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CEX is opening soon in Hastings Priory Meadow.cex logo

CEX buy, sell and exchange a range of technology and entertainment products.

If you are currently looking for work they are recruiting mainly for sales assistants, full or part time.  There is also a supervisor position available.  All applicants are welcome just email your CV to cexhastings@gmail.com.

The new store will be located in Priory Meadow shopping centre opposite H&M.

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.



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Welcome to this months Inside View where we ask local business leaders and innovators questions about them and the business they are involved in.  We speak to Mel Thomas, Sales Director of Torr Scientific about the business who are also at this years TEC 66.Mel-torr-scientific

What was your best business deal?

The business type of Torr Scientific means that there are regularly many lower value business deals, so best ones don’t spring to mind. Negotiating to purchase a new vacuum furnace and in particular the payment method was an important milestone in the development of Torr Scientific.

 Biggest mistake?

There’s one particular one in my mind, but you learn from your mistakes, so not a mistake, a lesson.

Favourite person

Two, my daughters, Becca and Hannah.

Greatest ambition

To be sufficiently secure to work when I want to rather than when I have to.

Biggest regret

Same as 2.

 Favourite pastime

I’m a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion follower.

Fondest memory

Travel related – World Cup in Japan, Euros in Portugal

 Different Career

Something more artistic.  30 years ago I went for an interview to be a cameraman for the BBC.

Best business advice


Sport or no sport

Sport (supporter and spectator, not a great participator!)

Advice for young people

Career – decide what direction you’d prefer to go in and make a plan to get there. Non-career – relax, be happy and be kind.

10 years time?

Travel, holidays and Brighton in the premier league!


You can get in touch with Torr Scientific  by calling 01424 225228.  You can also visit them at the upcoming TEC 66 Conference and Exhibition find out more here.


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Welcome to Inside View where business leaders and owners tell us how they got where they have and what makes them tick! This months Inside View interview is with Fiona Allman-Treen, Managing Director of FAT Promotions who are based at the Innovation Centre in St. Leonards on Sea.

What’s been your best business deal so far?

Fiona Allman-Treen

At an exhibition a few years back I got chatting with a guy about his dog (!) – turned out he ran a huge publishing company and they run the UK’s biggest dog publication. He was there to find a new provider for his five websites who would be innovative, pro-active and work collaboratively with his existing in house team to take the company forward – our speciality!

We still run those sites (plus a few more for that same company besides) and have regular meetings to discuss the latest technology and how we can apply this to keep them ahead of their competitors. With one million people visiting their sites each day, they recently told me they see us not as a supplier but as their strategic partners in business. Plus they are lovely people and we really enjoy working with them, which helps.

Biggest mistake?

Not delegating! Being a good boss is about far more than paying the wages and buying Christmas lunch and I found it tough to trust my staff to make the right decisions, then let them make the (occasional) wrong one! Loosening the reigns gives a person ownership and feel like they contribute, rather than belong to the company. One guy worked for me for four years and I never even gave him a key for the office! Shocking really.

Favourite person?

Victoria Beckham which may surprise some people. Often dismissed as a fashion dolly, she was actually a millionaire in her own rightlong before her husband was, plus her marketing and branding prowess is quite stunning in the transitional worlds she inhabits. Fashion, music, perfume – these are all generally considered ever-changing, yet her brands consistently out-perform the competition. Her design input for the Range Rover Evoque made that car their best selling model of all time, the woman’s amazing!

Greatest ambition?

To find a way to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business. The removal or reduction of Careers Advisors in secondary schools is a greater issue then we yet realise as a society and I would like to see an independent, government-backed organisation whose sole intent is to find decent work placements for students who actively want to work in the industry they are sent to.

We support all local schools with work placements and it’s heart breaking when we occasionally have someone sitting in our office who wants to be a vet and they were “told to come” to our web design agency. It wastes everyone’s time and disenchants the young person as well as the business. We can’t put more pressure on schools to fill this role, it needs to be dealt with as a business.

Biggest regret?

Not moving to better premises sooner. We were in grotty little council-owned offices which I thought didn’t affect how clients and staff viewed my company, until I had someone turn down a job offer because he didn’t want to leave his car outside! It wasn’t until we moved to the purpose built Innovation Centre that we saw a real shift in regard and everyone took what we did that little bit more seriously.

Favourite pastime?

Camping! I’m an absolute hippy at heart and love nothing more than driving my campervan to some remote place and sitting on a blanket in a field. Or tinkering with my cars and bikes in the garage – the reason my nails are always short, the oil comes out easier!

Fondest memory?

Having lunch a few years back with my first ever customer – who is still with us today – and discussing how our companies have grown and changed since we started working together. Back then I had no staff and his son was a toddler – now he works with him in the business and I’m in a room full of great people – made us both feel a bit old really!

Different Career?

Tricky, as I’m really a nerd at heart so love what I do. Probably running the Careers Advice service mentioned above, might still do that one day.

Best business advice?

Don’t ever think “I’ve made it” because that’s exactly the point where it all hits the fan. Too many people I’ve known in business say things like “it should be easier by now” or “I should be a millionaire by now” and they don’t get that it never ends – business is always growing, evolving and changing and that’s what’s great about it. Take your foot off the pedal and you stop – simple as that.

Sport or no sport?

I love watching F1, Moto GP and Superbikes but I’m just a watcher, no actual sporting activity for me please.

Any advice for young people?

Don’t think big, think MASSIVE! You can be anything at all that you set your mind to, stuff anyone who says otherwise.

10 years time?

I’ll still look 36:)


You can get in touch with FAT Promotions via email (info@fatpromotions.co.uk) or you can call them on 01424 858123.

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