MARCH 2015





Maureen ScholefieldWell I am delighted first of all to report that the Membership continues to grow and we now have 162 businesses as members, which can only help broaden our scope as well as our horizons. The more the merrier as they say!

In order to still offer such fabulous value for our Members and having been told how reasonable our fees are, we have decided to stick to our principles and rather than raise them to comparable rates with other local business associations, we have only made some slight increases in line with expenditure this year.

Bearing in mind our jam packed calendar of events with the Golf Day on 12 June, my birthday bash BBQ at Idlewild on 11 August and Bollywood Two and the popular Pimms and Petanque set for later this summer (confirmed dates will be published in the calendar for the second half of the year), we believe that we really do still offer the best value for money whilst combining business with pleasure and having some fun.

So the new rates will be –

Description Number of employees Subscription for the year
Nano business Less than 5 £50.00
Micro business 5 to 20 £100.00
Small business 21 to 50 £150.00
Medium and Large Greater than 50 £200.00



HHDBA have raised a total of £1,402 for St Peter and St James (this includes the online donations and all the collection tins from events) also that we are now looking for our next ‘Charity of the year’ to support for 2015/2016. Any interested charities should send a proposal to admin@hhdba.com by 20th March for the committee to consider.




The Wellbeing Team at Mid Sussex District Council continue to offer Workplace based Health Checks and MOTs for any company in the Mid Sussex district who want to offer this service to all their employees.

If you are interested in investigating further then please see the attached flyer for more details and contact information to arrange a visit.


The first Sussex based accountancy firm to franchise its practice, has recently signed up its fifth franchisee.

On The Spot Accountants continues to grow in London and the South East through the franchise business model with qualified commercial accountants, the latest person being Teresa Rogers FCA who is based in Winchester.

Paula Tomlinson, founder of On The Spot Tax Limited based near Haywards Heath, explains that this is the best way to look after clients. On The Spot Accountants understand their client needs by running their own businesses at the same time.

Whether the SME is an existing business or a promising start up, we provide advice and guidance by being fully engaged with the owner and his/her issues, offering regular face to face meetings as a routine part of the service. A face to face service is an easier, more effective and quicker way to get to understand the latest developments in your business and personal situation.

To make sure your communication isn’t diluted, you deal only with the person doing the work. Without any delegation to another person, On The Spot Accountants are familiar with your results and figures and able to advise you promptly and accurately.

Franchising provides an excellent opportunity to deliver this service, through a support network of motivated individuals. We appreciate how our clients work, understand the direct connection between owner and business, and make ourselves available at days and times that suit the business.

By providing flexible working within a challenging and rewarding role, we expect more franchisees from across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire to sign up over the forthcoming year.

If you wish to hear more about our services or our franchising opportunities, please contact Paula Tomlinson on:

e: paula@onthespottax.co.uk

t: 01444 882677

m: 07717 854333


RiverPeak Wealth is growing… The Independent Financial Advisory Firm, based in Haywards Heath are delighted to announce the arrival of Jacqueline Whitlock as Client Services Manager. Jacqueline joins from Towry and, like the rest of the team at RiverPeak, has many years of experience looking after the financial needs of private clients.

As well as growing the team, RiverPeak have also moved to new bigger offices on Perrymount Road ready for further expansion.

RiverPeak Wealth offer a personalised, private-banking style service with bespoke investment, pension and financial planning advice that’s expertly tailored to your specific needs. If you need help and nobody else can help you…maybe you‘d better call 01444 810 845 or email info@riverpeakwealth.com


On Thursday 19 February 3 people from Cullen Scholefield attended the Expert Seminar given by Steve Simons of PC Tamers at Café Rouge – Using Microsoft applications to their full potential. This training seminar gave everyone some fabulous IT tips and hints and for only £14 per member including food and drink was definitely more than worth it.

Everyone came away praising the time saving ideas he passed on and his vast knowledge in how to use Microsoft more effectively! We were all so impressed we’ve asked for a repeat performance, so watch this space!


As Spring is getting so close now we can nearly touch it, let’s get excited.

How about trying something new for 2015?

Ever been on a cruise?

Ever fancied going on a cruise?

Ever thought about a cruise, but not quite sure?

I can tap into ship visit opportunities when a cross section of different standards of cruise ships are in UK ports such as Southampton.  These are PERFECT opportunities to go and have a look around and get a feel for either, perhaps, a cruise ship you haven’t been on before, or perhaps to get your first experience of being on board one.

