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If you are currently or thinking of conducting international business and want to learn ‘the lingo’ so to speak you may need a bit more time than you think. check out this infographic about how long it takes to learn certain languages to a fluent or proficient level starting from the easiest to the hardest.

What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn?

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Posted by: In: Education 28 May 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

Sussex Coast College Hastings have announced this week their delight at being approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) to deliver Human Resources qualifications.


Sussex Coast College Hastings can now offer businesses CIPD HR courses for staff.

Vice Principal for Enterprise, Employment and Skills, Dan Shelley, said ‘The college is determined to support local businesses to grow and as they do, trained human resources professionals will become key to ensuring that this growth is maintained by employing the right people and managing their progression.’

Delivery of the first CIPD approved course will start in September and the college plans to add more HR and professional courses to their offer over the months.

They aim to meet local need and ensure the college is supporting all sectors to grow and develop within Hastings and East Sussex.

To find out more about the courses available, visit the page here.

Posted by: In: Initiatives, Transport 28 May 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

There is only one week left to join the Sustrans TravelChoice Challenge. so far 17 companies have signed up to the scheme. Here’s what you need to do to enter your business and the criteria for the challenge itself. Is your business up for it?


Are you up for the Sustrans TravelChoice Challenge?

TravelChoice Challenge runs from 1st – 29th June 2014.

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work (and back) and any journeys for work by walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing.

Anyone who works in East Sussex can join in.

Its great fun and They will be giving out loads of prizes along the way.

You can compete on your own or as part of a Workplace team. All you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.

Which journeys count?

The aim of the Challenge is to reduce the number of journeys by car on your own.

So any journeys to work (and back) or any journeys for work on foot, by bike, by public transport, or car-sharing count.

We’ll even let you log a ‘work at home’ day if it means you don’t have to travel to the office by car on your own. The only thing that doesn’t count is travelling in a car on your own (and taxis don’t count as car-sharing either!)

The more journeys you do the higher up the leader board you’ll get.

Have fun and enjoy the challenge.

Contact Sustrans

If you have any questions about the TravelChoice Challenge, please contact the Challenge Coordinator, at: harriet.knights@sustrans.org.uk

The International department at Sussex Coast College Hastings has won a contract with the Atlantic Flight School, to instruct 100 Libyan pilot cadets in English Language; the students arrived in May, with teaching starting on 12th May.


The Pilots all together at Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Head of International, Jeremy Oughton said ‘The contract represents a significant contribution to Sussex Coast College Hastings, its staff, the local economy and town of Hastings. I am pleased to welcome the Libyan guests and hope they will enjoy their learning experience at Sussex Coast College Hastings as much as our other national and international students do.’

English teacher, Alan Branall commented that ‘The students are highly motivated, interested in the culture and getting used to life in England. They are struggling with different shop opening times and missing their families very much, but enjoying their experience.’

One student, Shihabeddin Sakkah, was keen to share his views, commenting ‘Everything here is going great – so much better than I expected. The lessons are good and Hastings is wonderful. People are really nice and the teachers know how to inspire your mind.’

The college welcomes our Libyan guests into Sussex Coast College Hastings and wishes them a great time in our town.

Celebrate a Taste of Hastings in Parliament, Amber Rudd MP is calling all food and drink producers in Hastings & Rye to showcase the local produce and cuisine to an audience at Parliament.

Join Amber Rudd MP and celebrate summer by showcasing the wonderful local food and drink found in Hastings & Rye. There is room for 15 producers to showcase their products in Parliament on 14 July.

To Apply; Please enter by emailing amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk and please do forward this on to your favourite food and drink producers.

Check out the promotional flyer below for more details.


Posted by: In: Manufacturing 27 May 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Jubilant staff at Marshall-Tufflex are celebrating after the cable and energy management specialist scored a hat-trick at the inaugural Electrical Wholesaler Awards 2014.

The British manufacturer beat stiff competition to walk away with top spot in all three of the categories it was entered in – Best Supplier Customer marshall-tufflex-logoService; Best Overall Supplier and Best New Product for its Voltis ECO voltage optimisation system.

“It was a fantastic surprise, we barely had time to sit down between each award being announced!” said Marshall-Tufflex CEO Paul Hetherington. “We are obviously delighted at winning, especially so given that these awards were voted for by our customers.

It’s a huge accolade and one that is very special. Thank you.” The awards recognise the achievements of electrical wholesalers and manufacturers. They were presented at a gala dinner at the Tower Hotel, London, on May 20.

Mr Hetherington attended together with Jeremy Dodge, Head of Marketing and Technical Services, and Ronnie Ford, Marketing Section Leader.

The triumphant team returned to their base in Hastings, East Sussex, with the three glass trophies which will take pride of place in the company’s reception.

“The trophies are a very visible sign of all the hard work that everyone in the business has put in to make Marshall-Tufflex the success that it is,” said Mr Hetherington. “Each represents a tremendous team effort from all employees and is a testament to their hard work. Well done!”

To celebrate Adult Learners’ Week in June 2014, Sussex Coast College Hastings is offering free classes to local adults.

Adult Learners’ Week is a celebration of lifelong learning. We know that adults who continue to learn throughout their lives are healthier, happier and have greater self-confidence and self-esteem.


Adult Learners Week at SCCH

Adult Learners’ Week is the best time to show how adult learning improves and enhances social cohesion, economic vitality and social mobility.

SCCH are offering free taster classes to adults, to demonstrate what your local college can offer across a variety of areas, including Art & Design, Hospitality, Catering and more.

