every new franchise owner strives to win the New Franchise of the Year Award.

“Kevin and Karyn put a lot of work into an incredibly successful launch which resulted in immediate growth.  Since setting up their business in May 2013, that growth has been consistent giving a positive indication that the first year trading figures will exceed all expectations. They have demonstrated great commitment to our brand and, despite being open for less than a year their office is an excellent interpretation of the Belvoir business model.

“Kevin and Karyn also made a very positive impact on their local community within weeks of opening with a successful charity event that raised over £400 for a local hospice.  They are very deserving of this award.”

Receiving the award, the couple said:  “We are genuinely surprised to be considered deserving of any award so soon after launching our business. This first year has been hard work but, of course, the success brings its own rewards so we are very proud to receive this recognition of our achievements so far.

“We feel that we have been successful in establishing our business with local landlords and tenants and we are working on further growth to double the size of our managed portfolio within the next six months.

“Winning this Silver Award is very motivational and offers a tangible reward for all the hard work that’s been put in during the first year.”

At this year’s Belvoir High Achievers award ceremony, held at the Radisson Blu hotel at East Midlands airport, Executive Chairman Mike Goddard, who founded the company in 1995, announced that Finance Director Carl Chadwick has been appointed  new Chief Executive Officer.

He will be fully supported by former CEO Dorian Gonsalves in his new role of Director of Commercial and Franchising.

These moves, along with the appointment of four new non-Board Executive Directors are designed to strengthen the company’s senior team; lead to enhanced support and success for Belvoir’s franchise owners and raise Belvoir’s standing in the market for the benefit of shareholders.


Strictly GardeningStrictly Gardening, Haywards Heath’s own community gardening Show, is certainly growing in reputation, with our new High Sheriff of West Sussex, Jonathan Lucas, and The Telegraph’s gardening guru, Helen Yemm, both taking part this year. The event, which takes place in The Orchard’s Shopping Centre on Saturday 10th May 10am to 4pm, will provide the very best of advice, ideas and inspiration for gardeners – both green-fingered or just green – as well as lots of stalls and entertainment. The very popular celebrity gardening panel will also be there to answer your questions, chaired by Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex, and it’s anything goes as far as the questions are concerned – the more intriguing the better!

Meanwhile, the whole community will be involved with the schools’ painting competition, ‘Over the Rainbow’, a Scarecrow Procession and Award and a quite beautiful sculptured bird table prize for the best Mosaic from our Care and Nursing Homes. And, with the help of a WSCC grant, all these homes have been given the plants to create their own Sensory Garden.

There will be a vibrant display of exhibitors and stalls, selling everything conceivable for your garden, and, of course, fun quizzes for our visitors with prizes from The Gardener’s Arms in Ardingly and Borde Hill Garden. This is not to mention local school choirs and Pom Pom girls who’ll be entertaining us, and an ‘idiot’s guide’ to arranging flowers by de Novo Flowers.

Hosting the Show, Orchards Manager Nicola Bird, is very excited: “The best thing about Strictly is that it involves the whole of our community,” she says. “Also, I’m getting married this year, so it’s pretty fantastic for me, as we move into our own home, that I’ll be getting all the gardening help I’m going to need!”


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Growth InternationalImagine you are a small firm of computer software developers and have been in business for three years with pretty good financial performance. You can see greater potential for your services in the marketplace as the UK economy starts to recover; in fact you have ambitions to grow by 20% per annum for the next three years. Yet, you realise that you won’t be able achieve these stretching targets without some assistance. Where do you go for support if you only have limited resources?

Over 13,000 small and medium-sized enterprises have been faced with this question over the last two years and have found the answer in the government’s GrowthAccelerator programme. This is a tailor-made package of support focused on the specific needs of a business. All companies are supported by coaching and workshops with opportunities to network with an expanding community of growth businesses. In addition up to £2,000 of match funding can be accessed for every senior manager for leadership and management training.

The impact of this service is shown by 97% of GrowthAccelerator companies being prepared to recommend the service to another business.

More information about this service can be found at If you would like to have an initial discussion about how this grant-funded support can help your business, please get in touch with HHDBA Member, Peter Desmond of Growth International who is a registered and approved GrowthAccelerator Coach. He can be contacted on 07956 586390 or at


Emma and ElliotI will be taking part in the BUPA 10,000 London on Sunday 25th May 2014 to raise funds for The National Autistic Society (NAS).  My nine year old son, Elliot, was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) in October 2012. 

