Lisa Moore, the owner of Fit For Moore is on a mission to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley and also to change the shape of Haywards Heath. Her Best Body Challenge could help hundreds of local residents transform their bodies in 6 weeks, free of charge.

“There’s no cost to participate in the challenge,” says Lisa. “All we ask is that each person make a one-time £97 donation, proceeds of which will go to St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. That’s it.”

Fit For Moores’ Best Body Ever Challenge is similar to the fitness and weight loss contest phenomenon started by the hit TV show, The Biggest Loser. “That show really focused on the benefits of participating in a contest, guided by certified personal trainers, in terms of the motivation and accountability necessary for success,” explains Lisa. “It’s difficult to lose weight on your own. Anyone who’s tried and struggled knows that, and, unfortunately, that’s the majority.”

At www.bestbodyever.co.uk you can sign up for the challenge and you will then be invited to attend a free consultation at the Fit For Moore studio where we will explain how the contest works, give you access to the 6 week transformation guide and all other information that you will need. We will also then work out when you can attend training sessions. You can complete the challenge at home on your own but the accountability and camaraderie you’ll get from coming into the studio will help enormously. So if you’re really serious and want to win those prizes then you need to commit.

“Anyone living here in Haywards Heath over the age of 18 is welcome to participate,” Lisa says. “We want to help as many people as we can, and this is the best way to do that.”

Many local business, including Maria Humphrey, Massage Therapist ,Freetime Cleaning and The Vinings, have agreed to sponsor the challenge by helping spread the word and provide many of the prizes awarded to the Your Best Body Grand Champion and two runners up. “It’s definitely a town effort,” says Lisa. “We couldn’t do this without a lot of help. We’re very grateful for the way this challenge is being received and look forward to helping a lot of people to lose weight, feel more confident, more energized and get into great shape for 2015.”

Lisa Moore is available for candid and informative interviews at 01444 847951


In June, 26 Year 10 Warden Park Academy students will be visiting our partner school in Ankaase, Ghana, to stay in the community. This two-week visit will see them support local pupils in their learning and help renovate their library and ICT room. I am writing to ask for your support by making a financial donation to our Ghana Education Development project if you feel it fits with your company values and ethos and can see its benefits for all parties.

The main outcome for the Ghanaian school will be the building improvements, and our students will be actively involved with the library and ICT room projects. The work will involve simple tasks such as sanding, painting and cleaning under professional supervision. The total cost of this element is £2,000 and any contribution towards it will be gratefully welcomed and of course the school would put on appropriate PR for your company.

Much of the total £3,400 administration, travel and accommodation costs of this visit, and a return trip by two Ghanaian teachers later in the year, have been covered by the British Council, donations from parents and student fundraising. It is the building project which currently has a funding shortfall – the most tangible outcome of the whole endeavour.

As well as the renovations, our students will also be involved in many educational activities which they will build on by incorporating into lessons with fellow students at Warden Park Academy on their return. Such visits include: a visit to the local cocoa plantation to look at fair trade (to be shared during Learning for Life lessons); a visit to Elamina Castle which was a well-known settlement for slave trading (to help bring history lessons to life); a visit to a Sabre Trust sustainable kindergarten project for a unique opportunity to learn about how international charities operate on the ground and hear how donations are improving the lives of children in Ghana.

I am sure you will agree this is a marvellous opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the future learning and education of our partner school’s community and a highly rewarding and educational experience for students of Warden Park Academy.

If this project matches your company’s values and ethos and you wish to make a donation or discuss it further, please email Howard Collins on hcollins16@wardenpark.co.uk with “Ghana” as the subject or call 01444 476551. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Howard Collins

on behalf of Mrs Agnieszka Mason

International Coordinator, Warden Park Academy


Invitation to a Roundtable Dialogue on the role of Business in Development

Tuesday 17th February 2015, 10.15am – 1pm

At the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Many companies already undertake projects in collaboration with government, NGOs, business and academia to assist in the relief of poverty across the world. However, are there new and more effective ways of working together so there will be less poverty in Africa?

