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JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER

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NEWS AND EVENTS

HORSTED KEYNES FUN RUN – SPONSORED BY FIT FOR MOORE

Lisa MooreFollowing the great success of 2013 Fit For Moore will be sponsoring the Horsted Keynes Village Fun run again this year to raise funds for The Friends of St Giles School. Taking place on Friday 20th June from 6pm.

The event offers fun for all the family so if you’re a serious runner then you can enter the main race which is approximately 4 miles through the stunning countryside in Horsted Keynes and meanwhile the children can stay and have fun in the shorter races on the park. We will have a barbeque and bouncy castle and as the races are on the recreation ground this year there’s the play area for the children to enjoy as well.

All funds from the race go directly to the school PTA and help to fund extra-curricular activities such as Forest Schools, transport for school outings, entertainers on enrichment activities and help to pay for additional equipment. This year Fit For Moore are organizing an additional sponsored event in the form of children’s relay races. The funds from these races will go directly to buying the children of St Giles School a Team PE kit for them to wear when they go to external sporting events representing the school as currently they don’t have one. We are looking for teams of 4 children and they need to raise a minimum of £10 sponsorship per team, the winners will all receive a certificate and small prize.

There are medals for the winners of all races and we can promise you a fun night out.

To register for the event either visit www.fitformoore.co.uk to download a registration from or pick up a form in the village shop, The Green Man or at the school. Or call 01444 847951 for more information.


THE WEALD COMMENT

Tips of the month!
When did you last validate your backup files? Do, or ask us to.
Have you talked to your staff about (not) opening email attachments? Do, or ask
us to.

 From left: Barry, Mike, Rob & LauraThank you to all that sponsored us!

We did it, and its never too late to donate.
£951—please help make it £ 1000
http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/wet-wet-weald

A Record Year for Weald IT.

Our year ended 31st March, with a turnover just clipping past the £1.5m mark.

A huge thank you to all our customers, staff, business advisors and partners that helped us achieve this in our 25th Year.

Our plans continue to evolve with an acquisition imminent and a push on the sales and marketing front to continue the trend. We are using outsourced marketing to make use of social media, email marketing and telemarketing.
New Staff

Sarah Greg We welcome Sarah Greg who joins Weald to bolster our admin team in readiness for the incoming company as well as provide additional capacity within Weald. We knew of Sarah from way back in the early 2000’s at Knowles Electronics. An experienced Sales administrator with an interest in fashion & music.

NEW PHONE SYSTEM AT WEALD.

Weald has been using hosted voip for some years and has now moved a step further towards being a VOIP provider. We now have our own hosted VOIP platform based on “PBX in a Flash” (http://pbxinaflash.net.). Weald has a resilient hosted infrastructure already in place, so this was an easy and logical step forward.

Weald is growing so we needed some more features that were not available on the hosted platform we were using. We are also acquiring another business that has been selling this platform for some years and needed to absorb this company smoothly into Weald.

IMPROVED FEATURES for
CLIENTS and STAFF

Queuing with position in queue.
Call recording
Context & time based announcements.
Reporting
Even lower call charges
Fully open source, so use of any of the free SIP clients on multiple devices.
Use of home internet connections

SALE & SUPPORT of VOIP Telephone systems

Once our acquisition is completed, we will have the knowledge and capacity in house to provided either on-premise or hosted telephony platforms with full functionality.

We will also be able to offer extremely competitive call charging packages.

Call Weald IT on 01444 241381
sales@wealdcomputers.com / www.wealdcomputers.com


STATUE OF SIR ARCHIBALD MCINDOE TO BE UNVEILED ON 9TH JUNE

A maquette of what the McIndoe Statue will look likeThe East Grinstead Business Association is delighted to inform you about one of our recent projects to raise the profile of the town which has been to have a  statue made to honour Sir Archibald McIndoe, the famous WWII burns surgeon.  It has been 3 years of work with the McIndoe Foundation and the Town Council and we wish to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the unveiling and to invite them all to be part of this momentous event.

It will be unveiled by Her Royal Highness Princess Royal on 9th June outside Sackville College at 1.15pm.

Everyone is invited to attend so, please come along, bring your friends, your family, your contacts and colleagues.

Refreshments will then be served at Chequer Mead where it is intended that a film showing the story of the statue from start to getting erected will be shown.

MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY – 9TH JUNE AT 1.15PM.


GREEN GROWTH PLATFORM – LAUNCH EVENT 18TH JUNE

Green Growth PlatformThe Sustainable Business Partnership CIC would like to invite HHDBA members to the launch of the Green Growth Platform, an exciting 5 year programme led by the University of Brighton.

