CCG Presentation on the Kickstart Scheme

We were delighted to have guest speaker Paul Rolfe from the Chichester College Group talk to our members at our networking meeting about the Kickstart scheme. In case you missed it here is the presentation. CCG Presentation on Kickstart Scheme They are proud to support the Government Kickstart Scheme and Paul will be explaining how local businesses can benefit from …

How to get new business leads from online marketing?

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 ‘How to get new business leads from online marketing‘ with plenty of time to take your questions. Register for our session With so many digital channels available to businesses, often it can be incredibly tricky to …

How to fix your WI-FI signal at home

How to fix your WI-FI signal at home If you are having problems with your Wi-Fi or want to double check you have the best settings, then please, enjoy our guide. Where is the problem? If WIFI isn’t working, first check to see if your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is down at the moment, ie, offline. Head over to  https://downdetector.co.uk/. …

Business in the community Event

The event is  to discuss the challenges faced in the South East and the action  businesses can take to support those most impacted by Covid-19. Invitation – BITC South East Employment & Skills Event 24.03.21

Local dance business owner helps others keep afloat

Local dance business owner helps others keep afloat A family man from Haywards Heath who enjoyed running local dance events before the pandemic has now turned his hand to helping local businesses survive the months ahead. When Stuart Humphrey lost both his day job and part-time dance event business overnight, he quickly looked to his other passions and skills for …

First Recruitment Services – New Member Offer

We have two great offers available. Call us to book in a temp candidate by 08.03.2021 and receive 5 hours free!* *This needs to be on a booking that is over 20 hours.  Also Reduced introduction rates of 13% plus VAT are available for any members who wish to place a permanent vacancy with us by 31 March 2021 First …

Factsheet 39 – Password Security For Home Workers

Password security for home workers The switch to home working caused by the coronavirus crisis has resulted in a lot of security issues, with strong office system firewalls replaced by poorer home computer security. In-office password security is usually very strict, but home working has diluted this, leaving some firms vulnerable to data breaches and malware. This has upset the …

Extension of Business Support package for businesses mandated to close

Please note that the Government announced an extension of the business grant scheme for businesses mandated to close by the Government who are liable to pay business rates to cover the period from the 15th February 2021 to the 31st March 2021. We hope to automatically send payment to all businesses that have successfully applied for a grant from the …

Government News

COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are now open for pay periods in February ‌2021. Claims for January are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until 1 ‌March. Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live …

Meet the Experts : How to get new business leads from online marketing

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 ‘How to get new business leads from online marketing‘ with plenty of time to take your questions. Register for our session With so many digital channels available to businesses, often it can be incredibly tricky to …

Cyber Security Awareness Training For Home Workers

Cyber Security Awareness Training The single greatest threat to a company’s cybersecurity posture during lockdown is the overall lack of employee training. e-learning is not only scalable and easily deployed to an entire organisation, it also produces better learning outcomes. Studies have shown that employees take between 40% and 60% less time to learn the same material when following a course …

ABCOM welcomes new IT apprentice into our technical Dojo

ABCOM are proud to announce that we continue to grow our team and have just hired a new apprentice, to bring into our Technical Dojo. Max has joined us to embark on a brand new career in IT. With gratifying speed he is learning the ropes, working on computer hardware and regular training in IT systems software. He hails from …

Coronavirus Dates To Remember

As we approach Budget day on 3 March, it’ll be nearly a year since the Chancellor’s first Budget which included his initial Coronavirus measures. These escalated pretty quickly into quite a package of support, which no-one could have predicted. Here’s our round-up to check through what might still be available for you. In particular, you may find it helpful to …

Community magazine celebrates 100 issues

Editor and company director David Tingley celebrated with his team this week as one of its community magazine titles celebrated a key milestone. Cuckfield Life, which is delivered free to all homes and businesses in the Cuckfield and Bolnore village areas, started back in 2012 as the second in the company’s family of magazines – but this month sees the …

Dark Web Monitoring

Cybersecurity has long been a topic hanging over business owners heads. Many businesses do not realise that it’s not just large enterprises that need to protect themselves. Small to medium-sized businesses are equally prime targets for cybercriminals. Cybercriminals often seek out smaller business as is often the case they have less protection in place than their larger counterparts. Yet to …

Engaging Flexibility 2021- 19th February

A FREE interactive and dynamic discussion to help business leaders, managers & HR to forge practical solutions and plans to maintain the momentum of flexibility at work When: 19th February Time: 10am – 11.30am Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/engaging-flexibility-2021-tickets-139072243825?utm_content=Kent_events_31012021.https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kentcipd19022021.eventbrite.co.uk&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7310595&utm_source=mc&utm_term=8016734 The session will discuss the following topics: What have we learnt about flexible and remote working? Is it sustainable, why not just go …

Government announces NEW £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund, offers support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. Doing business with Europe has changed. We understand how challenging it can be to get used to the new rules and we appreciate how much you’ve done already. We’re here to help …

West Sussex Recover and Rise Programme – February 2021

There are additional courses available on the Recover and Rise Programme initiated by West Sussex County Council.  The programme is to help support small businesses across the county who are finding the current climate commercially tough. In response to demand, West Sussex County Council has commissioned further free workshops in February. The previous courses have been oversubscribed but there is some availability …

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for businesses

Businesses in West Sussex with more than 50 employees could now benefit from asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. The government scheme is open to businesses registered in England whose employees are unable to work from home. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms and can spread the virus without knowing. Testing people who aren’t displaying any of the signs …

Speed Networking with a reminder on the Kickstart Scheme

HHBA invites you to join fellow members for our speed networking meeting on Thursday 25th February from 12pm. To book your place and see future events please click here>>https://hhba.co.uk/hhba-events/ We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Paul Rolfe from the Chichester College Group. They are proud to support the Government Kickstart Scheme and Paul will be …

Demystifying Digital Signatures

Demystifying Digital Signatures I watched an interesting Webinar hosted by Adobe, entitled “Demystifying e-signatures: legality, trust and digital identity” in which John Jolliffe, Sr. Manager Strategic Development, a Brit based here in the UK and Lorie Growth, Sr. Technical PMM Adobe Sign, Enterprise based in the States discussed the growing popularity of digital signatures. Much of this popularity has grown …

WEBINAR: Managing the stress of working from home

As a result of the pandemic, many employees and managers have made a sudden shift to working from home for an extended period, often with relatively little preparation or support. Whether working from home as an individual, or leading teams who are working from home, it is essential to adapt your ways of working to be effective. Join me on …

What our members say about Haywards Heath Business Association……

We are delighted to have recieved a number of member testimonials recently, have a read through and see for yourself what our members are saying……. As a member of the HHBA this has been such a go to resource for me, particularly over the past year. It has been the most challenging in the life of my events business and …

HANDELSBANKEN REPORTS STEADY 2020 AS BANK STRENGTHENS DISTINCT APPROACH

Handelsbanken Haywards Heath reports increases in both lending and deposit taking for the Bank  Local relationship bank, Handelsbanken, has announced its 2020 results1, showing ongoing increases in both lending and deposit-taking, as the Bank strengthens its distinct relationship banking model. Handelsbanken saw a 1 per cent year-on-year increase in overall net lending to individual and corporate banking customers to £21.7bn. …

Why your business should be using Google’s Local Service Ads right now

Towards the end of last year, Google launched Local Service Ads (LSA’s) in the UK. You may have seen them. The ads appear right at the top of their search results, above the regular Google Ads. If the advertiser can provide the required licensing or insurance documentation, they will have a Google Guaranteed logo stamped on their ad. That’s going …