Chestnut Tree House is holding our very own Celebrity Charity Golf Day on Friday 12 September 2014 at East Sussex National Golf Club. Play 18 holes on a championship course, enjoy a 3 course evening meal, auction and live evening entertainment. And we haven’t forgotten partners! Enjoy a spa day including afternoon tea with one treatment for £45 or two treatments for £65.
Entry is £395 for a team of four, and £395 for a team of three plus a celebrity. Additional evening guests are £40 per person. Overnight accommodation with B&B is also available from £70 for 2 people.
SUPPORTING BUSINESS GROWTH THROUGH THE GOVERNMENTS GROWTH VOUCHER PROGRAMME
Alex Kent Associates Ltd is proud to announce that it is now a registered Growth Voucher adviser to small businesses under the government’s £30m Growth Vouchers programme – for details click here.
The Growth Vouchers programme is a research project to test how best to help small businesses grow through the use of subsidized business advice. The Growth Vouchers programme will distribute vouchers to around 20,000 small businesses in England, focusing on small businesses who have never sought business advice before. Businesses looking for advice can apply to the programme online and they will be randomly assigned to an online questionnaire or face-to-face business advice assessment.
Some businesses will be randomly chosen to get a voucher for up to £2,000 to help pay for business support in one of the specialist areas. Business have to match the amount with their own funds and find a Growth Voucher adviser on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace to work with, pay for the services in full and then request 50% back from the government.
The Growth Vouchers programme is available to small businesses in England who have been trading for at least one year, have 49 employees or less and have not sought strategic business advice before in the last three years – see the following link for further details: https://marketplace.enterprisenation.com/about
Alex Kent Associates Ltd is already working with one local business under the Growth Voucher scheme. Please contact Alex Kent on 07887 917657 or email@example.com if you would like to find out more.
THE LINDFIELD ARTS FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN BEGINS
With just over a month to go before the widely anticipated Lindfield Arts Festival 2014, taking place between the 11th – 14th September, tickets are all on sale and going fast! If you would like to buy tickets to any of the exciting festival events, please feel free to visit www.lindfieldartsfestival.com where you can browse through the events by location or theme and select what you would like to do.
There are plenty of activities to chose from and most of the workshops start from only £1! Tickets are also on sale at SWALK on the High Street, where the staff will be on hand to answer any questions or point you in the direction of someone who can help.
For the Toploader concert, if you have already bought tickets you will receive them at the start of September. You will need to present your tickets as you enter the festival village on the Common on Saturday evening. There will be plenty of people to help you if you have queries on the day. For all other festival events, please make sure you keep a record of the tickets bought via the website so that you can be signed into the relevant activity. If you buy your tickets at SWALK you will be given a ticket there and then.
There are still a few places available on the drama workshop taking place between Tuesday 26th and Friday 29th August from 10am-3pm at Lindfield Primary School. It is only £25 per child for the four day workshop and is aimed at Key Stage 2 children. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for children to learn new skills and work as a team, discovering their own versatility and giving them the inspiration to develop their theatre skills whilst supporting their community. More information can be found on the festival website.
The festival directors are looking for volunteers to help run the festival. If you have few spare hours between the 11th-14th September and would like to support your community event please contact Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01444 487457.
We’ll see you all in September!
BUSINESS MATTERS TO THE HHDBA AND HHDBA MATTERS TO BUSINESS!
Last Friday night businesses from across the South joined together to celebrate their success and achievements at the Business Matters Annual Awards, hosted by Johnston Press South Events.
The HHDBA put in a strong appearance at the event, with members both sponsoring and winning the awards.
Sue and John Berry from Timeless Time, Management Consultants, sponsored the Overall Business of the Year Award. Sue presented the prestigious award to PMW Communications.
Cullen Scholefield, People Consultancy, sponsored the award for Innovation and also presented the award for Best employee/team of the year. The award for Innovation went to the Daisy Whites Boutique while the team of the year was C&T Radmall Funeral Services.
HHDBA members took home several awards also.
The Mewes Veterinary Clinic won the Customer Service Award and Julia Mewes also won the Life Time Achievement Award which she said was a tremendous shock.
“I felt so incredibly honoured that so many people voted and wrote testimonials for us. We’ve been in the Mid Sussex area long enough to see generations of pets from the same families, so it is a real privilege to have this wave of love come back to us”
Julia was full of thanks for her amazing team and her wonderful clients.
Rok Skool won the award for best small business. Herry Kaye, founder of Rok Skool, was thrilled to bits that his small family business won the award.