There is sometimes a small charge (but if it exists it’s nominal).

Simply get in touch with me to discuss this possibility and any other travel plans you may have, cruise or otherwise.

I look forward to being of service.

Francesca, Personal Travel Agent, LUXURY CRUISING HOLIDAYS.

0333 121 8 247



Would you like …

  • the opportunity to network with business people?
  • to meet and engage with potential clients and suppliers?
  • to get advice and support from a wide variety of local businesses in a single location?

If your answer to any of these is yes I would, then you should be at the …

on Tuesday 3rd March 10.00am to 4.00pm
Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE
FREE PARKING Crowborough has ample parking in close proximity to the Community Centre.
FREE ENTRY so you can take full advantage of the best business advice and support available.
FREE ‘speed networking hour’ to mingle and optimise the opportunities for new contacts.
The Crowborough Business Expo, organised by The Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce, offers you the opportunity to do all of this and more. Whether you are a sole trader or national company, a start up or long established business, exhibitor or visitor – The Crowborough Business Expo will be of interest to you.
The Expo is FREE to visit, you’ll find a host of business advice and support and have the opportunity to make new contacts and find new suppliers and customers.  The FREE speed networking hour will give everyone, exhibitor and visitor, the opportunity to promote themselves and their business to others in the area.For more information please see our dedicated webpage HERE
Please share this email with all your contacts.
Thank you.


On 29th January HHDBA hosted 3 government-backed initiatives which help small businesses grow. 28 people attended the briefing at the Birch Hotel and we have now uploaded the presentations and handouts from the event onto the HHDBA website. They can be found by following these links:

If you would like to get in touch with any of the three organisations their contact details are as follows:

GrowthAccelerator: Irving Levy, Business Growth Manager, on 07841 920664 and at irving.levy@growthaccelerator.com and www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/ga

Growth Vouchers: Sheryl Tipton on 08006526254 and at Sheryl.tipton@enterprisefirst.co.uk and www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/growthvouchers

Coast to Capital Business Navigator: Kerry Kyriacou on 07823 411 323 and at kerry.kyriacou@c2cbusiness.org.uk and www.c2cbusiness.org.uk


Open File has been working do deliver MS Office solutions for 15 years this year, during this time closely following the evolution each new MS Office release; so what has really changed?

Very many of us use or have used Microsoft Office to productively fulfil the important task of communication with clients and providing business management information. Today we think about easy ways of working and look to doing this while at our desk or when we are out and about. Does MS office still deliver on its promise?

There are many different Office type offerings in the market place some allowing us to share information via the web more conveniently than others but what is the real cost for Microsoft Office users moving to other software applications? Microsoft Office now has the potential for sharing information more conveniently via the web with Office 365 and also MS Office licencing can make good sense; it’s worth taking a look at especially for businesses that have fluctuating staff numbers, big savings can be made with the monthly per seat licensing agreement? Outlook is now far better than just a few years ago and can quite easily be set up under the Office 365 licence for calendar sharing and cloud email.

With companies who have grown up with Microsoft, changing software has an overhead for staff training; managing the moving of files from one place to another and continuity in backing up files, and possibly not having all the functionality from the past. For example there is no real comparable desktop database to MS Access, one of the most powerful software tools a business has at its disposal.

Many businesses are practically run on the Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and yet know little about harnessing the full potential of how Office can deliver a complete business solution. It’s all about getting to know the product, what it does and how to use it. How staff can work effectively if they have some knowledge of even simple things like key board short cuts and simple formula writing in Excel. Even more so when it comes to the very much unheralded Access database which can form the central hub for business activity and management reporting, bringing huge advantages to all who use it.

Microsoft Office is certainly here to stay and in an increasingly web-based world will continue to evolve. Ignore it at your businesses’ peril. Before looking at other software solutions out there – both cloud and desktop – consider the implications of switching from a proven suite of programs – MS Office – you already have a licence for it!


Ten2Two Sussex has now been in business just over 6 months. Ten2Two connects local businesses with professional part time employees. Part time employees gives businesses a cost effective alternative to full time employment. A typical Ten2Two member tends to be a highly qualified, experienced and a more mature individual, wanting to continue their career flexibly. They will often take a job at a less senior level in order to take advantage of flexible working hours. Businesses benefit, taking advantage of experience and knowledge, at a fraction of a full time employees pay and part timers are delighted to be back on their career path.

