Samantha-PayneThe HHDBA’s first conference was a huge success this year and the association has seen enthusiastic demand and keen interest in holding another one. With this in mind, we propose to hold next year’s conference in the autumn and would like to know from the membership what you would like to see and if you might like to get involved.

The first stage of this process is a members’ survey. Please be sure to fill it in and let us know what kind of events you would like to see us provide and what would attract you to our conference next year.

If you would like to be a part of the Conference planning team, please get in touch with Samantha Payne at samantha@cleartimemarketing.com or by calling 01444 473569. In particular, the team is looking for people who might be able to help with conference theme and branding.

If you would like an informal chat about the conference planning, there will always be a member of the team at the networking events in Idlewild. Be sure to let us know if you want to get involved and look out for future updates in the newsletter.


Ben-Quilter-KalliKids-Ambassador-inspiring-children-with-Judo-and-his-Bronze-MedalBen Quilter, Bronze Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympics in Judo, has joined Sussex-based KalliKids as an Ambassador.
Ben won Bronze in the under 60kg category in the 2012 London Paralympics having gained 5thplace previously in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. His London podium win was despite a knee injury just seven weeks before the games. Ben is also a double World Champion and a European Champion.
Ben is a father himself and wants to inspire all children to find the sport or activity that they love. As KalliKids Ambassador he joins two other high-achieving sports Ambassadors announced earlier in the year: Mike Yardy, ex-England Cricket and now member of the Sussex team and Julie Pullin, ex-British number one tennis player.

Ben first started Judo at the age of seven and by the time he was 10 he had been diagnosed with a degenerative sight condition that resulted in him having no central vision and only able to see peripherally.


We are pleased to announce the completion of the bedroom refurbishment as mentioned in the January newsletter, 13 bedrooms totally refurbished. We are now planning the refurbishment of another 13 bedrooms and bathrooms starting in January 2015
New Courtyard weekday Lunch and Traditional family Sunday Lunch; Enjoy our fabulous choice of menus with a complimentary 125ml glass of house wine or soft drink. Weekday lunch and Family Sunday Lunch menus offer; one, two or three courses you choose.

Christmas 2014
The Birch Hotel is now taking bookings for Christmas 2014, Our Christmas brochure is now on our website to review or download www.birchhotel.co.uk
Christmas Lunches
Party Nights
Christmas Day Lunch
Boxing Day lunch
New Year’s Eve Disco

Book now to avoid disappointment

The Birch Hotel, Lewes road, Haywards heath, RH17 7SF
Tel: 01444 451 565
Web: www.birchhotel.co.uk


Lindfield Arts FestivalWith just over two weeks 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 and Programmes 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.

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 Marian at marian@lindfieldartsfestival.com or 07773 319726.

We’ll see you all in September!


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.


Sustainable-Business-Network-Logo-No-TextHorsham, the Holbrook Club, 18th September, 08:00 – 10:00

Join us for a Sustainable Business Breakfast featuring Sony DADC, the Old Tollgate Hotel and Carbon Footprinting, plus croissants and bacon butties!

Best practice case studies

Dean Shackel, Facilities Manager at Sony DADC will share how monitoring energy usage through their building management system helped highlighted areas for energy efficiency improvements at their CD and DVD manufacturing plant near Horsham. The company have since saved thousands through implementing initiatives such as LED lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems.

Green Champion Diane Stenning from the Old Tollgate Hotel and Restaurant in Steyning will join us to talk about how energy saving initiatives including water and heating controls, electric car charging points and energy efficient light bulbs have secured a Green Tourism Gold Award for the hotel.

Measuring your carbon footprint

Stuart Davies from local carbon diagnostics company Bloom will join us to discuss carbon footprinting and environmental reporting within businesses. He’ll look at the reasons why you may want to measure your organisation’s impact, the data and resources required and how the end result can be used to identify cost saving opportunities.

The cost is £20, or £30 for two (why not bring a friend, colleague or client?).

To book email network@sustainablebusiness.org.uk call 01273 964239 or visit:http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/network/horsham-breakfast/


ALEX-KENT-LOGO-WEBIn addition to chairing two private advisory groups for senior business leaders, Alex Kent at Alex Kent Associates Ltd is now a registered and approved Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator.

GrowthAccelerator helps companies in England with growth potential to achieve their ambitions. They are here to help businesses double in three years by offering access to coaching, financial, innovation and business development experts.