“We started Rok Skool eight years ago and it is lovely to have this kind of recognition. We are looking to get more out of the business and to become a larger part of the community and this award is a wonderful step in the right direction.”
The evening was a great success and allowed people working in local businesses to come together to celebrate and have some fun on a warm summer evening.
This was the third year of the Business Matters Awards and it seems to be growing and developing with each year. This year, the event was a black tie Gala held at the Gatwick Aurora Hotel. A superb three course meal was served and the awards were hosted by TV’s Fred Dinenage. The evening ended on a high with a DJ facilitating the dancing which continued into the early hours of the morning.
Special thanks go to the team at JP South Events for putting together a great evening which will surely be topped next year at the 2015 Business Matters Annual Awards where we hope to see more HHDBA members getting the recognition they deserve!
YOUR CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN A UNIVERSITY STUDY
We are researchers at the University of Chichester (Dr Susan Churchill) and the University of Sussex (Dr Anna Good)
We are writing to you to ask you to please take part in a study investigating how people respond to stories about health.
The study is in three parts, and it is important for our project that all parts are completed.
The first part of our study involves answering questions about you. This will take you about 5-8 minutes. The second part involves answering questions about your thoughts and feelings about eating. This will take you about 20 minutes. Seven days after this, you will be contacted and invited to complete part 3 of the study, which involves you reporting your eating behaviour. This will take you about 5 minutes.
Participants completing all parts of the study will be entered into a cash prize draw (1st Prize: £75 in Amazon Vouchers)
There are no risks or side-effects involved in this study, and we hope you will find completing the study interesting and enjoyable. We will not be analysing data individually, but will be looking at trends and group means, and in the reporting of the project, no information will be released which will enable the reader to identify you. Please answer all the questions honestly and accurately. All information we gain from you will be maintained in a strictly confidential manner. You have the right to withdraw at any time.
Please click on the link (or cut and paste the URL into your Internet browser) to access the 1st questionnaire
COAST TO CAPITAL LEP SIGNS £202 MILLION GROWTH DEAL WITH WHITEHALL TO INVEST IN REGION
Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has signed a Growth Deal with central Government that will see the start of a six year investment programme in jobs, infrastructure and transport. The deal is worth £202 million over six years, starting with investment of £38m of new funding in 2015/16 and it will deliver 14,000 jobs, 4,600 new homes and 190,000 square metres of employment space.
David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury will join Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank, to announce the deal today (Monday 7July) at Gatwick Airport in front of local business leaders.
Investment will take place in flood defences, major transport schemes, international trade and support for businesses across West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Lewes, East Surrey, Croydon and the Gatwick Diamond.
The funding from Whitehall has been secured following Coast to Capital’s preparation of a strategic economic plan for the region. This substantial investment from Government will unlock an additional £83 million of investment from local partners and £158m from the private sector. Combined together this will create a total new investment package of £443 million for the Coast to Capital region. There will be a further £237m invested in the new housing which will subsequently be enabled by this investment.
Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates said: “We are pleased to sign this deal with Government as the start of the six year growth plan. We believe this area has great potential for growth and is able to compete effectively with the most prosperous regions in Europe and indeed globally. This first year investment by Government shows that they too believe in our region’s potential. The fact that we have been able to assemble such an ambitious programme with strong public and private sector commitment shows confidence in our area. We will now convert that confidence into new jobs and prosperity for our businesses, workforce and communities, working in partnership with Government and our local partners.”
Ron Crank, Coast to Capital chief executive, said: “Investment in the region’s business infrastructure is vital for its successful future performance and there is much to do. We must ensure this first year programme is delivered and we must prepare the investments and projects for the remainder of the six year programme. It is clear, that as successful as our region already is, we need significant investment in our transport infrastructure, in business support and in skills, if we and the UK as a whole, is going to compete internationally. We welcome this investment in our region by Government and our continued discussions about our ambitions for Enterprise Zones and for new housing projects in Croydon.”
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “This deal is a great example of collaboration between the public sector, businesses, universities and the wider community. It is important we share a view of how to prioritise investment in transport and infrastructure and how we can most effectively support West Sussex businesses to grow and their workforces to succeed. This is only the first year of the programme we have agreed for the Coast to Capital area but we are pleased that the Government has backed our plans.”
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: This investment will encourage business growth and international trade throughout the region with a thriving Gatwick acting as the gateway to existing and emerging markets. This ambitious programme, together with Gatwick’s compelling case for a second runway, will help local, regional and national business compete on the global stage.”
