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If you’re thinking about setting up or moving your business to St. Leonards on Sea, Hastings or Eastbourne and are looking for the minimum of hassle in set up and want ongoing management then check out this video to see why having your business in these locations will not only provide a prime location it will also provide you with a great work/life balance.

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The Business in Hastings website is designed to keep companies up-to-date with what’s happening in Hastings and the wider area. It’s also aimed at providing you with the information you might need to expand or relocate to the area. And also to find businesses already based here through our Business Directory.

Three years on, we would like your views on what works well and what you would like to see us develop.

All entries will be put into a prize draw for £100 of retail vouchers kindly provided by Hastings Borough Council. The closing date for this is 30th July 2016

Enter here

Are you looking for a new job or a change in your career?

Here are three companies that are currently looking for people now.

Fat Promotions

PHP Developer

Excellent salary and benefits

FAT promotions Ltd are looking for an accomplished PHP Developer keen to work in a bright, busy, deadline-driven environment creating bespoke database and ecommerce solutions for commercial clients who want the best. This role is best suited to someone experienced and seriously codey to create systems such as the following from scratch:

  • Recruitment agency website including signup of candidates, payment from advertisers, matching skill sets and auto emailing both parties
  • Online elearning system with multiple choice questions, weighted scores and outcome online PDF creation online
  • Adapt existing system built in PHP in Zend to increase functionality and create ne bespoke modules

There will be an element of debugging and supporting existing systems to make them slicker and faster, unpicking JavaScript and managing our dedicated Linux server using Plesk and a range of security levels. Experience in the latter is preferred but not essential as full training will be provided.

What we offer:

  • Generous salary with regular bonuses for strong performance
  • Dedicated training budget to continue your professional development
  • Great holiday package
  • Free parking on site
  • Bright, sunny office with outdoor garden area for al fresco meetings and lunches – and two friendly dogs (no allergies please)

To apply send your CV and URL’s to view your work, to info@fatpromotions.co.uk.


Mcphersons are a modern, high tech, well-established firm based in Bexhill-on-Sea. Our staff benefits package is as good, if not better, than many larger companies. We offer flexitime, 33 days holiday (including bank holidays), funded events twice a year at least, even cakes for your birthday!

We are recruiting for the following position:

Client Accounts and Audit Manager 

We are recruiting for an accounts/audit manager to join our team. The position will involve managing a varied client portfolio including a wide range of jobs from sole traders through to international group audits.

The role will include planning and performing audits as well as accounts preparation and corporation tax compliance. You will be working closely with the directors as well as other managers and will be responsible for overseeing the work of more junior members of staff.

Key attributes:

  •       Experience of planning, performing and completing audits of owner managed business;
  •       Experience of planning, performing and completing audits of charities;
  •       Good knowledge of FRSSE and UK GAAP;
  •       Strong IT knowledge particular of MS suite, Sage and Quickbooks.
  •       Knowledge of CCH products an advantage but not essential;
  •       ACA/ACCA qualification (preferred but not essential) and 5+ years PQE.

Please email info@mcphersons.co.uk with your CV and covering letter.

Rock Financial Advisors

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Rock Financial Advisors Ltd for a Qualified Mortgage Adviser to join us. Due to expansion, we are looking for someone to assist with the mortgage advice for our existing clients. Hours to suit, experience within financial services preferred but not necessary. Please contact me on the office number 01424 858202 or via email emma@rockfinancialadvisors.co.uk.



i-Jam Media, who are an advertising sales agency based in Hastings, have announced that they are working with the prestigious TEDxBrighton event again this year and will be securing sponsorship for this year’s event.

The Brighton TEDx talks are independently organised by a volunteer team and have grown rapidly over the last few years and is now a sell-out event with over 1000 delegates attending 2014’s event, which is held at the Brighton Dome. The delegates themselves come from a wide range of industries from tech start-ups to global corporations and the public sector and anyone in technology, education and design (which, incidentally, is what TED stands for) will be there to hear the speakers talk on a whole range of diverse topics.

The one-day event is held on the 30th October and has a theme on Losing Control. The line-up of speakers has already been announced. There will also be another one-day event called the ‘Ideas Lab’, which will showcase emerging technologies such as start-ups and other businesses from across the region.

If you are interested in going along then please visit their website here where you can find out about who is speaking and where to get tickets. Likewise, if your business could benefit from being associated with TEDxBrighton then please call i-Jam Media today on 01424 205481 or visit their website here. There are opportunities to find out about sponsorship (some options are sold out) and advertising on the day to the delegates.

The University of Brighton is marking the launch of its new Journalism and Digital Media Hub by bringing together industry and academics involved in the digital creative industries for an early-evening gathering of short talks and discussion.