Alex’s role as a Growth Coach is to work with companies on a one-to-one basis covering for example business and sales development, strategic planning and leadership and management training. For details see: http://www.growthaccelerator.com/

Across all his activities, Alex typically delivers around 200 coaching sessions per year with CEOs, MDs and other senior business executives. That means he has experience of most if not all of the opportunities and issues which can arise in a business.

If you would like to know more about business coaching, private advisory groups or GrowthAccelerator then please contact Alex on 07887 917657 or coaching@alex-kent.co.uk.


pirate-fancy-dress-photo-2013Town Day returns to Victoria Park in Haywards Heath this summer on Saturday 13th September and it is promised to be even bigger and better than last year.

The picturesque park will be full of attractions, including Hayward Heath’s first mascot competition, live performances and the popular dog show hosted by The Mewes Veterinary Clinic.

On the very same day the Tour of Britain (elite cycling race) will be coming through the town between 12pm and 1pm, featuring several of the world’s top professional cyclists.

There will also be a Military Parade organised by the Mid Sussex District Council in celebration of signing a military covenant.
The parade will feature cadets and military personnel, who will be parading alongside a marching band down South Road and into Victoria Park.

The annual Town Day is a celebration for everybody living and working in Haywards Heath. It is a great occasion and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones too.

Everybody is welcome to join in the celebrations, including your four legged friends. The award winning team at The Mewes Veterinary Clinic is inviting all dog owners from the area to have some fun by entering the dog show.

Haywards Heath Vet, and principal of The Mewes Veterinary Clinic, Julia Mewes, commented: “We are hoping to make this our best Dog Show yet.

“Last year we had a fabulous time, despite the rain. But there is good news! The weather forecast looks great so we are hoping for lovely weather and even more competitors.”

Any breed, size and age of dog is welcome, regardless of pedigree, and there are plenty of categories for you to enter.
Julia said: “I am particularly looking forward to the ‘Handsomest Dog’, ‘Scruffiest Mutt’ and of course, the ‘Best Fancy Dress’ categories.

“The outfits that dog owners create are brilliant and sometimes really funny!”

If you would like more information about The Mewes Veterinary Clinic, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/themewesvets or www.themewesvets.co.uk. Alternatively you can call us on 01444 456886.


logo2MOA Apprenticeship Scheme 2014

Mike Oliver Associates is a multi-award winning Financial Services firm who are looking for an Administrator/ Trainee Financial Adviser, ideally living within half an hour commute of Haywards Heath.

Working: Mon-Fri 9 – 5.30pm Full Time

In order to be successful for this role you need to be able to demonstrate the following in your application and at the interview:

  • High standard of numeracy and literacy skills
  • Methodical and accurate with a proven ability to focus on detail
  • Self-motivated with initiative and drive
  • IT literate, knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook necessary.
  • Team player, able to follow instructions in a timely and professional manner.
  • Time management with the ability to work in a pressurised environment or Ability to work independently and effectively, under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate well with people at all levels including using the telephone
  • Some experience with an office environment is desirable or commercial awareness desirable
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workload
  • Work under general supervision

In turn we provide you with an excellent opportunity to start your career with a recognised qualification after 12 months in the company that is known to work and play hard. As part of our program we support you to your NVQ and Diploma.

Qualifications Required:

  • You must have at least 5 GCSE Grades (C or above) or equivalent, Maths and English is a must.

Training to be provided:

  • NVQ Business Administration
  • Diploma – More information

Apprenticeship Duration:

  • 18-24 months

Future Prospects:

On completion of the apprenticeship, he successful applicant will have achieved financial services employment to secure permanent employment within the financial service industry.

Apply now for an apprenticeship at MOA and begin your career with great prospects today

Please email your CV to: Vivienne Brown at viv@betafutures.com


HHDBA member Robert Macdonald of RJ Marketing Services has launched a new business with Paul James, a locally based FCCA qualified accountant.

Caerus Partnership offers a one-stop shop for accountancy and marketing services. Businesses can choose from various packages of accountancy services according to their requirements all of which will include delivery of agreed marketing objectives.

Aimed at small to medium sized enterprises, packages range from basic book-keeping, up to the entire accountancy & tax affairs of a business. Within each package clients can pick and choose flexibly from a range of marketing services including consultancy, branding, Web design, collateral design and production, telemarketing and market research.

