Chair Update December 2020 – Appreciation for What We Have!

Dear HHBA Community, Without filling this article with every analogy of 2020, I’ll start by saying what a roller coaster! I’m confident that the end is in site, so much so, Sue and I have had conversations about returning to physical meetings – at some point. Not exactly sure of that point, but we have this in mind. We will be …

Telephone Selling with Integrity

I’m sure you would agree with me when I say that Telemarketing activities such as “telephone selling and cold calling have in the eyes of the public, developed bad reputations”  I have worked with hundreds of telesales executives and whilst some have been exceptional, the majority are pushy individuals that fail to listen to the prospect or client and often …

Update from Coast to Capital LEP

I am pleased to share the latest update on the support that Coast to Capital and the Growth Hub Team are providing to businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the UK transition from the EU. New and improved Growth Hub portal – The updated website design is now even easier for businesses to access a number …

Discretionary Grant Scheme – Applications have reopened!

Please be aware that we have reopened the website to receive applications for the Discretionary Grant from 15 December 2020 and this funding will close at midnight on Sunday 10 January 2021.  We are looking to get payments out shortly after this payment window closes in the New Year.  As you know with our previous grant schemes we have got …

Phishers bypass Microsoft 365 security controls by spoofing Microsoft.com

A domain spoofing email phishing campaign that very convincingly impersonates Microsoft and successfully tricks legacy secure email gateways has recently been spotted by Ironscales. It also led them to discover that Microsoft servers are not currently enforcing the DMARC protocol. “This is especially perplexing when considering Microsoft frequently ranks as a top 5 most spoofed brand year after year,” said Lomy …

Mid Sussex DC – Christmas and New Year Break

Following an exceptionally challenging year for us all the Council offices at Mid Sussex DC will close from lunchtime on Thursday 24th December 2020 and reopen at 8:45am on Monday 4th January 2021. We will have a number of services available online during this time.  These are: Benefits Service If you have contacted us as you would like to know …

Notice to Exporters 2020/19: EU Transition and SPIRE

This notice gives details on the availability of SPIRE in December, while we make changes in preparation for the end of the transition period. It also outlines some additional information we will require from you, as soon as possible, on licence applications for controlled exports so that we can issue the correct licence from 1 January 2021.   Notice to Exporters …

The Brexit transition period is ending

The Brexit transition period is ending. If your business trades goods with Europe or you represent businesses who do, you’ll need to be prepared for changes that will come into effect from 1‌‌‌‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. We understand these are challenging times, but it is important to make sure that your business is ready for these new rules. At the time …

8 Characteristics of a weak leader

As a leadership coach, I have come across some truly amazing leaders. Unfortunately, these are few and far between in comparison to the plethora of weak leaders I have come across. This made me think of the factors that contribute to weak leadership, which I have outlined below, so you can learn to avoid such behaviours and become the strongest …