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 …

Discretionary Grant Scheme  – Last few days to submit an application!

The COVID19 Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant Scheme applies to all businesses affected and not just those closed. You would need to apply for the business grant at https://midsussex.grantapproval.co.uk/ by midnight on the 13th December. The local Guidelines are: Summary of eligibility criteria An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision. An applicant must be a …

Chichester College Group to deliver Kickstart scheme

The Chichester College Group (CCG) is supporting local employers to create job placements for young people in Sussex. The college group is working with the Sussex Chamber of Commerce to act as a gateway organisation to help local employers access the £2billion Kickstart Scheme – a new Government initiative for 16 to 24 year olds, who are currently claiming Universal …

Web hosting now only £60 for a whole year!

Pure Storm Digital Services are offering dedicated web hosting service to all NEW clients for just £60 for a whole year. We even manage the switch over from your old hosting provider – meaning no hassle for you! And as if that wasn’t all, we’re also offering our optional monthly updates and maintenance package to any new sign up, at …

Business in the Community Award for ABCOM IT Solutions

HHBA member ABCOM received the accolade of “highly commended” in the recent Mid-Sussex Applauds event in the category “Business in the Community” for their positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life. Yann Davies, MD of ABCOM said “it is fantastic to receive this sort of recognition and many thanks to the Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (MVSA) for nominating us. …

10 things you can do right now to improve your digital marketing in 2021

HHBA member Bluebell Digital shares 10 things you can do right now to improve your digital marketing in 2021. Create an editorial calendar for your social media. Brainstorm your core SEO keywords and review your Website content against the list. Create content based on the gaps from point 2. Head to Google Trends to see what is happening in your market. Review …

52eight3 – A Human Approach To Marketing & Communications

We’re delighted to offer our ‘Social Media Maxed Out’ service for free to all Haywards Heath Business Association Members who purchase a marketing package with us before the end of January 2021. For a month we will manage all of your social media profiles, maximising each channel in terms of both content and reach and drive incoming leads and build …

RAISE A GLASS AND JOIN THE 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 …

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Mid Sussex District Council would like to highlight the message that Haywards Heath retail is once more open for business and it is safe for the return of residents and customers. The links below are relevant and can be hung in shop windows, added to letter heads etc, added to social media accounts and also include in any safety and …

COVID19 Business Grants for the Tier 2 Lockdown

As you will know we have been placed in Tier 2 – the High Category – from the 2 December 2020.  We will continue to take applications for the LRSG national grant after the 1 December 2020 but further business grants will be available to affected businesses from the 2 December 2020.  Businesses that are closed – such as bars …

Do you need managed IT Support?

At SEBS, we are confident that you will be satisfied with the products, services and quality of care that we provide. Our team of experienced engineers take the time to understand your business and provide you with the technology and knowledge required to help grow your business. They are even available on a 24/7 basis if you wish! Don’t just …

COVID19 Business Grants – MSDC Update

Mid Sussex District Council want to help local businesses and organisations at this challenging time and so far they have paid 341 LRSG business grants and have also to date received 87 applications for the Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant Scheme.  Please note that applications for this close at midnight on Friday 13 December 2020. There is a range of business …

Building a cyber defence strategy for your firm

New Law Journal article entitled, ‘Building a cyber defence strategy for your firm’. Firms large and small continue to debate how to improve their cyber security awareness. Some through their GDPR compliance are making good progress, but few seem able or willing to grapple with the number one cause of cyber crime; human error. As office technology becomes the driving …

Hand Picked at Home Christmas Lunch – Buxted Park Hotel

Enjoy a Hand Picked Christmas feast in the comfort of your own home with our take away turkey breast and all your favourite trimmings… Our Christmas menu features the finest of the seasons ingredients and traditional favourites that have been prepared with care so all you need to do is collect your hamper and complete at home! And to finish, …

Shamaila Khan joins The Jonathan Lea Network

We welcome Shamaila Khan to The Jonathan Lea Network team as one of our new consultants. Shamaila is a specialist Consultant Business Immigration Solicitor specialising in business immigration law, assisting corporate clients in a wide range of sectors including technology, recruitment, property development, corporate intelligence, risk consultancy, manufacturing, export and retail, tourism and outsourcing. With a solid private practice and breadth …

What I learned from open water swimming

As a relative novice to open water swimming, I had never imagined that open-water swimming would actually be so different to swimming in a pool. I found it difficult to swim in a straight line. In fact, during the 2018 Serpentine 2 mile swim I actually ended up doing 2.2 miles! Why? Because I struggled to swim in a straight line. …