The Growth Deal does not amount to an endorsement of everything in the submitted Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan. All development decisions for specific proposals must go through the normal planning process, be guided by local plans, be subject to any consultation requirements and be guided by local plans.
As a whole, during the period starting in 2015, the Coast to Capital region will benefit from:
Successful businesses: Business Finance and Business Trade – Equity, debt and grant funding for businesses that can create new jobs, but who cannot get mainstream commercial funds. Up to £9.5m with £1.2m in 2015/16.
We will support businesses to trade internationally and will set up a new ASEAN Gateway at Gatwick to boost trade with Southeast Asian nations markets, in close association with UKTI. Up to £3.7m, with £0.6m in 2015/16.
Wood Fuel initiative with the Forestry Commission –Sustainable use of primary natural resource to produce wood fuel as a renewable energy source and local building materials. Up to £0.8m, with £0.4 in 2015/16.
Digital Growth – we will provide key business locations with the digital connections needed to compete internationally and we will pioneer new mobile 5G technology research with neighbouring LEPs. We will support small firms to get e-commerce skills and complete the superfast broadband roll-out.Up to £3.4m with £0.7m in 2015/16. /MORE…
Advanced Engineering Centre –a collaboration between the University of Brighton and Ricardo in a new Centre of Excellence to deliver leading automotive and environmental engineering training and research. Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental engineering firm based in Shoreham. Up to £7m with £4.5m in 2015/16.
Flood Defences Newhaven and Shoreham –In Newhaven, this will open up major brownfield sites for housing and employment land plus new harbour facilities. In Shoreham, the flood defences and transport access improvements will allow land to be used for housing and businesses. £1.5m in Newhaven and £9.5m in Shoreham.
Bognor Regis A29 re-alignment between the new Bognor Regis Relief Road and the A27 which will bridge the West Coastway railway line, avoiding congestion points and current delay points at a level crossing. It will include 4 to 5 new junctions, plus cycle and pedestrian facilities. The realignment will allow new development of business and employment opportunities in Bognor Regis. Up to £13m with £0.7m in 2015/16.
Circus Street, central Brighton – a city centre mixed use regeneration project of a site to deliver new homes, office building, student accommodation, a library and academic buildings. Up to £2.7m with £1.5m in 2015/16.
Preston Barracks Central Research Laboratory – a joint venture between University of Brighton, Cathedral and Brighton Council to create a new innovation hub to commercialise academic research and incubate high growth businesses, with new housing. £7.7m with £1m in 2015/16.
City College Brighton and Hove and Chichester College – Refurbishment of dilapidated buildings and facilities to allow an increase in trainees, apprentices, disabled learners and new links to local businesses. £11m in 2015/16 with a further round for new projects of £10m in 2016/17.
Sustainable Transport Packages – a range of projects will tackle congestion and improve sustainable transport in local areas across the Coast to Capital area. This will enable improvements to walking and cycling links; improvements to junctions and traffic management systems to ease traffic flow and reduce congestion and improvements to public transport, such as bus and taxi priority measures and better Interchanges. £31.7m with £3.7m in 2015/16.
Crawley Area Transport Package –Includes junction improvements, bus priority schemes, modal interchange and improvements to walking and cycling. £18m with £2.6m in 2015/16.
Resilience Schemes –Intelligent Transport System traffic management, strategic road maintenance and flood and critical incident alleviation, mainly in East Surrey. £30.9m with £5.5m in 2015/16.
The Coast to Capital Board will use a package of flexible measures to unblock two derelict sites in East Surrey, enabling their redevelopment to create new homes and business premises. £0.4m in 2015/16.
In addition, and subject to due diligence, Government will provide loan funding through the Local Growth Fund (Housing Infrastructure) of £1.9m to Hanbury Properties (Chichester) Ltd to accelerate the delivery of 500 homes on Shopwhyke Lakes, Chichester site; and £8.7m to The Croydon Gateway Ltd to accelerate the delivery of 625 homes on Ruskin Square site, Croydon (this is jointly with London Local Enterprise Partnership).
The Government’s Growth Deal was announced in each of the 39 LEP regions across the UK that were each competing for a share of the Local Growth Fund.
IT’S MAGIC EVENTS WOULD LOVE YOUR SUPPORT
As a not-for-profit event, held for all the community, year-in and year-out our success has been down to the help of the many volunteers, advertisers and sponsors who help make this unique Street Music Festival happen. This year is the same and if you can help in any way, please let us know. Here are some of the key things you can get involved in.