About 100 people have been invited from the private sector, civil society, government departments, social enterprises, academic researchers, entrepreneurs, and organisations representing the Global South. We will gather in small groups and work together to co-create ideas on new ways that business can collaborate with others to reduce poverty in Africa.

The event will build on work already being done by: Tomorrow’s Company (www.tomorrowscompany.com/tomorrows-inclusive-development), Business Fights Poverty (www.businessfightspoverty.org ) and The Business and Development Centre (www.ids.ac.uk/idsresearch/business-and-development-centre).

The event will start with registration and refreshments at 10.15am and will end at 1pm with a sandwich lunch. There will be no charge.

If you would like to attend or for more info, please contact Peter Desmond, Director, Growth International on peter@growthinternational.com or call on 07956 586390 Website: www.growthinternational.com


Following external assessment of its staff learning and development approach and achievements, management consultants TimelessTime recently added Investors in People to its list of accreditations.

As Sue Berry, director and management consultant, commented, “Research shows that firms accredited under the Government’s Investors in People Standard enjoy better staff performance and better return on investment than in their non-accredited competitors”.

As a result of the firm’s investment in its people, TimelessTime consultants are amongst the best qualified and the most experienced human resource management and organisational development consultants in the UK. This assures managers in client firms that the company can advise on any HR and OD topic and complete any HR and OD project.

Details of the firm’s accreditations can be found at http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/engagement/timelesstime-a-quality-firm/.


LEADING Sussex solicitors, Mayo Wynne Baxter, has further expanded this week (January 5) taking an office at The Beehive, the original terminal building at Gatwick airport.

The Beehive opened in 1936 when it was the world’s first fully integrated airport building and is considered a nationally and internationally important example of airport terminal design. The Beehive is now part of City Place one of the commercial hubs of the Gatwick Diamond.

This brand new office follows the acquisition of Stuckey Carr & Co last year, Allen Ticehurst solicitors in East Grinstead during 2012 and Forest Row firm PR Vince in October 2013.

Mayo Wynne Baxter now has nine offices in Sussex including those long-established bases in Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, and Brighton.

Mayo Wynne Baxter’s Chief Executive, Chris Randall, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have opened an office at Gatwick. This is a great move for the firm and means that we are better placed to look after our many clients in the Gatwick Diamond area.

“The additional office extends our reach into West Sussex and is a further step towards Mayo Wynne Baxter being the dominant law firm in the county.”

The news of this new office opening follows a recent announcement that the firm has invested heavily in new practice management software to further improve its existing industry-leading client service delivery. This state-of-the-art software is due to go live later in the year and includes functionality that can allow clients to have direct 24-hour access to their matter via a secure web portal.


The hunt is on for youngsters in Mid-Sussex wanting to try their hands at new skills through KalliKids Sponsored Child 2015.

Kids of all ages, from all walks of life, are being invited to apply for one of five places available in Mid-Sussex. There are more than 85 places up for grabs nationally.

If successful they win the opportunity to take part in one of a range of activities for free for a whole year.

These activities range from swimming, football and martial arts classes to extra tuition, yoga and life coaching.

Founder of KalliKids, Karen Bach, said: “Inspiring young people to take part in new activities is pivotal to everything we do. Not only does it further their skills but also helps nurture their confidence and social skills.

“I would encourage families to take a look at the Sponsorships on offer. It doesn’t cost anything to look. It doesn’t cost anything to apply. And if successful it doesn’t cost anything to take part.”

This is the second year KalliKids has run the Sponsored Child scheme (#KalliKidsSponsoredChild). In 2014 more than 20 kids benefitted.

One of these was three-year-old Flossie Scott, from Sussex, who took swimming lessons with Wet Wet Wet.