Robert Macdonald, Marketing Director of Caerus Partnership commented: “We are very excited about this new venture. The philosophy behind it is to help small and medium businesses by taking care of two essential areas for them – their accountancy and marketing – in one manageable monthly payment, thereby freeing up more of their time to concentrate on servicing their customers.”

Paul James, Finance Director added: “Our thinking is that in this day and age the small or medium sized business should not be over-paying for accountancy services. On the other hand external support and added value are key. At Caerus we combine modern working methods with our expertise and personal service to deliver a high value solution to our clients to meet all of their accountancy and marketing needs.”

Caerus Partnership can be contacted on 07989 578737 and ask for Robert or Paul.

Tuesday 9th September 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.

Saturday 13th September 2014 – Haywards Heath Town Day 

Venue: Victoria Park, South Road, Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free

Tuesday 16th September 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 register.

Thursday 25th September 2014- Expert Seminar: John Berry, TimelessTime: Growing and protecting your intellectual property

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 register.

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

We welcome this month’s new members:

Steve Rowling – Springworks

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Laura Parry – Khan & Parry Accountants Ltd

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25th September 09:00 – 11:30, the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton.

This workshop will explore the different options available to businesses who are looking to raise investment to develop new environmental products and services or fund large project installations.

Topics covered will include:

  • Becoming investment ready – preparing for due diligence
  • Traditional loan funding – rates and risks
  • Alternative loans – crowd funding
  • Private equity – how much do I have to give away?
  • Investment schemes and tax incentives
  • Grants funding – time v’s reward

The course leader is Craig Copeland from consultancy Carbon Minded, who has successfully helped raise finance for a range of large scale renewable energy projects as well as for companies looking to expand operations and into new markets.

To book your place please complete a booking form available here http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/network/specialist-seminars/

Alternatively email network@sustainablebusiness.org.uk or call 01273 964239.



The public is hugely interested in what civil servants earn – at least in what senior civil servants running councils and health trusts earn. Recently the Tax Payers’ Alliance issued its Town Hall Rich List, illustrating that a good number of county, district and city council managers earn over £100k.

On the face of it, these salaries might seem high, but as TimelessTime’s John Berry illustrated on BBC Radio Sussex during a discussion on the report, one has to break such statistics down.

On deriving salary from these statistics and benchmarking with other public services, it becomes clear that many ‘town hall’ salaries are reasonable.

Listen again to John’s discussion at http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/audio-visual/town-hall-rich-list/.



Each year Mid Sussex South CVS charity presents a friendliness award to an organisation or community group that treats its volunteers well. 

Previous winners have included Kangaroos, Enable Me, Group B Strep Support and Hope in the Valley RDA.

It’s time to make nominations for the winner of this year’s award, which will be presented at an event later in the autumn.

If you volunteer in the local community, and think the organisation recognise and appreciate your involvement, then this is your opportunity to nominate them for the award.

More information and nomination forms are available from Mid Sussex South CVS. You can call us on 01444 258102 or download one from our website: www.msscvs.org.uk

Closing date for nominations is Friday 19 September 2014.



Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain cycle race will be passing through Mid Sussex on Saturday 13th September 2014 between 12:00 and 13:00. This is an elite level cycling event, which was won last year by Sir Bradley Wiggins and features some of the top professional teams.

This date also coincides with Haywards Heath’s annual Town Day in Victoria Park and so you can expect to see more people than usual in the town centre. Shortly after the Tour of Britain has passed through Haywards Heath, a Military Parade will proceed from Franklynn Road Car Park, along South Road and in to Victoria Park.

To facilitate these events, West Sussex County Council will serve a Traffic Regulation Order from 12:00 to 14:00 along the length of South Road. Between these times, the road will be closed to traffic in both directions and a diversion route will be in place. Advance warning signage will be put in place approximately two weeks prior to the date of these events. You are advised to arrange any deliveries accordingly.

All of the relevant local authorities have been working together to ensure that these events can be safely accommodated and we are confident this will make for a great occasion in Mid Sussex. A marshalling plan will be in operation as part of crowd and traffic management arrangements and we are not expecting these events to cause severe delays or parking problems in the area.

Full details of local arrangements can be found on the West Sussex County Council website www.westsussex.gov.uk . Precise timings and maps can be found at www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Local businesses are welcome to help celebrate these events by designing window displays or other promotional activities.



The Overview of the August (2014) Inflation Report has been published on the Bank’s external website. If you would like to access this report, please do so by clicking HERE

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.