Volunteering at Making Waves on Broadway Sunday 24th August, 2014 11am-10pm
We need you! If you think you could spare some time to help out during Sunday and listen to some great music at the same time click here http://www.itsmagic.org.uk/contact-us/ leave your details and we will get back in touch with you.
Can You Help Us Fundraise?
Making Waves on Broadway is an event enjoyed by over 3,000 people! However there are costs involved in making it happen and every little helps. Do you know someone who might want to sponsor the Event, or advertise in the programme? Find out more about the sponsorship and supporter options phoning 01444 800045 and talk to Sarah (leave a message if she is not in)
Be There: August Bank Holiday – Sunday 24th August!
Making Waves on Broadway 2014 is set to be a tremendous event and we sincerely hope, that as a local business/resident you will want to support local music events and that you will be there. Tickets at just £7 and are on sale now www.itsmagic.org.uk (Children 11 and under are FREE)
FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATION 4TH AUGUST
A number of town organisations will come together to commemorate the outbreak of World War One on the evening of 4th August by holding a candle lit vigil in St Wilfrid’s Church, followed by a torch light procession from Muster Green to Victoria Park and lighting the beacon in the park.
The elements of the commemoration will pay respect to the men of Haywards Heath who lost their lives in WW1 and acknowledge the debt we owe them at the vigil, reflect their sense of humour and camaraderie in the procession to the park and look forward to the future, by lighting the beacon as a beacon of hope for the next generation. We very much hope as many people will come and join in, and they are welcome to join any one or all three parts of the commemoration.
People are welcome to bring their own lanterns or night lights in jars ( but no naked flames) to light the procession. However, lanterns will be available for sale in advance in The Orchards on 2nd August so that they can be personalised and LED light sticks will be provided on the evening.
This week the Mewes Veterinary Clinic won the ‘Customer Service’ Award at the prestigious JSPC Business Matters Awards 2014, beating off strong competition from businesses in a variety of fields.
After a black tie Gala Dinner for all Finalists the Awards were presented by Fred Dinneage at a ceremony held in Crawley.
Julia Mewes, Principal Vet of The Mewes Vets said “We are so thrilled and honoured to have won this Award. It is a wonderful way to mark the Clinic’s 18th birthday.
It felt really strange to get dressed up in a pretty outfit. I am normally covered in fur & slobbery kisses – or worse! I just couldn’t stop shaking I was so excited.
I have dedicated my life to caring for animals, starting out with the 6 years of study at University and then practising for 25 years here in Mid Sussex. I have surrounded myself with people who are as passionate about pets as I am, and I am so proud of my whole team, they are wonderful.
I would like to thank all our lovely clients who nominated and supported us with their votes and testimonials. We all feel tremendously loved.
I would also like to thank the organisers and sponsors for allowing our special team to be recognised in this way, and of course the Vets and Nurses at The Mewes Vets, without whom I just couldn’t care for so many lovely little people.”
Julia also won the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award, having cared for over 20,000 pets in the last 18 years, whilst running the Clinic herself.
ABCOM’s Managing Director Yann Davies spent a recent Friday doing 2 great things; meeting the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, and celebrating the launch of the re-energised Dock Hub building, courtesy of their infrastructure team.
It was a wonderful start to a Friday morning as the ABCOM team joined celebrations for the re-opening of the Dock Hub where they were honoured to meet 2 very special guests – Brighton & Hove’s Mayor, Councillor Brian Finch and BHA footballer Craig Mackail-Smith. The Mayor kick-started events by cutting the launch ribbon outside the building, and this was followed by a tour of the premises, with many businesses on hand to showcase their technologies.
The Sussex based ABCOM was engaged to re-energise the Dock Hub, which is now an all-digital creative workspace. The team’s brief was to deliver a high-level super grade IT technology solution including commercial wireless, fast broadband and hosted phone systems throughout the building, simultaneously delivered across over 30+ businesses. ABCOM also installed a mobile smart board for the Docks new chic conference room. Despite a short timeframe to implement miles and miles of structured cable and associated technologies, working around the clock, the project was sealed and delivered on time as promised.
Who are ABCOM?