Flossie’s mum, Sarah Scott, applied for the place as she couldn’t afford to pay for lessons herself.

She said: “Sponsored Child is simply amazing. Flossie has got so much out of it. Flossie suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Acrodermatitis Enteropathica. Without twice daily medication the condition would be fatal. She also has a severe vitamin D deficiency.

“Swimming had always been her favourite activity but I could never afford to pay for lessons. It was great when she was chosen and she deserved a treat with everything she goes through with her health issues. The scheme has benefitted her so much.”

The providers offering Sponsorship places in Mid-Sussex in 2015 are:
  • Ariel Company
  • JK Theatre Arts
  • Puddle Ducks
  • Pro-direct soccer academy
  • Tiny Soccer Tots

To find out more information about #KalliKidsSponsoredChild 2015 or to apply for a place visit www.kallikids.com

Closing date for applications is February 20, 2015. Winners will be announced at the end of March.


Winners of the ‘Best Customer Service Award’ at the 2014 Sussex Business Awards that were held at the Grand Hotel Brighton December 2014.

We are proud to be recognised for the type work we carry out. It gives the recognition to our staff who work really hard to produce the highest level of customer service possible.

  • Why do you think BSW stood apart from the rest of the entrants?

We treat each customer individually and tailor the service to their needs. Customer are all different but all our staff, both office and field based, are trained to treat each customer with the upmost respect and understanding.

South Downs Plod – Charity Walk 2015

BSW are taking part in the South Downs Way PLOD (www.action.org.uk/plod) on the 17th July 2015.

We are taking part in PLOD Nite Lite. 20 miles but still starting at midnight, it’s a team fundraising endurance challenge for teams of 5 (4 walkers and 1 support driver).  BSW has 2 teams taking place!

All fundraising is for our charity Action Medical Research for Children. They are a leading national charity dedicated to the health of babies and children, and have been researching across the UK for over 60 years. They continue to find and fund the best medical research to stop suffering of babies and children. Please see the following link for their successes www.action.org.uk/successes.


Haywards Heath Lions Club will hold its Annual Swimarathon event this year on Good Friday, 3rd April, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre.

Teams of six swimmers are invited to swim in a 55 minute-long relay to raise money for a good cause of their own choice and also for the Lions’ selected charity which this year is SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Sussex.

Please see our website www.hhlionsswim.co.uk for full details of both SERV and the event itself.

We are looking for sponsorship to cover the cost of hire of the pool which is £750 and other costs involved with the event.

What would you get for your money?

Invaluable publicity in the press, in the event programme and at the poolside plus increasing your credibility in the business community. If you have a Corporate Social Responsibility programme, this would add extreme value to it. Talk to us. We are flexible.

Are you interested in helping us?

If you are interested in supporting the appeal, in part or whole, or wish to take part in the event itself, please contact the Lions on lionsswimarathon@gmail.com or please call 0845 8335807.


Do you want to develop your digital marketing skills and get a presence on the web and social networking sites such as Twitter?

Mid Sussex District Council is hosting a free course for local small businesses to help you get these skills over three sessions in February and March. Each session will last 4 hours and commence at 8.00am. The venue will be the MSDC Council Offices at Oaklands in Haywards Heath.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.

The dates are as follows:-

Wednesday 18th February, 2015 : 8.00am to 12 noon

Tuesday 10th March, 2015           : 8.00am to 12 noon

Tuesday 31st March, 2015           : 8.00am to 12 noon

The number of places on this course are limited so if you want to attend then please be quick to make your booking.

Please contact:

Gordon Reay – Business Liaison Officer
Mid Sussex District Council
Tel: 01444 477068
E.mail: gordon.reay@midsussex.gov.uk


Local IT Company ABCOM is delighted to announce their new association with Home-Start, a local charity organisation in Crawley.