Since our launch in May 2014 Ten2Two Sussex has been building its network of companies and members. This is the foundation of our business and we are delighted that numbers of registered members (candidates) are growing steadily. However, there is much work to be done to spread the word across Sussex.

Ten2Two has now worked with a range of business both large and small, from Accountants, Lawyers, Holistic Vets and Property Businesses, placing its first member at the end of the summer in a role as an Office Manager with local businesswoman Nikki Penney in her Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Clinic. The feedback from these clients has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as attention to detail and knowledge of candidates leading to success.

Our candidates have had a similarly positive Ten2Two experience through a combination of developmental workshops, networking, CV and Interview techniques and social media for their professional profile. Developmental workshops lead to greater confidence and more likelihood of interview and placement.

On the horizon in 2015, Ten2Two will be running a further series of member developmental workshops, more contact with networking and business groups across Sussex and more contact with schools, colleges, NCT and youth clubs to reach out to parents interested in working professionally and part time.

To find out more please email emma@ten2two.org.


Stakeholder Engagement event

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) would like to invite you to attend the 2nd Stakeholder Workshop to discuss the emerging Transport Study for Haywards Heath town centre.

Book your place as soon as possible to attend this event as they are limited.

WSCC, working with Atkins, is developing a long-term transport strategy for Haywards Heath town centre and is keen to engage as widely as possible in the shaping of this strategy.  We held the 1st Stakeholder Workshop for this study on 6th November 2014 which reviewed strategic themes and key issues affecting areas of the town. The Study has now identified a package of preferred and alternative solutions for areas of the town which we would like to understand stakeholders views about.

The event will include a brief overview of the study and work to date, followed by a presentation of preferred and alternative solutions identified through Stage One of the study.  Most importantly there will be interactive engagement sessions focusing on the preferred and alternative solutions identified for geographical areas of the study (please see below), to gather your opinions on which solutions should be taken forward for further investigation and design work through Stage Two of the study.

Geographical Areas

Station Quarter-Perrymount Road                The Broadway/Muster Green

South Road-Sussex Road                             Wider transport network in the town

The issues and potential solutions discussed through the study cover the following themes: walking and cycling, public transport (bus, rail, taxi), parking and deliveries, vehicles and traffic, the design and look of streets and space for events.

Places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis so please register as soon as possible by emailing ltp@westsussex.gov.uk.  In your response please can you also indicate which geographical area(s) you are most interested in for the interactive sessions ranking these in order of priority. Places are limited, therefore we ask that a maximum of one representative per organisation should apply for a place to provide a collective view.  Your attendance will be confirmed before the event and we shall try and accommodate your preferences but please understand that we shall need to manage the size of each group.

The date and time of the event are as follows:

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 14:00-17:00

at Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath

Please can you register your interest in this event by Thursday 5th March to allow us to confirm numbers, but remember the sessions will be booked on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

Please also email ltp@westsussex.gov.uk with any enquiries about this event, or contact Jamie Dallen, WSCC Haywards Heath Town Centre Transport Study Project Manager (03302 226468 – please note Jamie will be away on leave on 23rd-27th February and will respond to enquiries as soon as possible on his return). For any urgent enquiries about the event please contact Chris Owen (03302 226436).

I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Stephen Hillier

Chair of HHTS Working Group & WSCC Member for Haywards Heath East


A very special afternoon of beautiful stirring music is promised at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield on Sunday 8th March at 2.30 pm.

Coro Nuovo, a choir consisting of top singers, many of whom are Conservatoire graduates are performing a repertoire of varied music from Handel and Verdi to folk songs and show songs.   Andrew Rees, the international opera singer and tenor is their conductor.  Fortunately, for the choir, the number of international performers who choose to live in Sussex because of its access to London and Glyndebourne, benefit from performers at the very top of their profession giving up their time to coach.  This season the choir welcomed Jeff Lloyd Roberts, opera singer and tenor as their accompanist.  Both Jeff and Andrew are currently involved in a production at the Royal Opera House.  To have this calibre of people giving up their time to support something local is to be treasured.

The choir’s other aim is to support and encourage emerging musicians. After leaving a Conservatoire the long road to establishing a musical career can be competitive and expensive – the chance to perform in front of an audience is vital and we offer that experience to young musicians so that they get confidence and more importantly, advice and mentoring from people at the top of their profession.  The choir’s hope is to set up a bursary for a young performer (with a Sussex connection) so that we are investing in classical music into the next generation.  Any business out there who would like to be a part of Coro Nuovo and support us, please get in touch!

