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The Checkatrade.com Expo returns to the  Azur at the Marina Pavilion in St. Leonards on sea on Friday 17th March starting at 10am.

This year’s event will be attended by the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, The Mayor of Eastbourne and the founder and CEO of the Checkatrade.com group of companies Kevin Byrne.

Checkatrade.com is the official partner to East Sussex Trading Standards Authority  and are proud to have a presence in the County.

The Checkatrade.com group of companies are responsible for contributing  £2.8 Billion pounds per annum to the UK economy.

The event is a B2B, B2C, B2G and B2E  event and will boast other high profile visitors throughout the day.

All day networking combined with the latest products and services on offer makes the Checkatrade.com Expo the ideal event to attend if you are in the trade.

We’ve also been told that there are a few exhibition stands remaining and a high media presence confirmed so if you want to be part of the bigger, better and bolder  Checkatrade.com Expo then contact Lord Brett McLean for further details.

The Luna Cinema is using Hastings rebuilt pier as a platform to show a variety of open air movies. We were lucky enough to pop down on Saturday to see Star Wars – The Force Star Wars on the PierAwakens, the doors opened at 7pm and the film started at 9pm.

Tickets for it were a tad on the expensive side however it is a unique experience, they are also non-refundable unless the Luna Cinema specifically says the weather could cause the showing to be dangerous. Luckily for us it wasn’t raining and not too cold either.

The screen was sat on the front half of the pier, pointing towards the sea. Which meant you could either use the open space or sit on the steps going up to the restaurant seating area.

The showing was delayed a little and started at around 9:30pm, this was to ensure it was dark enough to see the film clearly.  The image and sound quality were a lot more impressive than we had expected, and you could not here a thing from the traffic just outside of the pier.

This was a great way to start things rolling on the pier, the first night was a documentary RE: The Pier, followed by Jaws and Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Pride and Dirty Dancing will be shown on 27th and the 28th May.

There is really something for everyone, and is a really fun experience if you are up for braving the weather.

It’s back! Reaching Rio – the Sussex workplace physical exercise challenge is back for a third year, and is packed with some fantastic new features!reaching rio

Registration is now open for the challenge (www.reachingrio.org) which runs from Monday 13 April to Sunday 5 July 2015.

Reaching Rio is the annual challenge taking teams on a virtual route from London to Rio – where physical activity, from walking to football, dance to swimming, is logged by teams online and converted into miles.

Teams work together to race to Rio along the interactive map. Miles are gained by doing physical activity such as walking, cycling, team sports and dancing, then logging activity via the website or mobile web app.

It’s fun and is a great topic of conversation in the office. Why not set up teams in your area and have a mini-challenge to see who can reach Rio first?

Team can be made up of up to five people, it is ideal if you all work together but you could have a team of freelancers or get friends and family from other Sussex businesses in your team. It’s your team, you decide!

The Leader Board showcases progress and members’ profile pages list their calorie burn statistics and team progress.

As an added incentive, there are prizes to be won along the way, and a grand prize for the first overall team to reach Rio.

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to take part. Why not use it as a chance to refresh any long-forgotten new year’s resolutions to be more healthy!

Ever heard of  TED Talks? Well if you haven’t they full of great speakers from all sections of business and society who are there to share ideas and inspire delegates to the event. Normally you would have had to travel quite far to go to one, however there is some good news as TEDxBrighton 2014 will be taking place on Friday the 31st of October 2014 at the Dome Concert Hall. tedxbrighton logo

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics.

Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and many more.

Now you don’t have to travel far to go to these hugely popular events as TEDxBrighton is happening soon.

The title of  this year’s TEDxBrighton is ‘Many Hands’, the theme being exploring ideas around connectivity, convergence and community.

The one day event will be looking at the prevalence of technology in the networked age, how our social networks can leave us feeling more isolated than ever and how, in our world surrounded by screens, we are driven to desire the physical and also explore how intimacy looks in the modern age along with ideas of connectivity across distance, flash mobs, subcultures, the maker movement and how skills once commonplace within our locale, have become rarities akin to art.

TEDxBrighton will present those innovative individuals whose work engages with that sweet spot between audience and performer, those who’ve brought ideas, theories and people together in unexpected places and those who are changing the face of technology to be more physical than ever.

There will also be the ‘ideas lab’ which will running in the Dome foyer throughout the day and aims to be a soap box for the very best ground breaking inventions, designs and new technologies from the South East and beyond.

All in all it should be a great day for those that are looking for inspiration and ideas both for life and business.

You can find out more via the link here.

Green drinks is a regular social meet up for anyone involved or interested in environmental issues.

To kick of the first event Sustrans, the charity for active and sustainable travel, would like to invite business owners to join them for a drink in Hastings on Thursday 8 May to promote the launch of our new TravelChoice challenge.


Travel Choice Challenge starts in June.

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work (and back) and any journeys for work by walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing.

The challenge will be running during the whole month of June and Sustrans will be organising a number of fun events to help support businesses that take part.

They are inviting businesses or anyone interested in sustainable and active travel to join us at this free networking event. Business that sign up to the challenge on the evening will be entered in to a prize draw as well although we have no details on what the prize is yet it should be a fun, informative and educational evening for all who go.

