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If you’re heading off to the Sussex Exchange’s charity auction on the 15th August then here’s what you need to know in regards to everything that is available to be bid on as well as list of raffle prizes up for grabs. Here’s a full list of whats on offer and who donated them.

Auction items

  • A guided tour and tutored wine tasting – Carr Taylor
    Two grandstand tickets to the horse racing – Brighton Racecourse
    One month Leisure Club Membership – Cooden Beach Hotel
    2 Tickets to Horrible Histories Live – De La Warr Pavilion
    Stand up Paddle boarding for 2 – Rye Water Sports
    Silver bracelet worth £60 – JCF Jewellery
    Entry for 2 Port Lympne Zoo – The Aspinall Foundation
    £150 Wild Mushroom Voucher – Leigh Bennet Wealth Management
    Adult/Child open race session – Team Sport
    1 Hour location photo shoot – 1066 Photography
    Dewalt Drill Set woth £160 – Stamco
    Nespresso Coffee Machine – Hastings Direct
    Microsoft Surface Tablet – Hastings Business Operations
    Painting by Kate Gritton – Emma Insley
    Nissan Leaf 3 Day Hire – St Leonards Motors
    Signed One Direction T-Shirt & CD – Modest Management
    Hot Air Balloon Ride – P&S Electrical
    Westminster Tour for 2 (Tea with Amber Rudd) – Amber Rudd
    6 Piece Patio Set – Professional Coding
    2 Tickets to see Crystal Palace – The Best of Hastings
    £300 towards The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells – Westoaks Builders
    2 Tickets Harry Potter Studio Tour – Arrow 1066 Financial Services
    Private Registration up to £1000 – Click4Reg
    42″ LG LED TV – Secure Care UK
    3 Person Helicopter Flight – Helifly

Raffle Items

  • £30 Meal Voucher – Frankie & Benny’s
    Ice Skating for family of 4 – Priory Meadow
    2 Adult entry tickets – True Crime Museum
    2 Cinema Passes to see any film – Cineworld
    Meal for 2 Voucher – The Star Inn, Normans Bay
    Family Entry Ticket – Clambers
    £20 Meal Voucher – Bay Spice
    £25 House of Frazer Voucher – Quit 51
    Free Lunch for 1 – Ada Turkish Meze Bar
    1 Ticket The Sensational 60’s Experience – Theatre Royal Brighton
    1 Ticket Crush – Theatre Royal Brighton
    1 Ticket The Odyssey – Theatre Royal Brighton
    2 Jacket Potatoes with any filling – Mr Peppers Hot Potato Co
    £10 Meal Voucher – Trattoria Italiana

For more information about the event please see our previous article here.

The Sussex Exchange will be hosting a charity auction for St. Michael’s Hospice with a great selection of auction items donated by local businesses (including Business in Hastings) on Saturday 15th August.

Tickets for the charity event are £10 and include a welcome drink on arrival as well as a full buffet. The auction will also be followed by live entertainment as well making it a great night out which helps a much loved local charity.

There’s something on offer for everyone so for more information and to buy tickets please visit their page here.

Full flyer for the event is also below.



Hi Tech Hastings company Alpine Components train engineers from GlaxoSmithKline site at the Innovation Centre

Alpine Components’ Chief Technician and trainer Micky Jackson recently carried out a training session at the Innovation Centre for six engineers that work at the blue-chip pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in Worthing.

ultraprobe 9000

The high technology training was organised to help Glaxosmithkline fully utilize a piece of equipment they purchased back in 2013, which is called an Ultraprobe 9000. The product is a portable, hand-held ultrasonic detector, which can detect high frequency sounds and translate them in to an audible frequency.

This technology will enable the GSK engineers to find very small leaks that can seriously disrupt production or waste energy and money. The company also plans to use the equipment to monitor and trend the condition of mechanical components on-site, such as bearings, pumps and gearboxes. This will allow GSK to detect mechanical defects at an early stage and prevent unexpected failure and downtime of critical machinery.

The Hastings based company export thermal imaging and ultrasonic products such as the Ultraprobe 9000 all over the world and have shipped this equipment to more than 60 countries.

Alpine Components are grateful for the opportunity to host training days and events like this at the Innovation Centre, and would also like to thank the Sussex Exchange for the catering that was provided during the training days.

Hi Tech Hastings company Alpine Components train engineers from GlaxoSmithKline site at Innovation Centre

Alpine Components’ Chief Technician and trainer Micky Jackson recently carried out a training session at the Innovation Centre for 6 engineers that work at the blue-chip pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in Worthing.

The Sussex exchange are offering a meal for four from the 9th March every week until the 21st March 2015.

sussex-exchange food

Its competition time at the Sussex Exchange.

The Sussex exchange is a very popular venue for the business community as it hosts meetings, seminars and exhibitions for local and national companies.

The modern and eco-friendly building that the restaurant is in overlooks the local countryside and the food is all locally sourced and freshly prepared in-house as well.

