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JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER

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NEWS AND EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH LOCAL TRIATHLON STAR

Sally Baldwin A PE teacher at Warden Park Academy, Cuckfield, who only began triathlon this year, has come third in the British Championships.

Sally Baldwin has also qualified to represent Great Britain in the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada this August and in the European Championships in June 2015 in Geneva.

Sally says, “It’s an honour to be chosen to represent my country and I would love to go to Edmonton, where I am targeting a top ten finish.

“At this point I still need to raise around £2,000 for flights and accommodation by August, and I would welcome any form of sponsorship towards this target.

“We are still building on the Olympic legacy in triathlon, and I feel there is great PR in being associated with local sporting success.”

Sally is a great role model to her students and, as an amateur sportswoman, is totally self-funded in her chosen sport, recently spending £4,000 of her own money on a new specialist bike, which she believes could shave a minute off her overall time.

If any businesses are able to help with sponsorship and wish to discuss what they could expect in return, please contact Sally as soon as possible on [email protected] , as she needs to accept her place in the team by 15 July.


ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN INITIATIVE 20

Vince CableVince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills  has sent HHDBA the following letter:

In April I announced a further £100m investment in our manufacturing supply chains through the 2014 round of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). I am happy to inform you that the round is now open for applications at www.financebirmingham.com/amsci.

Supply chains underpin the competitiveness of our high value manufacturing sectors and create jobs across the country but have become progressively weak and ‘hollowed out’ with critical links in the chain disappearing from the UK altogether. Strengthening and rebuilding the UK’s supply chains is an important component of the Government’s industrial strategy.

The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative is a funding competition, launched in 2012, designed to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK.

Since 2012, 44 projects have secured a joint public/private investment of almost half a billion pounds. Just over £200m of public funds leverages nearly £300m of private investment. Over 180 organisations, many of them SMEs, are involved in delivering the benefits of these projects in increased capabilities, better co-ordinated supply chains and over 15,000 direct and over 15,000 indirect jobs created or safeguarded.

Now is the right time to invest in our supply chains. Economic, technological and business trends are leading manufacturers to look again at the UK, both re-shoring work from overseas and capturing new capabilities. We need to support and encourage this welcome development or, in a globally competitive market, jobs will be elsewhere.

Further information on local events, trade shows and detailed guidance for applicants is available at www.financebirmingham.com/amsci. Government sector teams have been briefed to support applicants wherever possible.

I hope you will encourage businesses in your constituency to consider this opportunity. I look forward to seeing a diverse and innovative range of supply chain projects in 2014.


FREE HEATH CHECKS FROM MID SUSSEX DISTRICT COUNCIL

MSDCGot 30 minutes to change your life?!

Mid Sussex District Council has arranged for NHS Health Checks and Health MOT’s to be available to HHDBA members in pre-booked time slots at a central Haywards Heath location.

This is designed to provide health checks for small businesses during the working day without having to queue or make a Doctor’s appointment. They take 30minutes.

Lisa Moore, from Fit For Moore, a member of the HHDBA, has kindly offered the use of her studio premises in South Road, Haywards Heath on 11th July, 2014.

If there is a good uptake of these checks we will run more of them in future.

NHS Health Check for those Over 40 (we will tell you if you are eligible)

  • Cholesterol test
  • Blood glucose and blood pressure
  • BMI
  • Pulse check
  • Dementia awareness
  • 10 Year cardiovascular risk
  • General healthcare discussion

Health MOT for those under 40, or over 40 if not eligible for the NHS Check

  • Weight and BMI
  • Body fat %
  • Visceral fat %
  • Bone mass
  • Muscle mass
  • Hydration
  • Biomedical age assessment
  • General healthcare discussion

To book your time slot on Friday 11th July or find out more about these free checks, please call Caroline Janaway at Mid Sussex District Council direct on 01444 477191. Or you can e.mail Caroline at [email protected] to request a call back.


HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO GET SOME HIGH QUALITY ADVICE OR COACHING FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Alex KentMany businesses and organisations successfully use external advisers and coaches to provide independent perspectives, to help with business and individual growth and development. However, sometimes businesses would like to get these benefits but are not sure whether it will be affordable or cost effective.

Alex Kent at Haywards Heath based Alex Kent Associates Ltd has 30 years of wide ranging business experience. He is able to give local businesses the opportunity to see if some high quality external business advice and coaching would work for them – at little or no risk!

Alex is offering a complimentary advice and planning session to HHDBA businesses. The aim of each session would be to identify potential opportunities and a high level implementation plan. If the business would like to go ahead with the plan, then Alex Kent Associates Ltd would support the business with advice and coaching through the implementation. However, the business would only pay for this service if/when agreed milestones and financial benefits were achieved.

Please contact Alex before the end of July – email: [email protected] or call 07887 917657 – to find out more or if you would like to book a complimentary session.


SUSSEX IT COMPANIES COMBINE

Weald2014 has, so far, been a great year for Weald Professional IT Services. As well as being a highly significant year financially, Weald has acquired G2 Support, the highly reputable Managed Services Provider based in Brighton. The combination of these events has made it necessary for both organisations to move to much larger premises in Uckfield.

Weald Professional IT Services, who have over 25 years, experience in the professional services sector in and around Sussex, have invested in G2 Support, in part, to access their Managed Services experience, in particular in a market sector where clients have 200 plus employees. Weald is looking to help G2 develop their market share and grow their business substantially over the coming years.

Some of the combined team of Weald Professional IT Services and G2 Support

Some of the combined team of Weald Professional IT Services and G2 Support

G2 Support, in turn, has gained access to the larger resources and skillsets of Weald Professional IT Services, including their data centre expertise and onsite support team. This will bring a greater range of knowledge and proven service offerings to G2’s clients.

Both sides of the amalgamated businesses are greatly excited about the event, the impact of which will undoubtedly benefit both sets of clients. Another crossover positive ensures that new products and services will be immediately available across the combined client base.

Going forward clients will notice a number of minor changes as systems and processes are integrated between both companies. However clients’ day to day contact and support provision will remain the same. The new team combination will remain focused on providing cutting edge support in both their Professional and managed IT Services throughout Sussex, Kent and the south coast.

For further Information call Weald on 01444 241381 or [email protected]


NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE GROWING BUSINESS AWARDS 2014

Growing Business Awards 2014November 25 2014 , London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square

The search is on for the UK’s most exciting and entrepreneurial growing businesses!

The Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI are the most established and respected national recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success.

Nominations for the 2014 awards are now open and we are on the look out for Britain’s finest high-growth and entrepreneurial businesses. There are ten categories to choose from and entry is free.

Shortlisted candidates will have the chance to meet our esteemed panel of judges including Zoopla CEO and founder Alex Chesterman, serial entrepreneurs Dr Stephen Fear and Lara Morgan, and Martyn Dawes, the founder of Coffee Nation.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 25th at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square.

To find out more about nominations or sponsorship opportunities, email us or call 020 7045 7600. Get involved on twitter with #growingbusinessawards


BE THE BUSINESS

Be the Business Looking for sound, impartial business advice but unsure where to turn? Two one hour advice sessions for just £25.00!

West Sussex based businesses can benefit from high quality, professional business advice

Two one hour 1-2-1 sessions for just £25.00

Pre-book your one hour slot for advice on any issues your business is currently tackling

  • The experienced business advisory’s and specialists simply set out to find out what you (or your company’s board) want to do with your business and then help you to do it.
  • There is no ‘off-the-shelf’ solution from the team – it is always made-to-measure and based on an extensive analysis of the needs of your company.
  • We offer the full range of business services that a company could require.

To book your 1-2-1 clinic today click here

If you would like more information on the Be the Business programme please contact: [email protected] or call one of our advisors on 0844 371 54 00.

For more information on the Be the Business programme please visit www.bethebusiness.org


HAYWARDS HEATH TOWN DAY

Saturday 13th SeptembeHH Town Dayr – 12.00pm to 5.00pm – Haywards Heath is the place to be!

