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Recruiting the staff you need is every successful business’s nightmare because finding the person trained to the standard you want at the exact time you need them is verging on the impossible. Local Chartered Accountancy Practice, Ashdown Hurrey, believe that they have gone a long way to resolving the problem.

Ashdown Hurrey prides itself in being able to say that all the senior employee roles within the practice are now filled by those who trained with the firm.

To give those considering a career in accountancy an insight into what is involved with the work undertaken and the professional qualifications available, Ashdown Hurrey is holding another open day at their Hastings office, following the success of the event last year. They will be providing details to local schools and colleges and full details are available on their website.

Open day organiser, Gemma Steer, says “I first got to know Ashdown Hurrey through a similar initiative about ten years ago and I have experienced first-hand how the training works. I look forward to meeting those interested on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at our office in Havelock Road, Hastings. Those who cannot make the open day can still apply for a role – an application pack is available on our website and the closing date for applications is 28 April.”

So that we can organise the day for everyone’s benefit, we ask those interested to contact us beforehand to register their interest and full details will be provided for what we expect to be an illuminating and enjoyable day.

Career opportunities await so why not check out the details on the Ashdown Hurrey website here.

Hastings Borough Council has teamed up with Apprenticeships in Sussex to highlight the many routes to employment for local young people with an event at The Source Park on Thursday 9 March.National appreticeship week

The event offers an informal afternoon of information, games, challenges, special guests and work opportunities, all highlighting options available to 16-24 year olds in Hastings.


From 1pm to 3pm, there will be an interactive event for unemployed 16-24 year olds who are exploring routes to employment, looking for work inspiration and access to apprenticeships. Training providers, colleges and support agencies will be on-hand to provide advice and guidance on opportunities.

“With over 1,500 different jobs across 170 industries, apprenticeships and traineeships offer a great route into employment.  Whether you have just finished school and are looking for that first step towards finding your career or are ready to step towards a higher or degree-level apprenticeship, this event will help you find your feet” said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for regeneration.

She added: “Come along and meet employers and take part in employability workshops and challenges. Current apprentices will be telling their stories and letting you in to a few secrets about how they are able to work, learn and play and how some overcame hurdles to secure a dream job”.

From 4pm to 7pm parents, carers, young people and teachers are invited to come along and find out how apprenticeships have been changing offering a wide range of local job opportunities including engineering, marketing, nursing, gas maintenance, events management and farming.

An event will also be held in Eastbourne on 7 March, with pop-up events in Lewes 6 March, Crowborough 8 March, Uckfield 10 March and Hailsham 11 March.

Find out more and book your place at www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com/naw2017.php

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The health care agency is a growing local business.  HCA – health care agency is a staff provider for any nursing homes, residential and other care settings in the East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent areas.

Here at HCA we pride ourselves on customer service and our investment into training people and to aid people into furthering their careers. We have over 20 years experience in the health care profession. We are looking to expand even more. In order to do this we would like to spread the word around local businesses as an extra avenue of expanding.

So if you know anyone who would like to become a carer or who is already in the care industry as a carer or a nurse and would like to change from there current employment. Or just have some part time shifts just to top up the monthly income. We also offer a fast track payment service, so what this means is, do the shift send the time sheets and get paid that day.

So what we are asking is for you to forward this email, spread the word to anyone you know who is looking for extra work leading up to Christmas. We have loads of shifts waiting. Please help us grow and expand in the local area.

For any questions regarding the role or an application pack please contact us via the contact details below

SEAN – 07832224426

SERGIO – 07479802000

EMAIL: office@hcaltd.co.uk



BD Foods, a Hastings-based food manufacturing business is expanding into purpose-build new premises and creating 40 new jobs with help from funding provided by East Sussex County Council.

BD Foods produces an extensive range of sauces, dressings, dips and soups which are sold to restaurants, hotel chains and airlines. Its impressive client list includes British Airways, Conrad Hotels, Eurostar, Nandos, Café Rouge and Marriott, to name a few.

