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Posted by: In: events 27 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

The local Growth Accelerator team, in partnership with Hastings Council, is inviting East Sussex’s most go-getting businesses to a breakfast briefing on Friday March 28th at the Sussex Exchange.


Looking to expand? The Growth Accelerator business breakfast will be a great event to be at.

Successful small businesses are often ‘Opportunity Rich’ but ‘Strategy Poor’ – run by talented owner-managers that are full of energy and ideas but lacking the time or experience to map out a pro-active growth strategy. This means that their growth potential is often limited.

The free breakfast briefing is aimed at all businesses who are determined to grow, with 5-249 employees and an annual turnover of less than £40 million so if you’re business fits this profile then this could be a good event to be at.

The briefing will help you step back and identify the specific obstacles that could be holding you back, then look at how Growth Accelerator, together with local Regional Growth Funds, can help you overcome them.

It will also be a good opportunity to network with other ambitious local businesses. Here’s the agenda for the day:

8:30  Arrival, Coffee & Networking

9:00  Welcome & Introductions – Cllr Peter Chowney,
Hastings Borough Council (tbc)

9:05   Common Barriers to growth – Jane Ollis, BSK-CIC

9:15   The Growth Accelerator Service:
Unlocking Potential – Alex Ledger, BSK-CIC

9:30  ESCALATE, ESI-3 & SUCCESS– the new
local Regional Growth Funds and how to apply

9.45    High Growth Client Case Study (tbc)

10:00  Q&A / Interactive Discussion led by a
GrowthAccelerator Coach – Martin Stanton, EMC

10.15     Close & networking

The business breakfast is on Friday March 28th 2014 starts at 8.30am until 10.30am at the Sussex Exchange, Queensway, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9AG.

If you would like to attend please contact Alison Hammond on 08457 226655 or you can email her here.

Posted by: In: Retail 27 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

Priory Meadow has good reason to be celebrating today as its new anchor store from fashion giants H & M is opening on the 27th March 2014.


H & M is now open at Priory Meadow

The H & M Hastings store takes up quite a large space and is sure to attract more visitors to the town and being an anchor store will, we presume attract more brands to the shopping centre and rightfully so.

All jobs have currently been filled when we enquired earlier in the month, however it is always worth checking on H & M’s website for any opportunities.

If you get a chance to visit Priory Meadow then pop in and have a look.

Posted by: In: Internships 26 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

The University of Sussex has developed a fully funded undergraduate internship programme for 2nd year First-Generation Scholars.

First-Generation Scholars are current undergraduate students at the University of Sussex, who are either the first in their family to go to University, or have a family income of less than £42,611 per annum.


Looking for an intern? Get a fully funded one this summer via the University of Sussex.

The University is inviting potential internship providers to express interest in receiving £3000 funding to offer a 2nd year First-Generation Scholar a 10-week internship opportunity during summer 2014. Internships should start during week commencing 16 June 2014.

Internship providers will be asked to pay interns a minimum of £7.65 per hour (the UK Living Wage, organisations based in London are encouraged to top this up to £8.80 per hour). Interns will be expected to work 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks.

If you would like to express your interest in the fully funded programme please read the terms and conditions below and submit your vacancy to register.

Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is 31 March 2014.

Further information about First-Generation Scholars’ Summer Internship Programme

We hope the information provided is comprehensive but if you have any questions please contact:

Andrea Wall
Employer Engagement Manager, Careers and Employability Centre
T: (01273) 873384
E: summerinternships@sussex.ac.uk

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.

summer intern

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.

As the economy races forward and your business expands, finding the right staff can be very time consuming and costly! There is now a local company called 1066 Shortlist that offers cost effective flat fee recruitment solutions to help you find suitable candidates for your business. 1066 Shortlist pair their recruitment expertise with access to major UK premium job boards & CV databases. They will then shortlist the best candidates for you – ready to interview and hire.

1066 Shortlist offers three key services in helping find you suitable candidates. These options are:

CV Shortlist Partner Sites

Get your role seen everywhere with 1066 Shortlist

Premium Advert – £195 + VAT – In this package your job advert will be posted on premium job boards such as Jobsite, Reed, Indeed, Job Rapido and Jobs Trovit. This gives your job exposure to millions of UK job hunters. They will also broadcast the job across popular social media sites ensuring they maximise your online coverage. Applications will then be reviewed by a trained consultant and the shortlist sent over to you.

Advert + CV Search – £395 + VAT –  As well as a premium job advert being posted they will search leading job board CV databases and find more suitable candidates matching your criteria. They have access to over 4 million passive candidates in the UK. 

