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RDPI is delighted to announce the launch of Unlock your potential – a year that will change your life, in St Leonards-on-Sea. This programme is the brainchild of Katie Day and Dr Roger Prentis, who together have decades of experience and expertise in the areas of business coaching, training and consultancy, having worked all over the world with many major global organisations including the UN.

Unlock your potential will take you from where you are today to where you want to be. With six months of targeted seminars, supported by six one-hour webinars, the first half of the programme will equip participants with the key skills, strategies and confidence to realise their potential. Realise they have bucket loads of potential, and realise this potential by bringing it out into the open. The seminars are unlike any you have attended before. These sessions are aimed at getting to the core of who you are, exposing your brilliance and catapulting you into your future. All participants have the opportunity to enter the competition at the end of six months, where the top ten will be invited to pitch their business in front of a selected audience, including potential investors, at a London based prestigious venue. The pitches will coincide with the Awards ceremony with an exciting package for the overall winner.

As if this wasn’t enough, after the six month programme, you will be supported for a further six months via the monthly Mastermind Groups. These will bring together everyone on the programme to share successes, embed the learning, talk through any challenges and receive independent and supportive feedback.

The programme is being offered at the introductory price of £150 per month, or if paid in advance, £1250, which represents a saving of £550.

The launch of Unlock your potential will be on 30th June in London, with the full programme starting in St Leonards-on-Sea in early September. For more information, contact Katie or Roger at unlock@rdp-int.com


Southeastern trains 2015 timetable published.

Southeastern has today published the proposed timetable for January 2015 at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/your-journey/timetables/januarytimetable/, giving passengers advance notice about upcoming improvements to services and the changes needed to accommodate construction work at London Bridge station.

The work at London Bridge is part of the £6.5 billion government-sponsored Thameslink Programme – which will dramatically increase capacity on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway.

Once complete, the station will include new platforms for more trains and a huge new concourse. Work will also commence on untangling the track southeastern-CharingX1-trainsoutside the station, which will reduce delays from trains crossing pathways and waiting outside the station for platforms to clear.

From January 2015, work will commence on Southeastern’s platforms 4, 5 and 6 and the approaching track and signalling. Southeastern’s new timetable includes the service changes required for when construction work starts and also provides new long-term improvements developed to provide extra services and new journey opportunities.

The Southeastern trains 2015 timetable has been developed following consultation with passengers and stakeholders.

The principal changes to services to accommodate the Thameslink construction include:

  • Charing Cross trains won’t stop at London Bridge from January 2015 until August 2016. Then Cannon Street trains won’t stop there until early 2018
  • Greenwich line services will no longer run direct to Charing Cross and will only run to Cannon Street, and there will be fewer peak trains (one less train in the morning peak, and three less trains in the evening peak). The line will be served by longer trains to boost capacity in the peak hour
  • New Cross and St Johns trains will only run to Cannon Street
  • Some trains will be diverted to London Blackfriars instead of Cannon Street or Charing Cross
  • Longer metro trains to increase capacity
  • Longer opening hours for Cannon Street station (0500-0100), including all day opening on Sundays. (Cannon Street tube station to also offer longer opening hours)
  • Diversion of some trains on Metro and Mainline services such as from Rochester, Broadstairs, Ashford, Dover and Orpington into London Blackfriars
  • All current Rochester to Bedford and Ashford to Bedford services (and vice versa) will start and  terminate at London Blackfriars
  • Catford Loop services no longer part of the Southeastern timetable (as these will have transferred to the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in December)

Long-term service improvements include:

  • Highspeed:
    • A new Highspeed ‘rounder’ service improving connections between London and North / East Kent, providing another choice of London terminal
    • Highspeed trains will stop at Snodland, Birchington-on-Sea, Martin Mill and Walmer for the first time
    • Extra seats on the Highspeed service (with 698 seats at Ashford in the morning peak and 349 extra seats from Ebbsfleet.)
    • Two additional Highspeed trains from Margate and Broadstairs creating a half hourly service at these stations in the morning peak
    • An additional Highspeed service from Ramsgate via Canterbury to St Pancras
    • A reduction of splitting and joining on the Mainline and Highspeed services
    • A new hourly direct off-peak service between Maidstone East and Canterbury West
    • A new fast service from Hastings to Charing Cross departing at 0804 and a Charing Cross to Hastings service departing at 1620, offering a 90 minute journey time
    • A new peak hour service from Maidstone East to Blackfriars departing at 0845
    • A new Blackfriars to Maidstone East service departing at 0719
    • New additional services between Dartford and London Victoria at 0640 and then new later services half hourly from 1905 until 2308 (Dartford to Victoria) and from 2039 until 0009 (Victoria to Dartford)
    • A new direct through-service between London Victoria and Sheerness-on-Sea (two trains in  the morning peak and two trains in the evening peak)

hastings-train-stationSoutheastern have said that they are committed to providing improvements to services and keeping passengers informed during the London Bridge work, and they say that today’s announcement is the first stage in assisting its customers with forward-planning for the period.

The company has stated that it is also working together with the transport industry through the Travel Demand Management Board to co-ordinate planning – and more detailed information, including routing advice will be communicated over the coming months.  The rail industry is also working out how these specific service changes affect ticketing, with the objective that customers shouldn’t be out of pocket while Network Rail is doing this crucial work.

Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, said: “The project to rebuild London Bridge station is an enormous challenge and one of the biggest railway construction projects since the Second World War.

“The government investment will provide a brand new station with a concourse the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium, new journey opportunities to the north and south of England, and this will untangle the railway lines to remove the bottleneck we experience today.

“This will however, mean our passengers, particularly those who use London Bridge station will need to change their travel patterns while the work is carried out. We’ve got a huge job to provide a service that meets demand at a time when track capacity has much reduced, and we’ve developed a timetable – with new journey opportunities, longer trains and later services to help meet that challenge. 

“We consulted with our customers and stakeholders to develop our plans and this timetable balances the competing needs of passengers with the infrastructure constraints.

“Today we’ve released the timetables early, so that customers can look at the changes and start to plan ahead, and as we move closer to 11 January 2015, when the Southeastern trains 2015 timetable takes effect, we’ll be ramping up our efforts to keep people informed.” 

Bag Yourself a Billboard Competition Offers UK Start-ups Major Advertising Opportunity in London’s Tech City

The Bag Yourself a Billboard Competition provides the opportunity for a UK start-up company or small business to win a billboard space in the heart of London’s tech city, to promote their company for two weeks in June 2014. The ad will be designed by a London based creative agency.


Enter the competition to win a tech city London billboard and catapult your business to a huge audience

The Challenge is intended to help uncover original talent and aims to establish one small business as the “UK’s hottest new brand”.

The winner will also benefit from one million ‘ad impressions’. Sage predicts that both the bespoke billboard and online ads will help the winning entrant reach two million potential new customers.

Prospective entrants need to submit a 60 second elevator pitch explaining why their business deserves to win. Each pitch will then be voted on by site visitors and Sage will choose the best “top rated” pitch.

The contest is open to any UK business that is less than five years old with fewer than 50 employees.

Entrants must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.

Video entries must be uploaded by 1 May 2014.

Click to view further information

UKTI and partner organisations are travelling across England to raise awareness of procurement opportunities from large-scale global scientific infrastructure projects. This series of four one-day events will give you access to all the necessary understanding and expertise to do business with these projects.

During the Big Science Roadshow, The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Electronics Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority will present the opportunities available at:

  • The Large Hadron Collider at CERN
  • ukti

    UKTI Big Science Roadshow

    ITER, a fusion project which aims to demonstrate that it is possible to produce commercial energy from fusion

  • ELI, the extreme light infrastructure
  • SKA, the square kilometre array
  • E-ELT, the extremely large telescope

It is estimated that the combined procurement budgets for these facilities over the lifetime of the various projects is upwards of £20 billion.