BD Foods has accessed grant and loan funding of £360k through Locate East Sussex, the county’s business support service. This has been supplemented with an investment of £750k from Hastings Borough Council, all of which will be invested into a new building for BD Foods.

Since 2001, BD Foods has grown from a start-up company with just three members of staff, to its current size where it employs over 100 local people. The company is expanding rapidly and now has a turnover of £7 million a year as a result of 15 years of strong and sustained growth.

In 2015, BD Foods was finding that future growth was potentially at risk. Capacity constraints at its site on the Castleham Road Industrial Estate in St Leonards-on-Sea were limiting production and restricting further expansion.

The company needed to expand. Plans for a new factory were drawn up and BD Foods approached Hastings Borough Council and Locate East Sussex for support. The new factory, due to be completed late 2016, will see an additional 40 new permanent jobs being created and will provide an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of space next to BD Foods’ main production facility. Exactly what BD Foods needs to grow.

John Davis, Managing Director of BD Foods, said: “Hastings is a great place to run a business and we are both successful and happy here.

“Hastings Borough Council has been productive, flexible and supportive with our expansion plans. The town itself has a great labour resource so we never have problems with recruitment. Many people are moving to the area as it is better value to buy and rent property, which means the calibre of employees is constantly increasing. The town is growing very quickly and importantly, there is the space to expand and it is a lot cheaper than Brighton.”

“Transport is a huge part of our business, as we travel to airports at least once a day. The A21 has seen a huge investment and is improving, along with the planned high speed railway which will make trips to and from London much easier for us and our clients,” John continued.

John Davis concluded, “Without Locate East Sussex, we wouldn’t have been able to fit out the new units. The team at Locate East Sussex understand problems, money and business. They really want to help and I am grateful for their input.”

Adam Berger, Location Service Manager at Locate East Sussex, said: “We are pleased to have helped BD Foods expand. It is really encouraging to see a great, local Hastings business thrive and develop strong growth plans for the future.”

To find out more about how Locate East Sussex can support your business, visit www.locateeastsussex.org.uk


Hastings Borough Council in its aims to support local businesses and increase jobs in the town has invested in the build of a new factory unit at Castleham Industrial Estate, Hastings.

Built by Westridge Construction Ltd the new unit due for completion at the end of this year will provide much needed extra space for a local business already operating from other units in the area, BD Foods.

Hastings Borough Council’s leader, Cllr Peter Chowney recently attended the ‘topping out’ ceremony; the age old tradition of bestowing luck and thanks to builders when a structure reaches its topmost point. He commented: “This unit is a great addition to the offer at Castleham and we are very pleased that BD Foods will be the new tenants. They currently occupy eight units at Castleham and this one will enable them to expand their food production, creating 50 new jobs in the process.”

BD Foods plan to start working from the unit in the New Year.

The achievements of 70 students from Hastings and Rother schools were commended at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, July 13 at the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus.

The event was the grand finale to the ‘Be the Change’ programme, an initiative to boost the aspirations and job prospects of young people aged between 13 and 14. Over the last four months the students have been taking part in a series of activities designed to improve hope, happiness, confidence, relationships, to change negative behaviour and to introduce them to job and career opportunities.

The students were congratulated and awarded certificates by their business mentors who had been working with them throughout the programme, on both an individual and group basis, supported by Carlo Missirian and Graham Moore, founders of humanutopia.

Carlo said: “It has been an incredible journey not just for these brave young people, but for everyone who has been involved – the teachers, the business volunteers and ourselves.  Over the last few months we have been inspired by the way in which the students have engaged with us and their peers and as a result have become happier, more confident of their abilities and excited about their futures. We have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with LoveLocalJobs to create the powerful ‘Be The Change’ programme’.”

The students come from six secondary schools in the area: ARK Helenswood Academy, ARK William Parker Academy, Robertsbridge Community College, Rye College, St Richard’s Catholic College and The St Leonards Academy.

Gary Peters, MD of LoveLocalJobs.com and co-founder of ‘Be the Change’ said: “It’s a harsh world out there for young people and many of the students on ‘Be the Change’ have already had to face challenges that most of us couldn’t imagine.  Our aim is to help them to value both themselves and other people and to develop skills which will enable them to take responsibility for their lives and ambitions.” 

