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Four more organisations have let offices within Pacific House on Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park within the last two months, bringing the total number in the building to 16.

The latest tenants are Magnetic Business Development, East Sussex Out Patients Services, Unity Care Solutions and South Central Ambulance Service. All have taken offices on the first floor of the contemporary building.PACIFIC HOUSE

Magnetic Business Development is a marketing company which generates business leads for its customers to help them expand. It was set up in 2005 and delivers business development services including tele-canvassing, web site design, search engine optimisation, material production and social media advice.

Magnetic Business Development’s Managing Director, Ebony Varney, explains: “I’d been running my business in Bexhill for 12 years and it was time for a fresh environment. I’d viewed several dark, dingy offices before seeing Pacific House, which just felt like the perfect place for us. It’s bright and comfortable – an aspirational office where I knew we’d enjoy working and I’d be happy to welcome clients.”

For more on Magnetic Business Development, visit https://magneticbd.co.uk.   

East Sussex Outpatient Services (ESOPS) is an independent healthcare provider working with the NHS. Patients can be referred to ESOPS by their GP for expert outpatient treatment. It specialises in general and colorectal surgery, dermatology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, gynaecology, ophthalmology, urology and, for patients registered with a GP in the Hastings or Rother area, orthopaedics.

ESOPS had been based in the South Cliff area of Eastbourne. It has now moved to Pacific House and sees patients in the Harbour Medical Centre 50 metres away. It has 10 management and administrative staff and 26 medical consultants.

Stephen Cotton, Business & Operations Director at ESOPS, explains: “We’ve moved to Sovereign Harbour because it’s so accessible for our patients, who no longer have to travel to the centre of Eastbourne. The Harbour Medical Centre is a modern facility with a minor operations theatre, while Pacific House is a contemporary, aesthetically-pleasing office building with excellent amenities. The landlords are extremely helpful, too”.

For more on ESOPS, see http://esops.co.uk.

Unity Care Solutions provides home-based support for children and adults in Eastbourne and Maidstone, Kent. The company’s 120-strong team includes registered children’s nurses and care workers specialising in learning disabilities.

The organisation has been based in Eastbourne town centre for 11 years and is now moving to Pacific House for its accessible location, easy parking and modern facilities.

Maria Bolton, Managing Director of Unity Care, explains: “We’ve been in very dated premises in the town centre and are extremely excited about moving to Pacific House. It’s providing a big boost for our team.

“I was bowled over when I first walked into the building and instinctively knew it was right for us. It’s modern, bright, has plenty of parking and rooms we can hire for meetings and training as and when we need them. It will also be great to be part of a thriving community of companies within the building – including several in the care sector like us.”

For more, see http://unitycaresolutions.co.uk.

South Central Ambulances NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2006 from the merger of four separate ambulance services. The organisation provides ambulance response to 999 calls, the NHS111 medical telephone advice line and non-emergency patient transport.

It handles over 500,000 urgent calls each year across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire. It also receives around 1.3 million calls to the NHS111 number and provides over 500,000 non-emergency patient journeys. It has recently become the provider of non-emergency patient transport in Sussex and Surrey.

The organisation now has 48 staff in Pacific House, which it says it chose because “The offices are secure, the facilities are ideal for the team and it’s in a prime location”.

For more, see https://www.scas.nhs.uk

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 alike.

The building incorporates a light-filled atrium, break-out areas for informal meetings and two conference rooms. 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 premises up to 80,000 sq ft. Companies can commission Sea Change to develop bespoke freehold or leasehold properties for them or can 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.

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 for more information and to download a brochure.

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Recruiting now: female  volunteers to become mentors

Award-winning charity, The Girls’ Network, is expanding into Hastings, beginning their mentoring programme with St Richards Catholic College this September. This is part of the charity’s South Coast expansion, as they also expand to Battle, Robertsbridge and Eastbourne.

The Girls’ Network was established in 2013, and matches girls from the least advantaged communities with a professional female mentor over the period of 12 months. The charity aims to inspire and empower girls, giving them access to a network of female role models and opening their eyes to the variety of options and opportunities available to them.

Over the last three years, the mentoring programme has worked with 1,150 girls across London, Brighton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Chichester.

