A local triathlete has automatically qualified for the World Championships next year in Chicago following an excellent debut in this year’s competition in Canada last month.

Sally Baldwin, a PE teacher at Warden Park Academy, representing Great Britain, came fourth in the 35-39 age group in the event at Edmonton.

Sally completed the 750 metre lake swim, 12 mile cycle and three mile run in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 47 seconds – only a minute and a half behind Diane Hanker from America – but feels she can go faster still in future.

As a self-funded amateur competitor, Sally secured sponsorship from local businessman Tim French to get to Canada, as well as in kind support from So Sussex Osteopath, Freedom Leisure and Barker’s Garage, and would welcome any assistance in her future career.

Speaking after her event, she said: “As I only started triathlon a year ago I still feel I have a lot of improvement to make in all three disciplines, perhaps with a swim coach, so with hard work and some help I am definitely capable of a medal next year. I have also got the Europeans in July in Geneva, so it will be an exciting year.”

Sally can be contacted at sbaldwin4@wardenpark.co.uk for further information on sponsorship and what businesses can expect in return.


Hilton Sharp & Clarke (HSC), are pleased to announce the opening of their new office in South Road, Haywards Heath, adding to their existing offices in Brighton and Billingshurst.

Here at HSC, we not only provide the usual compliance services you would expect from your accountant but we also help our clients, whether start-ups or established, to achieve their business and personal goals, while ensuring their affairs are organised so as to minimise tax exposure.

Tom Bowen, an associate of the firm said, “The remit of an accountant has changed dramatically over the last couple of years. Gone are the days when a client would meet their accountant once a year to discuss the previous year’s accounts and their tax liabilities. Due to advancing technology such as cloud accounting, we can look at a business’s financial position in real time and maintain a consistent dialogue with clients, offering advice and guidance when a client needs it most, not 12 months later when the annual accounts are prepared.

To help celebrate the opening of their latest office, HSC are offering a Free Business Financial Health Check to all local businesses. The outcome of the Health Check being advice on how to improve the overall profitability of your business and improving your personal net worth.

If you would like to have a free consultation session about your business or personal affairs, or to take advantage of the above offer, please do not hesitate to contact Tom in our Haywards Heath office on 01444 817497 or tomb@hsc.uk.net


It’s not all work for HHDBA and in October you have a chance to see the dramatic and creative side of some of our members.

Samantha Payne, from Cleartime Marketing, is set to tread the boards in Burgess Hill Theatre Club’s next production ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams. The production will be directed by another member, John O’Connor, from Client Care Options.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is said to be one of Williams’ favourite plays and the film starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The story centres round the two protagonists Brick and Maggie and their failing marriage. There is an inference throughout the play that Brick is homosexual and his disconnection from Maggie and all family life is caused by his need to keep this from everyone. Brick’s father and plantation owner, Big Daddy, has been diagnosed with cancer although his family are keeping this from him. His birthday party sets the scene and the audience can witness how each character is motivated and interacts knowing there is an inheritance on the table. The play explores themes of human interaction and communication, as well as how greed motivates. It is as relevant today as when it was written and is a beautifully crafted piece of drama.

It is showing at Burgess Hill Theatre Club, Church Walk from Wednesday 15th October to Saturday 18th October and box office opens on 27th September. Reserve your tickets by calling 01444 242984 or call into the box office at the theatre on Church Walk, which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. At just £9 a ticket it is an excellent night out.

Follow the club on twitter @BurgessHillTC or like the Facebook page to be kept up to date with productions.


The founder of ActionCOACH and pretty much the world’s top business coach; Brad Sugars is completing a seminar tour of the UK in early October, and we’re lucky in that he will be as close as Crawley on Monday 6th October.

Brad is a world renowned speaker, an author of 16 best-selling business books, and is a business coach at the very top of the tree (his clients pay him US $1million a year for his guidance)

The presentation he’ll be delivering that evening is giving is called ‘Buying Customers’ based on his best-selling book of the same name. The location is The Hawth Theatre (Hawth Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6YZ, and the presentation runs from 6pm to 9pm.

