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Aldi is to hire 5,000 more staff in the UK alone this year and has announced plans to open 80 new stores.

After this expansion, the discount supermarket will have 700 stores and more than 32,000 employees in the UK.

The discounter is the UK’s sixth-biggest supermarket, owning 5.6% of the market share in the 12 months to January, according to analysts at Kantar Worldpanel. As well as this, the company has doubled its market share in the last three years.

Due to the discounted supermarkets being such a success, the big four supermarkets were pushed into a price war.

Jobs available include managers, stock assistants and store staff. Aldi also now owns more of the market share than Waitrose and Lidl.

Tesco shares rose by 1% on Monday, and Sainsbury’s and Morrisons both added more than 3%.

The annual Hastings Jobs Fair, will be returning to the Sussex Coast College Hastings. on Friday 27th March, 10 till 3.  This will be the fourth year the event has been running for in the town.

Amber Rudd MP, who is the host of the event said:

“I am delighted to be hosting my fourth jobs fair in Hastings. Last year we had 30 local businesses with a total of 160 vacancies on offer.”

“There has been a 44% fall in unemployment since May 2010 when I was first elected as your MP, from 3,502 claimants to 1,959 in January 2015. There has also been a 48% fall in youth unemployment. Whilst these figures are excellent news, we cannot be complacent.  I recognise that it can be difficult to find a job if you don’t know what opportunities are available, if you feel you need to improve your skills or if you haven’t been in work for some time. This is why I am continuing to hold my jobs fairs for the people of Hastings that are still finding work hard to find.”

Last year 26 job seekers were recruited at the fair and 143 followed up on apprenticeship training schemes.

Comments from the exhibiting companies were extremely positive about the whole event.

Lloyds TSB ‘Fantastic event and great for networking.’

Sainsburys ‘A great opportunity to engage with people face to face. We successfully recruited from the day.’

Avanta, ‘Made great new connections and secured business in excess of our expectations.’

We expect this to be the best year yet and would like you to be a part of it if: you have vacancies to fill, apprenticeship or training schemes please contact us on: 01424 441833 or visit the web site: http://www.hastingsjobsfair.co.uk for more details.


Hastings Independent is a free fortnightly newspaper for the Hastings & St Leonards community. This month has been a milestone month as not only did the paper celebrate its first anniversary but on Saturday 21st February it began its long awaited training programme for people interested in journalism and newspaper production.

As a community newspaper run by volunteers, one of its aims is to provide opportunities for those considering a profession in the newspaper industry but experience is often very difficult to obtain. The Hastings Independent has developed an on-going training programme, starting with an introductory overview to be held at regular intervals and they will be making topic specific subject courses such as research, sub-editing, editing and production available over the year. These will be advertised on the website and in the paper (and in Business in Hastings!).

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For the first introductory course Hastings Works kindly provided a suitable training space, and the workshop was run by the paper’s existing volunteers.  This meant the group is able to offer training free to anyone interested, in line with its guiding principles of supporting all people in the community.

On Saturday twenty prospective reporters and editors attended and went through an introductory session. The first part introduced the newspaper production process from inception to distribution, the overview of the roles of the various people involved and the legal requirements that are specific to the business. The second part focused on journalism; how information is gathered, verified and then written. Those wishing to were offered a topic to research and prepare an article which they could submit for consideration for inclusion in the newspaper.

Hastings Independent is a not for profit organisation. Its income is from grants, donations and from limited paid advertising in the paper and on the website. Back issues are available to download from its website www.hastingsindependentpress.co.uk. Potential advertisers are welcome to discuss opportunities with us, particularly those with a community focus.

Hastings Independent is always interested in suitable stories and leads so please send any you are aware of to subs@hastingsindependentpress.co.uk.


A brand new innovative company have come to East Sussex.  Quit 51 are the new provider of the local Stop Smoking Service across the whole of East Sussex. Big Wheel - Stoptober 2014

Quit 51 were established in 2012 and the company has grown dramatically in that time. Initially the company tendered and won contracts for three stop smoking services which began in April 2013, with four more by April 2014 and by April 2015 there will be a total of 10 stop smoking services being run by Quit51 across England.

The company is dynamic, forward thinking and uses evidence based systems to help reduce health inequalities. They provide a gold standard service for clients and include direct supply to clients so there is improved access to approved medication for them.  Quit 51’s ethos is to work upwards from the client and to principles that do no harm, follow evidence and provide and deliver the highest quality of service they can and they work closely with their clients to achieve this and always put their needs first..

Staff are easily recognizable by their distinctive white and green uniforms and run their practices in accordance to the needs of the client.  They are flexible in their approach and are non-judgemental.  Friendly advisors are happy to provide one to one’s, group settings either in a community venue or at their place of work.  Quit 51 also offer a telephone service and home visits if necessary.  Quit 51 offers support to clients over 12 weeks where behavior change, motivational techniques and pharmacotherapy will be provided for free at point of access. .

