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havelock place hastingsCompanies can now get top quality new offices in East Sussex on ultra-flexible terms in a pioneering move to address the Brexit market.

As part of the economic development programme for the area, Sea Change Sussex has introduced a three-month notice period in its leases which, innovatively, can be served by occupiers at any time. This is designed to provide an exceptional degree of flexibility for companies facing unknown market conditions as the UK plans its EU withdrawal.

These new terms are available as part of three-year leases for Sea Change’s small and medium offices in:

  • Havelock Place, Hastings: the high-quality development in the Priory Quarter town centre business district, with eligible units from 541 to 1,659 sq ft
  • Pacific House, Eastbourne: the contemporary new business centre in Sovereign Harbour, with units available from 627 sq ft upwards
  • A forthcoming business centre on the Bexhill Enterprise Park, with units from 600 sq ft upwards pre-letting now.

John Shaw, CEO of Sea Change Sussex, says: “Companies are telling us they still want to invest and grow following the EU referendum, but they feel the economic road ahead will be less certain for some time. So we’ve introduced new leases which means they can have the quality of new premises they want along with an extremely high level of flexibility to react to market conditions as they unfold.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Sea Change’s offices and its new ultra-flexible leases should contact one of the company’s agents:

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Business support service Locate East Sussex is backing a competition to celebrate the unique creative offering along the East Sussex coast.

The 2016 Coastal Culture Trail Film Competition has been launched to promote the East Sussex coast’s unique contemporary art journey and its wide appeal throughout the country. The winning film maker will receive £1,000 to cover costs and will also get a year’s membership of Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The Coastal Culture Trail is the brainchild of the three venues which are located along a beautiful 20-mile stretch of coastline in East Sussex and is supported by Locate East Sussex, which promotes the county as a great place to live and work.

Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Coastal Culture Trail to support this fantastic competition. In East Sussex, we are very proud of the Jerwood Gallery, Towner Art Gallery and De La Warr Pavilion which attract audiences of all ages from across East Sussex, the south east and well beyond with their broad range of events and exhibitions.”

Jessica Courtney Bennett, of Coastal Culture Trail, said: “We are delighted to be working with Locate East Sussex to showcase the universal appeal of East Sussex through our new competition. We want all budding directors to get involved and have a go at getting our vision onto the big screen.”

Designed to challenge perceptions and increase awareness of the arts and culture offering in the area, the trail also aims to highlight other points of interest, like the natural beauty of the South Downs, historic attractions, and local food and drink, encouraging visitors to discover their own Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings.

The search is now on for a film maker to create a short one-minute promotional film for the Coastal Culture Trail. Individuals or small groups can enter.

The deadline for initial story board submissions is Sunday, July 31.

For more details, visit www.coastalculturetrail.com/film or on twitter using the hashtag #MyTrail

The project has been funded as part of the Driving Devonshire Forward (DDF) initiative by the Coastal Communities Fund. DDF is managed by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes Limited.

A partnership between Normandy Tourism and 1066 Country Marketing, based in Hastings and which promotes the eastern part of East Sussex, has produced a medal-winning garden at Hampton Court flower show.

The Norman medieval garden, called ‘Le Clos D’Hastings’ was designed by Normandy native Stephane Marie, the respected celebrity gardener presenter of the number one French TV horticultural show, who has a huge fan base. (The French Monty Don). The medal-winning garden is divided into two sections. The first represents the ancestral meadows on both sides of the Channel, the second a densely planted area designed like a tapestry, featuring plants from around the world that the English and Normans, with their shared passion for gardening, have enjoyed sharing for centuries.

Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country marketing, explained :- “We were very pleased to work with our friends from Normandy tourism on this project. And Stephane Marie is a great fan of 1066 Country, having previously visited the area and featured Great Dixter on his show.

“As well as helping provide financial support, 1066 Country marketing staff are on the stand every day promoting this area, including its splendid and varied gardens and parks, the 950th anniversary events, and the ROOT1066 international contemporary arts festival.

“We also helped decorate the stand, and I’m very grateful to Sue Bower of Nelson Antiques in Hastings High Street who provided a fantastic oak table, two benches and a blanket box.

“Hampton Court flower show is an incredibly popular event, with well over 100 000 visitors expected over the next few days. It is a great opportunity to market our own fantastic gardens and for us to promote the many events that are taking place here this year.”

Recent forecasts suggest that the East Sussex economy could expand by about £2,900 million gross value added (GVA) between 2013 and 2025. GVA is the value of goods and services produced in the area.

Over this period, between 18,270 and 25,490 jobs could be created which includes full and part-time as well as self-employed.  Sectors that are anticipated to grow at the fastest rate in terms of employment between 2013 and 2020 include construction and financial and business services. Manufacturing and government services are fastest to contract.

Sectors such as construction, accommodation and food services, information and communication and financial and business services are expected to grow at the fastest rates in GVA between 2013 and 2020. The East Sussex economy is expected to grow at the same rate as the South East with the only sector predicted to decline being mining and quarrying.

The construction sector however is forecast to recover and is expected to grow at a quicker rate in East Sussex compared with regionally.