It’s rare that Brad speaks in the UK without a significant cost attached BUT the excellent thing about this particular event, is that local businesses can register to attend and learn from him for 3 hours at ZERO cost by using my own ActionCOACH code (SETRY01) which for members of the HHDBA I’m happy to share here.

The website link for registration is www.buyingcustomers.com .


Community publishing company Kipper has recently expanded its team with the hiring of Matthew Buss as office assistant.

Kipper produces popular local magazine titles Cuckfield Life and Lindfield Life, and Matthew has already been making a big difference in the office taking some of the load from business owner David Tingley.

“Matthew is a fantastic find; I’m really pleased and he’s only been here since August! His primary role is being the first port of call for advertisers and contributors as they contact the office. As the business develops over the next 12 months, I know he’s going to be a major part of its success.”



There is currently funding available from West Sussex County Council to help small businesses in West Sussex improve energy efficiency at their premises and reduce costs through grants of up to £2000.

Grants are available to businesses with up to 49 employees qualifying projects could include upgrading lighting, fitting insulation or installing thermostatic radiator valves.

There is a total of £20,000 to be awarded. If oversubscribed, grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, judged anonymously by a panel of local authority representatives.

Why are grants on offer?

The grant funding is provided by West Sussex County Council who are keen to help local businesses improve their profitability and reduce their carbon footprint. The grants are being administered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit company, as part of the ERDF part-funded RE:Start Local project.

We recommend that you contact us before completing your application to check your eligibility and for advice on which projects are most suitable.

How do I apply?

Download a Grant Application Pack

To apply for a grant, please download, complete and return an application pack, along with at least 2 estimates for your proposed project. The application pack also includes full eligibility criteria and details on how applications will be judged.

When is the application deadline?

Grant applications must be received by 17:00 on Friday 24th October 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are awarded a grant, your project must be installed and paid for by Friday 5th December 2014.

I’ve a question…

If you have any questions or would like help completing your application, for example to calculate potential energy savings, please us on 01273 964239 or info@sustainablebusiness.org.uk.

*Who can apply for a grant?

Grants are available to small businesses with commercial premises in West Sussex where the project will be installed. The business must:

  • Have no more than 49 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover less than £35 million
  • Have not received more than €197,000 state aid in the past three years
  • Not be owned by a group or company that does not meet the above criteria (company wide)

Charities and public sector organisations are not eligible for funding. Please contact us if you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation is eligible to apply: info@sustainablebusiness.org.uk, 01273 964239.


Savannah Café Bar held it’s annual charity golf day on Monday 22nd September. This year a record 80 golfers enjoyed a great day’s golf at Haywards Heath Golf Club before heading back to Savannah for refreshments, entertainment and prizes. As with the past 2 years, the event raised money for The Yews Centre (home to more than 20 voluntary and self-help groups supporting people with special needs) and this year’s total of over £1300 brings the overall total raised to over £4000. Many thanks to Haywards Heath golf club for their support for this event and to all those that came along and took part.

Looking ahead to the winter months and the party season preparations are well under way. We are looking forward to hosting many Christmas parties among them the HHDBA Christmas party co-hosted with Grape and Grain. We still have a few available dates so if you are interested in celebrating the festive season with us then please get in contact at enquiries@savannahcafebar.co.uk or 01444 458181. As members of HHDBA you receive a 30% discount if you book before November 1st.



On Friday 29 August, patients and members of staff at St Peter & St James Hospice raised money by carrying out a different kind of ice bucket challenge. The Hospice raised money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association using a tractor!

Following in the frozen footsteps of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake and Steven Gerrard, St Peter & St James Hospice raised money for this charity because a number of patients are living with Motor Neurone Disease. One huge bucket was used which was part of a tractor carrying ice and gallons of water.

You can see the challenge at www.facebook.com/StPeterStJames on the Hospice’s Facebook page. The Hospice wishes to thank John Bedford, from Town Place Farm and Equestrian Centre, Scaynes Hill, for supplying the tractor and making the challenge possible. For more information on the ice bucket challenge, please go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s website – www.mndassociation.org

If you run, or are involved in a group, and would like to help the hospice by raising money, then please contact Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, on Carol.Hughes@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or 01444 470811.