Fully Managed – £595 + VAT – For this service they will take the CVs from the Advert and CV search and shortlist the most relevant candidates. To go that extra mile one of their trained consultants will then contact the shortlisted candidates by telephone to further assess their suitability. They can then arrange face to face interviews ready for you to meet and hire.

Their flat fee recruitment service means you can potentially save over 90% on your recruitment budget compared to using traditional recruitment agencies where charges can be upwards of 20% of  base salary. You pay per campaign, NOT per placement – you can hire as many candidates as you want from each job advert. There are no hidden extras, their pay as you go campaigns mean you only pay for the services you need.

Lily Cherry, Project Manager of 1066 Shortlist explains;

“In this day and age putting a job advert out in the local paper can become quite tedious. You may not receive the high response of applications you were hoping for due to the small amount of people that actually buy the local paper now. Here at 1066 Shortlist we are able to get our clients on the most popular online job boards filtering and managing the best CVs and candidates for you to interview”

So what do their clients say about 1066 Shortlist? John Brunton who owns ‘BR Web Consulting’ a web development company in Hastings adds;

‘I had always struggled to find suitable staff via the Job Centre, but was reluctant to use recruitment agencies due to the high fees they charge. 1066 Shortlist completely changed my perception of agencies and they managed to find me a fully qualified developer within only a week after I had unsuccessfully tried other methods for three months! I’ve since hired an additional SEO Executive, again using 1066 Shortlist. I would highly recommend them for all your recruitment needs.’ 

This service is great for filling any role as we utilise national job boards with a huge range of candidates. If you own a business or manage a team and you need help filling your vacancies, then 1066 Shortlist’s services might be just what you’re looking for.

Check out their website to find out more www.1066shortlist.co.uk or call them today on 01424 400090.



Hundreds of jobseekers flocked to the Sussex Coast College on Friday March 14th for Amber Rudd’s third Hastings jobs fair.

There were over 500 jobs on offer in sectors ranging from health and social care, the armed forces, retail, to hairdressing and banking, as well as a wide range of training opportunities.


Amber Rudd talks to recruiters from Hastings Direct.

“There were fantastic opportunities available at the Hastings jobs fair and a great buzz of enthusiasm and excitement at the College for my Jobsfair,” said Amber, “Lots of local people met some of our best employers and told me how excited they were by the variety of companies there.  I am so grateful that so many companies supported the day.”

Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Hastings Direct, Aldi and Lloyds Bank were all recruiting on the day from the steady stream of jobseekers who attended. People of all ages were there, eager to talk to the companies and attend the mock interviews, getting advice and finding out about the jobs and apprenticeships on offer.  “I conducted one of the mock interviews myself,” said Amber, ” as I know from my experience in recruitment how important it is to get good practice before the real thing.  I am really grateful to Dave Hinton from Hastings Works for running the sessions.”

The feedback from businesses and companies exhibiting was incredibly positive: 35 jobs were pledged to Avanta and the Federation of Small Businesses and Azure Marina arranged 70 interviews and will be following up with a further 80 job seekers.

Amber commented “I am pleased that so many people were there to make the most of everything. There were some great success stories with huge numbers of people getting interviews and lots of people commenting on how useful they found the advice on offer.”

“Supporting local businesses and helping people find jobs are major priorities for me as an MP, the jobs fair was a great opportunity to do both of these things. I hope that everyone who attended the Fair was able to find something they needed.”

Posted by: In: News 19 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

The Chancellor, George Osbourne has today announced his budget for the next year. It seems fair to say that the 2014 UK budget is pro-business which is great news for all of us especially as the UK is predicted to overtake the pre-crisis peak which we’ll potentially see happen by the summer and this budget seems to be here to help businesses grow.

Here’s a highlight of the 2014 UK Budget things that matter to businesses:


Is your business better off after the budget?

  • Export lead business in the area will be happy as the government announces a new scheme to boost exports by doubling finance availability to £3bn.
  • Any business that uses vehicles be it individually or a fleet will be pleased to hear that £200bn has been earmarked for pothole repair and the proposed rise in fuel duty in September 2014 has been scrapped.
  • If you are a high earner the the higher rate of income tax threshold will rise from £41,450 to £41,865 from next month. It will then rise by a further 1% to £42,285 next year.
  • Everyone’s tax free allowance will rise £500 to £10,500.
  • Businesses in the Pub/leisure sector will not see a rise in Whiskey or Cider duty. Beer duty, however, will be cut by a penny a pint. Tobacco is going up by 2%
  • There will also be a £7bn package to cut energy bills including £18 per ton cap on carbon price support. Medium-sized manufacturers can expect to save £50,000 from this according to the Chancellor.

