Calling All Members


HHDBA’s packed September events diary will match your revitalised energy and includes the very popular Networking Drinks on Tuesday 9th September then Haywards Heath Town Day on Saturday 13th September followed by our Professional Services Group on Tuesday 16th September and then our expert seminar on Growing and protecting your intellectual property on Thursday 25th September – Don’t forget to book your tickets online at!

Please note all events will require you booking online at!

Networking Drinks 9th September 2014 17.45 – 19.30

Idlewild in the Broadway is the place to be for the HHDBA highly successful networking event. Meet in the main bar area, buy a drink, enjoy some free nibbles and network furiously.

Bring along a friend and introduce them to the HHDBA!

Venue: Idlewild. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free

To book click HERE

Haywards Heath Town Day 13th September 2014

Saturday 13th September – 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 (

And to add to the spectacle… there 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 (

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.

Professional Services Group 16th September 2014 18.00 – 20.00

The Professional Services Group provides specialist support to any HHDBA members from any business sector. It is an innovative and proven way of helping each other solve an endless range of business problems and offering “deep” networking, often leading to business being done between group members.

Working in small groups of 6 to 12 people, in action learning sets, attendees can raise their business problems in confidence, with up to four issues being dealt with at a meeting. At the end of a set, anything up 30 solutions will have been suggested and members are encouraged to feed back later how their businesses have moved forward and profits increased.

Do YOU have something you would like some free thinking upon? Perhaps the jolt of some bright ideas and enthusiasm will re-ignite the flames of your entrepreneurial spirit? Or deal with a thorny problem that is blocking your progress or bugging you too much?

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 book click HERE

Growing and protecting your intellectual property 25th September 2014 18.00 – 20.00

Intellectual property is a posh word for everything that a firm holds dear and would rather keep to itself. It’s all the stuff in the firm that gives the firm its competitive edge. And without competitive edge, the firm won’t be able to compete and will not prosper.

So as the title suggests, John Berry’s talk is first about how to grow more intellectual property. Because more intellectual property means more competitive edge. And second, it’s about how to keep that intellectual property to yourself. That last point is tricky since firms have to tell their market something about their products and services or they’ll not attract customers. And those products and services and the way the firm does its business contains lots of intellectual property. So there’s always a balance between telling and keeping safe.

John is a Chartered Manager with an MBA and 30 years experience in managing intellectual property in sectors like defence, telecommunications and software.

See John’s recent blog at

Venue: Café Rouge, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: £12 for HHDBA members, £17 for non-members. This includes a meal and drink.

To book click HERE