St Peter and St James Hospice was delighted to accept a donation from Burgess Hill Theatre Club as part of the Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Every year, the Burgess Hill Theatre Club holds a raffle during its pantomime season to raise money for St Peter and St James Hospice. This year, the Club presented the Hospice’s Fundraising Team with a cheque for £600.

This year’s ‘eggxtravaganza’, in January 2015, will be “Mother Goose” and will be the Club’s 50th pantomime, a truly Golden Anniversary. The club has always felt a strong connection with the hospice, as over the years, friends and relations have been cared for at the centre in North Chailey.

The Chair of Burgess Hill Theatre Club, Chris Smith, said, “It’s always amazing to be involved in Pantomime and with this being our 50th Anniversary we are looking forward to an ‘eggxiting’ show. We are always glad to support St Peter & St James as our local Hospice, as we are so aware of the valuable service it provides.”

If you run, or are involved in a group, and would like to help the hospice by raising money, then please contact Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, on Carol.Hughes@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or 01444 470811.


On Saturday 20 September, 1-5pm, everyone in the local community is invited to the Hospice’s Open Day to see the new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre, ahead of an official opening.

A year after the first foundations were dug, Beacon View is now open and offering patients and carers the very best wellbeing facilities. The revamped centre has opened its doors and is already transforming day care for those with life-limiting illness, in and around Mid Sussex.

Everyone at St Peter & St James is very grateful to all who donated to the appeal. Chief Executive, Colin Burgess, said, “As part of realising our vision, we are delighted to announce the opening of our new Wellbeing Centre. This is part of our overall plan to improve and expand the service we offer to our community. Over 90% of our care takes place in the community, so Beacon View Wellbeing Centre provides the opportunity for patients to drop in and make use of the facility.”

On the day, there will be home-made teas, a raffle, and various stalls selling items, such as cards, quilts, hampers and craft items. There will be an opportunity to go around the Woodland Walk and fun activities for children. Members of staff at the Hospice extend a very warm welcome to everyone.


St Peter & St James Hospice will be adding its voice to more than 100 other hospices across the UK to explore the theme of Hospice care, everywhere for Hospice Care Week 2014 (6-12 October).

The aim is simple. Hospices offer amazing support both in and outside of hospice buildings and St Peter & St James wants to raise awareness of all aspects of hospice care to as many people as possible. Hospice Care Week provides the perfect opportunity to do this with World Hospice Day and Palliative Care Day taking place on Saturday 11 October.

Along with other hospices in Sussex, members of staff from St Peter & St James will be on BBC Radio Sussex – 95.3 FM throughout the week, at 4.20pm, talking about what services they provide and how hospice care really is everywhere. With 90% of St Peter & St James’ care taking place in the community, everyone at the Hospice would like more people to know about how they can help people and to invite patients to use the new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre.

Viv Northorpe, Centre Manager at St Peter & St James, said, “I’m pleased to have the opportunity of being on the radio to reach so many people. During the programme, I’ll be talking about our new Wellbeing Centre, Beacon View, where patients can come for a coffee in our Beacon Café to meet other people or take part in various activities and make use of the different therapies available. With this year’s theme for Hospice Care Week being about hospice care everywhere, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to reach out to all our community, so making more people aware of the excellent level of care we provide.”

People who do not know a lot about hospice care may be surprised that so much of it takes place in patient’s homes, or that many people are discharged from hospices after short stays so that they can live at home with support from hospice teams. Even fewer people may know about hospice

staff and volunteers going the extra mile to add life to days, the range of therapies that enrich the lives of people receiving end of life care, or the important role that hospices play in supporting and educating staff and volunteers in other settings beyond hospices, including care homes and hospitals.

Everyone at St Peter & St James Hospice would like to thank the community for taking part in the awareness week and for their generosity. Over 86% of funding comes from the community and the Hospice is always grateful for support from individuals and businesses.