Entry is simple and only takes a minute. A winner will be contacted each week by phone and email and all entrants will be re-entered each week too so you’ll have more chances to win.

Here’s the link to the competition page.

How would you like a free session for senior staff or people new to management within your company? Bespoke Training Eastbourne are providing a mornings training and will cover the many aspects of management along with the many issues surrounding these roles for existing and new managers.  It would be an opportunity for businesses in the area to up-skill a member of staff in a management role so that they can improve their effectiveness.

Space is limited and only one person per company is allowed to register.

The training will take place at the Sussex Exchange www.sussexexchange.co.uk on 24th September 2014 between 0930 and 1230. To register for a place click here.

Here is the general flyer for the event:



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

Thinking of selling your business or want to know about how to do it or looking to make the most out of your intellectual property? There is a fully subsidised workshop being held which is there to answer these very questions coming very soon at the Sussex Exchange*, St. Leonards on Sea. (* This event was previously at the Innovation Centre and has now been moved due to demand)

The Event is on Wednesday 19th March and starts at 4pm until 6pm and there will be an opportunity to network as well after


This event is now at the Sussex Exchange.

the event.  Here is the overview of the event;

Legal Business Workshop


Venue: Sussex Exchange, Queensway, St. Leonards on Sea, TN38 9AG
Date: Wednesday 19th March 2014
Time: 4pm – 6pm

(Followed by refreshments and networking)

This fully subsidised event will cover:

  • Preparing your business for sale Presented by Mark Williams
  • Key legal documents every business needs Presented by Nigel Targett
  • Intellectual property – maximise the assets Presented by David Getty
  • How I sold my company – PeoplePlanner Presented by Ian McMullon

Space is limited for the event so if you are interested you will need to register here.

Business In Hastings visitors are warmly invited to the seminar ‘Low-carbon makeovers and developments’ organised by the project partners of the ACE project.


ACE at the Sussex Exchange, Hastings.

ACE (Answers to the Carbon Economy) is a cross border project involving UK, French and Belgian partners. The challenge is to develop responses to Europe’s 20:20:20 reduction targets whilst maximising business opportunities and increasing competitiveness.

They aim to demonstrate how to retrofit existing buildings, build new sustainable business parks and facilitate business-to-business exchanges that will meet future targets in carbon, energy and resource efficiency.

What can you expect to learn:

They will offer practical insights into how best to green your buildings, plan and build sustainable business parks.  We will consider why this is important and how to address the knowledge and skills gaps. Hear from Gregg Chant-Hall, Head of Sustainability, Skanska; Jane Ollis, CEO, BSK-CiC; Ian McKay, Director, BBM Sustainable Design and many others. The afternoon workshops are an opportunity to share and exchange experiences/challenges. We look forward to seeing you on the 4 December 2013 and welcome your participation.

Who is the seminar for?

Business leaders, local authorities, developers, architects and building services engineers, business park and estate managers, energy and environmental consultants, sustainability and climate change practitioners.

Practical information

4th December 2013

09:30 – 16:45

Sussex Exchange – Hastings

Programme & registration

To book your free place today, visit http://www.ace-low-carbon-economy.eu/en/events/177_ace-seminarie-hastings-december-4/

The Tec 66 Vacuum Technology exhibition was a huge success and we have been provided with a round up of the event (if you missed it) from Jim Christy who organised the event.

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition Review

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition Review

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition. A huge audience was in attendance.

Following the inaugural Tec 66 Vacuum Technology exhibition which had 200 people attending we have spoken to exhibitors and delegates who attended on the day to find out what they thought of this first event in Hastings.

Everyone agreed that all the speakers were excellent with a lively and captivating opening speech from Graham Peters, High Sheriff of East Sussex and the Conference was expertly chaired by Lord Steve Bassam. Our headline personality speakers Maggie Philbin and Maggie Aderin-Pocock engaged the audience with Science through the last century and amazing facts about our Universe. Did you know there were 200 billion stars in our galaxy and 100 billion galaxies within the observable Universe?

Both Maggies also spent some time at Sussex Coast College with 150 pupils from local schools involved in a range of fun science activities including a highly contested robot wars competition.

Industry feedback would like to see Tec 66 as an annual event as it has certainly raised the profile of our world class Vacuum and Photonics industry based in the area


Maggie Philbin presentation to visitors of Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition.

We believe this is the first time that this type of industry event has been combined with education to demonstrate the exciting careers available in Science and Technology and we intend to strengthen this industry/education formula by holding the 2014 Tec 66 event at Sussex Coast College.

Special thanks should go to our forward thinking sponsors Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, east Sussex County Council, Sea Change Sussex, Wealden District Council HSBC and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Finally special thanks should go to Councillor John Hodges as the Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Conference was his brainchild, to showcase that we have some of the best technology businesses right on our doorstep!

We will keep you posted on news regarding a follow up event for 2014 on Business In Hastings.


The Tec 66 event on the 16th September was a huge success and here are the best images from the event that have been taken by Darren Buss Studio Sussex.

Click on the images below to see full size.