News (February 2016)

Sussex Living March 2016

Sussex Living March 2016

Posted on 29th February 2016

The March issue of Sussex Living Magazine is now out. You can pick up a copy from over 160 distribution points throughout Mid Sussex, or read the issue on our website, www.sussexliving.com What a busy month March is what with Mother’s Day on the 6th and an early Easter on the 27th. Spring is also springing up everywhere with banks of bright daffs and jewel coloured crocuses sprinkled in the grass – a lovely sight to make us all smile. We are really... read more

Job at Ridgeview

Job at Ridgeview

Posted on 29th February 2016

Vacancy – Cellar Door Assistant at Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, hardworking & well-presented person to join our Retail & Events team on a part-time basis. As a member of the small retail team, you will be responsible for greeting & hosting guests and giving guided wine tastings & tours.  Administration and other general tasks will also be a core part of your responsibilities. You... read more

Soames Speaks on Europe

Soames Speaks on Europe

Posted on 28th February 2016

The MP for Mid Sussex, Sir Nicholas Soames, has sent me this extract from Hansard, detailing a speech he made very recently in the debate about membership of the European Union:- 1.31pm Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) (Con): Let me first congratuiate the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on their speeches. I warmly congratulate the Prime Minister and his negotiating team on their courage... read more

Meeting Penina, ABL

Meeting Penina, ABL

Posted on 26th February 2016

I met up with Penina Shepherd, the  founder of Acumen Business Law, an award winning business specialist Law Firm based in Brighton & Gatwick, on Friday last week in a pub in Hove. She reminded me that the start of my stewardship of the BHBPA coincided neatly with her setting up her new law firm around 2007. We have that much in common, which gives me leave to ask her for a lunch meeting occasionally. She had wanted to do things differently in... read more

Job At Consort Frozen Foods

Job At Consort Frozen Foods

Posted on 25th February 2016

Sales Executive Fantastic opportunity for a sales individual or someone looking to gain sales experience to work for the largest distributors of Frozen Foods and Ice Cream in the South East, based on the industrial estate in Burgess Hill. You will be working in a small and fun sales team managing our friendly customer base and taking orders from our customers. No Cold Calling. Hourly wage plus a fantastic commission structure on top which is uncapped... read more

Sensory Garden Funding request

Sensory Garden Funding request

Posted on 25th February 2016

At Southway Junior School we are currently trying to raise funds to complete a sensory garden project.  Burgess Hill Town Council kindly donated £2,500 for the project and we have just this week completed the first phase with this money by erecting the central outdoor classroom. Perhaps a local business might like to get involved with helping us develop the outdoor learning environment for the children by donating and enabling us to complete the... read more

40+ at The Birch Hotel

40+ at The Birch Hotel

Posted on 25th February 2016

This week members and friends gathered at the Best Western Birch Hotel for the second event of 2016, a breakfast meeting generously hosted by the Management of the Birch. On a cold morning in Brighton, I came over the Downs to see a white blanket of frost over the whole of Mid Sussex. It would not have been a surprise to hear of a few people not being able to make the meeting. However, the turnout was amazing, greater in fact than we had anticipated.... read more

Business Breakfasts at Plumpton College

Business Breakfasts at Plumpton College

Posted on 25th February 2016

Plumpton College will host business breakfasts to help celebrate apprenticeship week in March. The College is inviting businesses on 16th March at the main College and also at its Flimwell campus on 17th March. Local businesses will be offered news on the wide range of College apprenticeships, traineeships and the LEADER funding programme.  An optional site tour and overview of facilities will also be available. Spaces are limited at each venue and... read more

Take a Stand at BHMB Exhibition 2016

Take a Stand at BHMB Exhibition 2016

Posted on 22nd February 2016

You are invited to take a stand at The King’s Centre at the BHMB Exhibition 2016. On Friday May 6th, we are aiming to re-create the success of last year’s event at The King’s Centre, where we know that lots of companies had some success in making new contacts and meeting new clients and friends during the day. It is a great day for making new contacts. On no other day this year will you find 70+ businesses together in one hall. The... read more

Mother’s Day at the Oak Barn

Mother’s Day at the Oak Barn

Posted on 21st February 2016

Sunday 6th March. The Oak Barn is a fantastic venue to spoil Mum this Mothering Sunday. With a fantastic ambiance, Lounging areas, Inglenook Fire place & great service from the Oak Barn Team The Oak Barn’s team of Chefs provide us with a wealth of talent evident. All of or dishes are freshly prepared in their kitchens using the finest local produce and ingredients. We will be running 3 sittings. Arrive 11.30am sitting at 12pm, retire to lounge... read more