“The Girls’ Network are very excited to be expanding” says Becca Dean, co-founder and Director. “We are very much looking forward to working with St Richards, and expanding our network of professional women into Hastings and surrounding areas. Our mentoring programme has had a phenomenal impact on the girls we have worked with to date, increasing their confidence, resilience and self-motivation, and we can’t wait to work in Hastings to open up even more opportunities to their girls.”

We are actively recruiting female mentors around Hastings as well as Battle, Robertbridge and Eastbourne with training on 19th July. Please head to our website www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/mentoring to apply. We are also interested to hear from groups of women or businesses who would like to train to be mentors as a group at your workplace.

If you are a local business who would like to work with The Girls’ Network in Hastings or the surrounding areas please get in touch. As Charly Young, also co-founder and Director of The Girls’ Network stresses “we believe in the importance of rooting our mentoring programme in the local community, establishing links with professional women who would like to mentor as well as businesses to partner with us. Our mentoring programme helps to nurture mentees’ professional skills, allowing them to become the next generation of successful women in local businesses”

If you would like to find our more or contact The Girls’ Network, please email rosalie@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 

For media enquiries, case studies and spokespeople, please contact Langley KIng on: langley@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 

About the Girls’ Network:

The Girls’ Network is an award-winning charity founded by two ex-teachers, Becca Dean and Charly Young, in 2013. It opens up a world of possibility to girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with female mentors from a range of industries, creating the kind of networks they might not have within their own circle of family and friends.

The Girls’ Network has mentored more than 1,000 girls in the last three years, and will be working with 1,200 girls in 2016/17. They work with schools and communities across London, Portsmouth, Brighton and Bournemouth.

They were recently awarded £746,900 from The Big Lottery Fund to allow them to expand their programme into the North of England and transform the lives of more than 5,000 girls over the next 5 years.

The Girls’ Network recently received awards in Portsmouth for ‘Mentor of the Year’ and ‘Biggest Community Impact’, and was listed as an inaugural ‘Diverse Network’ by Inclusive Networks. Charly and Becca were also recognised in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List, 2014.

Partner organisations include Barclays, the Cabinet Office, Portsmouth University, J P Morgan and the Royal Society of Arts.

The Girls’ Network believe that all girls have a right to be able to access the best opportunities available, and should not be limited by gender. It believes girls have the right to high aspirations and knowledge of their self-worth and capacity to shape their world. The Girls’ Network has seen across classrooms, too many girls unable to speak out or express themselves. Both research and its everyday teaching experience shows there to be a real poverty of aspiration and self-worth amongst girls in both mixed and single-sex schools.

For more information, please visit http://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/  Follow us on: facebook.com/thegirlsnetwork, twitter.com/TheGirlsNet




The Let’s Do Business Eastbourne Expo will be taking place on Thursday 30th June at the Winter Garden.

Here is what will be happening throughout the day.let's-do-business-hastings

10.00 – Doors open

10.30 – Sussex Business Bureaus Speed Networking – Booking will be required in advance

12.30 – The Digital Garage from Google FREE workshop – Tell your story online

13.30 – The Digital Garage from Google FREE workshop – Reach new customers online

14.30 – Guest speaker Declan Curry formerly of the BBC

16.00 – Exhibition closes

Pre-Registration for Eastbourne is now open, to save you time on the day please register here.  Upon arrival at the Exhibition make your way to the Pre-Registraion visitors desk, where a name bag and visitor guide will be available to you.

On Tuesday 16th February there is the opportunity to find out more about your Country Chamber and how your business could benefit from the services that the Sussex Chamber of Commerce can provide.

The event is being held at Pacific House in Eastbourne from 8am until 10am and is free to all non-members and is a great opportunity to meet with other businesses and network with potential clients.

If you refer a new member to the Sussex Chamber you will receive a £50 discount on your renewal of membership and your referral will get a bonus of receiving a £50 discount on a new membership.

To book your place call 01444 259259 or click here to visit the website.

Click here to find out more information about Pacific House.

On September the 3rd everyone will join together to cycle to work in order to help businesses overcome the rising cost of transport and travel.

Many jobs, such as an estate agent, involve driving from place to place to get to meetings. On this event it would be easy to say no to driving and yes to an electric bike. There is a free bike loan available to anyone who wishes to take part.

Also in the mix, there are events happening this summer in Eastbourne and Peacehaven where you can join others on a number of led rides. This was organised by the South Downs National Park and East Sussex Bikeability.

There is an opportunity to win 1 of 3 bikes on September the 3rd when taking part in cycle to work day.

