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Posted by: In: News, Transport 28 Feb 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

If you’ve had to head up to London recently you may have found it a bit arduous at best when travelling by train. This has been due to landslips caused by the huge amount of rainfall we’ve had over the last couple of months. The good news is that the delays that commuters and other travellers from Hastings to London have had to endure are nearly over.


A normal service to London is about to resume

SouthEastern have today informed Business in Hastings that the Hastings to London line will be partially reopened over the weekend and fully operational on Monday 3rd March.

This means no more replacement bus services and journey times should go back to what they were during normal service. Incidentally there have been three landslips, one near Battle, another at Stonegate and also at Wadhurst.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend and next week.

  • The line between Wadhurst and Robertsbridge will be running as normal from Saturday 1st March 2014.
  • A replacement bus service will continue over the weekend for the other stations mentioned above.
  • The line is expected to be fully open on Monday 3rd March 2014 and normal service is expected to resume.

Have you been affected by the landslip? Let us know in the comment below or join the conversation on our Facebook page here.

Sustrans, the national charity championing sustainable travel, has launched a new project to help small businesses based in East Sussex reduce the cost of business travel.


Reduce business travel costs with Sustrans

The Smarter Small Business Travel project offers a range of free* services delivered by a dedicated Sustrans travel advisor. The advisor can offer anything from advice or short courses to a tailored programme including a review of current travel habits, the development of a travel plan, staff engagement activities and monitoring and evaluation tools to review progress made.

What support is on offer for your business?

  • Site visit and audit to establish transport-related costs and potential for on-site improvements
  • One-to-one support with a specialist travel adviser to develop a travel plan for your business to help monitor the money saving measures. For example, we can advise on fleet vehicles, technology and skills to support smart working and how to promote active travel to staff.
  • Delivery of practical activities such as group walks and rides, cycle training, technology skills workshops and information events
  • Invitations to business networking events and opportunities to share best-practice
  • Signposting to grants to enable smarter ways of working and travelling, and signposting to local providers and tools to support our work
  • On-line resources and web-based challenges between participating businesses
  • Monitoring and evaluation, including baseline and follow-up audits and surveys
  • Recruitment of, and training and support for, a workplace sustainable transport champion

Who can take part and why is it free?

The project is open to independent East Sussex based businesses with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £35 million. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and East Sussex County Council, who are keen to see small businesses improve their profitability and reduce their carbon footprint.

How can you get involved?

For more information or an informal chat about the project, please contact either:

Thinking of selling your business or want to know about how to do it or looking to make the most out of your intellectual property? There is a fully subsidised workshop being held which is there to answer these very questions coming very soon at the Sussex Exchange*, St. Leonards on Sea. (* This event was previously at the Innovation Centre and has now been moved due to demand)

The Event is on Wednesday 19th March and starts at 4pm until 6pm and there will be an opportunity to network as well after


This event is now at the Sussex Exchange.

the event.  Here is the overview of the event;

Legal Business Workshop


Venue: Sussex Exchange, Queensway, St. Leonards on Sea, TN38 9AG
Date: Wednesday 19th March 2014
Time: 4pm – 6pm

(Followed by refreshments and networking)

This fully subsidised event will cover:

  • Preparing your business for sale Presented by Mark Williams
  • Key legal documents every business needs Presented by Nigel Targett
  • Intellectual property – maximise the assets Presented by David Getty
  • How I sold my company – PeoplePlanner Presented by Ian McMullon

Space is limited for the event so if you are interested you will need to register here.

British Film Institute Programming Development Fund – 2014 Round now open to applications


The BFI Programme Development Fund is now open to applicants

The Programming Development Fund will support programming initiatives of cultural significance, high profile and wide reach, encouraging curatorial ambition, achieving economies of scale and bringing films to audiences across the UK in a fresh and original way.

The objectives of the Programming Development Fund are to:

  • Support and promote high-quality, distinctive, diverse film exhibition projects of scale and ambition.
  • Increase opportunities for more diverse audiences across the UK to engage with a wider range of specialised and independent British film, including those in areas with limited provision.
  • Enable film programmers to be more adventurous and experimental in their programming choices and to promote innovation and risk-taking in terms of content and/or delivery model.
  • Encourage greater sharing of programme content and initiatives across the UK.
  • Develop new ways to build stronger relationships between film venues and audiences.
  • Create links to other BFI strategic initiatives relating to education and learning, investment in skills and unlocking film heritage.

Up to £1.4 million per year will be available through the Programming Development Fund over the four years to 2017.

