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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.

School students from local secondary schools gathered on Tuesday March 22nd at Bannatyne’s Hotel in Hastings to take part in an inspirational programme. It aims to help young people to fulfil their potential and improve their life chances.

Be the Change was developed by LoveLocalJobs.com and humanutopia to help raise 13 and 14-year-olds confidence. It aims to identify and remove barriers to success and focuses on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability.

The students will also engage in several activities with peers and business mentors, which includes a work place visit in the coming months. At the launch event itself, students and business volunteers took part in activities that were led by humanutopia’s founders Carlo Missirian and Graham Moore. Both the founders are former teachers who know the challenges that young people are facing today.

“Our vision is for every young person to have raised hope and confidence, to have the chance to develop life skills and create positive cycles that will prepare them for life. We believe in putting people first, and the Be the Change programme is a perfect vehicle to work in partnership to help young people develop the qualities and qualifications they need for a better future. Working with corporate volunteers and the invaluable support and belief of local businesses and universities adds a further dimension and depth to the engagement and journey the young people will experience,” said the founders.

The programme involves a variety of schools including: ARK Helenswood Academy, ARK William Parker Academy, Robertsbridge Community College, Rye College, St Richard’s Catholic College and The St Leonard’s Academy.

Vanessa Gall, Student Support Manager at Rye College, said: “My students were fully engaged and participated with all the activities which, with some of the students, came as a wonderful surprise to me. The Be the Change team were amazing and connected with all the students on a very personal level. I definitely think this programme will increase self-esteem and raise aspirations.”

Gary Peters, founder of LoveLocalJobs.com, who came up with the idea Be the Change, said: “We believe that Be the Change has the power to dramatically improve lives.  David Cameron said that there are around 25,000 pupils about to start their GCSEs who are at risk of under-achieving or dropping out and that he wants businesses to mentor at risk teenagers. Well, this is exactly what we are doing right here in Hastings in collaboration with local employers, universities and local authorities.”

In months to come, there will be three Be the Change programmes rolling out across East and West Sussex. The Hastings programme is a collaboration between LoveLocalJobs.com and humanutopia. They also have support from Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Learning Network, University of Bright, Heart FM and other local businesses.

Sarah Williams, Director of Sussex Learning Network, said: “The Sussex Learning Network is delighted to be sponsoring the Be the Change programme right across Sussex this year – it’s providing a fantastic opportunity for our educational partners to engage with young people in a really innovative and inspiring way, and we hope to be able to continue to support the programme for years to come.”

Cllr Dawn Poole, Hasting Borough Council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “We are very pleased to support Be the Change. Providing opportunities and enabling young people to develop skills and qualifications they need for better futures is imperative. We look forward to the future success of the scheme and to see aspirations raised in the young people of Hastings.”

On Tuesday 16th February there is the opportunity to find out more about your Country Chamber and how your business could benefit from the services that the Sussex Chamber of Commerce can provide.

The event is being held at Pacific House in Eastbourne from 8am until 10am and is free to all non-members and is a great opportunity to meet with other businesses and network with potential clients.

If you refer a new member to the Sussex Chamber you will receive a £50 discount on your renewal of membership and your referral will get a bonus of receiving a £50 discount on a new membership.

To book your place call 01444 259259 or click here to visit the website.

Click here to find out more information about Pacific House.

Local e-learning company Cherrystone have had their full range of products endorsed by the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).

ITOL is the UK’s elite professional body for learning and development professionals, and promotes commitment to the highest standards in the learning and development profession. It pursues this mission internationally as well as in the UK, with a presence in over 30 countries.

ITOL director Harry Bundred said: “I have been very impressed by the quality of material produced by Cherrystone. I am confident that it will be of great value to trainers, managers and individual learners.”

Through the Cherrystone website, you can quickly access a wide range of ebooks, videos and audio recordings, on topics including personal development, leadership and management, and health and safety. The products are reasonably priced and the easy to use credits system means that you can target your spending on the areas which are most relevant to you and your business. Signing up is free and you will immediately receive a free e-book which is full of top tips for managing your business. All of Cherrystone’s video content is free to access until the end of June –a great reason to sign up today!

On Wednesday the 1st July the Chairman’s Business & Community Breakfast Club will take place. The even starts at 7:15am and is located at the multi award winning Azur at The Marina Pavilion in St Leonards-on-Sea.

The event will have joint guest speakers including the former actor and model, Lee Harrington, who is the owner of a business called Balloons For Events, and Wendy Goreman who is the manager for Young Enterprise East Sussex.

Over breakfast, the event aims to connect businesses and community groups. The price per person is £8, to book your place contact Lord Brett McLean on 07838241222. Alternatively, contact Azur at The Marina Pavilion on 01424 447461.

Here’s the flyer for the Business Breakfast.


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The well established Forte’s Pizzeria business celebrates its 50th year in St Leonards on Sea and many of their customers over the last five decades still keep in touch with their adopted Italian family.

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Mario, Tony, Lucia and David outside Fortes in 1966

Lucia, David, Mario and Tony all celebrated their success in business and their children and grandchildren were able to entice them away from their customers long enough to recreate a photo of them from 1966. They also held a surprise gathering for them at the Pizzeria to share their achievements.

The brother and sister quartet’s Italian parents, Augusto and Minchetta, started their life in England once they had emigrated from their family village, Monforte. They took over Forte’s Ice Cream Parlour on May 24th 1965, which was originally owned by a close family friend named Tony Minchella. During the 60’s and 70’s, ice cream parlours along the seaside were a popular attraction, none being busier than Forte’s along the South East.

During 2005, the brother and sister team changed their focus and decided to reopen the business as Forte’s Pizzeria with Pizziola’s (pizza chefs) from the home of Pizza, Naples. From here, the company blossomed.

The Pizzeria features large photos of Monforte on the wall and both Pasta and Pizza Monforte on the menus as a tribute to the family’s origins.

Forte’s Pizzeria has always brought a touch of Italian authenticity to the Sussex seafront and is widely acclaimed as a true Italian jewel and if you’re a pizza lover then Forte’s Pizzeria is situated at 2 Eversfield Place, St Leonards-on-Sea.

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Jonathan Winchester, the leader of Shopper Anonymous, the St Leonards based customer feedback organization was recently invited to share the stage at the Entrepreneurial Conference with Steve Wozniak, the founder of Apple.

Speaking to 1500 entrepreneurs at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, Jonathan shared his customer service insights based on the 298,000 mystery shops his company has conducted over the past 19 years.DSC_7600_2

“It was a great experience to have been invited to speak at such a prestigious event and to share the stage with Steve for 60 minutes gave us the opportunity to really get the message across that to develop a great business you have to deliver great service.”

“Steve is possibly one of the most influential individuals of our generation and he spoke so humbly about his story and how he developed the Apple brand with Steve Jobs. To then spend some time with Steve was one of my Bucket List moments.”

As a result of the session more than 8000 service improvements were committed to by the 1500 entrepreneurs.

“We like to measure the impact of our presentations and clearly this one hit the mark.  We are considering holding a more local event as result of the feedback we have received to help local SME’s to really make a difference. We shall make an announcement shortly.”

Shopper Anonymous work with more than 700 UK businesses and currently has 16 Regional Directors in the UK. Locally they work with brands such as Mayo, Wynne Baxter, Barraclough and Stiles, Club Class Chauffeurs, The Development Crew to name a few.

For more information please go to www.shopperanonymous.co.uk