To learn more about Hospice Care Week, visit www.hospicecareweek.org and don’t forgot

to keep an eye out for #HospiceCareWeek over the coming months.


St Peter & St James has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014, in Mid Sussex. By encouraging the public to vote, the Hospice has a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £3,000, from Lloyds Bank, enabling it to continue carrying out good work in the community.                                 

You can –

  • Text – ‘VOTE VCK’ to 61119
  • Tweet – #COMMFUND VCK
  • Go on-line – lly-cf.com/VCK
  • Vote in a branch – Uckfield, Hailsham and Crowborough branches only

There are four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they would most like to support. Members of the public can vote for the Hospice on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a branch of Lloyds Bank from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500, depending on the number of votes received.

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “We have had a great deal of support from Lloyds’ members of staff with ‘Make a Difference Day’. The Lloyds Bank Community Fund would help the Hospice by enabling us to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of people in our community, so please vote for St Peter & St James to benefit from the Community Fund award.”

You can find out more about the Community Fund, St Peter & St James and cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at: www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund.

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk


Everyone at St Peter & St James Hospice is grateful to Aspects Beauty staff who have been fundraising for the Hospice and volunteered to work in the garden and carry out other tasks.

On Friday 12 September, members of staff from Aspects Beauty, based in Chailey, gave up their time and helped out around St Peter & St James Hospice for its ‘Volunteer Day’. The following day, as part of Aspects Beauty’s 25th anniversary celebrations, it held an event raising funds for local charities, including St Peter & St James.

Andrew Field, Finance Director at Aspects Beauty, said, “Aspects Beauty Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As part of our celebrations, we nominated a number of local charities and good causes – I chose St Peter & St James. Aside from being local, the hospice is very close to my heart as my father spent some time being cared for in a similar environment shortly before he passed away.

“In addition to making a donation of money, it was important for us to go a step further and help in a more direct way in any way we could. We had a great time and it was so rewarding to make a contribution in the small way that we did. We were made to feel so welcome. There is a lovely atmosphere at the hospice and a great team of people. It was a pleasure to meet so many of them and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour at lunch time and the drinks and cakes at the end of the day.”

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk


Any old or foreign coins and notes can be used by St Peter & St James Hospice as part of its fundraising. Even coins and notes that are no longer legal currency can be converted into funds to support the Hospice.

If you have any old or foreign money at home that you think is worthless or you do not need, please donate it to St Peter & St James Hospice. You can send the coins and notes to the Hospice address, take the money to the Hospice Reception or put it in the collection buckets and pots in shops and elsewhere in the community.

When looking at fundraising for the Hospice, 86% of its funding comes from the community. Everyone at St Peter & St James is grateful for the community’s generosity and support.


Leading global design company, Gensler, recently donated £1,300 to support the vital care provided by St Peter & St James Hospice. Everyone at St Peter and St James wishes to thank the company for its generosity and support.

Gensler’s London based Lifestyle C Studio organised a Sotheby’s style auction and donated the funds raised to the Hospice because their friends and colleagues, Petr and Adam Esposito, had been fundraising for the Hospice in memory of their late mother, Frances Esposito. Frances was cared for by the Hospice during the final months of her illness and her family has gone on to fundraise for the Hospice in a variety of ways to celebrate her life.

Petr Esposito said, “There is something marvellous about being silly, the auction night was silly but resoundingly marvellous; by the people that created it, and for the cause it helped.”

Lifestyle C organised the art auction as part of Gensler’s monthly staff community events.  Each member of staff in the Studio created an original piece of art for the auction, ‘artist personas’ and made short films presenting their work in character. Members of staff were also invited to create a collective London-themed mural over the course of the auction week to get everyone involved in the run up to the event.

The Studio’s creative approach transformed what was originally a modest idea into an entertaining and inventive experience for all involved, raising an amazing £1,300 for the Hospice during the auction. The organisation hopes to continue supporting the Hospice in the future.

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk


On Friday 15 August, Sainsbury’s (Haywards Heath) launched its charity appeal with St Peter & St James Hospice, naming it charity of the year.                          