At Cuckfield we are delighted to have Calum Jones (tenor) who at just 19 shows huge promise as a performer.  His Nessun Dorma is quite something to hear and I hope the church roof is firmly nailed down!

Tickets: £12

Available from Wealden Stores,

Carousel Music,


or 01444 882649



Katherine Bly Flowers is proud to announce that they are launching a new flower stall on 5th March at Miss Mabel’s Emporium, Victoria Way, Burgess Hill. It’s open Monday-Saturday 9:30-4:30pm with lots of free parking both at Miss Mabel’s and at Wickes DIY Superstore (next door). You’ll be able to buy bouquets, cut flowers, plants and floral sundries from £4-£25. Our flowers are much nicer than the supermarket and we offer much better value than high street florists. Of course, we’re still taking orders over the phone or email for corporate, reception and event flowers as well as gift bouquets over £25. Remember, HHDBA members get an additional 10% off all purchases.

Katherine Bly Flowers

07948 709202





St Peter & St James Hospice has a free magazine called ‘Caring’ which is produced three times a year. As well as being sent to supporters in the community, copies of ‘Caring’ can also be picked up at any of our charity shops, the Reception at the Hospice or downloaded from the website.

St Peter & St James is encouraging its community to learn more about the vital care it gives to patients by more people reading the magazine. This new edition features:

  • Guest editors – Katie Derham
  • The royal opening of Beacon View Wellbeing Centre
  • Special staff award
  • Fundraising ways for the community to make a difference
  • Prize information and details about joining our Local Hospice Lottery
  • A Day in the Life of Hospice staff
  • Our 40th anniversary celebrations
  • Sleep Walk 2015
  • Open Gardens programme

…and lots more about what has taken place over the winter and what is planned for the summer. You can read it at http://www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/media-centre/caring-magazine

If you would like to be sent a copy of ‘Caring’ and added to the list to receive future editions, please email fundraising@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or call 01444 471598.


Would you like to run the Brighton Marathon for St Peter & St James Hospice? The Hospice has just a few places left and would be delighted to be supported in this way.

A busy dad from Haywards Heath, Brad Walkhouse, is running the Brighton Marathon, on 12 April 2015, for St Peter & St James Hospice. If you would like to run the marathon for the Hospice too, please call Fundraising on 01444 471598 by Friday 6 March.

Quite new to running, Brad challenged the Claire Park Parkrun, in Haywards Heath, and has since gone on to complete two marathons, but has never run them for sponsorship before. His mother-in-law, Pat Steers, is busy fundraising for the Hospice and persuaded him to do this one for St Peter & St James, to coincide with her big fundraising coffee morning, at Burgess Hill United Reformed Church, Junction Road, on Saturday 21 February from 10am – 1pm. All are welcome and everyone at St Peter & St James would like to encourage members of the community to support their local Hospice in this way.

If you would like to donate and support the run, then please see Brad’s Just Giving page at www.JustGiving.com/Brad-Walkhouse. Hospice services are free at the point of delivery and only available because of very generous support from members of the public. The Hospice needs in the region of £2.6 million this year to meet its costs and 86% of this funding comes from voluntary sources, including members of the public, local businesses, community groups, associations, trusts and foundations.


St Peter & St James Hospice can now offer a new range of rehabilitation support to patients attending Beacon View Wellbeing Centre thanks to a new grant worth £10,000. The money has been awarded through a grant programme funded by the Rank Foundation and managed by Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.

The grant will fund activities which help the Hospice patients to maintain their mobility and physical independence, as well as helping them to cope emotionally with the changes in their life arising from their illness. The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, coupled with declining health, often prevents people from doing the things they normally do and this can have an impact on their mobility, independence, social life and emotional wellbeing.

The Rank Foundation grant will support physiotherapy and exercise activities, alongside yoga, meditation and the start of a new, therapeutic gardening club at the Hospice’s Wellbeing Centre. These activities will be offered alongside the usual activities in the Centre, such as counselling, welfare advice and spiritual support.

Last year, 595 patients were referred to the Hospice and many of these patients were supported by the Hospice in their own home. Beacon View aims to reach more of the Hospice’s community patients with the care and support they need to enable them to live as well as possible, towards the end of their life.

