Buy locally and support our community and businesses!

We at the HHBA are keen to support businesses where we can during these difficult times. We hope that you feel the same way too. Now more than ever our local business community needs to come together and support each other. Please consider buying from our local shops, businesses and suppliers wherever possible, so that we can all continue to …

New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business – New Bounce Back Loan Scheme – Opens 4th May

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor today, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form. The Government, which has been consulting extensively with business representatives about the design of the new …

Business Fire Safety Advice during Covid-19 from WSFRS

Fire safety advice to businesses from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service We have robust plans in place to keep the people of West Sussex safe and this includes business owners, building managers and staff across the county. We know these are challenging times for businesses, but it is still really important that you review your fire risk assessment, as …

Join HHBA Networking Drinks 13th May – sign up now!

Join fellow HHBA members for our inaugural zoom networking drinks event in conjunction with Tickerage Wines on 13th May from 6pm. Hear from our Chair Clare Jones. Introduce yourself and your business. Listen and watch Tickerage Wines virtual tour. Break out rooms – a chance to network and chat with fellow members. Register for our Networking meeting As part of this networking opportunity, …

Tourism Webinars

Dear all, please find information on the  tourism webinar series for Sussex. Registration now open. This is open to the tourism sector across Sussex, so please share across your area. Recorded version and takeout notes, Q&A paper will be available post sessions. We are also inviting MPs across Sussex  to also join in the call. We want them to hear …

Gatwick Diamond Business have invited all HHBA members to attend their virtual events

As many of you are aware HHBA have opened up their ‘Meet the Expert’ zoom meetings to include all local businesses during this current climate. Recordings of these meetings can be found here https://hhba.co.uk/membership/virtual-meet-the-expert-talks/ Our friends at Gatwick Diamond Business have invited all HHBA members to register and attend any of the gdb virtual events which we hope that you …

Marketers and digital marketers

Here are the details of the marketing and digital flexible workers looking for consultancy work 1-3 days per week. https://www.flexibilitymatters.co.uk/news/weathering-the-storm-marketing-and-people/ As you know Flexibility Matters has over 3,000 candidates on our books, one of our specialisms is experienced marketers looking to assist businesses to keep top of mind during the pandemic So important to keep your companies brand message top …

New UK wide FSB business survey

MSDC has sent the link for a new survey launched by the FSB. The FSB has now launched a survey which is open until 9.30am on 30th April 2020. This FSB survey wishes to capture the experiences of business owners towards the roll out of Government support for Businesses in these difficult times. www.fsbbigvoice.co.uk/ImpactofCovid19 Please share with your business contacts …

New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-uk-high-street-from-aggressive-rent-collection-and-closure?utm_source=5dc5fb4c-2e93-416a-93fe-10d8e923b3ba&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Networking Drinks in conjunction with Tickerage Wines 13th May – sign up now!

Join fellow HHBA members for our inaugural zoom networking drinks event in conjunction with Tickerage Wines on 13th May from 6-7:30pm and be eligible for a special discount on your tasting order plus free delivery. Register for our Networking meeting As part of this launch networking opportunity, Anthony and Zena Budd would like to invite you to join them for …

The Business Pre-Nup!

Importance of a Business Pre-Nup! The benefits of a shareholder agreement When you enter into a business relationship with another person, company or group of people navigating the end of that relationship may not be the first thing on your mind but perhaps it should be.  It’s perhaps the same if you plan to get married, divorce and protecting your …

#IWD2020 5!

The last in our series of fabulous HHBA women entrepreneurs! #IWD2020 back in early March seems like a lifetime ago now but there is no reason not keep celebrating our members. Dr Julia Mewes MRCVS, Director, The Mewes Vets Ltd Did you/do you have any challenges to overcome? If so, how did you do/are you doing?  “I was told at …

Dementia Friends during the Coronavirus

During this difficult time of Covid-19 where many of us are sat at home wondering how we can help and how we can continue to help people living with dementia, why not visit the dementia friends website here and complete the online training. The more of our community that become ‘Dementia Friends’ the better the result will be for our local …

Haywards Heath opticians and audiologists open for essential care

While Specsavers Haywards Heath in South Road are closed for all routine eye and hearing tests at the moment, they are still open to provide essential care and support local key workers. Customers are being encouraged to call the store if they need urgent support with a visual problem, or if they have issues with their glasses, contact lenses or …

Coronavirus Scams – HMRC

I hope you remain well and are adjusting to a new way of working. We’re seeing many businesses being very innovative, where they can, keeping their businesses going until restrictions are eased. Unfortunately, other people have seen the situation as an opportunity to increase their scamming activity: Coronavirus Scams – HMRC With the employee furlough portal now open and another …

VIRTUAL CONSULTATION BY SUSSEX POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER (PCC)

Haywards Heath Town Council has been contacted by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) office and the Sussex Association of Local Councils with regards to the consultation below.  The Business Community are also asked to respond to the consultation, which are the five questions below, and respond directly to Steve Trice (Town Clerk) at Then a virtual meeting, …

Coast to Capital – Business Support Clinics

Members can access free telephone clinics across the next two weeks where they can obtain advice and guidance.  The sessions mainly discuss Grants and Funding but we’ve also been able to help with diversification, new markets, technology, innovation or simply making useful connections. There are dates through to the end of the month, so please ask them to visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coast-to-capital-sme-emergency-response-clinics-finance-and-funding-tickets-102679657620 …

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For Personal Protective Equipment

Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19? Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents during COVID-19. As the nation faces …

Government launches new coronavirus business support finder too

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. Published 20 April 2020 Government Digital Service, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and HM Treasury New online platform helps businesses easily access the financial support they are eligible …

Creative Spark Light Up Crawley Down for the NHS and Keyworkers

Having taken part in the Clap for Carers campaign each Thursday evening, we wanted to do something more to show our appreciation for everything that is being done amidst the pandemic. We approached Worth Parish Council to ask permission to install some lights free of charge to illuminate some of the trees on the Crawley Down village green in blue. …

Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund extends a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time.

Historic England has announced a new scheme offering grants to third sector, voluntary groups, heritage organisations and self-employed contractors impacted by Covid-19. Grants of up to £25,000 are available to address financial difficulties arising from the Coronavirus. In addition to this, further grants of up to £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by …

1000 small businesses yet to claim MSDC Grant – Do you qualify?

Mid Sussex District Council has now paid nearly 1,000 small businesses that are eligible for their business grants, paying out over £12m already.  We are continuing to pay out on a daily basis.  But we still have about 1,000 small businesses within Mid Sussex District Council that have yet to give us the information to pay that company a business …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Please be advised that the Job Retention Scheme is now available to claim at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#how-to-claim You will need the Government Gateway user ID and password you got when you registered for PAYE online. Coronavirus_Job_Retention_Scheme_step_by_step_guide_for_employers

Pure Storm Offers COVID-19 Marketing Care Package For Businesses

As the current COVID-19 global pandemic sweeps across the world, it has certainly given us all more than enough to worry about. We are all in a situation that is totally unprecedented and none of us could have expected or prepared for anything of this scale or severity. As Small Business owners you are your own best marketing resource and …