Obviously there are quite a few more points to the 2014 UK budget that may affect you personally but these are the key ones for business.



Local businesses create thousands of jobs and generate millions of pounds for our local economy but with competition from out of town shopping centres and internet shopping, they face increasing challenges. Amber Rudd’s Shop local discount card encourages residents to shop in their local area, supporting local businesses supporting the local economy.


Get your business signed up with Shop Local and start benefiting as soon as possible

Above all, Hastings & Rye Shop Local aims to support the high street. By offering a range of different incentives – from percentage discounts, buy one get one free or exclusive special offers – shoppers can find great deals on the high street rather than looking elsewhere.

Local businesses that sign up to the scheme benefit from the opportunity to attract new customers with the promotions they offer and reach a wider audience with their business information on the website and directory.

The card is free for both customers and businesses to sign up to.

There are already a wide range of local businesses signed up to the scheme, each offering different sorts of discounts or rewards. For more information on how to sign up for the card or to add your business to the scheme visit www.shoplocalhastings.co.uk

Posted by: In: events, Jobs 14 Mar 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

This is a quick reminder to those that are looking for work that the annual Hastings Jobs Fair is on Friday 14th March in the main atrium of Sussex Coast College.

If you are a business that is considering using the Fair in 2015 then it will also be good to pop in and see if its for you too. With last years event attracting over 600 people on the day and over 20 jobs offered that day as well it is a great way for businesses and jobseekers to talk to each other.

If you want to see who’s there then go to the exhibitors page here.

We’ll be down there taking pictures so please check back for a gallery of the days proceedings soon.

Sussex Coast College Hastings has been graded a ‘good with outstanding features’ in a ringing endorsement from Ofsted, just 793 days after being branded ‘inadequate’.

Following an inspection, which took place in November 2011, the College was deemed ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog, with a grade 4 rating. A re-inspection in 2013 pointed towards significant improvements in literacy, numeracy, IT and retention, with the College being told they had made a ‘remarkable turnaround.’ This week’s inspection confirmed major and sustained improvements across teaching standards, student success rates and retention.


Well done Sussex Coast College Hastings.

The Ofsted inspection, allows just three days’ notice before examining college management, finances and learning / teaching, with spontaneous class visits and a thorough review of the College’s systems and processes.

The full report, which was released on March 7th, praised the College for its exceptional change. Some highlights in the report included ‘teaching, learning and assessment are good which reflects the strongly improving success rates over the past few years.’

Ofsted continued to say ‘Outstanding senior leaders and managers have focused relentlessly and successfully on improving the learning experience for all students and apprentices.’

In one of the outstanding areas, Ofsted commented ‘teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding, reflecting the particularly high success rates in 2012/13 and sustained improvement over the previous few years. Attendance, punctuality and behaviour are excellent. Progression to higher education, employment and to further studies at the College is good overall.’

Principal, Clive Cooke said ‘I am delighted. My colleagues have worked incredibly hard to turn around the College, and it is wonderful that it has been formally recognised. It doesn’t stop here though – we are aiming to be outstanding overall next time. Sussex Coast College is well on its way to becoming the outstanding College Hastings and Rother deserves.’

Tony Campbell OBE KSG FRSA, Chairman of the College’s Board of Governors expressed his thanks to all members of the Corporation, the Principal and Senior Leadership Team, the staff, and students, for their tremendous efforts over the past two years. He further stated ‘The College has emerged from a difficult period, with inspirational new facilities, an outstanding leadership team and exceptional teaching staff. Students here now and in the future can expect an inspiring educational experience.’

Amber Rudd MP, said, ‘I am delighted for everyone at Sussex Coast College and have seen first-hand the sterling work being done there.  The College has become a fantastic asset for the continued regeneration of the town and a beacon for learning for local residents.  This Ofsted report is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the Principal, Clive Cooke, and his team.’

Saffron Peterson, a sixth form student, at the College, said ‘I have been studying A Levels at Sussex Coast College for over a year now and love everything about it. The staff are a great support and the facilities are wonderful.’

The student experience was reflected in the report, with Ofsted commenting ‘students are at the heart of the College, typified by the ‘Student First’ approach, and understand that their voice has real value and that their opinions have an impact.’

You can find out more about the college and the courses it has on offer by visiting the site here.