Xero Accounting Award for Carpenter Box

Xero Accounting Award for Carpenter Box

Posted on 21st February 2016

Carpenter Box wins prestigious Xero Accounting Partner of the Year Award   Sussex-based chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers, Carpenter Box, has been named ‘UK Accounting Partner of the Year’ at the recent high profile Xerocon Awards in London.   Xerocon is an annual conference hosted by cloud accounting technology company Xero, and this year attracted more than 1,300 national leaders and innovators in cloud technology and accounting.... read more

Support Hospice Lunch on St George’s Day

Support Hospice Lunch on St George’s Day

Posted on 21st February 2016

Celebrate St George’s Day and support your local hospice   St Peter & St James Hospice is inviting everyone to celebrate St George’s Day with a Gala Lunch and auction at Pelham House Hotel.   On Friday 22 April, the Hospice and Pelham House Hotel, in Lewes, will be jointly hosting the event, involving a 3-course meal and auction. The day is the perfect occasion to celebrate English culture with traditional and locally-sourced food while... read more

More Apprenticeships Available at CSC

More Apprenticeships Available at CSC

Posted on 21st February 2016

Central Sussex College has recently enhanced its Apprenticeship offer to include a range of qualifications relevant to employers in the warehousing & logistics and manufacturing sectors. These include: Warehousing and Storage Logistics Operations Supply Chain Management Procurement Trade Business Services These programmes can be appropriate either for existing staff members or new employees and various grants/offers are currently available in... read more

Town Centre News

Town Centre News

Posted on 21st February 2016

Dear Team Member   CAR PARKING – GOOD NEWS Mid Sussex District Council has reported Burgess Hill’s car park usage figures through the pay & display car park machines for April – January 2016 shows a 3% increase compared to the same period last year (this contrasts to a 3% decrease in the other two main towns in Mid Sussex for the same period).   MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT INFORMATION BUS The Macmillan Cancer Support Information Bus... read more

About RT Architectural Services

About RT Architectural Services

Posted on 21st February 2016

Rob Thomas joined the BHBPA recently. Here are some details about the company he runs with his wife, Sarah :- RT Architectural Services is based in Burgess Hill and provides varied architectural services to the home owner, businesses and housing developers. Projects of varying sizes have been undertaken in Sussex, Surrey and South London.   As well as architectural work, the practice also undertakes work as a Party Wall Surveyor, acting as a... read more

IEP Updates

IEP Updates

Posted on 16th February 2016

We have recently updated all of our key fact guides for 2016 with amendments to legislations and processes. These can be found on our website by following this link http://goo.gl/ucYchD under the downloads section. Topics covered include:   Financial protection Estate planning Workplace pensions and Auto Enrolment Income at retirement Investing for children Plus many more……   If you think clients would benefit please feel free to pass... read more

Welcome to Pro-actions, new Member

Welcome to Pro-actions, new Member

Posted on 16th February 2016

Pro-actions are results-focussed Business Coaches who help business owners address their issues, improve their results, and kick-start growth. We help businesses achieve their potential so they provide their owners with the lifestyles they want.   We stay focussed on your results: Everything we do is driven by improving the results of your business!   We are not prescriptive: Because no two businesses are identical, we do not work from a... read more

Travail Goes Local and Sweeps Awards

Travail Goes Local and Sweeps Awards

Posted on 15th February 2016

Travail Employment Group in Burgess Hill will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April, and the branch business at their offices in Church Road is flying as never before.   At the annual award ceremony in Sheffield last week for the national network of Travail branches, it was the team at Burgess Hill who came away with a clutch of awards. It proved to be a fantastic evening for the team led by Judi Arditi, who have made terrific progress over... read more

Pallets anyone?

Pallets anyone?

Posted on 15th February 2016

Free Wooden Pallets*** We have got a stack of wooden pallets that we need to rehome if anyone would like them. Please contact the office to arrange collection.   Any problems or questions then please let me know,   Kind Regards,   Sarah Bruce Sales   “see our ‘Bluelite in Action’ video on our website”   Bluelite Graphics Ltd Unit 7 Sovereign Business Park, Albert Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15... read more

PA’s at Gravetye Manor

PA’s at Gravetye Manor

Posted on 11th February 2016

Calling all PAs, EAs, VAs & Office Managers   Please do join us at the next Mid Sussex PA Networking Group evening and meet with other like-minded professionals in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  This is an excellent way to strengthen existing relationships, make new contacts and create business opportunities.   It will take place on Tuesday 1st March from 5pm to 7pm at Gravetye Manor Hotel in West Hoathly, just north of Ardingly. ... read more