Victoria Park will be full of attractions this Town Day including Haywards Heath’s first mascot competition, dog fancy dress / contests and performances on stage. Haywards Heath Lions Club are organising the first Mascot competition led by Leo the Lion. The Town Council will be entering a mascot to raise money for Neil’s Club, so why not come along and show your support.

On the very same day the Tour of Britain (elite cycling race) will be coming through the town. The event featuring several of the world’s top professional cyclists will travel through Mid Sussex (from West to East) between 12pm and 1pm. This will form stage 7 (the penultimate stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain) which runs from Camberley to Brighton   (www.tourofbritain.co.uk/).

And to add to the spectacle… Town Day image - TOUR OF BRITAINthere will be a Military Parade organised by Mid Sussex District Council in celebration of signing a military covenant. The Parade will feature cadets and military personnel alongside a marching band who will parade down South Road and into Victoria Park (www.midsussex.gov.uk).

Sponsorship opportunities for Town Day are available providing an ideal opportunity to promote your business. For more information please contact Rachel at Haywards Heath Town Council 01444 455694.


LEADER FUNDING EVENTS PLANNED TO SUPPORT RURAL ECONOMY

MSDCRural businesses and communities are being encouraged to attend a workshop on how future LEADER funding could support them and the rural economy from 2015.

LEADER, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, aims to improve the competitiveness of farming and forestry, support a diverse and successful rural economy, and help to develop vibrant and thriving rural communities.

 Two existing LEADER programmes in Sussex and East Hampshire have already provided more than £2.8 million of grants to rural businesses and community groups supporting 153 projects to date. They include the purchase of equipment and development of premises to support business growth, farm diversification and modernisation and community shops and other rural facilities.

The two LEADER groups will be bidding to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for more funding for 2015 – 2020 to continue the good work. The proposed new LEADER areas would cover rural West Sussex, Lewes District and rural parts of Hayling Island. Local farmers, growers, small rural businesses and community groups in these areas would then be able to apply for grants to fund their project ideas.

West Sussex County Council Leader, Louise Goldsmith, said: “LEADER funding is incredibly important for West Sussex in helping to support our rural economy.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our farming, forestry and small rural businesses and communities to find out how the LEADER programme could help them grow and for them to play a key part in helping to shape our bid to Defra.”

A workshop focusing on Arun and Chichester Districts and Hayling Island will take place at Chichester District Council Committee Rooms at 1 East Pallant, Chichester, on Friday 4 July. A second workshop focusing on Horsham, Mid Sussex and Lewes Districts will follow on 8 July at the South of England Showground, Norfolk Pavilion, in Ardingly. Both workshops will run from 12.00pm – 4.00pm.

To book your place, please email [email protected] indicating the workshop you wish to attend.

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to be involved, please contact Richard Chalk at [email protected]uk or visit the LEADER webpages at www.westsussex.gov.uk/rdpeleader for further information.


DON YOUR PJS FOR THIS YEARS SLEEP WALK

Sleep WalkThe 7th St Peter & St James Hospice Sleep Walk takes place on Saturday 12th July sponsored by Gray Hooper Holt Solicitors, Haywards Heath. Walkers in the popular 10k annual event will set off from The Dolphin Leisure Centre on Pasture Hill Road, Haywards Heath, winding their way through Haywards Heath and Lindfield, returning to The Dolphin for breakfast!

As the name Sleep Walk suggests, walkers are encouraged to don their PJs for the night time walk to create the wonderful family friendly and fun atmosphere that has been such a success in previous years.

Sleep Walk is open to all ages; boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen! You can enter now to join with generations of supporters and help raise money for a much loved local charity and support patients and families of those with life limiting illness during their time of need.