We are a computer technologies company, who have been operating for over 18 years across Sussex and London areas. We come equipped with a wealth of experience and an enviable reputation with our business clients. ABCOM continue to thrive by embracing technological challenges and delivering results with our super friendly customer service. We are glad to announce we are now members of Hayward’s Heath & District Business Association and we hope to meet you all soon. For more information about this project please visit: http://abcom.co.uk/dock-hub/
And for more information about the Dock Hub, including vacancies for managed office space please visit: www.thedockhub.com
Wednesday 6th August 2014 – How to… Skills: Chris Dent, GH Consultants: Credit checking and information gathering – 07:30 – 08:45
Venue: Orange Square. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.
Cost: 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 12th August 2014 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30
HHDBA members were blessed by fantastic weather yesterday evening at the Petanque Pistes at Beech Hill Garden.
Assisted by the lovely Fiona Boyle and the other members of the Heath Mid Sussex Petanque Club we were taught how to play the game, enjoy the surroundings and relax with a glass of Pimms or two. A big thanks from all for having us take over your pistes for the evening!
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR USERS OF LONDON BRIDGE STATION
Network Rail have advised that no First Capital Connect or Southern services will run to, from and through London Bridge station fromSaturday 23 to Sunday 31 August 2014 (9 days). They are undertaking major engineering work as they rebuild the station. Southeastern services will run normally.
Only when you’ve worked for some of the largest UK’s businesses can you apply those experiences to helping small and medium ones.
IT entrepreneur Andrew Hookway is doing just that since acquiring IT specialist Extech in 2008 having grown the business dramatically since then. Initially targeting small and medium businesses, Andrew has now expanded Extech’s offering with capabilities to cater for larger organisations. With a 30-strong workforce based in Haywards Heath and an expanding office in Tunisia with 16 employees, Extech is well positioned to service an international economy striding out of recessionary times.
Andrew and fellow director, Paul Estep, have both worked for large corporates managing global IT systems, such as Cable and Wireless, British Gas, Gillette, Colt Telecom and Fidelity Investments. Now they are applying their know-how to support companies that do not have their own IT department – managing their PCs, servers and networks and even buying, installing and monitoring their equipment, while advising on IT strategy.
Andrew’s easy-going nature belies his prowess in business – he has claimed an enviable clutch of accolades – most recently in December 2013 as Business Person of the Year in the Sussex Business Awards and Small Business of the year 2011 in the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards to name just two.
Highly motivated staff declare what a great company Extech is to work for, while family man Andrew (he has four children) himself is well liked throughout the business community as someone you can trust. “Andrew is so laid back and calm,” one member of staff, Alan Trace, remarked. “You never see him in a flap.” Another, Nicola Conboy, said: “Extech has grown to become an extension of my family”.
It is Andrew’s professional yet friendly and approachable style that holds the key to Extech’s ideology of helping clients overcome IT’s sometimes daunting and intimidating nature. So, the foundations are laid for Extech to further develop its IT outsourced solutions within what is now a far more clement climate than of late, although the company has excelled even in troubled economic times.
Extech’s team of in-house qualified software developers and Microsoft Gold accredited engineers can create “the simplest of websites through to the most complex software systems”, says Andrew, who adds that many businesses that have outgrown their current IT software systems find bespoke development too costly and packaged applications unsuitable.
“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.”
Launch of Cloud services has added another service imperative as clients approach Extech for help and advice on whether or not to adopt it within their business.
When time is in such short supply for many business people, being able to turn to a safe pair of hands for sound advice and IT support must be worth its weight in gold.
Following the success of the 2013-14 Be the Business start and grow grants, West Sussex County Council are pleased to announce that they have invested further in the Be the Business programme for 2014-2015. A pot of £600,000 is available to help businesses to start-up and to grow in West Sussex.
This programme is for start-ups, early-stage companies (1-2 years) and for established and growing businesses in West Sussex where, if applicable, the business rates are/will be paid. Businesses planning to relocate in West Sussex are also eligible but if successful, the grant will only be paid after relocation has taken place. The programme is open to micro and Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex.
Applicants will be required to provide at least 50% of the total project costs as match-funding. The business proposal must be linked to the creation or safeguarding of jobs in West Sussex.
This year, 50% of the funding available will be dedicated to specific sectors we wish to encourage to come forward with their ideas, particularly to submit bids with other businesses in the same sector to address problems they have in common.
These sectors are:
Manufacturing, particularly linked to healthcare, aviation or marine industry
Low carbon and renewable technologies
Tourism and local food
Land based businesses
The remaining 50% of the fund will be open to applications from all sectors.
The maximum amount of grant that can be requested for any individual project is £25,000. The maximum amount that can be requested for any sector project submitted in consortium is £75,000. Only sector projects can be submitted in consortium.