A student from St Leonards Academy who took part in the programme said:  “I just really want to say thank you because now I can safely say ‘I can do it!’.  I’ve valued this experience more than anyone understands.  This has been a massive turning point in my life, so thank you.”

‘Be the Change’ Hastings is a collaboration between LoveLocalJobs.com and social enterprise humanutopia with support from Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Learning Network, University of Brighton, Heart FM and local businesses. In addition, volunteers from 12 local businesses have provided mentoring and opportunities for work place visits to the young people.

Sarah Williams, Director of Sussex Learning Network, said: “‘Be the Change’ is a really innovative way to inspire and support vulnerable young people to be the best they can be and I have no doubt that for most of the students, this experience has been life changing.  Sussex Learning Network is delighted to have sponsored ‘Be the Change’ and we hope to be able to continue to support the programme for years to come.”


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.

A new report published by insurance and pension provider Standard Life has revealed the key drivers of success for UK SMEs over the next five years. Having polled both SME leaders and employees, the report highlights the fundamental trends of collaboration, empowerment and adaptability as central to growth

SME leaders said the number one priority is to empower the workforce, by building an environment that encourages creativity and innovation.

Employees agreed, stating that the most desirable quality in a business leader is the ability to empower and trust their colleagues.

The report also found that the traditional five-year business planning cycle is largely a thing of the past, with 82 per cent of SME leaders altering their strategy at least once a year and almost three fifths doing so at least every six months.

Meanwhile, 60 per cent of employees felt ‘adaptability’ is the most important attribute for professional success.

Stephen Ingledew, Standard Life Managing Director of Marketing, said: “SMEs are an important part of our client base, and we wanted to take a closer look at the behaviours these business leaders and their employees adopt to achieve success and fuel entrepreneurship.

“Our research shows that UK SMEs are strongly committed to building working environments that encourage and nurture flexibility and innovation.”

The report stated that business leaders believed that the most productive workforce can be achieved by offering employees flexible working conditions (41 per cent) and by investing in future potential (40 per cent), with training/upskilling the number one focus in the next half a decade.

Indeed, at McPhersons, our staff values our flexible working conditions. In fact, some cite this as the main reason they came to us. The work life balance is a key factor to consider and at McPhersons, staff are able to plan their working day around childcare, dog-walking, socialising and other interests.

With employees at every level of qualification and some with us for over 40 years, we understand that development and support with study and qualification are vital as well as necessary for staff retention.

The majority (69 per cent) of leaders also believe the role of CEO/MD will become more diverse and accessible to their workforce in the future, it is a position that is still seen as out of reach by many employees, with 56 per cent expecting promotion to CEO to become far more challenging over the next five years.

Stephen Ingledew added: “SMEs are generally very outward-looking and focused on retaining strong core values which help them attract and retain the best talent.

“The research indicates that they regard positive contributions to society as an important measure of success, and that they carefully consider how their decisions impact their broader industry, their people and their communities.”

Need more help?

This feature aims  to give some informal hints and McPhersons are offering small businesses free advice so get in touch now to arrange your free meeting on 01424 730000 or info@mcphersons.co.uk

On Saturday 14th May there will be a public rally/demo taking place against the proposed closure of the Hastings Campus and Hands Off Hastings would love a many of you as possible to join them.  Why? Because the closure of the Hastings Campus will have a direct and negative impact on the local community and economy, it will also impact on the creative culture that Hastings thrives on.

At present the town has over 600 students studying in Hastings.  Each one of those contributes to the town in one way or another.  Students work for local businesses, raise money for charities and offer their skills during work placements and volunteer placements.

From art students, computer students, post production students, business students, Biology students, games production students, Radio and TV students and so many more.