If you fancy trying something new, meeting new people, being in the learning environment or just want to get a hobby, come along and try one of our free taster classes this June.

Spaces are limited and are snapped up quickly, so book here today!


Outgoing Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) President Phil Fagg has praised British manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex for its high quality, easy-to-install energy management products – while warning that more needs to be done to equip buildings with energy efficient solutions to ameliorate the threat of power blackouts.

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ECA praises Marshall Tufflex

Mr Fagg visited Hastings-based Marshall-Tufflex on May 12 to discuss the marketplace from a contractor’s point of view. He met with senior management including Managing Director Jim Fletcher, Commercial Director Richard Beale plus members of the sales, marketing, customer service and operation teams.

He reinforced the ECA ’s long-standing relationship with Marshall-Tufflex, which manufactures both market-leading cable management and energy management solutions, praising the family-owned company for developing products that are both effective and aesthetically pleasing: “Contractors are continually looking for well-designed products that are easy on the eye, efficient and simple to install. Marshall-Tufflex is responding to these requirements. Your Boiler Management system is great – it’s high quality. And you’ve got it right with your Voltis voltage optimisation offering. Top quality products not only make my job easier but I know I am supporting a UK manufacturer. Energy efficient products are a win-win situation for all – the manufacture, the installer and the end user,” he said.

However, Mr Fagg went on to describe energy efficiency as ‘a fantastic opportunity for our industry, but also our greatest challenge’. He warned that national power output may not meet consumer demand, leading to localised blackouts ‘becoming a reality’ as early as next year and making the drive to more energy efficient buildings all the more important. This topic is set to be discussed at the ECA ’s Electric Event (May 28-30, ICC Birmingham) during which Marshall-Tufflex will present a seminar – ‘Reduce energy costs, build customer loyalty’ – discussing the business opportunities for electrical contractors offering energy saving systems to clients.

“We were delighted to welcome Phil to Marshall-Tufflex and really appreciated his endorsement of our energy saving systems such as the Domestic Boiler Manager,” said Jeremy Dodge, Marshall-Tufflex Head of Marketing and Technical Services. “We’ve worked hard to develop domestic and commercial products that deliver good savings for users, are straight-forward to install, as compact as possible and aesthetically pleasing. It’s good to get positive feedback from Phil, who is both an industry leader and an electrical contractor who knows what works for him and his company.”

Its great to hear that a Hastings based company such as Marshall Tufflex is receiving this much praise from a national association. If you have a similar story to share then let us know via the contact page.

The Hastings May Day Run which has been going for over 35 years is a much loved and great day out for locals and visitors from all over as well, even more so if you have a passion for motorbike.

We have some statistics from the organisers of the event and they gave us some insights in to what this one day event does for the local economy.

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96,000 people attended the Hastings May Day Run in 2014

The first thing that may surprise you is that the amount of people who came specifically for the event hit a record 41,000 motorcycles in the town on the day based on Police camera records which is a 30% increase from last year. That’s a lot of people and for some it might seem hard to imagine that the towns population goes up by nearly 50%.

To truly understand these numbers we recommend (next year, of course) that you stand near the castle on the West Hill which will give you a commanding view down toward the Stade all you will see is a sea of bikes and people and then it out in to perspective.

Overall 96,000 people entered the town centre between 0900 and 1700 when the BSB live from Oulton Park was on the big screen which is more than the entire population of Hastings itself!

The event has now surpassed the world famous Isle of Man TT as well in numbers of bikers who attend. the seafront stretch had bikes taking up every available space for two miles.

The organisers estimate that the Spring Run is worth over £2m to the local economy with traders enjoying a bumper day in fast food sales and incidentals as well as fuel and associated products.

There were stalls throughout the event selling anything from £10 bike gloves to £900 custom helmets as well as more dealers offering test rides etc than any other one day coastal show in the country.

While the great weather obviously helped it was also noticed that Spring Opener has now blossomed from being a regional event into a major national motorcycle festival with bikers now travelling from all over the country including large contingents from the West Midlands and Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The event itself does attract locals but they now only make up 20% of the visitors on the day this means that most of the money generated on the day has come from sources outside the area which provides a great financial boost for the town.

If you missed the event, don’t worry as there will be a new event on the 27th July at the Bexhill Motofest which you can find out about here including details on sponsorship.

Hastings May Day Run

The Hastings May Day Run had 41,000 bikes spread over two miles of the seafront



There is a breakfast meeting taking place on 11th June 2014 between 8am (registration) 8.30am – 10.30am  at The Sussex Exchange and is hosted by Barclays in partnership with Let’s Do Business. Attendees will include Barclays business customers as well as other local businesses and trade associations who are also interested in growth that supports local young people get into employment.



Looking for an apprentice? This event will be good for your business if you do.

During this seminar, local businesses will have an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about apprenticeships and other employment pathways for young people
  • Explore the benefits of apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience share challenges, experiences and inspirational stories from local young people and their employers
  • Network and unite together to tackle youth unemployment

We’ll be sharing the findings of a government review on making apprenticeships more accessible to business. We’ll also be looking at the youth unemployment issue and how it impacts national and local economies.

When & Where?

The ‘Grow your Business – with an Apprentice’ seminar takes place on:

Wednesday 11th June 2014 

Registration commences from 8.00am for the 8.30 – 10.30am event

The Sussex Exchange, Queensway, Hastings, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex TN38 9AG

Please let them know if you will be able to attend by responding to Darren Kendall  as soon as possible.  Email: darren.kendall@barclays.com  Telephone: +44 (0) 7500 783646