Email rachael.cherry@sustrans.org.uk for any enquires or for help with promoting the cause at school or in a workplace.





Pacific House – the first office centre on Eastbourne’s emerging Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park – has now been completed.

To coincide with this, a web site for the Innovation Park has been launched at www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk.

Twenty two prospective tenants viewed the offices on the first open afternoon last Thursday, 16 July, with a number reserving offices and further viewings booked.

Pacific House

Pacific House is a three-floor business centre of striking contemporary architectural design. With offices available within it ranging from 627 sq ft up to the whole 25,235 sq ft building, it is suitable for small, medium and large companies.

There are 11 small suites on the ground floor (from 627 to 952 sq ft), six medium-sized offices on the first floor (1,258 – 1,897 sq ft) and two large offices on the second floor (4,402 & 4,412 sq ft). If appropriate, these could be combined or sub-divided to suit occupiers’ needs.

In addition to the office suites, Pacific House incorporates a light-filled atrium, break-out areas for informal meetings and a conference room. It is designed to be a low-energy building with parking spaces for 130 cars.

Developer Sea Change Sussex – the not-for-profit regeneration company for East Sussex – has already received a significant number of letting enquiries from companies in Eastbourne and further afield.

In addition to the 22 prospective occupiers who viewed the property last week, further viewings are being arranged over the coming days. Sovereign Harbour Residents Association members and Eastbourne Borough councillors are also being shown the building in late July.

Buckingham Group Contracting began construction work for Pacific House in September 2014 and completed the project on schedule.

In addition to Pacific House, Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has sites suitable for 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 develop their own.

The Innovation Park project is designed to provide an economic boost to the area by providing high-quality premises and sites on previously disused land. It aims to help local firms expand and to attract companies to the area, creating jobs.

The Park is three miles from Eastbourne town centre and accessed from Pacific Drive, off Pevensey Bay Road. It is five minutes’ walk to the cafes, restaurants and boutiques of Sovereign Harbour’s prestigious marina, as well as a retail park including a large supermarket, cinema and gym.

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 the new web site at www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk to see more information and images of the scheme and download a brochure for Pacific House.


The Sussex Electronics and Radio fair will be held on Saturday the 6th June at Eastbourne Sports Park and is a new annual fund raising event. The fair is for the local community radio and electronics clubs and groups where the whole sports park will be taken over for the day, with exhibitors inside and outside.

The event brings together a large range of exhibitors including manufacturers, traders, flea market, craft, clubs, groups, bring & buy, raffle, drones, educational and many more. Visitors can be anyone from students to hobbyist and even professionals.

All in all, the event is expected to be a family and friendly atmosphere with hot and cold food, refreshments and ice cream being served all day.

Eastbourne Sports Park has easy access and full disabled facilities, close parking, indoor and outdoor space and is close to the main bus and train routes. It is of walking distance from Hampden Park railway station and is just off the main A22 road into Eastbourne, then Cross Levels Way A2280 and lies at the back of Eastbourne District General Hospital. It is also adjacent to Sussex Downs Vocational Sixth Form College.

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.

Are you a creative professional keen to share some of your insights with young people and inspire the next generation? The Creative Cafe, jointly developed by Culture Shift and Young Enterprise and hosted by the De La Warr Pavilion would like to hear from you.

The Creative Cafe  is aimed at young people 14-16, this Cafe throws a spotlight on creative enterprise. Creative Cafés – are

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea is hosting the Creative Cafe.

informal and lively networking events for creative industry professionals, young people and educators. They are facilitated by an expert and allow for maximum creative communication between all participants. Up to 75 young people from schools in Hastings, Bexhill on Sea and Eastbourne are due to attend.

What kind of Creative professionals are they looking for?

They are looking for a number of professionals willing to give up a half day to meet young people and talk about their careers, their passions and their business. Ideally they are looking for people working in design, digital media, visual arts, photography, film, craft and making, performance, music industry, live events, marketing and promotion.

Previous experience of working with young people is not essential, just a passion for your business or profession, a willingness to share your expertise and insight into making a living as a creative professional.

The Creative Cafe provides the morning programme of a full day event designed to inform and inspire young people about what it takes to develop a creative enterprise.

If you are interested in taking part, or want to find out more about the Creative Cafe then please contact Catherine Orbach at Culture Shift on 07796 306995 or email here here.