Viv Northrope, Beacon View Wellbeing Centre Manager, said, “This award comes at just the right time to help us launch some exciting new activities in our Wellbeing Centre. With the Rank Foundation’s support, we can now offer patients therapies that help them to adapt to the changes in their health and live as well as possible with their illness. We expect these activities to build on and increase camaraderie among our patients and bring real benefits, in terms of their ability to cope with the physical and emotional impact of their illness.”

Doreen Hardacre, a patient of the Hospice, said, “I’m looking forward to doing an activity like yoga as part of my support package from Beacon View Wellbeing Centre. It’ll enable me to maintain my posture and improve my range of movement, as well as be an enjoyable activity in a safe and supportive environment.”

The majority of Hospice care in the UK is provided in people’s own homes, but care is also provided in St Peter & St James inpatient unit and Wellbeing Centre. The care offered can be for days, months or years.


St Peter & St James Hospice is celebrating a very special year – 2015 is its 40th anniversary. The Hospice has an exciting calendar of events planned throughout the year and it is hoped that more people than ever will get involved and be part of the year of celebrations. For an updated list of events to support, please see www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/events

In 2013-14 –

  • the Hospice’s Community Team made over 4000 visits to patients at home
  • the Hospice provided over 1500 counselling sessions for patients and families
  • 595 patients were cared for
  • the Hospice was able to support over one third of its inpatients to return home.

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 just 14% comes from the Government. St Peter & St James cares for patients from Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Uckfield and surrounding villages. With a population of 200,000, if every person in the catchment area gave just £1 a month this would nearly cover the running costs.

Colin Burgess, Chief Executive of St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “In this, our 40th anniversary year, we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate our past, as we plan and prepare for the future. And of course none of this would have been possible without our generous supporters, our dedicated staff and our loyal volunteers. So, as we look forward to the next forty years, we can do so with pride.

“It was in 1975 that Susan Dinnage opened the ‘St Peter & St James Holiday Home for the Disabled’ in North Chailey. Forty years on, what a difference we see! Whilst we still have the donkeys for which the site was originally best known, our focus has shifted to ensuring that the very best care and support is provided to local people and their families as they move towards the end of their lives.”

Wednesday 4th March 2015 – How to….Skills: Rene Moolenaar, Prism Group: Planning 4 Profit. Overcoming obstacles to growing your business 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 March 2015 – Networking Drinks 17.45 – 19.30

Venue: Idlewild. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

Cost: Free.

Click HERE to register.

Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Peer Learning Group – addressing business matters together 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Haywards Heath Golf Club, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SL.

Cost: HHDBA Members & Non-Members £7

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

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Let’s welcome our new members:


Robert Sanders – Therapist and Coach

WebsiteSend email


Jane Gareze – JG Accounting Services

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Francesca Barone – Luxury Cruising Holidays

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Belinda Campopiano – Chez Fleur

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Sarah Mackintosh – Penmac Partnership

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Emma Cleary – Ten2Two

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If you would like to put yourself forward as a speaker at one of HHDBA’s “How to….Skills” Or “Expert Seminars”, please email Peter Desmond at peter@growthinternational.com.

I am particularly keen to know about your proposed subject and what attendees will take away from the session.


#BeSocial – why not include the twitter address @hhdba1 in your tweets to let your fellow local businesses know you’re participating in local HHDBA events?

You can find us @HHDBA1 or use the hashtag #hhdba.


Clarkes Office Supplies have a fantastic offer on Epson Printers. Purchase an Epson printer or Epson printer and multipack inks at the same time from 19.01.2015 until 31.03.2015 midnight and claim up to £60 cash back!!

For example if you purchased an Epson Workforce WF-3640DTWF Inkjet Multifunction Printer for £124.99 you would receive £30 cashback. If you also purchased a multipack ink for example, Epson WF3620 Alarm Clock Inkjet Cartridge 3 Colour Multi for £22.99 you would receive a further £30 cashback totalling £60 cashback, in this example, discounting the £60 cashback your printer and inks will cost a fantastic £87.98! Please visit our website for more details.



Chez Fleur are exhibiting at The Wonderful and Whimsical Wedding Show at The Brighton Dome with Amour Events on the 1st March 2015.

This is the ultimate event for wedding inspiration and we will be exhibiting alongside some of the region’s top wedding industry suppliers. I can offer a complimentary ticket for two if you or any of your contacts would like to come along – please contact Belinda at belinda@chezfleur.co.uk.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 15th March and Chez Fleur are holding two events selling flowers and supporting charities. On Friday 13th a daffodil sale at Hurst Prep School to coincide with the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal and on Saturday 14th supporting Chestnut Tree House which is the chosen charity for the boys at Cosmos Football Club in Cuckfield.


