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On the 27th November St Michael’s Hospice is hoping to win a life-changing £50,000 grant to help individuals from Hastings and Rother who live with a life-limiting illness. But, we need YOUR help to win!


Help local charity St. Michaels Hospice by voting on the 27th November.

The Lottery fund and ITV Meridian Tonight are teaming up once again to give away a staggering £200,000 to four charities from the South East of England in the 2013 People’s Millions campaign. Two charities will compete each evening on three successive nights with the three winners from each night and over-all runner-up each receiving £50,000.

St. Michaels Hospice will be pitted against a charity from Chatham as they attempt to win the prize money to help transform their Day Therapy service.

Why do they need the money?

St. Michaels Hospice’s Day Therapy Centre currently helps around 150 people living each day with a life-limiting illness every year by providing the emotional, physical and mental support they need. However there are many more within Hastings and Rother who want and need this service.

If St. Michaels Hospice is lucky enough to win the People’s Millions funding, the money would go toward transforming the Day Therapy to create a welcoming and creative space that people could visit to help them share their experiences, worries and fears. Alongside this, the funding would allow us to offer 400 extra places each year as well as a range of brand new activities including:

Art Therapy Studio and Photographic Suite

The Art Therapy Studio and Photography Suite will provide a space where patients and their families can come together to learn new skills and take part in creative activities that enable special moments to be created and lasting pieces of artwork to be cherished for many years to come.

They will provide an avenue for patients to express their thoughts and emotions through art and photography and in turn will create pieces of work that can be kept, displayed throughout the Hospice or used to raise funds for future projects.

The Peoples Millions funding will enable us to buy all of the equipment needed, including new digital cameras, computers, printers and other materials required to provide the service.

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Since Business in Hastings relaunched with our new and powerful business directory we have seen a great mixture of businesses who have signed up to be on the Business in Hastings directory and be seen by the BIH audience.

This month we would like to welcome the following companies who are based all across the Hastings and Rother area to the Business in Hastings directory and introduce then to you. Here are the latest sign-ups (you can click on the name to visit their directory page).

Not only is the Business in Hastings directory popular with visitors its also the best value and most powerful directory in the area. 

Business in Hastings directory.

Check out the benefits of being on the Business in Hastngs directory here.

And finally just to recap, a listing with us is only £39 per annum, that’s it! There is absolutely nothing more to pay and no hidden charges such as having to pay to have your website listed or add a gallery etc. Everything is included, even links to your Facebook and Twitter pages to attract new followers.

Payment is also done securely on-line via Pay Pal and you don’t even need a Pay Pal account.

We look forward to welcoming you to the site next time so if you would like to create a listing today please go here.



Some more good news has recently come out from both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and from the Bank of England (BoE). Both are predicting rapid growth in the next year and both have revised 2013’s growth as well. Here’s what they are saying:

  • From the OECD: 2013’s economic growth in the UK has been upgraded to 1.4% from 0.8% and 2014 UK growth is set to rise to 2.4%.
  • From the BoE: 2013’s economic growth in the UK has been upgraded to 1.6% from 1.4% and 2014 UK growth is set to accelerate to 2.8%.

OECD revises 2014 UK growth to 2.4%

According the BoE, inflation has not been as high with a surprise drop in consumer prices brings it to 2.2%.

The announcements made yesterday at an OECD and BoE press conference confirms that the UK might be out of the worst of it regarding the fallout from the 2009 economic crash and subsequent back to back recessions and whilst most of Europe struggles to get in to positive growth territory the UK is rapidly climbing onwards and upwards.

Whilst this is great news for the UK as a whole, the growth may bring forward interest rate rises which will effect both businesses and consumers with mortgages holders in particular at potential risk.

The BoE’s forward guidance policy, introduced this August states that the Bank has pledged not to raise interest rates until the jobless rate comes down at least to 7%. Hitting 7% sooner could mean an earlier rise in interest rates. That would, in turn, mean higher repayments on loans and mortgages for many businesses and households.


The Bank Of England predicts that the 2014 UK growth could be as high as 2.8%

The new Bank of England chief, Mark Carney has tagged any interest rate rises to unemployment has bought forward the predicted deadline of the 7% unemplyment threshold from 2016 to the third quarter of 2015.

The revision has come as the official figures show the jobless rate declined to 7.6% in the three months to September, down from 7.8% in the previous quarter which is the lowest rate for three years.

The 2014 UK growth figures of between 2.4-2.8% means that 2014 should be a great year for businesses in Hastings and Rother and  it should be an interesting year ahead.

Let us know your views on this. Has your business seen a general pick up in the past year. Are you feeling more confident going in to 2014 then you were in 2013? Are you preparing for any interest rate rise?  We ‘d love to hear from you so leave your comments in the below.

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Hastings based Marshall-Tufflex is celebrating after its highly efficient Domestic and Commercial Boiler Manager systems were Highly Commended in the prestigious Electrical Industry Awards 2013 (Energy and Carbon Saving category).


Marshall-Tufflex have won a prestigious award.

The systems impressed judges with their ability to save users up to 20% on heating and hot water bills and their ease of installation in both new-build and retrofit situations.

The units are installed close to the boiler by a qualified electrician in approximately 45 to 90 minutes (depending upon site access).

They house a digital microprocessor programmed to control the boiler and, crucially, reduce the amount of time it spends dry cycling.

“These awards showcase the best of what the electrical industry has to offer,” said Jeremy Dodge, Marshall-Tufflex Head of Marketing and Technical Services. “The judging panel includes many respected figures in the industry including senior representatives from the ECAJIBNAPITNICEIC and the Electrical Safety Council, so it really is an accolade to be amongst the winners.”

Award winners were announced on Thursday, October 24 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

Ever panicked or felt nervous because you have a presentation to do? Then this great infographic gives seven great tips and pointers on how to avoid the anxiety associated with presenting to a group or crowd.

Check it out and see the tips on how to avoid anxiety in presentations. (You can click to enlarge the image if you need to)


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