Town Centre Partnership update

Town Centre Partnership update

Posted on 11th February 2016

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION RECRUITMENT DAY The British Heart Foundation are holding a recruitment day in Church Walk this Saturday 13th February.  They will be here from 9.30am to 4pm. UPDATE FROM THE MARTLETS SHOPPING CENTRE Metal Jewellery – Ring Making Workshop at Get Crafty, 24 The Martlets on Saturday 27th February 2016 at 10.30am.  Learn to shape, solder, texture and finish a beautiful ring from sterling silver!  Perfect for beginners to... read more

Entries for the Warrior Run

Entries for the Warrior Run

Posted on 11th February 2016

BHBPA and The Warrior Run   Local businesses Heights health & fitness, AutoWise, Nova, PVL, Ridgeview Wine are entering teams for The Warrior Run on Sunday 10th April @ 11am.   Its Fun  – but you need to   Get started with your training NOW!!   you will need to push, pull. lift and run.   Places are getting limited and must be confirmed by the 19th February, 16.  E-mail Paul Schearing: pjs@autowise.co.uk    –... read more

Hospice Needs Volunteers

Hospice Needs Volunteers

Posted on 11th February 2016

  We will support you and those important to you to live well towards the end of life by giving compassion, hope and quality care.   Our vision –   We want to make a positive difference to the experience of everybody in our community who faces death or bereavement, by offering choice and support through our expert care, knowledge and understanding.   Our values   Nurturing – care for whole families and each other Professional... read more

The Sussex Sign Company

The Sussex Sign Company

Posted on 11th February 2016

Earlier this week I went along to the Sussex Sign company in Portslade to meet the MD, Norman Mayhew,  and others working there, and to get an idea of what they do as a business. It was Norman who came to greet me  and to offer me some tea while the morning meeting was finishing off. Then Mike came to show me round. The company was started by Norman with his father in law almost 21 years ago. When the older man retired in 2007, Norman took it on... read more

Plumpton College Information Morning

Plumpton College Information Morning

Posted on 10th February 2016

Plumpton College is hosting a course Information Morning, Saturday, 5th March.  Prospective students can find out more about what the College offers at this event, including the wide range of successful land based courses, made to measure courses, training opportunities and apprenticeships.  The rural sector needs thousands of new entrants in the coming years to become more highly skilled and technologically advanced, while offering a better paid... read more

Top Tips for Property Experts

Top Tips for Property Experts

Posted on 10th February 2016

More than 50 local property specialists eased into 2016 with a mix of business and pleasure at the first Sussex Property Alliance meeting of the year. Myhotel in Brighton was the venue for the networking event, but there was also insight from Carpenter Box chartered accountants on the effect of far-reaching taxation changes on the horizon for the sector. Robert Dowling, Head of Construction and Real Estate at the firm, spoke about the impending introduction... read more

Software Engineer Seeking a Job

Software Engineer Seeking a Job

Posted on 9th February 2016

Here’s another CV of someone who is used to working locally and in need of a job.  Can you help? Dear Peter,   This is a long time friend and badminton opponent who as of last week was sadly made redundant from a non-BHBPA member company here on Victoria Business Park.   Again I’d like to ask you a favour, I have attached his CV, would you publicise it through the BHBPA network? Please let me know if you can help publicise... read more

Boundary Club Membership 2016

Boundary Club Membership 2016

Posted on 9th February 2016

Are you thinking of joining the Boundary Club in 2016? Single membership is £1,300 + VAT and Pair membership is £1,600 + VAT. The benefits of Memberships include admission to all Sussex home group matches, places at all nine events over the season and listings on the matchday scoreboard at the County Ground.   As in 2015 we have 9 events, the dates and guest speakers for 2016 can be seen at – www.countygroundsussex.co.uk/the-boundary-club/upcoming-events/   If... read more

Jobs at Consort Frozen Foods

Jobs at Consort Frozen Foods

Posted on 8th February 2016

Jobs Jobs Consort Jobs! Here’s the inside scoop… Looking for a ‘Fab’ job for the summer? Who wouldn’t want to work for an Ice Cream company?! Please email your CV to Kyley@consort.lls.com   Thanks Kyley — Kyley Lawlor HR Manager Consort Frozen Foods Ltd T: 01444 460405 Ex 205  F: 01444 244010 Consort Way, Victoria Business Park, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9TJ   ... read more

KR on Imminent Tax Changes

KR on Imminent Tax Changes

Posted on 8th February 2016

Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, has produced a short video in which its Head of Taxation and Chairman, Clive Stevens sets out the implications of the major changes being brought in from 5th April 2016 to the way that dividend income – and indeed many types of distributions from private limited companies – will be taxed.   While Kreston Reeves is already... read more

Albion in the Community Back to Exercise Programme in Mid Sussex

Albion in the Community Back to Exercise Programme in Mid Sussex

Posted on 8th February 2016

On behalf of Albion in the Community, working in partnership with Mid Sussex Wellbeing team, I would like to introduce our Back to Exercise programme.   This programme is designed to encourage people over 18 years of age in the Mid Sussex area to become active and improve their health by joining one of our exercise classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Cardio Stretch & Tone, Zumba, Walking Football, Learn to Run, Aqua Aerobics, Buggy Workout and... read more

