May 2015 Newsletter


MAY 2015




Spring Bank Holiday Sunday 24TH May, 11am ‘til 10pm                

Once again, Broadway Sound, will deliver an outstanding and diverse list of musical acts to entertain the expected 3,000 guests that will travel from across Sussex to enjoy this unique Street Music Festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the ever popular Broadway Sound, a fantastic Bank Holiday magical day of music situated in the Broadway area of Haywards Heath, on Sunday 24th May. An excellent ‘day out’ for all the family – only £8 a ticket (purchased in advance), children 11 and under are free.

There will be two stages, one at each end of the road, with 17 performances. This year’s impressive list of music styles will include Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Country and Big Band – music for all, played back to back from 11am until 10pm.

Jam-packed into a 100m stretch of The Broadway is a one-of-a-kind fiesta of the hottest local music, the ambience is created by closing The Broadway to traffic, additional seating areas spill out into the road from the cafes, bars and restaurants. Visitors can soak up the vibrant sounds and catch up with friends and families. Children are kept amused by children’s entertainers and face painters.

The high quality of the Festival programming and the welcoming atmosphere has drawn audiences back again and again. For those who have never experienced the event – our only advice is get your tickets early. For those who have been before, thank you for your continuing support in making this such a fantastic event which this year has another spectacular musical line-up.

Venue: The Broadway, Haywards Heath, W Sussex   RH16 3AS

TICKETS: Adult – £8 (£12 on the day); Child FREE (11 & under) Book your tickets by calling 01444 800045 or online or in person from: Baldwins, South Road, Broadbridges, Sussex Road, Fun Bags Party Shop, Orange Square, Savannah & Idle Wild The Broadway, Haywards Heath

It’s Magic, The Priory Business Centre, Haywards Heath W Sussex   RH16 3LB Tel: 01444 800045

It’s Magic Events is the brand name for Go Purple Ltd HMRC Charity no: 1145593


Haywards Heath Town Council’s Spring Festival will be taking place once again on Muster Green on Sunday 10th May, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Come for the fun fair, the tea and cakes, the plants and all the other goodies. Contact the Town Council if you’d like a stall on 01444 455694


BUSINESS owners had to work together to find hidden treasure as part of an innovative new way to network, all of this went on in March of this year.

Instead of simply talking to each other the entrepreneurs at the Sussex Pages Prestige Networking event had to quiz each other to get the combination for padlocked prizes.

Once they had the numbers they were given the chance to try and unlock them.

The Prestige XP Networking Lunch and Charity Shield takes place on Aug. 14th at Hurst College, in their glorious dining hall which is fit for kings and queens.

A business lunch, guest speaker and networking afternoon will entertain local businesses with a themed event of trivial pursuit networking and special prizes.

Sarah Hopwood will also be one of our keynote speakers at the event. Sarah specializes in Business Transition EQ. She is past Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association winning ‘Member of the Year’ in 2013.

Organiser Sonny Cutting said: “We wanted to create something different to help break the ice and encourage people to talk to each other.

“Setting up a treasure hunt seemed like a great way of doing it as well as injecting a bit of fun into the day.”

If you would like to attend the event, it’s simply £45+VAT per person, more information can be found at our website, simply register and we will call.


Largest employer in Hayward’s Heath opens new 25,000 square foot offices

1ST CENTRAL, the leading motor insurance company based in Haywards Heath, has completed a £1m+ refurbishment of the premises previously known as Tamsin House on Perrymount Road, following the need to accommodate the rapid growth of the business over the last five years.

1ST CENTRAL completed the purchase of their new premises in August last year following an exhaustive search for an office in the local vicinity with enough capacity to accommodate the majority of its 520 employees.

The new building, known as “Central House” will be home to 1ST CENTRAL’s 400 strong contact centre teams. The remaining 120 employees will be housed in the existing Gemini House office in Mill Green Business Estate. The investment in Central House reinforces 1ST CENTRAL’s commitment to the town as the home of 1ST CENTRAL.

The design of the new building reflects the values of the company with bright, open and welcoming spaces. The creation of a modern chill out area and games room in the basement of the building provides a relaxing and fun environment.

Andy James, UK CEO, 1ST CENTRAL said:

“We’ve created a fantastic new office where our customer-facing employees can be together in one location. As the largest employer in the area we want to provide a great working environment for our employees and make them proud of the place they work. We are committed to our current staff and future talent that want to work with us and the investment in quality and design of the new office clearly shows it.”

1ST CENTRAL was awarded Employer of the Year at the 2014 Gatwick Diamond Business awards and is now firmly established as a top 10 provider in the UK motor aggregator market.


Dulcie Brookfield has been invited to appear on the Dragon’s Den panel at Brighton University! Dulcie will be helping to offer advice to students presenting group business plan presentations.

Just like the TV series ‘Entrepreneurs’ pitch for investment in the Den from Dragons, five venture capitalists looking to invest their own money in exchange for equity.