The Hospice is to receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from the store’s colleagues and customers. Customers were able to vote for their favourite charity to be considered and St Peter & St James Hospice is delighted to be the chosen charity. Customers had a huge say in this year’s announcement and voted in-store and online from 28 May – 8 June. The store colleagues then decided that St Peter & St James Hospice was the best charity for them to work with to make a real difference.

The retailer’s Local Charity scheme is now in its sixth year and gives customers the chance to vote for their favourite local charity to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their Sainsbury’s store. The scheme has risen over £6 million to support local charities since 2009.

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager, said, “We are delighted to have been chosen by the staff and customers from Sainsbury’s and are looking forward to planning many exciting events over the coming year.”

Sainsbury’s Deputy Store Manager, Steve Hudson, said, “We’ve had a great response from our customers this year, both through in-store and online votes. We’re delighted to have chosen a charity which touched many of our colleagues’ hearts. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from being our Local Charity for the next 12 months.”

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk


St Peter & St James Hospice is encouraging everyone to wear green and yellow on Friday 10 October as part of Hospice Care Week to help raise needed funds for the Hospice.

Everyone at St Peter & St James thought it would be fun to brighten the day by asking people to delve in their wardrobes and find something green or yellow to wear to raise funds for the Hospice during Hospice Care Week. It could be a hat, socks, clothing, bag, boots or whatever you have – the brighter the better!

Hospice Care Week runs from 6-12 October with this year’s theme being ‘Hospice care, everywhere!’ St Peter & St James wants to raise awareness of all aspects of hospice care to as many people as possible and Hospice Care Week provides the perfect opportunity to do this with World Hospice Day and Palliative Care Day taking place on Saturday 11 October.

The suggested donation is £2 for each person taking part and the funds raised would go to the hospice to support the high quality care given to patients. The Hospice relies on 86% of its funds coming from the community in order that it can continue providing vital care for patients. Everyone at St Peter & St James is always grateful to its community for the support and generosity it receives.

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email fundraising@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or call 01444 471598.


P1040271St Peter & St James Hospice is grateful to everyone who went to the Beacon View Wellbeing Centre Open Day on Saturday 20 September. The event was a huge success and raised over £1300. Everyone at the Hospice wishes to thank its local community for the continued support and generosity.

The Open Day gave everyone in the community the opportunity to see the new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre, which opened recently, offering patients and carers the very best wellbeing facilities. The foundations for the Centre were dug a year ago and the revamped facility is already transforming day hospice for those living with a life-limiting illness in and around Mid Sussex.

Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser at St Peter & St James, said, “The day could not have been possible without the wonderful group of volunteers. There were so many people who gave up their time – we had a great team from the WI, ‘Work in Progress’ – a talented jazz band, stalls with an array of items and lots of activities for all the family. Thank you to everyone for helping and to everyone who came, making the day such a success.”

If you run, or are involved in a group, and would like to help the hospice by raising money, then please contact Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, on Carol.Hughes@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or 01444 470811.


Everyone at St Peter & St James Hospice is grateful to SSE Contracting staff for volunteering their time on Wednesday 17 September by clearing the Woodland Walk, in preparation for Beacon View Wellbeing Centre’s Open Day.

SSE Contracting, based in Burgess Hill, arranged for five members of staff to help out at St Peter & St James. The team worked hard all day clearing the woodland area ready for all the walkers to use at the weekend.

The staff at SSE Contracting said, “We would like to send our thanks for the opportunity we were given to aid the help of St Peter & James Hospice in their already outstanding work. The experience itself was both rewarding an

d emotional, and we plan to offer our continued support for the future. Not only are the staff passionate about the cause, but they offered a warm and friendly welcome to each of us and we look forward to seeing them again next year.”

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk

Thursday 2nd October 2014 – Welcome Meeting: Carolyn Robinson, St. Peter & St. James Hospice

Venue:  St. Peter & St. James Hospice, HN Common Rd, Lewes, West Sussex BN8 4ED.

Cost:  Free for HHDBA members and guest.

Please click HERE to register.

Wednesday 8th October 2014 – How to… Skills: Darren Stone, Mayo Wynne Baxter: Controlling your cash

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..