Quit 51 pride themselves on their success having been awarded the National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training (NCSCT) approved provider status after the first year of operation.  Emma is proud to say that the service is hitting both public health targets as well as having close financial controls in place that benefit all those involved with cessation work across East Sussex.  This has come about as a direct consequence of delivering excellent targeted services in areas of highest need.  This could not have been done without close working practices and the collaboration of key partners including GPs and Pharmacists, HCP’s and statutory and voluntary services.  Staff work closely and in partnership with local organisations and take part in many promotional events to raise awareness of their free, non-judgemental service available to everyone in East Sussex.

If you are interested in stopping smoking or know someone who does, then please contact us initially on: 0800 622 6968 or alternatively you can email them at adviser@quit51adviser or visit their website at:  http://www.quit51.co.uk


The Prime Minister, David Cameron visited Hastings today where he made a speech setting out the Conservative Party’s manifesto theme at the Saga offices based in the town centre.

Pensioner benefits will continue to be protected if the Conservatives win the general election, Cameron pledged today.

Universal winter fuel payments, free bus passes and television licences will be shielded from cuts in a repeat of the promise the Prime Minister made ahead of the 2010 poll.

Click here to find out  what else the Prime Minister David Cameron had to say in Hastings today.

Today see’s the start of the Fat Tuesday Festival celebrations.  The festival is a five day Mardi Gras music festival on the south coast. 13-17th February 2015.

320 gigs will be taking place across the town as well as the Umbrella Parade on Sunday, the Mardi Gras ball, a traditional jazz festival and a two day music industry seminar. All of which will be accompanied by countless costumes and colorful Characters.

Most events are free, with several new additions for 2015, and there is something for all ages.

The festival launches this evening with Lucky Friday. Music comes from Dr Savage and The Fat Tuesday 2nd Line, from 8pm at Pissarro’s, South Terrace; 9pm at The General Havelock, Havelock Road; and from 10pm at the Jenny Lind, High Street, where the Cajun Dawgs will also take to the stage.

Tuff Legs by name and tough legs by nature – that’s the plan for a dedicated group of seven employees from Marshall-Tufflex who are in their final weeks of training for the Hastings Half Marathon. marshall-tuff-legs-1

The team – Helen Munday, Rachael White, Annette Fry, Josh Hayler, Joe Johnson, Laurence Glaze and trainer Hannah Hayler, will be pounding the pavements of Marshall-Tufflex’s home town on March 22 to raise cash for Demelza House Children’s Hospice.

Experienced runner Hannah, who is also tackling the London Marathon in April, has been training the team since September. She said: “Everyone has been training really hard and putting in lots of time and effort, often on dark, cold and rainy evenings. The training is not only raising money for a good cause and improving staff morale but has also given some of the team the running bug!”

The Marshall Tuff Legs team includes very experienced runners (Hannah with several marathons and half marathons under her belt) to those who have never run before and lots of levels in between. Ages range from teenage to mid forties (ish!) and represent different departments of the cable and energy management manufacturer. Unfortunately three members of the original squad (Natalie, Gareth and Craig) are unable to run on the day but will be out supporting their colleagues.

To support Marshall Tuff Legs visit




On Friday, 16 January 2015 the government announced the court fees reform proposals, which are intended to reduce the deficit on the costs of the civil and family courts, essentially by increasing the fees payable by those using the civil courts.money-up

The principal change is that the fee to issue proceedings for the recovery of money is raised to 5% of the value of the claim for all claims over £10,000. Therefore the court fees on a claim worth £200,000, for example, will go up by £8,725. A claim worth slightly less than that figure (for example claim valued at £190,000) will cost more than six times as much in court fees as it does now.

Many say that the effect of such a considerable increase would have a disproportionately adverse effect on some groups, for example low income individuals or small and medium enterprises and that the increase would also reduce access to justice for many.

In short, if you have any claim, do not postpone. Call 01323 644222, and our Civil team will help you. Rest assured, whatever the situation is we will be on hand to advise. An initial call to us will cost nothing, but may lead to a saving of cost or a gain in the long run.

Energy management specialist Marshall-Tufflex’s recently launched E-PRO Approved initiative has been welcomed by Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd.marshall-tufflex-logo

E-PRO is the first approval scheme of its kind for electrical contractors installing energy management solutions. Those accepted on to the programme are trained and fully supported by Marshall-Tufflex.

Ms Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said of the scheme: “I welcome Marshall-Tufflex’s new investment in energy management education and skills and wish them every success.”

To apply to become E-PRO Approved installers must be registered with NICEIC, ECA, SELECT or NAPIT. If their application is successful they will attend a training course and, once approved, have access to on-going technical and product training, inclusion in an online ‘Find an Installer’ directory, full technical support and the ability to generate branded quotations on-line plus sales and marketing support.

For more information visit www.eproapproved.co.uk


Hastings is getting more popular bringing in more tourists every year.  Over the years it has become bigger with more restaurants, an art gallery and plenty of  boutique shops opening up.

It always great to see Hastings in the news for positive reasons.

Have a read of this brilliant article from The Guardian about what you can do in Hastings.100680575