The evening is expected to be highly entertaining, so if you’d like to come along please contact us!


“Give us just 21 days and we promise to burn between 5-10 inches of Fat from your body, leaving you feeling fitter, stronger and leaner.

Our 21 day Metbolic Kickstart program combines four elements:

  1. Simple, easy exercises – attending two 30 minute sessions a week
  2. 7 day Detox Plan
  3. 2  week meal plan
  4. Coaching and accountability

If you’ve struggled in the past to lose weight and get your body looking the way you want it to, the #1 reason for that is lack of effective coaching and accountability. You’ll also be working in small groups (maximum 9 people ) and will help each other to achieve your goals. The power of working in a group of like minded individuals who are all aiming for the same goal is amazing.

If you’re one of the first 10 people to register now by emailing: or calling us on 01444 847951, we’ll give you the entire 21-day program for just £79 (a saving of £100 off our regular price).

Start date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 so sign up quickly!


St Peter & St James Hospice is holding its annual Sleep Walk on Saturday 11 July. The Early Bird booking closes on 22 May, so to make the most of the discount, the Hospice is encouraging people to book a place and support their local hospice.

With this year being the Hospice’s 40th anniversary year, it is hoped that more people than ever will take part. All ages are welcome, so everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends. The Early Bird Entry fee is just £12 if you register before 22 May. You can register or pay online at After that the entry fee is £15 closing on 3 July.

Setting off at midnight, the 10k route leaves The Dolphin Leisure Centre and goes around Haywards Heath finishing with everyone receiving a finisher’s memento and a free breakfast. There will be prizes for the best costume, so everyone is encouraged to pop on their onesie and slap on the face paint to enjoy the Hospice’s major event of the year. For anyone who has never taken part or been unable to take part for the past couple of years, please do all join in and make this a night to remember. As the Hospice celebrates its 40th anniversary, please join in the fun and earn your 40 winks!

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.

Sue Adams, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, said, “We’d really love to see lots more people from our community taking part and supporting the hospice at our Sleep Walk. It’s a brilliant event, full of fun, and is a great way of showing support for all work we do that we provide free to our patients in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Uckfield and surrounding villages.

“If we’re caring for one of your loved ones, then please join the Sleep Walk. We’ve been providing our services for 40 years and it’s only with the community’s help that we can continue to care for our patients in years to come.”


Kangaroos is an established local charity based in Haywards Heath, providing activities and events for children and young adults in and around Mid Sussex, with a range of learning disabilities and complex needs, as well as offering support and respite to their families.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled young people, and support their families by providing appropriate services with the aid of trained staff and volunteers, to increase their independence, self-confidence, social competence and inclusion within the community.

We are delighted to have been chosen as HHDBA’s charity of the year for 2015/16 and are looking forward to connecting with local businesses in our community

We have many fundraising events planned for the coming year and we are looking forward to your support!

Samantha Norgate
Office Manager/Fundraising & Events Co-ordinator – Kangaroos
supporting children and young adults with learning disabilities

Tel: 01444 255120 / Mob: 07827 011061

Kangaroos reg charity 1150202


Friday 29th May 2015

In aid of KANGAROOS Special Needs Charity

Supported by Morgan Carn Architects

Teams of 4 @ £50 per person

12.30pm:     Arrival, coffee and bacon rolls

1.30pm:      Tee Times (18 Holes)

Two course dinner followed by Raffle, Auction and presentation of prizes

for enquiries, please email:

Tel: 01444 255120 / mob: 07827 011061

To book your place, please return this slip with a cheque, made payable to KANGAROOS

to: Samantha Norgate, Kangaroos, Priory Business Centre, Syresham Gardens, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3LB


Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Networking Drinks 17:45 – 19:30

Venue: Idlewild. The Broadway. Haywards Heath.

Cost: free

Click HERE to register.

Tuesday 19th May 2015 –Peer Learning Group – addressing business matters together 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: High Beech Lane, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SL.

Cost: £7 Members and Non-Members

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

Thursday 28th May 2015 –Showcase your business – behind the scenes 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Accelerated Mailing & Marketing, The Penny Black, Marchants Way, Burgess Hill. RH15 8QY.

Cost: free

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

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

Let’s welcome our new members:

 Samatha Norgate – Kangaroos

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David Aspey and Piers Street are pleased to announce that Tony Pearson has finally decided to forget his daft ideas of emigrating back to New Zealand and has joined them as a partner of Sussex Surveyors LLP. Over the last 11 years that Tony has been with the firm he has gained MRICS and RICS Registered Valuer status as well as opening a new office in Haywards Heath.

Tony will continue to provide valuation services for all purposes including development appraisals and expert witness work as well as HomeBuyer Reports, Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates and dealing with all Party Wall matters.

