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The Westfield based family-owned vineyard has won a valuable order to supply Combe Haven with hampers which welcome their hundreds of caravan buyers to their caravan park in St Leonards.

The hampers feature the prize-winning 1066 white wine made from grapes grown on the picturesque vineyard just 6 miles from Combe Haven on the A28 to Rye just outside Hastings.

Uniquely the hampers include a vineyard tour and wine-tasting gift voucher so that recipients may visit the vineyard and see where their wine originates.

Chairman David Carr Taylor told Business in Hastings ‘We love to show-off the local produce the area has to offer, whether it is Sussex honey or Hastings chocolate or one of our range of still and sparkling wines. I know visitors are amazed by the diversity of fine products available on their doorsteps now they have chosen to frequent the area.’

The Carr Taylor Vineyard is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and offers free wine-tasting.  Guided tours with a tutored wine-tasting, with or without a buffet lunch, are run frequently all year and gift vouchers are available.  Hampers can be made to order and can be sent to any mainland UK address.

The European Investment Bank has offered a ten year loan to Southern Water which should help fix waste water problems in Lidsey. Lidsey was one of a number of UK locations which the EU condemned this March as failing to meet waste water treatment standards.

Untreated waste water can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses, presenting a risk to human health.

Anneliese Dodds MEP has welcomed the loan, allowing for better treatment of waste water across the South East.

“It’s great that provisional funding for this has been agreed. The loan should mean that Southern Water can now get a grip of this problem, and potential health risks to the people of Sussex can be dealt with. It is unfortunate that it has taken so long for the problem to be fixed, but I welcome any moves to protect people and the environment in the South East.”

Reports out today from UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) are currently sending shockwaves throughout the media and markets is an announcement of a significant amount of oil found in West Sussex at the Horse-Hill-1 well near Gatwick Airport with estimated reserves of between 50 to 100 billion barrels being given which if verified will be the biggest onshore oil find in the UK in over 30 years.

To put this potentially huge find in to perspective, operations in the North  Sea have so far extracted 45 billion barrels of oil over the last 40 years and this site is only 55 sq miles in size.


Oil Found In West Sussex. Does this mean we might see more of this in the future?

However, not all of it will be recoverable as the oil is at depth with estimates of between 3 and 15% being given by the Chief executive of UKOG, Stephen Sanderson where he has been quoted as being based on similar finds both in sizd and geology in Texas and Siberia.

That being said the oil found in West Sussex, even on the lower estimates could provide the UK anywhere between 10-30% of its oil needs by 2030.

If any drilling went ahead to recover the oil it should have a knock on effect for industries in the region to supply equipment, people and to build the necessary infrastructure required to support it which could include Hastings and the surrounding area as they have one of the largest manufacturing bases in the region with the capacity to expand it if things went ahead.

Even after the find was announced today it will not be extracted immediately, it will be a long term project. There will also be major factors involved before mass extraction would occur such as mitigating the potential environmental issues that go with drilling and the fact that its been found in a highly populated area and much needed infrastructure improvements would need to factored in across the region as well to cope with production, transportation and storage.

Its a challenge that is sure to polarize opinion on both sides of the fence and will require some serious innovations to keep disruption to a minimum and will need to have robust environmental safeguards in place although reports are suggesting that the site itself will not need to be fracked.



The aim of the event is to inform local businesses of the opportunities that may exist during the construction and operation of the project and will be taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 from 10.00am at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.


Rampion offshore wind farm meet the buyer event

Delegates attending the event will receive a form at the end of the day, which they can complete to assign their businesses to the relevant procurement packages so that E.ON’s Tier 1 suppliers are made aware of local suppliers of products and services.

The event is free to attend with a conference style programme in the morning expected to include the following presentations:

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Project Update – Chris Tomlinson, Rampion Development Manager, E.ON

* Rampion Supply Chain Steering Group – Background and objectives – Jonathan Williams, CEO, Marine South East

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction including timescales, scope and details of the processes for local companies to become involved – Vaughan Weighill, Rampion Project Manager, E.ON

* The ‘Contract Quilt’; an explanation of all the Tier 1 contract packages that make up the construction of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – Ian Baker, Onshore Electrical Package Manager and Naren Mistry Offshore Engineering Manager, E.ON

The event will break for a networking lunch where delegates will be able to meet other local businesses and key contacts and procurement staff from E.ON’s Rampion Project Team.

The afternoon will comprise four breakout sessions which will look in more detail at the core packages, to allow local companies a greater understanding of where they could fit into the supply chain, specifically:

* Turbines – including a presentation from a wind turbine supplier
* Offshore balance of plan (foundations, cables etc)
* Onshore infrastructure (substation, trenches, cabling etc)
* Operations and maintenance (vessels, monitoring, maintenance etc)

These breakout sessions will look at the core packages in more detail, offering further information on the sub-packages that are required to deliver the core packages and where local companies might fit into the supply chain. The breakout sessions will be more interactive with plenty of time for Q&A

At the end of the day delegates will receive a form from E.ON, which should be completed by delegates to highlight the products and services their businesses can supply and the key packages they could contribute to. These will subsequently be passed on to relevant Tier 1 Contractors, once appointed, to seek to maximize local involvement in the project.