NAS provides fantastic support and information to families like ours and works hard to raise awareness of Autism.   There is a real need to raise awareness of the condition in schools and work life.  As a hidden disability, it is very difficult to understand why people with ASD behave in inappropriate or eccentric ways at times.

People with ASD have unique qualities and should be given every opportunity possible to achieve their potential.

If you wish to sponsor me, please follow the link


Gatwick Diamond Business of the YearThe winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is First Central Insurance Management Ltd. (1st Central). The Award was sponsored by Search Consultancy.

The winners of all the Awards were announced in front of an audience of 600 of the top business people in the Diamond. Hosted by Tim Vine and held at the iconic Effingham Park Hotel, the Awards Dinner was the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by the sponsors, judges, organisers and the entrants themselves.

Trish Breach, MD of Search Consultancy said: “1st Central is a forward thinking dynamic organisation who can evidence they have their employees at the heart of their business”.

Their values are embedded within their culture. Their dramatic growth has provided ample opportunities for internal career progression. This growth has been supported by an impressive commitment to people development from formal classroom style training to an extensive coaching programme and culture.

The communication channels used to communicate to their 500 employees over four sites are innovative, efficient and fun.

The exec team care about employee engagement and have implemented a number of initiatives to promote this. Employee engagement continues to be given a high priority for 2014.”

Andy James, CEO, at First Central Insurance Management, said: “We are honoured to have been selected as Employer of the Year. As one of the largest employers in our area, we’re devoted to ensuring we create a working environment that supports people’s development aspirations. We invest a great deal of time and energy in listening to our staff, reacting to their needs and providing training opportunities so they can get the best from their careers. Therefore it’s fantastic to have our commitment recognised by such a prestigious award.”

“This year was another record year for entries” said Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick Diamond Business, founder of the Awards. “It was also a record number of attendees, all who came along to reflect on and recognise the quality, diversity and achievement of some outstanding businesses and the people who work in them.”

“The competition this year was very hotly contested and there were any number of businesses that, in any other year, could have been winners” continued Jeremy. “Some of the judges have asked if we can recognise some of the entries that didn’t make the final three and I hope they will try again in 2015. We also know that any number of the entrants have been approached to work with the judging companies. That means local businesses are now supplying some of the biggest and best businesses in the Gatwick Diamond.”

To find out more & to register for the 2015 Awards please call 01293 813888 or visit


Tracey Evans and Derek EvansThe Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has awarded both Derek Evans and Tracey Evans the Certificate in Pensions Automatic Enrolment. The PMI is the UK’s leading professional body for those working in the field of pensions and employee benefits.

The Certificate in Pensions Automatic Enrolment (CPAE) provides a professional qualification that underpins understanding of the employer obligations and effective implementation of qualifying schemes to meet the requirements of automatic enrolment.

Derek Evans, based in Bolney, near Haywards Heath is the joint business owner and a principle adviser at Juno Wealth Management. Derek says that it was important that he and Tracey secure the CPAE as it underpins our existing knowledge and our commitment to local businesses that need assistance with meeting their auto enrolment duties:

“We have over 20 years’ experience of supporting group pensions schemes and are expert advisers for employers seeking information, advice and support for every aspect of auto enrolment. We help employers secure a suitable scheme, define how to set up their scheme, assess the suitability of their default fund and assist with worker communications. We can also offer, where appropriate, auto enrolment middleware software. We already service schemes that we have successfully staged or are going through staging now and we are well placed to assist all sizes of local firms who are staging over the next 2 years.

Juno Wealth Management is a leading firm of Chartered Financial Planners providing independent financial advice to both private clients and companies. The company specialises in providing advice on all types of investments, pensions and life assurance and are based in the heart of Sussex. As Chartered Financial Planners, they signal their commitment to the highest levels of service to their clients.

To read more information about Juno Wealth Management please go to

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI)

The PMI provides a suite of qualifications for those at the top of a pensions structure, such as company pensions managers or senior consultants, through to those carrying out essential front line roles like pensions administration and benefit calculation. The PMI has a membership of c6000 professionals and plays a vital role in shaping the nation’s pensions industry and, as a result, impacts on the success of UK business as a whole.