Tony’s focus for the future of the firm is to see it grow with the opening of new offices throughout Sussex. If any of the above is of interest please do not hesitate to contact Tony on 01444 458 062 or


TimelessTime prides itself in its focus on evidence in all its work: evidence from research and from empirical studies. And every six months it shares thinking from studies and past work with its customers.

In mid-April TimelessTime consultants covered six key management issues with CEOs/MDs and HR managers. The seminar at the Chelwood Gate Conference Centre considered:

  • methods of managing change;
  • securing employee engagement;
  • developing leadership in senior managers;
  • managing virtual firms;
  • how to up-skill a firm;
  • getting commitment in Generation Y.

TimelessTime’s six-monthly seminars are a key way of sharing advances in thinking in management science with its customers without breaching confidences. Delegates take away proven methods to implement in their own firms and organisations.

The next TimelessTime management seminar is in October.


As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, St Peter & St James Hospice is delighted to announce its first ever Antiques and Collectors Fair, with guest television presenters from ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Antiques Roadtrip’. All are invited to attend this special event on Sunday 19 July (10.30am – 4pm) being held at the Hospice, in Chailey.

The public will have the opportunity to have their items valued by the renowned television antique experts as well as looking around a number of stalls for hidden treasures. There will also be distinguished, local experts on hand specialising in silver, ethnic antiques and clocks. The items need to be portable and it will cost just £5 to have three items valued with a £1 entry fee per person.

As well as being able to see the beautiful Sussex countryside in which the Hospice is set, there will be live entertainment, refreshments, free parking and the chance to hire a stall (£30) or stall space (£25). To book a stall, please call 01273 400352.

Therese Wilson, Head of Retail – including Vintage China Hire, said, “Visitors to our ‘Antiques and Collectors Fair’ on Sunday 19 July may be hoping to buy some vintage or antique china but they will also be able to enjoy actually eating cake and drinking tea from our beautiful and extensive range of delicate and pretty Vintage China.

“If you didn’t have a suitable event coming up this year, once you have seen the china at close quarters, you may well wish you had. It’s great for weddings, special anniversary events and any special occasion where tea is involved and we are able to cater for up to 400; or, if the event is for lunch or dinner, we are able to cater for up to 100. It promises to be a fantastic day!”


This month saw the launch of HomeSmiths’ new website, which has been designed for us by fellow HHDBA member Henry Laker from HH Design. Henry has done a great job in making sure the site is ‘responsive’, so that clients old and new can view the website on any device.  It has been great working with Henry and we are really pleased with the results. We have also introduced video testimonials with the help of local videographer Clare Jones, which a handful of our previous residential, healthcare and commercial clients kindly assisted with. Have a look at



Calling all businesses – NatWest and Kangaroos are organising a stoolball tournament to be held at Victoria Park, Haywards Heath on Tuesday 7th July starting at 6pm.

No experience is required and all the equipment you need will be provided.

You can enter a mixed team of 8 players at a cost of £24 per team by contacting me by email and come and enjoy the fun.


The Mewes Vets

Highly anticipated local Dog Show returns to the 2015 Cuckoo Fayre

Cuckfield’s annual Cuckoo Fayre is returning once again on 4th May 2015 – Bank Holiday Monday – and promises to be as popular and entertaining as ever.

Following incredible success in previous years, The Mewes Veterinary Clinic will be holding their Dog Show as part of the day’s events, giving local dogs the chance to compete in a variety of classes including ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Best in Show’.

Dog owners are encouraged to enter their pets into any of the judging classes to be in with a chance of winning prizes, rosettes and other treats for their canine companions.

Practice principal Julia Mewes said, “The Mewes Veterinary Clinic has hosted the Dog Show for quite a few years now, and it’s always a really fun afternoon.

“We typically have an excellent turn-out, with lots of dogs, owners and spectators attending to watch and support the competitors throughout the day.”

The ever-popular fancy dress class is also included in the competition, and is usually the most anticipated event of the day.

“The fancy dress class is undoubtedly the most entertaining part of the event, but probably the most competitive too!”

Classes:  Cutest puppy, Handsomest dog, Prettiest bitch, Dog with the best trick, Waggiest tail, Shiniest coat, Best veteran (7 years plus), Best cross breed, Fancy dress, Best in Show (1st prize winners)

Registration on the day From 12.00pm at the Mewes Tent £2 Per Class


Mid Sussex District Council are organising events for children in the District to support National Play Day on 5th August, 2015. The events are taking place in Haywards Heath, East Grinstead and Burgess Hill and the theme will be “Space, Technology and the Universe”. We are looking for local companies to provide some small amounts of sponsorship to provide prizes for the children in fancy dress and active play competitions – £50 for an i.pod shuffle and £20 for runner-up vouchers.

The National Play Day website is at

If any local company could help out to support this fun day for children then please contact Susannah Conway at MSDC on or 01444 477518.

Any sponsors will have their name on promotional material and press releases.



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.

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