ABCOM IT Solutions, based in Burgess Hill, are providing and setting up Home-Start with a complete computer system as a charitable donation. The package will include Windows 7, Office, 22” TFT monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. All Home-Start needs to do is plug the computer into a socket with the (ABCOM supplied) mains plug.

Yann Davies, Managing Director for ABCOM says: “We are happy to support HOMESTART with this computer system donation. Homestart provide invaluable support within the community for families. Although we are mainly a business to business IT solutions provider, we have always worked alongside Charities and provided support where possible.”

“We are happy to help HOMESTART with this computer system donation. Homestart provide invaluable support within the community for families. Although we are mainly a business to business IT solutions provider, we have always worked alongside Charities and given support where possible.”

As everybody (almost) agrees, a good computer, properly set up, will help to streamline an organisation, attending to paperwork, maintain contact lists, prepare accounts and all the rest of the things a computer does.

About Home-Start

Home-Start supports families where the parents are finding it difficult to cope with bringing up a young family. For more information about Home-Start please visit: www.homestartchams.org.uk


ABCOM IT Solutions offer business grade support for all Sussex-based charities. We offer assistance with advice on IT and the most up-to-date technologies in our business support packages. For more information please visit: www.abcom.co.uk



Making a Will is the single most important thing we can do to make sure the people and causes we care about will be taken care of after we die. St Peter & St James Hospice Will Writing Scheme, which runs between 2 – 20 February, offers the opportunity to do just that.

The Hospice is running the Scheme in partnership with twelve Sussex-based companies which are offering their professional expertise free of charge to help clients make or update their Wills, in lieu of a donation to the Hospice.

Martin Armstrong, a Trustee with St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “Last year, I realised that with the arrival of a further grandchild, my Will needed updating. As a Trustee, I thought I should test the system, so made an appointment with one of the participating solicitors. The process could not have been easier and with expert advice, a new Will was drafted, agreed and signed in very short order. This free service was given in return for a gift-aided donation to the hospice. Furthermore, later in the year when I needed further legal services, I had no hesitation in engaging the same firm to take on my conveyancing needs. This year, with yet more changes in store, I shall return to update my Will.”

Last year, donations from this Scheme generated enough to pay for the care costs of the Hospice for an entire day, making a real difference to the care the Hospice is able to provide. There is absolutely no obligation to leave a gift in a Will to the Hospice as part of the Scheme but those who do, help pay for the care of one in four of Hospice patients each year.

Please see www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/fundraising/will-writing-scheme for details about making an appointment with the list of participating companies or call for further information – Kate Gibson, Trust and Legacies Fundraiser – 01444 470711


With 2015 being St Peter & St James Hospice’s 40th anniversary, it is hoped that Open Gardens 2015 is even better than ever. Will you support the Hospice by opening your garden?

This summer, Open Gardens 2015 will be running from 30 May until September. The Hospice is hoping that this year will be even more successful with a guaranteed 40 gardens taking part to mark its 40th anniversary.

Last year’s Open Garden programme ‘bloomed’ wonderfully raising £25,000 for the Hospice. There were different kinds of interesting gardens involved, from luxurious estates and herb gardens to themed settings and trails. St Peter & St James is encouraging everyone to get involved and all types of gardens are welcomed.

All the Hospice services are free of charge to patients and loved ones and St Peter & St James relies on its local community for 86% of its funds, as 14% comes from the Government. The Hospice needs to raise more than £2.6 million every year through fundraising and that works out as £7,200.

Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, said, “We are so grateful to our local community for its support for our Open Garden programme, to our garden openers, our volunteers and to the public for attending. The Open Gardens are great community events where you can see lovely gardens, enjoy home-made teas, meet with friends and support the hospice.  Each year we need new gardens to help keep the programme appealing so if you would like to offer your garden during our 40th anniversary year, then please call me.”

If you would like to open a garden or just want to know more, please contact Carol Hughes in Fundraising on 01444 471598 by 13 February 2015.