The Green Growth Platform offers a range of free and subsidised events and services, to help businesses from all industries improve resource efficiency and reduce costs, and those working in the environmental sector develop new products and services.

The launch event is being held on the 18th June, 15:00 to 18:00, at the Arora Hotel in Crawley. We would be delighted if you can join us for an excellent line-up of speakers including case studies from Wakehurst Place and Enviroblinds, and a chance to meet other local businesses, university representatives and public sector organisations over wine and canapés.

To register for your free place, or to find out more information about the Green Growth Platform please visit: http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/green-growth-platform/launch


NEW WAYS OF OVERCOMING BUSINESS HURDLES

Breakfast Seminar in Sussex

Alex KentThis breakfast seminar is an exclusive event for senior business leaders, to learn something new which will help you grow your business faster and with less risk, network with like-minded people and experience the benefits of a peer advisory group.

The invitation-only meeting is run in partnership between Alex Kent Associates Ltd, Shea Clarity and HSBC. The format of the seminar will be highly participative and you will:

  • Learn new ways of overcoming business hurdles
  • Benefit from analysing critical issues with fellow business leaders, and
  • Have the opportunity to network with other MDs, business owners and executives.

When

8.00 to 11.00am on Friday 27 June

Where

HSBC House
Highfields Office Park
1 Edward Road
Eastbourne
BN23 8AS

If you would like an invitation, please contact Alex Kent by phone (07887 917657) or by email (mail@alex-kent.co.uk).


SAY HELLO TO A NEW ARDINGLY BED AND BREAKFAST

Orchard Cottage B&BWendy from the Physio Therapy Centre is starting a new venture.

Wendy and her husband Lindon, have started a bed and breakfast business and are welcoming guests at their cottage in Ardingly. Please visit their website www.ardinglybandb.co.uk for further information or

call 07789463764/ 01444 892103   email: ardinglybandb@hotmail.com


HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SELECTS PC TAMERS AS THEIR LEAD IT TRAINING COMPANY

PC Tamers are delighted to be selected as the lead IT training company for Hertfordshire County Council. This entails redesigning and presenting all IT training for the County. We are also in talks with Herts to launch a similar project to our “Let’s get Haywards Heath Computing – Efficiently” for Council employees, imaginatively renamed “Let’s get Hertfordshire County Council Computing – Efficiently.”

Membership of Reed Learning Associate Trainer Scheme

Also we have been selected by Reed Learning (part of the Reed Employment Group) to become members of their prestigious Associate Training Company scheme.


SAVANNAH SESSIONS

Savannah CanopyAt Savannah Cafe Bar they have a new canopy which allows them to have a separate area for functions, ideal for corporate events, team building for example quiz nights and comedy nights. They offer great full catered packages to match your requirements. All members of HHDBA will receive a 25% discount on any booking.  Please look at the new website page  http://www.savannahcafebar.co.uk/bookings/ for details.

Sunday SessionsOur new summer menu is proving very popular and all members receive 25% discount throughout June and July on all food including our evening small plates menu served till 10pm. Pre ordering is advised for large bookings and can be done through our website http://www.savannahcafebar.co.uk/savannah-days/ or to call 01444 458181.

We are building on our reputation for being one the best live music venue in Mid Sussex and as well as our regular Thursday band night- Savannah Live, we have our monthly open mic on Wednesday 4th June and the launch of new Savannah Sunday sessions on the 22nd June a relaxing afternoon of great food and music.


HHDBA WELCOMES NEW INTERN LAURANE

Laurane FransquinThe HHDBA is pleased to welcome its newest intern Laurane Fransquin. Laurane has come to us all the way from Lyon, France. She is completing the 2 month internship as part of her marketing degree which she hopes will give her a better idea of the world of work and what to expect when she graduates.

She has begun her internship familiarising herself with the HHDBA by attending various events and assisting veteran intern, Rob Gordon. Two HHDBA members will also be hosting Laurane throughout the duration of her internship. On the 19th May Laurane began her placement at KalliKids in Brighton and on the 16th June she will join Local Edge Marketing. Both of these placements will teach her more about the exciting world of online marketing.

Laurane is enjoying her internship so far, and is attempting to truly immerse herself in British culture, which included a fish and chips lunch on her last day based at Cullen Scholefield!

Laurane said this about her time with the HHDBA so far:

“I’m grateful for the HHDBA for setting up the internship and I have really enjoyed helping them so far. I find it very interesting meeting people from different companies and so having the chance to work in a few different companies suits me. Currently I’m learning a lot at KalliKids and I look forward to starting with Local Edge in June.”