The aim of this event is to consider the future of the digital creative industries and ways in which universities and industry can work together in advancing the sector. The digital revolution has taken place – but how can the creative industries evolve?

  • De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
  • Wednesday September 23 2015, 4pm-6pm
  • Drinks and networking to 7pm

To book you place please visit the De La Warr Pavilion booking page. There is a £5 fee to cover the cost of refreshments

For the full programme and more information about the speakers, please visit the Hastings Exchange blog.

Sussex Coast College are running a series of free Social Media workshops with Talkativeonline. These workshops will cover training in the following areas:

  • How to create an effective Social Media Strategy/ Plan
  • How to upload videos to YouTube and link to a Social Media channelsummer intern
  • How to create effective, impactful content
  • Customer Feedback: How to make Trip Adviser work for your business
  • How to use online tools to ensure long term success

Workshop dates:

  • Social Media Made Simple – 29 October 18:00 -20:00
  • Creating Social Media Content for your Business –19 November 18:00 – 20:00
  • Creating a Social Media Strategy for your Business – 10 December 2014 18:00 to 20:00

These workshops are open to any small businesses registered in Hastings and St Leonards within the Tourism Sector (Retail, B&B, Hotel, Café, Restaurant, Pub, Attraction, Leisure, Creative).

How to book:

Local Independent Radio station Hastings Rock starts broadcasting again at midnight on Saturday 3rd May.  The station going live – together with Jack in the Green and the Bikers – announces the start of the summer


On air for the month of May only, it goes out to Hastings, Bexhill and the surrounding areas on 87.7 FM and worldwide on the internet, Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year the station raises valuable funds for St Michaels Hospice.

As each member of the committee behind the broadcasts will confirm, it’s a lot of hard but enjoyable work. For the past eight years Andy Gunton has chaired the committee and when he recently made the tough decision to step down another long standing member, and DJ, Tony Bell took over as the new Chairman.

Take a look at the Hastings Rock website www.hastingsrock.co.uk to find out more and some of the great sponsorship opportunities and don’t forget to tune in on Saturday night.

Check out the promotional flyer for the radio station.

Bag Yourself a Billboard Competition Offers UK Start-ups Major Advertising Opportunity in London’s Tech City

The Bag Yourself a Billboard Competition provides the opportunity for a UK start-up company or small business to win a billboard space in the heart of London’s tech city, to promote their company for two weeks in June 2014. The ad will be designed by a London based creative agency.


Enter the competition to win a tech city London billboard and catapult your business to a huge audience

The Challenge is intended to help uncover original talent and aims to establish one small business as the “UK’s hottest new brand”.

The winner will also benefit from one million ‘ad impressions’. Sage predicts that both the bespoke billboard and online ads will help the winning entrant reach two million potential new customers.

Prospective entrants need to submit a 60 second elevator pitch explaining why their business deserves to win. Each pitch will then be voted on by site visitors and Sage will choose the best “top rated” pitch.

The contest is open to any UK business that is less than five years old with fewer than 50 employees.

Entrants must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.

Video entries must be uploaded by 1 May 2014.

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A new website aimed at promoting and raising awareness of the UK creative industry has been launched earlier this month to provide a portal for the creative industries across the UK and to provide a platform to promote and showcase the UK’ industry that is growing rapidly.


The UK Creative Industry Website

The new website (www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk), developed by industry and Government are seeking to co-ordinate a unified approach towards finance, education and skills, exports and inward investment, intellectual property and digital infrastructure.

The site has been designed to provide a centralised digital hub linking the industry, UKTI and the FCO as they focus on promoting the sector and driving growth and investment in 200 countries worldwide.

If you are in the creative industries its well worth taking a minute or two to have a look around as there is also details and statistics regarding the UK industry as a whole and its also a good place to go for details on any funding initiatives that are happening in the UK creative industry.


Employment in the the UK creative industries grew by 8.6% between 2011 and 2012, compared to the UK average of 0.7%, according to official statistics.


Creative Industry in the UK is growing massively.

The Creative Industries, which range from advertising, design and crafts to TV, film, music and games, accounted for 1.68 million jobs in 2012, 5.6 per cent of the total number of jobs in the UK.

Employment in the Creative Industries increased by 8.6 per cent between 2011 and 2012 a much higher rate than for the UK Economy as a whole (0.7%).

The figures, which present a significant increase on previous data, were released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller commented:

“These incredible statistics are confirmation that the Creative Industries consistently punch well above their weight, outperforming all the other main industry sectors, and are a powerhouse within the UK economy.

“We are committed to ensuring that the energy, innovation, skills and talent existing in this dynamic sector continues to translate into economic success, and  provide a remarkable platform from which, we can showcase Britain to the world.”

Download the DCMS stats here.

This story originally appeared here.