SGS, the worldwide assurance firm, has recently re-certified TimelessTime’s quality management system as compliant with the requirements of ISO9001. ISO9001 is the international quality management standard.

Management consulting firm TimelessTime first achieved ISO9001 certification in 2011 and has maintained its certification each year following annual system audit. TimelessTime is one of the few management consulting firms holding the ISO9001 standard. The firm specialises in providing support to managers in human resource management and organizational development.

To be certified, firms must develop a robust quality management system. When staff follow their firm’s system, the firm can assure its customers that deliverables will be compliant with their needs and with near-zero defect. External audit verifies that the quality management system is robust and is being followed in all that’s done within the firm.

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


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A business in Haywards Heath is launching a new magazine following the success of its two other local titles Lindfield Life and Cuckfield Life.

Hurst Life officially launched this week as the new community magazine for the village of Hurstpierpoint. HHDBA member David Tingley, director of Kipper, commented: “I am really excited about working with the good people of Hurstpierpoint on something new there. It’s a village steeped in history and rich in community spirit so I believe what we do fits in well and will add something which doesn’t currently exist in the same form as our magazines.”

David has already got two well-connected locals to work with him on the editorial content side, and the first magazine will be published on 31st March.

If you have a story to tell, or you would like to promote your business in Hurstpierpoint – see the website for more details – www.hurstlife.co.uk – or email ads@hurstlife.co.uk before 18th March.


Gatwick Airport have teamed up with the Government’s Business is GREAT campaign and Barclays to put on a morning of inspiring and useful content to help you grow.

TAKE OFF – Growing Your Business Abroad

Monday 23 March 2015

08.30 to 13.00

Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport RH6 0LL

Split into three themes, the event will provide practical advice from experts and real-life stories from entrepreneurs who have successfully grown their businesses abroad. The themes are:

  1. Export Finance – how can you secure the finance you need to expand overseas
  1. Online Exporting – how to maximise your sales overseas through online channels
  1. Going Global – how to take your business to new markets

Confirmed speakers include:

Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, Simon Devonshire, BIS Entrepreneur in Residence, Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at Gatwick Airport and Stuart Rock, Editor-in-Chief, Business is GREAT, Kath Willis, Regional Head of International SME South UK at Barclays Personal & Corporate Bank

Please join us for this free event by registering at: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15711453380/


Haywards Heath Lions Club are pleased to announce that the entire running costs for their 2015 charity fundraising Swimarathon at the Dolphin Centre on Good Friday 3rd April have been covered by sponsorship from three local firms .This year’s event will raise money for the vital SERV charity (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) who provide a rapid response medical transport service taking urgently needed medical items including blood ,biological samples, vaccines, medical notes, x-rays and scans and donor breast milk to hospitals out of hours and free of charge to the NHS.

Our photo shows Lions club members with our three sponsors (left to right: Paul Keenan (Sussex Injury Clinic), John McMenamin (Nuffield Health – Haywards Heath Hospital), and Mike Oliver (Mike Oliver Associates). A SERV motor bike is featured (with the Lions mascot Leo trying to ride) and the Lions are targeting the Swimarathon money raised by the teams of swimmers for additional transport for the SERV rapid response service.

Lions are always looking for sponsorship of our Annual Swimarathon event. If you would like to be a sponsor at a later date, please get in touch by calling 0845 8335807 or by emailing lionsswimarathon@gmail.com


I have been talking to some of you recently about the expansion of the Broadband Vouchers Scheme to include Burgess Hill. The scheme provides grants for small businesses of up to £3000 to improve their broadband speeds and is funded via central Government.

MSDC has been lobbying to include other urban areas (the scheme doesn’t cover rural areas) in our District – specifically HH and EG – and have now been successful in gaining local agreement to this expansion, but which needs central agreement before proceeding. As Maureen and Stuart know I was not expecting the scheme to be expanded any time soon – but things do sometimes move quickly!

There is a new web page on the MSDC website which alludes to the future expansion to HH and EG and covers how the scheme works. http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/business/9823.htm . You may wish to have a look in case you receive any enquiries.

This is good news for our small businesses, many of whom struggle with slow internet connections.


Gordon Reay

Business Liaison Officer – Mid Sussex District Council

Tel : 01444 477068



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.