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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.


Tesco is expanding a scheme that gives their unsold food to charities from warehouses. Tesco is the UK’s biggest grocer and although it has not had the best of news lately, this is something that makes the supermarket stand out.

Any leftover food will be available to local charities through the UK food redistribution charity Fare Share. The food will come from 10 of Tesco’s UK stores. A lot of food was wasted last year, Tesco claimed, when those who need it could have eaten it. 55,400 tonnes of food was thrown away, 30,000 tonnes of which could have been eaten.

Since 2012, Tesco has been working with Fare Share to donate surplus food. The majority of the wastage comes from bakery items, fruit and vegetables, and convenience items such as sandwiches and salads. These foods are fresh and so it seems likely that there will be some that goes to waste.

Tesco is currently testing an app with the UK food redistribution charity Fare Share and Republic of Ireland social enterprise Food Cloud. The app allows store managers to let charities know the amount of surplus food available to them at the end of each day.

Beneficiaries will include homeless hostels, women’s refuges and children’s clubs.

In April, Tesco had the worst results in its history and ended up with a record statutory pre-tax of £6.4 billion for the year to the end of February. This compares with the year before, when it had an annual pre-tax profit of £2.26 billion.

If you’re looking to get into the Christmas Spirit and support a local charity then have a look at what St Michael’s Hospice have planned for Christmas this year.

Sharing your generosity by donating to this amazing independent charity will defiantly put you on Father Christmas’s good list.

If you didn’t know, St Michael’s Hospice offer their services to the community free of charge throughout the year and one of the ways to support the hospice is by donation.

With Christmas just around the corner why not celebrate with St Michael’s Hospice and pop along to some of their worth while events that they have going on throughout November and December.

Blacklands Winter Wonderland


Blacklands Winter Wonderland

Following last year’s spectacular Christmas light show at Helens Park Road, this year’s switch on will be on Friday 28th November at 6.30pm and as well as the switch on there will also be a fireworks display which has been put on by Renegade Pyrotechnics.

Last year Paul and Rosina Brockington raised a fantastic £2,750 for St Michael’s Hospice with people’s kind donations.

Cooden Beach Hotel Christmas Market

The Cooden Beach Hotel will be opening its doors for a Christmas Market on Saturday 29th November from 10.15am until 12.30pm with crafts and goodies for sale.

Westfield Christmas Lights

Every year the village of Westfield (just outside Hastings) go all out with their luminous variety of Christmas lights and decorations.This year the big switch on will be taking place on Thursday 4th December from 4pm onwards.

This is not too be missed, it is a brilliant way to get into the Christmas spirit and a fantastic way to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

You pop along to St Michael’s Hospice for their annual Christmas Fayre.  The Christmas Fayre will be starting at 10.15am, entrance is just 50p and includes a tea or coffee. Take the kids to see Santa in his grotto and enjoy some mince pies and a drop of mulled wine.

Lights Of Love

You may like to dedicate a star and remember a loved one at this year’s Lights Of Love.

Trees are placed across Hastings and Rother with a special Lights of Love church service held at 3pm on Sunday 7th December.All details and a list of the locations for the services are available on the St Michael’s Hospice website here.

Santa Fun Run

Alexandra Park will be hosting the Santa fun run on Sunday 14th December.  You and your family can dress up and partake in either a 2k or 5k run.  Prizes will be given out for the best costume

For more details head on over to their website here.

In the last year an international medical education charity based in St Leonards on sea has delivered over 1,500 days of teaching and training in 59 programmes in 34 different countries to over 4,000 healthcare professionals.

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PRIME International is now operating in 34 countries

PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education has over 250 highly experienced tutors who volunteer their time, experience and passion for teaching excellent compassionate healthcare. They also help support and resource over 650 individuals around the world with teaching materials and regular publications to enable them to teach and practice healthcare based on sound scientific knowledge and clinical skills, to consider the effects of illness on the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and to provide care with integrity and generous compassion.

In the UK press recently there has been lots of grumbling about access to doctors and our ‘crumbling’ NHS system. In reality almost all the time we can access free, top quality healthcare relatively easily without travelling miles from our homes. This is not the case in many parts of the world were access to healthcare facilities and access for continued professional education may be rare or even non-existent.

In fact over a billion people worldwide lack access to even the most basic healthcare, often because there are no healthcare workers.

This year, as well as ongoing training programmes, PRIME are hoping to:

  • Make all our publications available electronically
  • Increase our training programmes for PRIME tutors, particularly in Africa and America
  • Expand our nurse training
  • Support a new GP diploma in Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda
  • Train and support university lecturers at medical schools in several countries, including Ethiopia and Swaziland
  • Further expand our work in the UK
  • Broaden the use of the Values Added programme in the UK and other countries
  • Engage further with healthcare chaplains, church and community leaders to provide access to healthcare for some of the poorest communities in the world
  • Expand our office-based support and resources team

Last year PRIME’s teaching programme would have cost most NGOs over £600,000 but thanks to PRIME’s wonderful volunteer tutors the charity’s turnover was just £102,000. A donation to PRIME goes a very, very long way.