Town Update Feb 16

Town Update Feb 16

Posted on 4th February 2016

UPDATE FROM THE MARTLETS SHOPPING CENTRE Champagne & Chocolates – All next week, The Martlets Shopping Centre will be hiding champagne and chocolates in a different store each day – Like our Facebook page and share this post for chances to WIN!  Clues to where the prize is located will be posted to Facebook and Twitter at midday for 7 days from Monday 8th – Sunday 14th Feb.  The winner will be the first person to claim the... read more

Who said Insurance was Boring?!

Who said Insurance was Boring?!

Posted on 4th February 2016

Apprentice helps local insurance broker get social   Like most teenagers, Liam Benson thought insurance was boring…until he landed a job at Bennett Christmas Group in Burgess Hill.   Now the 19-year-old apprentice is in the thick of developing and implementing the firm’s social media marketing campaign – and he’s loving every minute of it.   “Before I joined Bennett Christmas I didn’t have a clue what insurance brokers... read more

Welcome to Aureo, new BHBPA Member

Welcome to Aureo, new BHBPA Member

Posted on 4th February 2016

Aureo Group, based in Burgess Hill, provides solutions to enhance worklives through a combination of state of the art coffee machines, water/drink dispensing equipment, expert corporate planting and designer breakout furniture.   With the emphasis not only now on customer experience but employee wellbeing and retention, provision of quality refreshments is a prerequisite to a vibrant working environment. Our renowned coffee blends and professional... read more

Open Day at AM&M

Open Day at AM&M

Posted on 3rd February 2016

Come and see us on Wednesday 9th March so we can showcase our wide range of services to you…   l 2 NEW Ricoh Pro C9100 digital colour printers (2 million copies per month) l 3 Xerox mono printers (over 4 million copies per month) l 4 enclosing machines (2 million per month) l Fabulous team of hand finishers/enclosers l Intelligent matching l Finishing equipment and inkjetting   We will be holding a morning (10am-12noon) and afternoon... read more

The Warrior Run 2016

The Warrior Run 2016

Posted on 3rd February 2016

Calling all Warriors!   Burgess Hill Business Parks Association, in association with Heights Gym, Burgess Hill, challenge you to enter the Warrior Run, a 7km mud and obstacle challenge held at Q Leisure, Albourne, Sussex on April 10th 2016.   We can guarantee you are going to get wet, muddy and exhausted, but above all we can guarantee it will be great fun. We are calling on companies and organisations within the Business Parks Association... read more

Abcom Makes Hillians TV Possible

Abcom Makes Hillians TV Possible

Posted on 2nd February 2016

On Saturday 30th January BHTFC welcomed to the Green Elephants Stadium, Burgess Hill based business, ABCOM IT Solutions for the match with East Thurrock United. ABCOM have been instrumental in helping the Club launch their own TV Channel, HILLIANS TV. The channel allows Hillians fans and people from all over the world to watch highlights and interviews from Burgess Hill Town FC’s matches. It has been greatly received by the Club’s supporters –... read more

One Day per Week Job

One Day per Week Job

Posted on 2nd February 2016

Steve Willis Training are looking for someone, maybe retired, to do a delivery job one day per week. We are looking for someone to distribute leaflets to trade counters (e.g. City Electrical Factors, Plumbase etc) one day per week.  They need to be a car driver and will use one of our cars, it would suit someone retired or semi-retired & out-going who enjoys meeting people. Enquiries to Lizzie Dodson, Operations Manager at Steve Willis Training, email ... read more

Travellers Gone

Travellers Gone

Posted on 2nd February 2016

The travellers who visited us for a couple of weeks left last weekend for pastures new, and presumably took the horses with them. I spoke to Franco Petrazzuolo, Technical Services Manager at CAE this week and he gave me some details about the story. He hadn’t realised that the horses were there on the green space before the main party arrived. On inspecting the site to serve them notice to leave he noticed that the fence was not there. CAE had... read more

Theatre Company Seeking a Home

Theatre Company Seeking a Home

Posted on 1st February 2016

I wonder if anyone in the business community can help out with this plea … Putting the feelers out there to the wise and in the know at BHBPA. A Burgess Hill based theatre company are looking for a venue in the Burgess Hill area to rent.  The company requires a building with at least 3 rooms with one room suitable for movement along with toilet facilities, a kitchen if possible, a room for props & costume and parking. Ideally reasonable... read more

Tax Tip for Feb

Tax Tip for Feb

Posted on 1st February 2016

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