£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced. Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them …

Freshmill Upgrade Your Workspace!

Freshmill has extended its re-opening for co-working and are delighted to announce that from Monday 3rd August we will be open for day passes Monday to Thursday’s. We have worked closely with our H&S team to ensure that the building complies with all the regulations and is Covid-19 secure. We have our day pass option for £15 plus VAT per day …

FLEXIBLE is the new working normal – is your business equipped?

With a recent employee survey revealing that more than 9 in 10 working parents want their workplace to retain flexible working indefinitely* and another reporting that 28% of employers believe the increase in homeworking has increased productivity**, COVID-19 has shifted the working pattern mindset to flexible. The enforced period of homeworking has shown how effective working from home can be …

Kickstart Job Scheme

Following the Mini-Budget 2020: The government has introduced a new scheme offering to pay 100% of the wages of employees aged 16-24, if an organisation chooses to hire them on a six-month job placement. Employers can claim back the cost of the national minimum wage of £6.45 for employees aged between 18 and 20 year and £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds …

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Please support our local HHBA members who have already signed up to the scheme they include; The Birch Hotel, The Bay Tree, Cote Brasserie HH, Orange Square and Savannah Cafe Bar. #buy local #shoplocal #supportlocalbusinesses Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment: to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or …

Help for local businesses

If you are facing hardship or financial difficulty in paying your business rates to Mid Sussex please contact us at or by calling 01444 577564. Business Grants – if your rateable value is up to £15,000 and you get Small Business Rates Relief you can qualify for a small business grant of £10,000. If you receive Expanded Retail Discount …

Hand Picked Hotels – Welcome Back

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our hotels and have been working hard to ensure you can enjoy your Hand Picked experience comfortably, and safely, as travel and social restrictions ease. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is paramount, and we can assure you that your priorities regarding social space, cleanliness, care and …

Bluebell Digital

Bluebell Digital are delighted to announce that their owner, Barney Durrant is now a Fellow of the Institute of Data and Marketing. The IDM is part of Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and exists to nurture the next generation of data-led marketers. Bluebell Digital can help you reach your customers online by improving your existing digital marketing or by helping your …

Tourism impact Data collection for West Sussex / Tourism South East

Experience West Sussex Partnership and Tourism South East  are working to understand the full impact that COVID-19 has had on the regional visitor economy. We would like to conduct a short survey to qualify the impact and aid planning as the region looks to rebuild its visitor economy. EWSP have joined forces with Tourism South East and other destinations across …

Freshmill has re-opened

Freshmill has re-opened on Monday’s and Thursday’s to provide the much needed coworking space for small businesses, freelancers and remote workers. We have worked closely with our H&S team to ensure that the building complies with all the regulations and is Covid-19 secure. We have our day pass option for £15 plus VAT and our permanent hot-desking package for £225 …

Extech Cloud helps create a modern workplace for Chartered Accountants

Before Extech Cloud started working with Richard Place Dobson in October 2019, RPD was at a point where it needed to upgrade its servers and infrastructure, and was looking to mitigate any hardware replacement costs. With almost 50 staff members across the Crawley and East Grinstead offices, the company was also facing significant IT licencing costs and wanted to change. …

Business Hot House Support Programme

The Business Hot House Support Programme is potentially a very important scheme and source of additional grant funding and support to local business. Its aim is to address gaps in the Business Support provision across the Coast to Capital (C2C) region. It is funded through £5.5m of EU European Regional Development Funds through the C2C allocation. Additional match funding is …

Coast to Capital LEP and the Growth Hub team

Coast to Capital LEP and the Growth Hub team are providing businesses a range of support services. They’ve recently launched a Business Recovery Insights Survey to help strengthen our understanding of the current economic landscape, alongside the continued provision of our Business Recovery Support Sessions.   C2C are also working closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to agree a …

How Effective is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Managing Anxiety?

How do you wake up in the morning? Happy, feeling grateful, hopeful and optimistic that you are going to make today and tomorrow better than yesterday, feeling loved, and feeling fulfilled. Wouldn’t that be a great moment to experience each morning? There isn’t a better time for us to experience such a blissful morning other than now whilst we are …

HANDELSBANKEN Q2 RESULTS CONFIRM CONTINUED FOCUS ON SUPPORTING LOCAL CUSTOMERS

Handelsbanken Haywards Heath reports increases in both lending and deposit taking for the Bank, as it continues to focus on supporting local customers through the ongoing crisis. Local relationship bank, Handelsbanken, has today announced its second quarter (Q2 2020) results1, showing ongoing steady increases in both lending and deposit-taking, as the Bank continues to focus on supporting local customers through …

Sussex business guru wins Most Innovative Independent Business Consultant

HHBA member Nasser wins, Most Innovative Independent Business Consultant 2020, at this year’s Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards. Business consultant, Nasser Elaheebocus, made a splash at this year’s Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards, which were announced last week. The business growth expert, who runs Business Pulse Advisory & Investment Group to help companies maximise their potential, took home Most Innovative Independent Business Consultant. He will …

Business Hothouse Program – Government Funded Support

The Business Hothouse support program of business support, managed by the University of Chichester,  is run by a consortium of expert delivery partners based in the Coast-to-Capital area and is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and Local Authorities. The £11m program offers free expert business knowledge support and access to government grant funding. It is open to pre-start and …

HHBA Chair Update July 2020

Dear HHBA Community, How are you? I know that’s generally a hard question to answer. We hope you are staying positive and business is as good as it can be under the circumstances. We understand the struggles that you are going through. I have to be honest that here at the HHBA we have suffered a loss of membership back …

Thousands of business advisers to offer free services to small firms

A further update from GOV.UK, which relates to free services being offered by business advisers: Thousands of business advisers to offer free services to small firms: Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from coronavirus (COVID-19). Further information can be found here.

Chancellor’s Summer Statement – Staycation Staycation Staycation?

Today’s Summer Statement from the Chancellor is a precursor to the bigger picture, which will have emerged by the autumn. For now, the government needed to give some good news out to the food, accommodation, attractions and property sectors. At the same trying to ensure that young people don’t get left behind in the jobs market. Please see our commentary …

Managing remote and blended teams effectively July 15th 10-11.30am

July 15th – 10-11.30am Managing Remote and Blended Teams Register Here Join Ursula Tavender CEO and Founder of Taking Care of Business and Mumbelievable, Anna Rasmussen CEO and Founder of OpenBlend and Emma Cleary Director of Flexibility Matters in a Q & A session to discuss how, as we come out of lockdown, We manage our flexible and remote teams effectively. …

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Find more detailed information on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, why the government is running the scheme and how to offer the discount to your customers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

Summer Offer to HHBA members

Planning ahead to exhibitions and events restarting? We have a limited stock of new old stock/ex demo Roller Banner Stands and Pop-Up Displays that we’d like to offer members at 50% discount for the hardware + new graphics. For more details please contact Steve Powell 01444 246546

GDB Diamond Magazine July & August 2020

Our friends at Gatwick Diamond Business are delighted to share their latest Diamond Magazine. During the lockdown and equally as restrictions begin to ease, the need for businesses to keep in touch with their customers is paramount. Increasingly we are seeing businesses turn their minds to opportunities to adapt and innovate. Please follow the link for the July edition of …