HHRCHaywards Heath Rugby Club is seeking commercial partnerships to develop its infrastructure and facilities to be fit for purpose for 21st century

With a rugby heritage dating back over 50 years, HHRFC is one of the largest and most successful sports club in the local community, with more than 1,500 children, parents and senior members. Having been granted planning consent to massively improve the Clubhouse, the HHRFC Transformation Project is now in its implementation phase and the Club is exploring ways to raise the required funds to achieve the goal of building the new Clubhouse by the end of 2015.

The new development will benefit not just local rugby, but a whole range of other local sports and will also enhance the social facilities available to the community.  The new Clubhouse building will fundamentally improve the social and playing support areas for the Club by expanding the existing clubhouse space with an additional floorthe ground floor will be dedicated largely to playing support and catering facilities with the first floor providing social and meeting space. Changing and shower facilities will be upgraded and separate female changing areas will be provided for the expanding women’s team. Overall the changes will provide excellent new facilities for other sports and social clubs in the local community and create a first class rugby facility in the heart of Sussex.

The Club is now looking to establish partnerships with local businesses which can benefit from a relationship with a sports club that has an extensive membership base that includes people from birth to their nineties, men and women.

Producing talent through the junior ranks

Heath has a fantastic mini and youth programme that offers youngsters opportunities to harness the potential of their rugby talent. More than 20 representative shirts adorn the clubhouse walls and a number of current England elite players first learnt the game at Whiteman’s Green.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle and team discipline

In a world where basic life principles can be overlooked, rugby offers an attractive alternative. HHRFC is committed to promoting rugby’s key values – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Not only does rugby provide a route for youngsters to a healthy lifestyle, it also provides a social network that is frequently maintained from childhood through the youth ranks and on to adulthood, throughout local families and between national and local businesses.

The Transformation Project offers ambitious stakeholders and commercial partners the opportunity to share in the legacy of RWC2015 on their West Sussex doorstep

At this early stage the Club is open to discussions regarding a range of flexible partnership packages. We hope everyone in the local area will support this project and help the Club develop its facilities not just for rugby but also to help other sports flourish in the community. If you are in a position either personally or commercially to assist the Club in its mission to secure funding for this important infrastructure project that will benefit the whole Sussex area, please contact the team at  or for a chat regarding sponsorship or partnership opportunities please contact Paul Bartley on 07802212478 or Rob Southern on 07952082180.


Ensemble RezaEnsemble Reza

Come and enjoy a free lunchtime musical treat!

Tuesday 13th May 1.05-1.55pm

Ensemble Reza’s FREE lunchtime concert series continues on Tuesday 13th May with a performance of Beethoven’s String Trio in Eb Op. 3 at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road from 1.05 – 1.55pm.  This promises to be a superb concert so why not take some time out of your busy working day to relax and enjoy some first class music.

Ensemble Reza was set up in 2013 and has had a very successful first year performing across the South East to enthusiastic audiences and providing a varied programme of events including evening and lunchtime concerts, family concerts and a range of education projects in schools.

The group brings together a wealth of talent from local Mid Sussex players who represent some of this country’s finest orchestras including the London Mozart Players and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

For more information about this concert and Ensemble Reza contact

Tuesday 6th May 2014 – Professional Services Group 17:45 – 19:45

Venue: 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)

To find out more call Stephen Hillier on 0783 020 0722.

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

Thursday 8th May 2014 – Welcome Meeting: Eleni Stephenson Clarke, Borde Hill Garden 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Borde Hill Garden, Bordehill Ln, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP.

Cost:  Free for HHDBA members

Please click HERE to register.

Tuesday 13th May 2014 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Cost: Free

Please click HERE to register.

Thursday 22nd May 2014 – Expert Seminar: Wendy Langley, Physio Therapy Centre: Proactive therapy for business 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Cafe Rouge. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

Price: HHDBA members £12. Non members £17. This includes a meal and drink. Download the menu HERE

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


Friday 20th June 2014 – The Longest Golf Day

Venue: Haywards Heath Golf Club, High Beech Lane, Haywards Heath.

Team: £100 (includes 3 x meals for the golfers after)
Individual: £33.50 (includes cost of meal after)
Evening Dinner: £17.50 (non-golfers)

Register an interest HERE.