Further more, you have the opportunity to have individual meetings with representatives from above organisations. You will be given advice on bidding to the facilities as well as working in the various countries the facilities are based.

A networking lunch is included at the Big Science Roadshow and you will be able to share best practice with companies in your field.


Register to attend and find more information at http://www.bigscienceroadshow.ukti.gov.uk.

Event locations

Birmingham – 11 March


Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham B4 7XG

Daresbury – 18 March

Sci-Tech Daresbury

Keckwick Lane

Daresbury, Cheshire


Bristol – 20 March

Bristol & Bath Science Park

Dirac Crescent

Emersons Green

Bristol. BS16 7FR

London – 27 March

Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington

London, SW7 2DD


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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.

The Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond MP has today confirmed that there will be an additional, fast train running from Hastings to London Charing Cross during peak hours in the morning and evening. This service will operate a direct train between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells and start running from January 2015 as part of the new timetable for the next franchise.


The Hastings Express is coming in 2015.

This new Hastings Express, which is in addition to the current service, is believed to be the first ever train to run direct from Hastings to Tunbridge Wells.

Most commuters know that once you get to Tunbridge Wells the rest of the Journey to London only takes 45 mins.

With the current time around the 1.5 to 2 hour mark this will save significant time for commuters and visitors to London and make Hastings an even more attractive location for investment which will make it an ideal location for businesses from all sectors to thrive in.

The Short travel time from Brighton to London has helped the City grow significantly over the years and if Hastings can get near this it will make Hastings a very popular place to live as well as property prices are some of the lowest in the Southeast.

We were fortunate enough to be at the huge Business Start-Up and Innovation show last week. It was a very busy exhibition with numerous seminars, workshops, speed networking  and hundreds of exhibitors to see, however we managed to get a few shots of the event and here they are. The next event is in the new year so if you are thinking of starting a business or need ideas or just want to see what other services and help there is out there for the business you already have then this event is well worth going to.

Thanks to i-Jam Media for the images.

Thinking of starting a new business or looking for new services and ideas for your existing business? The Business Start-Up show is a good place to go to hear from some of the best entrepreneurs in the UK and see the latest products, services and innovations that are available to business both new and old.


Starting a business then the Business Start Up show will be a good place to get ideas and meet like minded people from all over the UK

The show is at London Olympia on the 28th – 29th November 2013 and along with 250 free seminars covering every aspect of business along with around 350 exhibitors. There are also 10 workshops where you can attend an interactive training session on various business topics.

There will be around 25,000 business owners attending the two day event and the organisers are putting on some networking features so that visitors can also meet each other and potentially partner up or swap services.

The event is completely free and its recommended that you register in advance which will save considerable time when you arrive. The link to register is here.

More details can be found on the shows website here which also includes an online showguide to help visitors plan their day in advance.



Award-winning McPhersons Chartered Accountants have opened a satellite office in Vauxhall, London, thanks to the generosity of one of their clients.


Mcphersons new London Office.

Landor Media Group have been working with McPhersons for some time and when Steve Cooper, Director at McPhersons, mentioned that he was looking to set up there, Peter Stonham, Director at Landor, offered to help by offering flexible office space.

Says Steve “Thanks to Peter, we have everything that a local London accountant has; our own office, a local phone number and a strong presence in a convenient location. However, one thing we won’t need to do is charge London prices. We just don’t have the same huge costs as other London accountants.”

McPhersons have built up quite a reputation in the South East over more than half a century. Steve says “This is quite a big move for us having always been a local practice. However, this is an opportunity we cannot ignore and our clients are already widespread, whether in Bexhill, Taipei  or London,  the issues and solutions are still alike.”

Its great to see a local business expanding and this is a very positive indicator of how successful this Hastings based business is doing.

You can find out more about Mcphersons and what they offer by visiting their website here.