Find out more about PRIME on their website www.prime-international.org

On the 27th November St Michael’s Hospice is hoping to win a life-changing £50,000 grant to help individuals from Hastings and Rother who live with a life-limiting illness. But, we need YOUR help to win!


Help local charity St. Michaels Hospice by voting on the 27th November.

The Lottery fund and ITV Meridian Tonight are teaming up once again to give away a staggering £200,000 to four charities from the South East of England in the 2013 People’s Millions campaign. Two charities will compete each evening on three successive nights with the three winners from each night and over-all runner-up each receiving £50,000.

St. Michaels Hospice will be pitted against a charity from Chatham as they attempt to win the prize money to help transform their Day Therapy service.

Why do they need the money?

St. Michaels Hospice’s Day Therapy Centre currently helps around 150 people living each day with a life-limiting illness every year by providing the emotional, physical and mental support they need. However there are many more within Hastings and Rother who want and need this service.

If St. Michaels Hospice is lucky enough to win the People’s Millions funding, the money would go toward transforming the Day Therapy to create a welcoming and creative space that people could visit to help them share their experiences, worries and fears. Alongside this, the funding would allow us to offer 400 extra places each year as well as a range of brand new activities including:

Art Therapy Studio and Photographic Suite

The Art Therapy Studio and Photography Suite will provide a space where patients and their families can come together to learn new skills and take part in creative activities that enable special moments to be created and lasting pieces of artwork to be cherished for many years to come.

They will provide an avenue for patients to express their thoughts and emotions through art and photography and in turn will create pieces of work that can be kept, displayed throughout the Hospice or used to raise funds for future projects.

The Peoples Millions funding will enable us to buy all of the equipment needed, including new digital cameras, computers, printers and other materials required to provide the service.

– See more here:

On the 29th September Alexandra park in Hastings will be hosting a charity fun run in aid of raising funds to help aid research cures and treatments for a multitude of male cancers for Cancer Research UK.

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The first Hastings Y Front Run. Raising money for male cancer research.

The fun run is no ordinary 5km fun run as participants are encouraged to run in their Y-Fronts (hence being the Y Front Run) which being in aid of worthy cause will also be amusing for all those involved and for the spectators too.

The Y Front Run can be walked, jogged or run. The warm up kicks off at 10.30am with the race starting at 11am. All entrants will receive a medal and certificate.

The cost of entry is £9.99 and if you can encourage friends and family to sponsor you then all the better, if you would like to set up a just giving page then click here, the event code is N13FYH.

In order to take part please fill out this registration form and return to: y-front-run-hastings@hotmail.co.uk

If you would like to help promote the event please download a poster here you can also visit their facebook page for more information.

Business In Hastings wishes all those who are taking part the best of luck and here’s hoping that the weather is kind on the day to those who are running in their pants.

Bexhill on sea became the centre of the universe for classic car enthusiasts on the August bank holiday when over 5,000 visitors from all over the UK and the beyond descended on the 9th annual Bexhill Classic and Custom Car show.

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The Bexhill classic car show attracxted over 5,000 visitors this year.

The event had over 500 classic and custom cars and motorbikes from the 1920’s up to modern day future classics and heavily modified cars including exotic and prestige makes including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Porsche, Aston Martin, TVR and Rolls Royce along with classic Minis, MG’s, Fords and Jaguars.

There was also a big turnout of American Muscle cars with Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs and Pontiac classic cars on display. There was even a classic 1950’s Routemaster Bus on show that was open for visitors to go in.

Whilst the main focus of the classic car event were the actual cars, there were also some brilliant Falconry displays, demonstrations and live music along with 40 trade stalls selling classic car and motorbike memorabilia, parts and more traditional market stalls.

Joint show chairman Tom Mason said;

‘The Show was a huge success and has been growing ever since we began back in 2004 and has become an event on the classic car show calender, not only in the UK but in Europe too. We’re particularly grateful to all the exhibitors who turned up and this year we also invited local young drivers with their cars to the show and they we’re a very welcome addition to the event.’

The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was perfect for a day out for all the family. Most importantly the show has raised a considerable amount for mostly local charities, not including this event they have raised over £36,000 so far and are still tallying up from the 26th August event.

If you missed the event, never fear, next year is predicted to be even bigger given its the shows 10th anniversary. New members are also welcome to the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club so please go their site here for more information.