Rachael Kamara said ‘This is the kind of creativity we need to keep in the town, we need to encourage the university to invest not divest in our community and we need to fight for a better future for the younger generation.  We can do this by showing the board of governors and senior management what Hastings is all about and how much this community works together to make this an amazing place to live and study.  The opportunities provided by the Hastings Campus should not be taken away and we hope that you can join us in our campaign.  We want Saturdays rally to be about, the culture and passion of Hastings.  If you are a dancer, a pirate, a bogie, a drummer, or just an exhibitionist we would love you to come along in full colour and help us turn a rally into a party.’

Detail of the event can be found here.


Please help us spread the word.  If you can’t join us on Saturday, tell your friends or sign the petition below.




Video company Smokescreen Visuals and children’s charity Chestnut Tree House are amongst the latest occupiers to take offices in Pacific House on Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park.

Other new tenants include computer specialists Southern IT networks, hospital transport firm Coperforma and business intelligence company Match2Lists – while further offices remain available to let.

Open Week: An Open Week is being held between Monday 16 and Friday 20 May, 9am – 5pm, when anyone is free to drop in and look around without an appointment.image003

Smokescreen Visuals is an award-winning video production company with clients including the NHS, Activision, Craft Guild of Chefs and The London Mint Office. The company was founded by Matt Derbyshire in 2004 after returning to his home town of Eastbourne following a London career making TV and cinema trailers.

The company has fit out its new offices (photos available) to a high standard including three hi-tech video editing suites. Its new base has enabled it to more than double its number of employees and it plans to continue expanding.

MD Matt Derbyshire explains: “We were on the outskirts of Eastbourne and had been looking for new premises for five years – but couldn’t find anything with the right feel until now. Pacific House is like nothing we’ve ever seen before in the area. A building of cutting-edge design and facilities, plenty of parking and good security – it’s what we’ve been waiting for all this time. It’s the ideal environment to enable us to keep on growing.”

Chestnut Tree House provides hospice care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

It has taken two offices for its East Sussex team of nurses, fundraisers and volunteers to enable it to expand – with desks for 20 staff in the building. Its new base is intended to help it to reach more families, raise awareness of its work and attract new supporters.

Tracey Luker, Head of East Sussex Fundraising, said: “We’re caring for around 55 children and young people in East Sussex but there are many more who need our specialist help. Our move to Pacific House gives us more room to accommodate our growing service, better access to major transport routes and a pleasant working environment in a modern, well-equipped building.”

The charity is keen to recruit more volunteers, whether on the basis of a regular commitment or a few occasional hours. Anyone interested should contact 01903 871800 or enquiries@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.

Southern IT Networks provides small businesses with computer services and support and has taken a ground floor office within Pacific House. The company’s services span managed IT, cloud computing, connectivity, business continuity and telecoms solutions.

Coperforma specialises in hospital transport and has moved into a nearly 2,000 sq ft office within the building. The company is a primary provider of transport services to the NHS and arranges more than 1,500 patient journeys each working day.

Match2Lists is a business intelligence company which has taken a first floor office. The company provides software tools which enable firms to match, merge and de-duplicate data lists for marketing and customer management purposes.

About Pacific House: Developed by Sea Change Sussex, the building is a contemporary, three-floor business centre. With offices available from 627 sq ft upwards, it is suitable for small, medium and large companies.

There are small suites available on the ground floor, medium-sized offices on the first floor and two large offices on the second floor.

The building incorporates a light-filled atrium, break-out areas for informal meetings and a conference room. It is designed to be a low-energy building and has parking spaces for 130 cars.

In addition to Pacific House, the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has development sites which can accommodate further business premises up to 80,000 sq ft. Companies can commission Sea Change to develop bespoke freehold or leasehold properties for them or buy serviced sites to create their own.

The Innovation Park is designed to provide an economic boost to the area by providing high-quality premises and sites on previously disused land. It is three miles from Eastbourne town centre and five minutes’ walk to the cafes, restaurants and boutiques of Sovereign Harbour’s marina and retail park.

Business seminar:  A free seminar – How to move your business to the next level – is being held in Pacific House on Wednesday 25th May, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Interested parties can register here.

Anyone interested in offices in Pacific House or sites on the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park should contact one of Sea Change’s agents:

They can also visit www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk to see more information and download a brochure.