WE SAY GOODBYE TO HHDBA VETERAN INTERN, ROB GORDON

WRob Gordone are sadly saying goodbye to Rob, the HHDBA’s first intern. Rob has been working at Cullen Scholefield for the past few months and the team here are most definitely sad to be saying goodbye. Rob has done an amazing job of filling the gap left by Hollie, who was the original internship coordinator for HHDBA, when she moved on. Vickie Atkins took over Hollie’s role at Cullen Scholefield in January and Rob kindly stayed on to help Vickie settle in and teach her the ropes. Rob has also continued to lend a helping hand to the HHDBA. He has been a great help to Sue throughout the past months by keeping the directory up to date and being on hand during HHDBA events. Most recently, he has been helping our latest HHDBA intern, Laurane Fransquin, settle into the programme.

Maureen Scholefield, Chair of the HHDBA, said: “It is very sad to see Rob go, but I’m very pleased that he has the opportunity to pursue his interests. He has been a great addition to both the HHDBA and Cullen Scholefield teams and was always an entertaining drinking buddy at the networking events!”

I am sure that Rob will not vanish from our lives completely and we hope to see his face at HHDBA Networking events with a drink in hand in the near future. We are very grateful for everything that he has done for the HHDBA and wish him the best of luck in the future.


Tuesday 3rd June 2014 – What We Can Do For You? – 11:30 – 13:30

Venue: Haywards Heath Golf Club, High Beech Lane, Haywards Heath.
Cost: free for HHDBA members and non-members

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


Tuesday 5th June 2014 – Welcome Meeting – Julia Mewes, The Mewes Vetuerinary Clinic – 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: The Mewes Veternary Clinic, Haywards Road, Haywards Heath.

Cost: free for HHDBA members

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


Tuesday 10th June 2014 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: free to members and non members

Please click HERE to register.


Tuesday 17th June 2014 – Planning 4 Profit Seminar 2 of 2: Developing a strategy to achieve your goals and making sure you stay on track – 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.


Friday 20th June 2014 – The Longest Golf Day – 13:00 – late

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

Cost:

  • £100. Team of 3 (includes 3 x meals for the golfers after)
  • £33.50. Individual (includes cost of meal after)
  • £17.50. Post Golf Meal (non-golfers)
  • £60.00. Team of 3 (golf only, no meal)
  • £20.00. Individual (golf only, no meal)

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


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

Venue: Idlewild, The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Cost: Free

Please click HERE to register.


Wednesday 25th June 2014 – How to… Skills: Jason Dilworth: Internet Marketing: Your Questions Answered – 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.


UPCOMING FUN EVENTS

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

No new members this month, so let’s extend our welcome to last month’s 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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OTHER NEWS

BEST OF BRITISH CONCERT

Best of British Poster

Haywards Heath – Sunday 20th July

Alex Kent Associates Ltd is sponsoring Coro Nuovo’s Best of British concert which is taking place at St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath at 7.30 pm on the 20th July.

Coro Nuovo is an exciting new choir based in Haywards Heath and consists of semi-professional and experienced singers. They are led by Andrew Rees, the international tenor and opera singer.

Coro Nuovo supports young emerging musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform in their concerts. They are delighted to welcome Kieran Carter, cellist who will be playing the wonderful Elgar Cello Concerto at the above concert.

Tickets for the Best of British Concert are available through the Coro Nuovo website www.coronuovo.org.uk or by contacting Kate on 07740 946276 or by email tickets@coronuovo.org.uk


NIGHT-SHIFT OPTIMISES CAPITAL EMPLOYED

Timeless Time

As the upturn takes hold, many firms are looking at how they cope with growth without investing in more space and plant. One obvious opportunity is to start night-
time working. In financial terms adding night-time working offers better use of capital employed. Instead of an empty building and silent plant, staff can be recruited or existing staff redeployed to carry on the business overnight in one or two shifts. In fact taken to the limit, plant can be working 24/7 365 days a year!

But whilst it’s a good idea financially, there are some big people-issues that need addressing. As John Berry from people-management and organisational development consultants TimelessTime, commented “issues can be grouped under five main headings: contracts of employment, legal issues, supervision, competency and finally well-being”. And he continued “management need to give due attention to each”.

TimelessTime has recently been helping managers introduce a night shift in one local firm. As John noted “management need to make change with zero loss and
minimal upset. It’s not a question of just doing it and upsetting the whole firm in the process. It needs a bit of care when implementing to ensure that operational
outcomes like quality, productivity and low absenteeism are not degraded.”

For more see http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/blog/2014/05/introducing-night-working/


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.