Tuesday 14th October 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 21st October 2014 – MSDC Open 4 Business

The next MSDC Open 4 Business event will take place on the 21st October (this has changed from the 22nd October as previously advertised).

Venue: Kings Church, 33-35 Victoria Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR

Time: 13:00 – 17:30

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

We have lots of new members this month. let’s welcome them:

Debbie Yeo – Herbal Life Wellness Coach

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Katherine Bly – Katherine Bly Flowers

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Stacey Elliot Smith – Level 10 Personal Training Ltd

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Adam Fiske – Mid Sussex Osteopaths

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Sean Collins – Meridian Wills & Trusts Ltd

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The HHDBA website is now twice as popular as it was last year! Pete Cogle, from Website & Video consultancy, Suffuse Solutions, who is HHDBA’s own webmaster and all-round techie, said:

“The website and monthly newsletter have proved very popular in sharing member’s news. Not only does the news get shared with members, but we also publicize via Facebook and Twitter”

Have you submitted a newsletter item recently? Click HERE to do just that!. The deadline for submissions to the November newsletter is 5pm Tuesday 28th October 2014.



At this time of year many businesses will have much better idea of where they will end up financially in 2014their 2014 their plans and goals, and start to think about what they want to achieve in 2015. It’s an ideal time to bring in some outside perspectives on what might be possible, and to help address any unresolved issues.

At Alex Kent Associates Ltd we help our clients make their businesses more successful, for example by increasing sales, improving profits and cash, creating opportunities for growth, and removing business limitations.

Here’s what one client said about Alex Kent:

“Alex Kent has been a business mentor and coach for me and the key qualities that he has that make him stand out as a coach are:

  • His deep experience as a Managing Director of significant national and international businesses. He is able to draw on relevant experience and examples that are timely and insightful across a wide range of issues.
  • He is able to probe, challenge and search for the real issues and causes, with respect, sensitivity and yet a firm focus on the business situation and requirements.
  • His understanding of a situation and ability to spot the real issues is incredible.
  • He was a wide knowledge base of business theory and best practice and draws upon this quickly, making the complex simple and insightfully.
  • He knows how business owners, entrepreneurs and SME work and their unique business environment and then balances finding their own answers with solid, practical and effective advice and strategies. Alex is at his most effective when the issue is particularly difficult.

If you would like a half-price taster session with Alex then please contact him by phone on 07887 917657 or by email: coaching@alex-kent.co.uk


The sun shone on an amazing festival weekend that saw the whole village celebrating Quintessential Lindfield.

A record number of people vistied the arts & crafts fayre which took place in the brand new hall at Lindfield Primary School – now nicknamed “mini Tate Modern”!

Every venue was packed and the common had a buzz about it the whole weekend, especially on Saturday night when Toploader had Lindfield rocking! The atmosphere in the village was just wonderful from Friday morning to late Sunday night, where the pubs and the common had fabulous musicians closing the festival.

Esther, Marian and Lorna are proud of how successfully the weekend was and are hugely grateful to everyone who made it happen, including some HHDBA members! Esther would personally like to thank her co-directors for taking control of the weekend as her baby, Noah, arrived a week early prior to the festival kicking off!

Looking forward to next time, if there are any passionate souls out there wanting to take up the mantle of festival director please contact us on enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com.

Thank you to everyone for supporting the wonderful weekend – here’s to the next Lindfield Arts Festival!


Several HHDBA members could be found under our lovely green gazebo on Victoria Park as part of Haywards Heath Town Day, on Saturday 13th September.

There was the opportunity to win a bottle of bubbly by entering your business card into a prize draw.


Group B Strep Support, the UK’s charity dedicated to preventing life-threatening group B Strep infections in newborn babies and based in Haywards Heath, had over 16,000 envelopes to stuff, seal and stamp to send vital group B Strep awareness and Christmas fundraising information to supporters, but little or no space to carry out the mailing.

