What a difference a year makes! Join HHBA Christmas networking 10th Dec

HHBA invites you to join Clare, Sue and the rest of the committee in raising a glass for our Christmas networking on Thursday 10th December giving you the perfect opportunity to unwind and socialise. Register for our networking This will be an informal meeting and a chance to chat with fellow members, we are encouraging everyone to get involved, past …

COVID-19 HAS MADE WORKING FLEXIBLY BUSINESS CRITICAL

Five experts reveal reasons why the smart working revolution must remain, with a blueprint of how to embed it. At Flexibility Matters November 13th ‘Action learning Group’, Emma Cleary, founder of recruitment agency Flexibility Matters, host, David Blackburn, Chief People Officer for the FSCS and four key flexible working influencers, revealed how their businesses have adapted and evolved in response …

Coast to Capital Growth Hub Manager Karen Tyrrell

As a Growth Relationship Manager, through meaningful conversations by telephone and video/conference calls, I identify the growth needs of high growth potential businesses, utilise various diagnostic tools in order to develop a growth action plan of deliverables and facilitate introductions to specialists and mentors for intensive support. The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides fully funded advice, support, investment and …

52EIGHT3 CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS IN BUSINESS

According to the Office of National Statistics in 2019* less than half of all new businesses make it to their fourth year and I am overwhelming happy (and quite frankly relieved) to announce that as of 17th November 2020, 52eight3 will be one of the successful businesses. The last year is certainly not what we had planned and those carefully crafted …

Discretionary Grant Scheme – Applications open!

Please note that Mid Sussex DC has now approved its Additional Restrictions Grant Discretionary Scheme Guidelines. Note that these guidelines have been agreed by all the seven West Sussex Councils.  Attached are the Government guidelines on the Additional Restrictions Grant for your information. Please note the applications for the Discretionary Grant opened on Monday 23 November 2020 and will close …

THE POWER OF ‘OPEN-ENDED’ SALES QUESTIONS

Are your salespeople underestimating the power of asking ‘open-ended’ questions? Do they sound like they are interrogating potential or existing clients? Many business leaders and sales managers know what they ‘want’ their salespeople to sound like when they are on the phone to a prospective or existing client, but don’t always know ‘how’ to help them. With this in mind, …

Re-shape, finance and grow your business

With the new year on the horizon, it’s a good time to seek the expert advice you need about how to re-shape your business to ensure a prosperous 2021. Our free, remote, interactive workshop, led by Get Set For Growth shows you how to do that, and over the next two weeks we’re also hosting workshops on how to gain the finance you need to grow …

MSDC Grants Landing Page – Easier navigation

This new landing page collates all current grants into one page for easier navigation.  To make it even easier we have created a shorter URL as follows; www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants There are a range of grants available to support businesses, charities and community groups.  Available grants are summarised below.  Depending on your circumstances it might be that there is more than one …

Coast to Capital Newsletter – November 2020

Economy Watch – the impact of a second lockdown The first lockdown had a significant and disproportionate impact on our area, with our economy tracking a predicted 15% to 17% fall in output as a result. Our economic forecasts predicted a further potential fall in output by 26% under a second lockdown scenario. We are still taking stock of the impact and we will …

MOVING FROM FEAR TO THE FINISH LINE

Have a look at the image of the rock-climber hanging by one arm – what emotions does that instil in you? Fear or Exhilaration? For many people, it is absolute fear! When it comes to heights, some people tend to lose all sense of appreciation for the beauty and tranquillity of the moment. For others, this is the most exhilarating and freeing …

New grants available to support businesses affected by COVID-19

MSDC Leader Cllr Jonathan-Ash Edwards talks about the latest business support available. Mid Sussex businesses that have been legally forced to close because of lockdown measures can now apply for financial support. Mid Sussex District Council is distributing the Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grants to Mid Sussex based businesses that occupy a property which pays business rates and is currently …

Event opportunity for local employers 26 Nov

New T Level qualifications have officially launched across England! Want to get involved? Chichester College Group are inviting local employers to attend a virtual event on Thursday 26 November at 3pm. Register your place here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XDny1nieRiytyRvHu1Ahug

Business Support Grants

There are a range of grants available to support businesses, charities and community groups.  Available grants are summarised below.  Depending on your circumstances it might be that there is more than one grant fund that would be suitable. Mid Sussex District Council continues to work closely with Government and our partners to provide businesses with financial support, help and advice …

Business Support for your business in lockdown

Following the second lockdown in England, we know that this might be another tough period for you. We want to support you as best we can, and to let you know about the help we have available for businesses like yours: Help with your cash flow Take a look at our handy online tools which help you work out your …

How to create a product knowledge guide that will improve sales success

Are your sales teams missing out on sales opportunities? Are your customer service teams missing out on up-sell or cross-sell opportunities? Are you feeling frustrated and wondering why this is happening? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are not alone. I see this happening more often than you might think. Unfortunately, no business can afford …

Sign up now! Business Growth 25th Nov 9-10am

During the current climate we are aware that businesses require clear and concise information, so join HHBA for our next ‘Meet the Expert’ event, the session will be focusing on Business Growth, including short presentations on ‘Growth Through Acquisition’ and ‘How To Get It Right’ with plenty of time to take your questions. BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE >> Robert Carpenter and Paul Dallibar …

‘Bringing Christmas Home’ to Mid Sussex

Christmas will be very different this year and Mid Sussex District Council’s ‘Bringing Christmas Home’ campaign aims to support local traders and has a strong community focus. The new ‘Bringing Christmas Home’ campaign celebrates our communities and our local businesses, with a clear message that it can still be a magical experience. Despite the changes we hope it will bring …

Business Grants and Financial assistance – Latest Update from MSDC

National Grant Scheme This is for businesses who pay business rates who have been closed by the Government during this 2nd national lockdown.  You do not have to qualify for discount or reliefs for this grant. Applications now open at www.grantapproval.co.uk The rate of grant payment for eligible businesses will be: For properties with a rateable value of £15k or …

People Magic launch new website

The start of autumn has been an exciting time for everyone at People Magic and following considerable effort by many, over a number of weeks, we are delighted to highlight the launch of our new website – which went ‘live’, on schedule, on Monday 2nd November: www.peoplemagic.co.uk The launch was the culmination of activity which also took the opportunity to …

West Sussex Transport Plan Review Survey

West Sussex County Council has started a review of the West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP). The current plan, which covers the 2011-26 period, needs to be reviewed to take account of changes to national and local policy, such as the Government’s legally-binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. The new plan will set out how we aim to …

Update from Coast to Capital LEP

The first lockdown had a significant and disproportionate impact on the Coast to Capital area, with our economy tracking a predicted 15% to 17% fall in output as a result. Our economic forecasts predicted a further potential fall in output in the low 20s under a second lockdown scenario.  We are still taking stock of the impact and we will …

COVID19 Business Grants – Latest Update from MSDC

The Government as you may know have announced further COVID19 business grants to help businesses during this second national lockdown.  There is various bits of guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities but I have attached the guidance for you below that I believe is more appropriate for businesses within Mid Sussex DC. There are basically 3 schemes for these new grants I believe …

Empty premises?

Whilst lockdown is another blow to businesses, we can approach it in a way to get things done we don’t usually have time for. When was the last time your refreshed your images of your premises? Have you made changes to be Covid Secure? Customers or clients feel more confident in booking appointments when they can see where they are …