Thursday 17th July 2014 – Petanque and Pimms 18:00 – late

Venue: Haywards Heath Mid Sussex Petanque Club, Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath.

Price: £5. This includes one drink voucher

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

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Please welcome our new members:

Leesa Le May – Lindfield Arts Studio

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Hannah Carter – Ensemble Reza

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Marisa Sellars – Utility Warehouse

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John O’Connor – Client Care Options South East Limited

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Alex Kent

If you are in a business where there are competitors, then it would be unusual if your products simply flew off the shelf, or there is a queue round the corner waiting for your services. In other words, your business has to be able to sell!

If you missed the lively 28th April HHDBA skills session on the above topic, click here to download the free one-page Selling for Success handout from Alex Kent Associates Ltd with the four key questions which will help you increase your business sales.

Tel: 07887 917657



Sleep Walk 2014

The St Peter & St James Hospice Sleep Walk 2014 will be setting off at midnight from The Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath on Saturday 12th July. Everyone is welcome on our 10k walk; men and women, boys and girls – All ages welcome too!  We would love for you to dress up in your PJs and join us…Early Bird entry is £12, closing on Monday 9th June.  By raising sponsorship you help St Peter & St James provide vital specialist care and support, encouraging and enabling our patients to live their lives to their full potential despite their illnesses.

Entry Information:
• Please complete one form per entrant (photocopies are acceptable)
• All entry forms must be received by Friday 4th July 2014
• After this date you can only register on the night at a cost of £25 (Cash only)

• If you are assisting a person with a disability, please ring beforehand to discuss the route.
• If you are assisting a person with a disability there is no fee, but you MUST complete an entry form.
• Walkers 16 years old and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the entire night.

Online entry is available on our website.  Go to

For more information or to be sent an entry form by email please contact or call Fundraising on 01444 471598.


Players in the ParkPlayers in the Park are once again collaborating with St Peter & St James Hospice to bring you Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’.

Bought to you indoors, in the dry and with pre-booked seating, tickets are priced from just £9.50 with a variety of performance times to choose from.  Why not treat yourself to our fantastic premium seats?  You get the best seats in the house and an inclusive drink, piece of cake and programme.

This ‘Bard in the Barn’ production will run for eight performances on 11-14th and 18-21st June. An Earlybird 25% discount is available if booked by 30th April.

On Saturday 14th June, a special Family Day sees the dairy farm open for tours from 2pm, with succulent home-made burger BBQ and a special early performance at 4.30pm.  See for a link to a booking form or on-line booking and ticket prices.

Players in the Park will make a donation of all profit to St Peter & St James and all refreshment money will come directly to the Hospice on the night.  So what are you waiting for?  Book now and support a great local cause.

Download the booking form HERE.


Open Gardens

Have a fantastic day out and support the hospice at one of the many Open Garden events around Mid Sussex (over 60 gardens opening).

Choose from large country gardens, village trails, town and cottage gardens. Book and plant sales at some venues. So get to see gardens you can’t normally see, be inspired, meet your friends, enjoy homemade teas, and support the hospice. Last year Open Gardens raised £22,000 for St Peter & St James.

Pick up our ‘Open Gardens’ brochure, for details visit our website


Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride 2014

It’s the last chance to oil the gears and get tuned up for the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride 2014. Our local MP, Nicholas Soames, will start the big ride at 8.45 am on Sunday, 18th May in The Broadway.

Rider registrations continue to pour in and, with Pre-Registration in The Orchards Shopping Centre from 10.30 on Saturday, 17th, the organisers are hoping to beat last year’s thousand strong field and the funds raised to buy 16 defibrillators for the whole area. The four rides, from the comfortable 11 mile Sergison to the 73 mile Wiggins Way mean every cyclist, from the fun rider to the professional, has a route designed just for them. And, of course this year, there will be a free Mini Bike Ride for our very smallest riders in The Broadway once all the cyclists have been waved on their journeys.

And, once again, the Event promises to be quite a party. “The Broadway will be closed and decked out in international bunting to welcome our French and German Twin town visitors who are bringing quite a fleet of riders,” says Organiser, Sharon Scott. “The Orchards, First Central and Nuffield Health, our major sponsors, will join Nicholas Soames to see the riders off, as will Town Mayor Sandy Ellis (before setting off on the Ride herself!). Then, to welcome the riders home, we have music, stalls and games and, of course, a medal for each and every one.