Wednesday 4th February 2015 – How to….Skills: Paula Tomlinson, On the Spot Tax: finance jargon busting for beginniners 07:30 – 08:45
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.
Click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Networking Drinks 17.45 – 19.30

Venue: Idlewild. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free.

Click HERE to register.

Thursday 19th February 2015 – Expert Seminars: Stephen Simons, PC Tamers: Using Microsoft applications to their full potential  18:00 – 20:00

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.

Click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Let’s welcome our new members:


Derek Parlour – DJA Business Solutions Ltd

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Dean Harding – The Talbot Cuckfield

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  • Traditional Family Sunday Lunch: “January and February lunch Promotion” Three course lunch £14.95pp Children’s Menu £8.00. 30-2.30pm in our Courtyard restaurant.
  • Valentines themed Disco Night: Saturday February 14th “a night for all the Romantics” Three course menu plus disco 30pm-12.15, £25.00pp   For bookings email events@birchhotel.co.uk

Christmas 2015

If you want to be on our mailing list for 2015 please email events@birchhotel.co.uk
Christmas Weekday Lunches
Party Nights
Christmas Day Lunch
Boxing Day lunch
New Year’s Eve Disco

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



The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, but the BHF’s pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

The Mid Sussex Branch of the BHF are all volunteers, responsible for organising and running a broad range of fund-raising activities in the Haywards Heath / Cuckfield / Burgess Hill area. Typically the Branch raises between £25,000-£40,000 each year to help fund pioneering research, purchase key equipment and combat heart disease.

We are looking for additional Committee Members to work with the existing Committee and, together with them, take responsibility for the planning, organisation and leadership of selected fundraising events.

We are also looking for a Committee Member to take overall responsibility for Marketing/Publicity and Marketing for the Branch’s fundraising activities, which necessarily will involve close liaison with local Press and Journals.

The Committee normally meets about 8 times in a year, in a social atmosphere, and we anticipate that the work of a Committee member would equate to about 2 days a month, across the year.

If you would like to get involved in the planning and organising of fundraising events on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, or would simply like more information, please call John Higgins 01444 482183 for an exploratory chat.

We are also always pleased to hear from new Volunteers, who would like to contribute to the activities of the BHF, by fundraising or marshalling at one of our events. Please call Colin McFarlin on 01444 441451 for information.


Karen McMinn
Ph 01444 453888


Learning about co-worker strengths & weaknesses

The British Medical Association (BMA), recently brought 16 of their team from their London office to East Grinstead to have a practical engaging experience with the Paella Fella Team Build Day Event and reported very positive outcomes.

Paella Fella offers a credible and enjoyable team building day that is proving both popular and effective to corporates and groups with positive benefits such as problem solving, team working and, communicating more efficiently and effectively together.

Head of Division, Sheridan Hammond commented “The day was fantastic, great fun and far exceeded our expectations. All our business objectives were met and we learnt about our strengths and weaknesses alongside the competitive spirit that exists amongst the team.”

Another added “It was good to actually talk to one another rather than emailing across the office. It made us talk and come together in a fun way to solve some tricky tasks”.

Nick Blythe – Founder of Paella Fella came up with the unique concept to develop and engage staff using cooking paella after taking part in Paella competitions in Valencia.

“It’s not as easy or as crazy as it may sound” says Nick – “the day consists of various challenges to test initiative, organisation, logic, communication, working together to deliver to tight timescales.”

The day involves setting up a mobile kitchen, selecting the most useful equipment and preparing the correct ingredients such as cutting up a whole chicken to cooking and eating the paella. All this is done against the clock and a set of certain criteria which may be defined by the client.

To find out more about the Paella Fella Team building experience please email: enquire@paellafella.co.uk or call 01342 713940.


“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in” – Jim Rohn.

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What do you think of our advert on the front of this month’s issue of The Mid  Sussex Handbook?



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.