The details for the event are as follows:

White Rock Hotel
White Rock
35 White Rock
TN34 1JU

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)

To register please contact Rachael McMillan on Rachael.mcmillan@sustrans.org.uk or call 07528261451


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The local Growth Accelerator team, in partnership with Hastings Council, is inviting East Sussex’s most go-getting businesses to a breakfast briefing on Friday March 28th at the Sussex Exchange.


Looking to expand? The Growth Accelerator business breakfast will be a great event to be at.

Successful small businesses are often ‘Opportunity Rich’ but ‘Strategy Poor’ – run by talented owner-managers that are full of energy and ideas but lacking the time or experience to map out a pro-active growth strategy. This means that their growth potential is often limited.

The free breakfast briefing is aimed at all businesses who are determined to grow, with 5-249 employees and an annual turnover of less than £40 million so if you’re business fits this profile then this could be a good event to be at.

The briefing will help you step back and identify the specific obstacles that could be holding you back, then look at how Growth Accelerator, together with local Regional Growth Funds, can help you overcome them.

It will also be a good opportunity to network with other ambitious local businesses. Here’s the agenda for the day:

8:30  Arrival, Coffee & Networking

9:00  Welcome & Introductions – Cllr Peter Chowney,
Hastings Borough Council (tbc)

9:05   Common Barriers to growth – Jane Ollis, BSK-CIC

9:15   The Growth Accelerator Service:
Unlocking Potential – Alex Ledger, BSK-CIC

9:30  ESCALATE, ESI-3 & SUCCESS– the new
local Regional Growth Funds and how to apply

9.45    High Growth Client Case Study (tbc)

10:00  Q&A / Interactive Discussion led by a
GrowthAccelerator Coach – Martin Stanton, EMC

10.15     Close & networking

The business breakfast is on Friday March 28th 2014 starts at 8.30am until 10.30am at the Sussex Exchange, Queensway, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9AG.

If you would like to attend please contact Alison Hammond on 08457 226655 or you can email her here.

Hastings Borough Council is leading a European project to improve the environment with the SAFE-ICE initiative.

The ‘SAFE-ICE’ initiative brings together twenty  partners from four European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom)  to develop a common understanding of what a low carbon economy actually means, and highlighting good practice in terms of research, innovation and business support. 



“The first phase of the work will be completed by May 2014, including a business congress and publication to share the good practice that has been identified.

“We pride ourselves in Hastings on being ‘famously green’, and it is a real feather in our cap to be leading on this work.”

For more information about the project please click here.


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.

The aim of the event is to inform local businesses of the opportunities that may exist during the construction and operation of the project and will be taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 from 10.00am at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.


Rampion offshore wind farm meet the buyer event

Delegates attending the event will receive a form at the end of the day, which they can complete to assign their businesses to the relevant procurement packages so that E.ON’s Tier 1 suppliers are made aware of local suppliers of products and services.

The event is free to attend with a conference style programme in the morning expected to include the following presentations:

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Project Update – Chris Tomlinson, Rampion Development Manager, E.ON

* Rampion Supply Chain Steering Group – Background and objectives – Jonathan Williams, CEO, Marine South East

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction including timescales, scope and details of the processes for local companies to become involved – Vaughan Weighill, Rampion Project Manager, E.ON

* The ‘Contract Quilt’; an explanation of all the Tier 1 contract packages that make up the construction of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – Ian Baker, Onshore Electrical Package Manager and Naren Mistry Offshore Engineering Manager, E.ON

The event will break for a networking lunch where delegates will be able to meet other local businesses and key contacts and procurement staff from E.ON’s Rampion Project Team.

The afternoon will comprise four breakout sessions which will look in more detail at the core packages, to allow local companies a greater understanding of where they could fit into the supply chain, specifically:

* Turbines – including a presentation from a wind turbine supplier
* Offshore balance of plan (foundations, cables etc)
* Onshore infrastructure (substation, trenches, cabling etc)
* Operations and maintenance (vessels, monitoring, maintenance etc)

These breakout sessions will look at the core packages in more detail, offering further information on the sub-packages that are required to deliver the core packages and where local companies might fit into the supply chain. The breakout sessions will be more interactive with plenty of time for Q&A

At the end of the day delegates will receive a form from E.ON, which should be completed by delegates to highlight the products and services their businesses can supply and the key packages they could contribute to. These will subsequently be passed on to relevant Tier 1 Contractors, once appointed, to seek to maximize local involvement in the project.

The event is suitable for all businesses located in East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire who think they might be able to supply products and services to support the construction and/or operations and maintenance of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

The event is especially suitable for civil engineering companies, general engineering companies and marine businesses.

To register your free place at this event please go to:


This article originally appeared here.

Bespoke Training Eastbourne are holding a free business planning and growth session at Let’s Do Business Summerfields offices. Here are the details if you are planning on going.

  • Date: Thursday, 5th December 2013
  • Time: 10am till 1pm
  • Venue: Let’s Do Business Hastings, Summerfields Business Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1UT
  • Investment: FREE (normal ticket price £299 + VAT)

If you’re looking at growing your business then this free business planning seminar will be a great one to go to. We have been informed that places are limited so if you are looking to go then don’t delay. If you require more information then feel free to call

The outline of the course is here as a downloadable PDF: Event_Summary Leaflet_A5.

Here’s the promotional flyer for it.