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Posted by: In: events, Initiatives, Investment, Jobs 20 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Lord Brett McLean Chairman of the FSB and County’s Economic Advisory Board has teamed up with Avanta Hastings to launch a new employment initiative “100 jobs in 100 days”.

The official launch takes place on Monday 24th March at 11am at the Avanta offices at 6 Bank Buildings Hastings.

The event launch will welcome employers and representatives from both small and large businesses into the Hastings AVANTA ‘S HQ’s and over a complimentary buffet lunch will introduce these business people to Avanta clients seeking part or full time employment.

Businesses who will be attending include:- Checkatrade.com, Sainsbury’s, WH Smith, Co-op, Poundland, Hastings Direct, Azur Marina Pavilion, Observer Newspaper Group, Hastings Borough Council, Harcourt’s Tea House, XIII CONSULTANTS, FSB etc.

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100 jobs in 100 days launch is on the 26th March

As an incentive to employers there will be a ‘back to work payment’ awarded to each business to the value of £ 2,700. 00 per employee.

Lord Brett McLean said ” Following the successful 100 apprentices in 100 days campaign launched last year by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd I have decided to echo the initiative but with a difference – 100 real jobs in 100 days thus boosting local employment and economic development opportunities. If successful and there is no doubt that it won’t be; this scheme will then be launched as a nationwide initiative and I will be delighted as an ambassador for Avanta to ensure that this entire program is successful with Hastings and St Leonards on Sea being the flagship example for increased employment.

After months of consultation and a huge amount of support including petitions from the public to keep it open, Hastings main post office at Cambridge Road is set to close in March 2014. It is unknown how many jobs will be lost but with any closure or downsize there is an unfortunate inevitability in this.

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Hastings post office closure is happening in March and moving to Priory Meadow shopping centre.

The post office is going to move to WHSmith’s in Priory Meadow shopping centre and given how busy this main post office is all the time we are a speculating here at Business in Hastings as to whether the same level of service (and quality) can be achieved in its new location.

We spoke to Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye who has been one of the main opponents of the Hastings post office closure and relocation, she said;

“This makes a total mockery of the word ‘consultation’. Thousands of Hastings people signed my petition and Post Office Ltd have chosen to disregard their wishes. This is a clear downgrade of our postal services, a downgrade of accessibility for disabled customers and a downgrade to our town centre.”

As to what the old building will be turned in to is anyone’s guess at the moment, we doubt it will be anything that can serve the public as the post office does and the general feeling from residents and businesses via the FSB is of exasperation to the decision as the post office is always busy.

We will keep you updated as to any more developments regarding this. Feel free to let us know your thoughts and views on this.