Calling All Members

Don’t hibernate, there’s loads going on in February with the HHDBA!

Our first breakfast meeting of 2015 is Finance jargon busting for beginners on Wednesday 4th February then join us for our popular Networking Drinks on Tuesday 10th February and finally our expert seminar on Using Microsoft applications to their full potential is on Thursday 19th February. Don’t forget to book your ticket online at

Finance jargon busting for beginners 4th February 2015 07.30 – 08.45

Did you know that GP Margin is not your doctor’s name?

Why a PILON is nothing to do with a construction site?

And why DOTAS means HMRC could collect more tax from avoidance schemes?


Come and find out why you need to know about these, and other, acronyms to make your life easier. Feel free to bring some of your own to make it an interactive session.


You should be able to save your time through knowing these useful shortcuts and become better at understanding the principles behind them.

Speaker Background:

Paula Tomlinson FCA CTA has over 25 years experience in Big 4 accountancy practices and a large private group which combine to provide a practical but rigorous approach to finance and tax matters. Currently runs an expanding franchised accountancy practice.

Venue: Orange Square, 52-54 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3AL.

Cost: £12 Members, £17 Non-Members. This includes a drink and a full English breakfast.

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Networking Drinks 10th February 2015 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

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Using Microsoft applications to their full potential 19th February 18.00 – 20.00

Keep Calm and Beat Your Children (at computing)! Fed up with your kids knowing more about Microsoft apps than you? Learn ten easy skills to put them in their place and save you time and money in your business! It’s a win-win! Please note, no children will be harmed during the presentation of this session.

Session Summary:

Ask any business owner what they are most short of and they will almost always answer “Time.” This session will inspire you to save time using Microsoft applications. There will be a Q&A and workshop towards the end of the session. Just two examples:- use shortcuts in Excel to create a chart with just one key press; or learn how to start your PowerPoint presentation straight from your desktop instead of nervously fiddling around in front of an audience. You will also be shown how to use macros to automate tasks and really start saving time – for example, one user was receiving several spreadsheets every Monday and it took her most of that day to prepare reports from these. We reduced this so that it now takes her only 20 minutes to produce the reports. This has saved her TWO WORKING MONTHS EACH YEAR!!


Attendees will know at least nine simple ways to get quick, stress-free, professional results and will be encouraged to look into ways they can automate their work to save substantial amounts of time.

Speaker Background:

Steve Simons is the owner of PC Tamers who specialise in productivity for Microsoft programs. Clients include Philips Electronics; Dominica Banana Producers Ltd. (Caribbean), Pfizer; Hertfordshire County Council; Age Concern; Gillette; The SAS (yes that SAS – obviously he shouldn’t have told us this and has put his life in danger by doing so). He is the author of : “Lotus Organizer Explained” (ISBN-10: 0745702422); the ebook “TimeSavers” – featured on ‘PC Answers’ magazine’s cover disk and he has also contributed articles for the British Computer Society, ‘PC Answers’ & ‘ComputerActive’ magazines; and articles for the Institute of IT Trainers.

Venue: Cafe Rouge, 33 The Broadway, Haywards heath, West Sussex, RH16 3AS.

Cost: £14 Members, £19 Non-Members. This includes a meal and drink. Download the menu HERE.

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