The event is suitable for all businesses located in East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire who think they might be able to supply products and services to support the construction and/or operations and maintenance of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

The event is especially suitable for civil engineering companies, general engineering companies and marine businesses.

To register your free place at this event please go to:


This article originally appeared here.

The Directors at McPhersons Chartered Accountants are pleased to keep Business in Hastings members up to date with regular, useful financial information. In this months edition, their Financial Services business partner, Daron Beacroft, talks about Auto-Enrolment.


Auto-Enrolment. What you need to know

As you will be aware, all employers will have to provide workers with a workplace pension scheme by law over the next few years. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’.


This depends on how many people you employ and is called your staging date. You can check your staging date by visiting the Pensions Regulator website.


If you already have a company pension scheme, we can review this for free to see if it meets the requirements.


All workers who:

  • Are aged between 22 and the State Pension age
  • Earn at least £9,440 a year
  • Work in the UK


Besides avoiding the last minute rush and motivating employees the costs were lower than expected. For example, one of Mcperson’s clients with 25 employees was surprised to learn that enrolling would only cost an additional £250 per month.

McPhersons have again separated themselves from the traditional accountant by becoming one of only 2% of accounting firms who have developed their very own app. So what made them decide to launch their app this week?


Mcphersons new app menu screen. Get it on your Android or Apple device today.

Says Mark Finch, Director at McPhersons “The way we all communicate has changed and will continue to change. With most of our clients using tablets and smartphones, this App is perfectly designed to enable us to reach them. With an estimated 830 million enterprise smartphone and tablet App users, it’s a channel that accountants and financial service companies can embrace to stand out from the crowd.”

There are thousands of apps out there, what makes this one so good?

  •        It gives you access to a wealth of useful financial information, wherever you are;
  •        There are some extremely clever tools e.g. a Mileage Tracker so you never have to record your business miles manually                  again;
  •        You can find out all the latest tax information, thresholds etc. and these will always be kept up to date
  •        You have access to various calculators e.g. VAT, Loans, Mortgage, Savings and more…

And best of all, it’s FREE!

You certainly can’t accuse McPhersons of being stuck in the past. They might be 57 years old but their forward-looking vision places them in a strong position when helping their clients plan for the future.

How to get the app:

Android/ Samsung

Either go to the Play Store on your device, search for mcphersons accountants and download or go online and download from Google Store

Apple Devices

Either go to the  App Store on your device, search for mcphersons accountants and download or go online and download from iTunes Store

Review the app!

Once you have the app, click on ‘App Review’ and give them a rating!

For the fourth year in a row support agencies in Hastings have come together to organise the local White Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The main activities will take place on Monday 25th November 2013 across the town.


Support White Ribbon day and stamp out domestic violence.

White ribbons will be handed out in the Town Centre, there will be an information stall in Priory Meadow shopping centre with experts on hand to offer information and answer questions.

Local secondary schools and Sussex Coast College Hastings will be setting up their own displays, Renaissance House and the Community Information Centre in St Leonards on sea will also hand out white ribbons and information leaflets about domestic violence.

Posters will be put up along the sea front and local businesses are being asked to participate in raising awareness about domestic violence to their staff and customers.

Last year 1584 people signed the White Ribbon pledge to ‘never commit condone or remain silent about domestic violence’ the plan is to gather as many signatures as possible again this year.

At 1pm outside Hastings Town Hall the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Sussex Police and others dignitaries will sign the pledge.  The White Ribbon group encourages anyone who has a few minutes to spare to drop by and sign their pledge to show support.

The Hastings White Ribbon campaign is not just appealing to victims to get in touch with agencies that can help them, but also asking everyone to stay vigilant and report incidents of domestic violence to the police if they believe someone is in trouble.  The message is that this is an issue for the whole community not just the victim or the perpetrator.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved,  by raising awareness in your workplace, displaying a poster, taking some leaflets, wearing a white ribbon or sponsoring publicity materials, then please contact Jane Dodson jdodson@hastings.gov.uk


  • There are on average 5 reports of domestic violence in Hastings daily
  • There were 1,986 domestic violence related crimes reported in Hastings in 2012/13
  • Hastings makes up just under a 1/3 of all reported domestic violence related incidents and crimes in East Sussex

There are only three days to go until the start of Tec 66 at the Sussex Exchange, if you are going to the main conference and exhibition on Monday 16th September and haven’t already registered yet then you need to go to the registration page on the Innovation Centres website here.

The full program of talks, demonstrations and activities can be seen on the Business In Hastings Tec 66 page here and for a full exhibitor list please visit our previous news piece here.

You can also register for Tec 66 on the day at the Sussex Exchange.