Award-winning IT firm, Extech, kindly stepped in, donating some of their first floor office space in Bridge Road, Haywards Heath to the charity, who also happens to have a tiny office in the same building.  “We were desperate for some extra space,  we simply didn’t have the room for the thousands of leaflets, letters and envelopes, the huge post bags and the hundreds of thousands of raffle tickets,” says Jane Plumb MBE, chief executive of Group B Strep Support, “and it was fantastic of Extech to let us use his first floor office space  to store and prepare the mailing.  It is not the first time Extech has stepped into the breach and helped us out with space when we needed it, without any hesitation.”

It took a small army of local volunteers just over a month to ‘stuff, seal and stamp’ Group B Strep Support’s envelopes and finally the job was completed this Monday, 15th September.  Extech’s managing director Andrew Hookway says, “It has been a pleasure, as always.  I’m just glad we were able to help such a worthy cause.”

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies and can be passed from mother to baby around birth.  Whilst it causes no problems for most babies, for some it can be deadly – causing septicaemia, pneumonia  and meningitis.  Even with the best medical care, one in every ten babies infected dies and at least one in twenty of the survivors suffers life-long disabilities.

Meningitis Awareness Week – 15th to 24th September – and group B Strep is the most common cause of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. There are approximately 3,200 cases of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia each year in the UK.  Meningitis is a condition where bacteria gets into the lining of the brain and cause infection and inflammation.  Meningitis can be caused by a number of different “germs”, two of which are Men B and group B Strep.  To find out more about the difference between group B Strep and Men B, visit http://gbss.org.uk/latest-news/difference-between-strep-b-and-meningitis-b/

To find out more about the charity Group B Strep Support visit www.gbss.org.uk


Mid Sussex District Council is looking for volunteers to help with Young Enterprise 2014/15, the programme that gives students the chance to develop their skills in business and enhance their future chances of employment.

In Young Enterprise, local students set up and run their own ‘real’ company and market their products and services to the public. It’s a realistic introduction to the world of business, giving the young participants an insight into the opportunities and challenges of running a business.

The Council hopes local business people will volunteer to act as advisers to the students over the next school year, and help them build successful companies. Mentors would advise the students how to plan the business, build a team, select products or services to sell, market them and balance the books.

Last year, students from Hurstpierpoint College won the title of ‘Best Company’ at the Mid Sussex Young Enterprise Awards. However, their success didn’t stop there as they went on to beat six other Sussex based companies to become the best in the county and took their company ‘Omni’ all the way to the regional finals of the competition at Guildford Cathedral.

Mid Sussex District Council is a major supporter of Young Enterprise, with schools from all over Mid Sussex taking part. This year, pupils from Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurstpierpoint College, Imberhorne School, St Paul’s Catholic College, Warden Park School and Worth School will be competing for title of ‘Best Company’.

“The UK needs more entrepreneurs and energetic young business people,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property. “These youngsters have a real appetite and desire to develop their business skills, so it’s important that we give them as much support as we can.

“You may not think it, but as local businessmen and women you have a wealth of knowledge that could be passed on to the next generation. Your experience is invaluable and if you are willing to give up just one or two hours a week then you could make a real difference to the futures of these young students.”

The only commitment for an adviser is to attend the school company board meetings, normally around an hour or so every week. Anyone who is interested in supporting the Young Enterprise programme, should contact Madeleine Mills, the Young Enterprise Manager for Mid Sussex by emailing madeleine.mills@y-e.org.uk or call 07894 208910.



That’ll be the Day’s much-loved Christmas Show which brings festive sparkle to The Triangle in Burgess Hill is on just before Christmas on Sunday 7th December, 7.30pm

Get ready for a party as the UK’s most successful Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show, the legendary That’ll be the Day, returns with its Brand New 2014 Christmas Show!

Trevor and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus more hilarious comedy!

Join in the festive fun this Christmas!!

’This show just gets better and better’’ – The Telegraph

Tickets and booking information         

TICKETS: £22 Concession £20   

Book your tickets by phoning the It’s Magic Events Ticket Office on 01444 800045, online www.itsmagic.org.uk or in person from The Triangle, Burgess Hill or Baldwins, South Road Haywards Heath



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