Official photographers, Aspire Imaging, will once again be taking pictures, so riders should see them at least once (and probably twice) during the ride. Advance notices at the side of the road will tell riders to prepare that energetic smile! All the pictures taken will be available for purchase via the Bike Ride website shortly after the event.

Online and postal registration has now closed, but there’s no need for panic as riders can still book in the Orchards Shopping Centre at the Pre-Registration day on Saturday 20th April as well as on the day itself. At the Orchards Event, riders can do all the pre-ride formalities to catch that extra few minutes in bed on the Sunday!

“All we need now is perfect weather, as in all previous years, and we’ll have a brilliant day,” adds Sharon. “We have music, stalls and games to welcome all the riders home as well, of course, as a medal for each and every one. Many thanks, as ever, to sponsors, 1st Central, the Orchards, Nuffield Hospital, Masters & Son and Stuart & Partners, as well as to the Town Council for their support. We’ll all be ready and waiting to welcome everyone on the Saturday and Sunday; just turn up and register if you haven’t already done so, but whatever you do, be part of the main social event of our Town.”


Local Global Meets The Big Lunch

The theme this year is Local Global Meets The Big Lunch.

There will be food, dance, music and poetry celebrating the diversity of cultures across Mid Sussex.

Saturday 21 June 2014

King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR.

To find out more visit the Mid Sussex Diversity Forum website



With the improved state of the economy comes an increased interest in mergers and acquisitions. Recent work by TimelessTime, the HR and organisational development consultancy, did however highlight issues about how investors should conduct due diligence on the company to be acquired.

In essence investors seek to buy a company for its people, access to markets or products. The prospective buyer believes that if it invests in the target firm and acquires these assets, it will make a good return on that investment.

Accountants have ways of valuing a firm based on ratios of historic performance. The task of due diligence by independent agents is to validate the company’s business plan. That business plan is what the present owners say the firm will do in the future. In effect the present owners are saying to the prospective investors ‘trust us, it’s a good deal’.

But the issue is this. Will the employees help underpin that value and secure that business plan? Does R&D really have the competence to realise the new products needed? Does manufacturing really have the ability to build product of the future? Does the sales force really have the ability to meet the growth targets?

After all, companies are comprised capital and people. The capital side of an acquisition is easily verified. Verifying the people side takes a different science involving the assessment of workforce skills, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

For more on this see


Art & historic Garden unite at Borde Hill’s Sculpture Exhibition 2014

Art & historic Garden unite at Borde Hill’s Sculpture Exhibition 2014

During May to September, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, will be transformed into an outdoor gallery. The Garden is no stranger to celebrating this exciting and dynamic art form, as it has hosted art & sculpture shows for the past fifteen years. Fourteen artists are taking part in the 2014 exhibition, and contributing over 40 pieces. There is an eclectic mix of local and national sculptors.

The resin, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel and bronze sculptures will be sited in strategic positions within this historical Garden setting. This not only offers glorious backdrops including the unique ‘garden rooms’ & Elizabethan House, but entices visitors to appreciate this extraordinary mix of art whilst exploring the unique plant collection that has put Borde Hill Garden on the map.

The Stephenson Clarkes, family in residence at Borde Hill said, “It’s fascinating enough to watch the Garden transform through the seasons, but with sculptures added to the mix, it becomes something really quite special.”

Exhibition runs from 1st May to 30th September 2014 and admission is included in the standard entry price. All works in the exhibition are available for sale


Coast to Capital

If you know of businesses based in the Coast to Capital region that are looking to expand and create jobs in the near future, then you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that there is still a grant available.

Did you know that a Coast to Capital Business Growth Grant can contribute 25% towards business growth project costs?

Surely there are quality small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with great expansion plans in the Coast to Capital region that need extra financial help that would assist to oil the project wheels?

If you know of a business that may be interested please ask them to visit our website for more information and to download an expression of interest form: or contact Hayley Shepherd, Programme Manager: or 01403 333840

Deadline for submissions: December 2014 (but it is anticipated that the fund will be drawn down well before this deadline). This is proving to be very popular with our businesses.



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.


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