There are three strands of funding available in this fund:

  • Strand 1 is designed to support the development costs of a project which requires feasibility, testing or piloting in advance of a full project proposal. Awards will be within the range £5,000 to £20,000.
  • Strand 2 is designed to support projects which have been fully developed and are ready for implementation. Awards will be within the range of £15,000 to £150,000.
  • Strand 3 is designed to support very large-scale projects only. The BFI expects to make a very limited number of awards under this strand each year. Awards will be in the range £150,000 to £500,000.

Properly constituted organisations are eligible to apply. These include: limited liability companies; community interest companies; charities or trusts; local authorities or statutory bodies.

The Fund is looking to support activity which is delivered mainly as large screen communal audience experience(s) rather than as small screen (digital device) private content consumption. However, projects which contain some activity on other platforms such as online or mobile apps are welcome, especially if they make a demonstrable contribution to audience development and show innovative approaches to achieving the Fund objectives.

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to: research and curatorial fees; staff; office costs; marketing; transportation; hospitality; and audit, monitoring and evaluation.

There is a rolling deadline for Strand 1 and 2, therefore applications can be made at any time. There are two formal deadlines for Strand 3 applications: 2 June 2014 (1pm) and 1 December 2014 (1pm).

Go to the official site here which has all the application forms and further details about the fund.

We love infographics at Business in Hastings and aim to feature the most informative and best ones out there for you.  The one below gives you clear indication of who the current leaders are in the mobile and app store arms race. Check it out and see for yourself;

Mobile Phone & App Store Statistics

by parampreetchanana.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Office equipment is a huge expense for businesses of all size. The good news is there are now more suppliers and providers than ever before, which means more opportunities to save.

Michael Horrocks, Business Journalist for Photocopier Experts, offers tips to help your business get the best deal on your photocopier.

How much does the copier cost?

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Which Photocopier?

This is obviously the first thing you’ll want to find out. The costs of office equipment always vary dramatically, and photocopiers are no exception.

Two models that look relatively similar on paper can  be hundreds of pounds apart in price on different websites, so you’ll  want to do as much price comparison as possible.

How much are the consumables?

You need to think about more than the cost of the copier though. It’s just like buying a printer for your home. Sure you can pick up ‘bargains’ in supermarkets and discount stores but you’ll pay the price when the ink runs out and it costs twice as much as the printer to replace. Office copier manufactures can catch you out in the same way.

If you’re buying a colour copier for your business the consumables are going to be more expensive. These include colour toner, fuser oil and developer. Even the paper is more expensive than the sheets used in a monochrome copier, as it needs to be heavier and brighter.

The most important cost to look out for is the toner. If your machine is going to be producing a high number of copies make sure you choose a model where the cost of replacing the toner is relatively low.

Can the copier perform multiple functions?

You need to decide whether you want a machine that does more than just copy. Many office models can also scan and print. These machines are often more expensive, but it’s a false economy to go for a cheap option if you end up buying more equipment at a later date.

If your business sends a lot of mail you might want to choose a copier that can fold and staple sheets of paper. Machines like the Xerox WorkCentre 4250 can print double sided, assemble, staple and fold paper as required.

A copier with features like these will be more expensive, but if it saves you time and reduce staff costs it will be worth the investment.

What’s the warranty like?

Many people are sceptical about warranties, and it’s certainly true that there is more value in some than others. When you’re offered a warranty you need to check how long it lasts and exactly what it covers. It sounds obvious but you’ll be surprised at how many people are caught out.

Most photocopiers come with a manufacturer’s warranty as standard, and you should only extend this if you think the value is there.

You should also find out whether you can get the necessary technical support in your local area. Most brands cover the whole of the United Kingdom so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get someone to come out and help you in Hastings, but it’s definitely something you should double check before you purchase.

Should you lease instead?

It’s worth questioning whether buying a photocopier for your business is the right decision at all. If you’re not sure how much use it will get going forward and you want a trial run leasing is a good option for you.

It’s also good for businesses looking to avoid large outlays of capital. Upfront sums are particularly daunting for many start-ups and small businesses. If you can’t justify an initial outlay of between £350 and £1000 you should consider leasing instead.

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Are you a film maker who’s looking for a big break? Well this might be of interest to you. Film Director Idris Elba and Samsung have teamed up to give one lucky film maker the chance to work  one-to-one with Idris Elba and get the support and technology they need to create a brilliant short film. This is part of the Samsung Launching People campaign that’s happening right now.

See more on their Facebook page here.