In 2013, when many of these statistics were complied, there were 2,645 more business starts across the county than there were closures, which were just below at 2,100. This is the first time this has happened since the recession. Although this is a step in the right direction, it is far more delayed compared to the regional and national trends as business starts began to rise and exceeded closures in 2011.

The only exception was Hastings as this area managed to follow the national trend. The town presents successful survival rates with 45.3% of new businesses surviving for 5 years.

The information for this report came from East Sussex in Figures and this is from their latest economic update.

Business people from across East Sussex gathered at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to learn how innovation, partnership working and good design drives success.

Around 50 people attended the Business Growth by Design event on Tuesday (April 28) organised by the University of Brighton in partnership with business support service Locate East Sussex and sponsored by Marshall Tufflex.


Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, hosted the seminar and networking event which began with a welcome from Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion, who spoke about how the venue has achieved a sharp increase in commercial profit.

Simon Riley, CEO of MakerClub, told the audience how his start-up business teaches high-end digital skills to young people and that plans are in place to franchise his venture.

James Byford, Research Fellow from the Fusebox24 knowledge exchange project, explained how this experimental new start-up programme used a variety of techniques to support innovators develop their businesses.

The third seminar was from Professor Gillian Youngs, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Digital Economy, who focused on how the digital economy provides new opportunities for innovation.

This was followed by Dr Carlos Peralta, Senior Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Art, Design and Media, who explained the benefits of collaborations between designers and scientists.

A question and answer session evolved into an interesting discussion about business and innovation, followed by networking with drinks.

Philip Johnson said: “The event was a great success and thanks to the speakers for their thought-provoking presentations which sparked interesting discussions afterwards and gave attendees interesting ideas on ways to grow their business.”

More than 1,700 jobs are expected to be created in East Sussex thanks to a £5.7 million funding boost from the Governments Growth deal funding scheme. Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hailsham will benefit from the expansion of the scheme.


The latest funding includes £2.6 million to improve road links to the new business park currently being created in Bexhill, close to the Bexhill to Hastings link road site which will also open up land for the development of 400 new homes.

In Eastbourne £1.7 million will be provided for site infrastructure in the development of the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park.

In Hailsham £1.4 million will be used to construct a junction and access road linking the A22 with the new Shallow Business Park which is set to provide 15,000 sq m employment space.

The cash boost, to be delivered between 2016 and 2021, is part of a £46.1 million investment resulting from a successful bid for Growth Deal funding by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Growth deals which are aimed at boasting economic development , are agreed by the Government with local enterprise partnerships across the country.

Dolphin wins pub of the year

What better way to start an article than by sharing the news that the family-run Dolphin pub, at Rock-a-Nore, opposite the Net Huts in Hastings old town, has been named the South East Sussex CAMRA Pub of the Year for the second year in a row.

So, what does the Campaign for Real Ale know about pubs, other than whether they sell good cask-conditioned beers? Well, they do take into account how their champion integrates with the community.

In this respect, the Dolphin raises thousands of pounds every year for local charities, is closely connected to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and has beendolphin instrumental in the refurbishment of the retired fishing boat that is sited opposite. Members of the RNLI regularly visit for social events, the pub gets involved in Old Town festivals such as Fat Tuesday and the Pram Race, and is the starting point of the Jack in The Green May Day procession, opening earlier than usual to provide refreshment for participants and observers. Do I need to go on?

There is a variety of live music performed here by local musicians three nights a week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and usually on the last Sunday afternoon of the month.

Food is served every afternoon, and on Mondays the kitchen reopens at 6pm for a special ‘Fish Supper’ deal. Of course, the Dolphin also sells liquid refreshments, soft drinks, wines, spirits, numerous keg beers, including three of the newer ‘trendy’ craft ales. And, of course, the thing I really love writing about… It sells 6 cask-conditioned ales – and what better way to start writing about finding such beer in Hastings than visiting the local champion public house?

The Dolphin sells three regular ales, 2two from East Sussex brewers, Harveys and Dark Star, and three regularly changing guest ales. On a very recent visit I found that two of the guests were also from East Sussex brewers, 1648 and Rother Valley.

All of this is why the Dolphin can be regarded as a fine example of a community pub, and why it won the CAMRA award again, and why I have commenced my search for beers of and in Hastings and East Sussex here. I trust I have caught your interest, because next I shall look to the local brewing industry, cheers!

By Steve the Beermeister. Article courtesy of the Hastings times

According to East Sussex In Figures (ESIF) Both Hastings and Rother have the lowest number of households who have an internet connection  in the county.


Hastings and Rother need to get more households connected to the web to keep up with neighbouring towns and areas.

In 2013 Rother has 28,009 households who have a connection out of a total of 41,853 total households which is a take up of 66.9%.

Hastings is doing slightly better with 28,111 out of 41,768 households which works out at 67.3% take up so far.

When comparing this to the county average of 72% its clear to see that there is still a way to go until the town and Rother region catch up with the rest of the county. The GB average is 77.6%.

However, given the speed of which the high speed broadband roll-out is happening in the area, traditional broadband connections should get cheaper and with fibre cables the quality will be better with speeds of up to 60mb/s already available in the area through well know suppliers this we hope to see change quite rapidly.

To see the full table and comparisons please go to ESIF’s page here.

There will be a Business Funding Exhibition and seminar at the 3rd December. See the flyer below for details about this great event.

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