Said Robert Gray at Gray Hooper Halt, “When we heard that it costs £7,200 every day to provide the specialist care and support at St Peter & St James Hospice, we really wanted to help to achieve the challenge to raise over £50,000 from this event. This could cover the costs of running the Hospice for a whole week! We are proud and delighted to sponsor the Sleep Walk for such a worthy and wonderful charity as St Peter & St James Hospice and look forward to seeing everyone there! We have a team from Gray Hooper Holt and we encourage other local businesses and individuals to join in the fun and take part too.”

Sign up now! All entries close on 4th July.

You can download an entry form or enter directly online through the Hospice website www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk or pick up a form from one of the Hospice’s eight shops located in Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Uckfield and Lewes.



Tuesday 8th July 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 15th July 2014 – Professional Services Group – 17:45 – 19:45

Participate in and/or benefit from a range of business talents dealing with each others’ thorny business issues in a relaxed but focussed environment.  Get to know a range of other company leaders in this superb networking format whilst using your grey matter to the full!

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)

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


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.


Tuesday 24th July 2014 – Expert Seminar: John Hockaday, Local Edge: How to Keep on top of your leads in the busy world of Social Media 18:00 -20:00

You’re liked by hundreds on Facebook, you Tweet all day long and you’ve got more connections on LinkedIn than the London Underground. But how do you keep in touch with the REAL prospects for your business – the ones who can actually spend money with you ? Join John Hockaday for an insightful session into what you can do to stay on track with your leads in the busy Social Media arena.

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.


Monday 28th July 2014 – Welcome Meeting: Jayne Todd, Chestnut Tree House 18:00 – 20:00

You are invited to the HHBDA Welcome Meeting that Chestnut Tree House are kindly hosting.

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

Cost:  Free for HHDBA members

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

WE HAVE RAISED OVER £236 FOR ST PETER AND ST JAMES

 

St Peter and St JamesCarolyn Robinson from St Peter and St James Hospice have written to the association to say thank you for the £236.37 we’ve received so far from various raffles and tin rattling that has taken place at HHDBA events since we adopted them as the official charity for 2014.

We’ve still got a long way to go to our target of £1,500, but we’re hoping for a good show, and lots of fun, at our next fun event, and fundraised: Pimms and Petanque. We hope you can all join us, have some fun, and support the hospice!


18 YEARS OF MEWS VETERINARY CLINIC

Mews Vets at Borde Hill Garden

The Mewes Veterinary Clinic is celebrating 18 years helping pets in Haywards Heath. In the last 18 years over 20,000 pets have been entrusted to us by their owners.

In June we attended the Borde Hill Dog Fun Day, in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind, and our Principal Vet presented a talk to dog lovers on First Aid in Dogs, which was much appreciated.

We are also celebrating the success of one of our student nurses, Harriet Derring, who passed her Finals and became a fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, allowing her to append RVN after her name!

 


BRIDGE ROAD STARTER UNITS AVAILABLE

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  • 30 – 35 units for starter companies or small businesses
  • Starter offices range from 14 – 23 square metres
  • Workshops/studios range from 40 – 45 square metres
  • Includes breakout areas, meeting rooms, kitchen facilities
  • Includes telephony and internet provision
  • Car parking for 45 cars plus cycle parking
  • Secure site with 1.8 metre high fencing
  • Operated by Basepoint Centres Ltd
  • Completion planned for Feb 2015
  • Planned opening March 2015
  • The site will be managed by Basepoint Centres Ltd

Contact details :

Martin Miller – Business Development Manager. Basepoint Centres Ltd

[email protected]

Please contact Martin if you would like more details of the units available.


BEST OF BRITISH CONCERT

Best of British Poster

Haywards Heath – Sunday 20th July

Come and join a special summer concert to celebrate the Best of British music at 7.30 pm on the 20th July in St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath!

The music will be performed by the Haywards Heath based choir Coro Nuovo under the direction of Andrew Rees, the international tenor and opera singer and sponsored by Alex Kent Associates Ltd.

Tickets for this rousing occasion are now on sale through the Coro Nuovo website www.coronuovo.org.uk or by contacting Kate on 07740 946276 or by email [email protected].


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.