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FundingBusiness officially opened its doors on January 5th 2015 at the Innovation Centre. The business is led by Roger Taylor who has 40 years of experience at board level, funding businesses in every industry sector; FundingBusiness already has financial solutions of some 35 million pounds in the pipeline, with deals done of 3.5 million this month so far.funding-business-logo

FundingBusiness is backed by a major City firm and already employs six people. The business is based in Hastings, East Sussex.

Roger believes that SME’s have real alternatives to traditional bank lending that they just don’t know about. He says that the aim of this new commercial brokerage is to bring alternative funding into the mainstream and to find creative financial solutions for start ups to established businesses.

FundingBusiness is one of a group of emerging professional brokers who know how to present applications for funding and to use all their contacts with decision makers to get most lending applications pre-approved, without naming names, before an official approach is made

New financial solutions are coming onto the market almost weekly making it very hard for the average business owner to keep up with all the possibilities.

Alternative funders have now become mainstream, offering more than just one size fits all solutions. Factoring and invoice discounting have been used as viable alternatives to the traditional overdraft for more than sixty years but even these funders are innovative, offering spot and pay as you go factoring. This provides real options for SME’s looking to raise short term cash flow finance, to fund that one large order or to extend a product range.

Business loans, both secured and unsecured have seen the greatest innovation. You can now get whole turnover loans, loans based upon your income from debit/credit transactions, loans backed by your pension fund and peer to peer lending via on line platforms, even same day loans for businesses in distress.

FundingBusiness is approved to work with commercial mortgage specialists Shawbrook Bank, who have the lowest rates in the market for buy to let residential properties and does excellent commercial mortgage rates with fast turnarounds.

Navigating this level of choice can be tricky; ask your accountant for advice, do your research on line, whittle down your choices or talk to a commercial broker like us. Commercial brokers do not charge you for their services, they get a fee from funders when a successful application is made.

If you have been with a funder for years, now might be a good time to check if you are getting the best deal. A bit like swapping your utilities provider, there is often a better deal available. Getting the right funder is not just about the lending rate or funder’s reputation, it is also about the detail and the chemistry between you and the funder.

If your business is looking for expansion finance, support funding, start up cash or if you need cash to see you through a bad patch, give us a call and in just five minutes we will be able to let you know what we can do.

Telephone – 01424 858936



Another new arrival to Hastings Priory Meadow this year will be Deichmann the shoe retailer.Deichmann

The very first Deichmann branch in the UK was opened in 2001 and the total figure of UK Deichmann branches now stands at 80. The Deichmann Group has applied its successful concept of fashionable, quality shoes at excellent prices combined with friendly service to its stores for the UK and is growing year upon year.

The UK range is individually adapted to UK consumers taking country specific trends into account.

Deichmann is the market leader in the German and European shoe business who offer a wide range of shoes for all age groups.

Whether it’s the businesslike brogue from Borelli, glamorous Catwalk party pumps, classic 5th Avenue boots or cute Bären-Schuhe children’s sandals, Deichmann offer the right shoe for every occasion and every fashion need.

Once again this is more brilliant news for Hastings and will insure more jobs for the town.

The Bexhill Giants Basketball Club was founded in 2001 with the objective to provide sporting, educational and life changing opportunities to young and disadvantaged people though basketball, team work and discipline. They are a self-funding club raising funds through sponsorship, and membership fees with a men’s team in the Sussex Basketball League and offer free coaching sessions to local youngsters.World Club Championship 2

In 2013 they were invited to host the touring USA Select Basketball organisation as part of their European exposure tour. Due to the great success of the exhibition match and free youth coaching clinic, USA Select returned again in September 2014, bringing 36 top American players to compete in two exhibition matches and an International Tournament staged in Bexhill.

This August and November they hosted two more International Tournaments featuring Canadian team Toronto Knights and USA’s Lake Michigan Admirals respectively. The Lake Michigan Admirals included the ‘World’s Tallest Basketball Player, Bob Wegner in their team. YouTube footage and press coverage of tournament was syndicated worldwide promoting the event.

As a result of the raising their profile on an international stage they received a number of requests from overseas teams to come to Sussex and play in their tournaments.

A decision was taken to host the World Invitational Club Basketball Tournament this September 2015, which will see men’s teams from USA, Canada, France, Turkey, England and Spain, competing over 2 days in Bexhill to become World Club Champions.

In order to stage this great event they require sponsors to help with funding, with the excellent benefits for the right companies to promote their brand, through their extensive and active social media network, national press and TV and radio  exposure and in addition to supporting a fantastic community event.

Please contact eric.douglin@btopenworld.com  for more details or call 07971821457.


East Sussex County Council are spending £450k to improve Bexhill’s seafront.bexhill seafront

Work begins today to make Bexhill Marina more pedestrian friendly and to increase footfall to businesses in Bexhill.  The plan is to widen the pavements, add a new road crossing and improve the bus stop facilities.  East Sussex County Council are also going to introduce a 20mph speed limit.

The new speed limit and changes to parking regulations will be introduced after this work is completed, while further work to improve Sackville Road roundabout is scheduled to begin in the autumn.

The council are hoping that by improving Bexhill’s seafront for pedestrians it will encourage more people to walk between the seafront and the town centre boosting the towns economy.

Plans for the 950th anniversary for the Battle of Hastings are under way in the town linked to the most famous conflict in English History. Organisers have said that they’re also planning a military parade through Battle and special church services.

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Thousands of people are expected to take part in this event,  five mayors in the French region of Normandy are also being invited to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. The events aim to mark the significance of the battle which altered the course of history in medieval England and led to the Norman Conquest.

The anniversary will be taking place on October 14th 2016.  On this day in history in 1066 the Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill in Battle. It is estimated that Harold’s army was made up of about 6000 soldiers and the Norman army numbered about 7000.

If the legends can be believed King Harold was killed when he was shot through the eye with a Norman arrow.  William went onto win the Battle of Hastings and he was crowned King having successfully invaded England.


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Bank Holidays for most of us mean a lovely long weekend.  We have put together a list of all the bank holiday dates for 2015 so that you don’t forget and can plan ahead for both yourself and your business.

  • 3rd Aprilholiday
  • 6th April
  • 4th May
  • 25th May
  • 31st August
  • 25th December
  • 26th December