Or go to their main website here.

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Following on from the hugely popular Hastings in the 1980’s footage we featured on here a few weeks ago. We have found another gem on YouTube, this time of Hastings from the 1960’s filmed on an 8mm camera. You’ll notice in the short video that some things are still the same and some things have changed quite a bit, anyway, enjoy.

HRH The Duke of York visited WorkingRite on Wednesday 5th February, a charity dedicated to tackling youth unemployment across East Sussex. WorkingRite matches local young people with small, local businesses for a programme of extended, paid training and mentoring.


HRH The Duke of York at WorkingRite

The Duke met trainees and local employers at WorkingRite’s Hastings office on Cambridge Road. “Education and skills are keen interests of the Duke and this was a great opportunity for him to learn about WorkingRite’s innovative programme”, says Sandy Campbell Founder and Director of the charity.

“Many of our youngsters have struggled with school, or have come from difficult backgrounds, but the WorkingRite programme provides them with good role models. The programme gives them real experience of the workplace and bolsters their confidence. These are all essential for improving young people’s employability and ensuring a more secure, fulfilling adulthood”.

WorkingRite Trainees participate in a unique work-based learning and mentoring programme for up to six months and are paid a training allowance of £70 per week. Each young person is paired with an adult mentor in the workplace who not only teaches their mentee the skills of their trade, but also guides them in the attributes required in the workplace such as professionalism, punctuality and enthusiasm. English and Maths are also seen as essential for life and work and are integral to the programme.

Many young people in East Sussex are struggling to find work. In December 2013, the county’s youth unemployment rate was 7%, but higher in Hastings. Mr Campbell explains, “WorkingRite is providing a vital lifeline into employment for young people with limited options post-16. Finding work in the current market is not easy but by training young people on the job and getting their Maths and English up to standard, we are bridging the gap between school and the world of work”.

Since August, 67% of WorkingRite trainees in Hastings have progressed to a job, further education or an Apprenticeship. For those with few qualifications, it offers a viable route into a rewarding career.

You can see more of what they do by going to their website here and check out the gallery below (All images used with permission from WorkingRite)

Marshall-Tufflex Managing Director Jim Fletcher has announced his retirement after almost 30 years at the Hastings-based manufacturer.

His replacement is Paul Hetherington, formerly Managing Director of Alumasc Rainwater, Drainage, Casings & Plastics Division. Paul took up the post of Chief Executive Officer on February 3, working alongside Jim until his retirement in May.


Jim Fletcher (left) and Paul Hetherington (right) who is the new CEO of Marshall-Tufflex.

“We are delighted to welcome Paul to Marshall-Tufflex,” said Chairman Kevin Page. “He brings with him a vast amount of experience in the production and supply of building products having worked for well-recognised manufacturers and merchants/distributors during his career. I am sure he will prove a superb asset to Marshall-Tufflex and build on the great work done by Jim.”

Paul said: “I am excited to be joining Marshall-Tufflex. It’s a great British manufacturer with a reputation for high quality products, great customer service and ongoing investment in product innovation. I am very much looking forward to meeting customers and helping lead the business to achieve many future successes.”

Paul held senior sales & marketing/customer service positions for Boulton & Paul, The Rugby Group and heating/plumbing merchant PTS before establishing a consultancy in 1999 advising the building industry on the potential of the then emerging internet. From there he became Managing Director of Alumasc Interior Building Products in 2001 before taking on his last position within Alumasc Exterior Building Products in 2010. He remains a non-executive director of the Builders Merchant Federation.

Jim has been at the helm of privately owned Marshall-Tufflex since 2005, steering the company through tough economic times and changing market trends. In recent years it invested in the energy management sector, bringing the highly successful Voltis voltage optimisation system to market and winning awards for its domestic/commercial Boiler Manager solutions.

Its cable management products continue to lead the field, with investment in product development ensuring that Marshall-Tufflex remains at the forefront of its field.

Jim joined Marshall-Tufflex as Group Accountant in 1985 and has undertaken numerous roles within the company as well as being a former non-executive director of BEAMA.

“Jim is a hard act to follow and will undoubtedly be greatly missed,” said Kevin Page. “His professionalism and dedication have enabled Marshall-Tufflex to grow into a solid, dependable yet forward-thinking business that aims to be the leader of the pack in whichever field it operates. I know that Jim is held in very high regard by friends and colleagues within the company and the wider industry. We thank him for his commitment to Marshall-Tufflex and wish him the very best in his retirement,” added Kevin.