Mini Business Expo postponed

New date - 11th August

POSTPONED until 11th August

Heavy overnight rain has made the gardens and field unuseable for this event. As all parking is in the field, there is a risk of cars getting stuck in mud on the track.

We have rescheduled the event to Wednesday 11th August. All details remain the same and all those who have booked a pitch or place need not rebook. If unable to make this new date, you can request a refund through Ticketsource.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We were all really looking forward to this event and hope for fine weather in the run up to the 11th 🙂

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Book your free place to attend the Mini Business Expo on 28th July – BOOK

Exhibitors at our first ever Mini Business expo include:

Angel’s Business Solutions

Hailsham Artist’s Network

SCATE East Sussex

Presto Meals

What’s On In Hailsham

Town City Cards

Knockhatch Adventure park

Let Stuff Go

Account 4 Tax

and

Choice Medics LTD
Business

We are a paramedic led first aid and medical training company.

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SJEMarketing
Marketing and Social Media services

Marketing and social media support for small business in Sussex and further afield. Services include Wordpress websites, content writing, SEO, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin management. For further information email sue@sjemarketing.co.uk or visit https://sjemarketing.co.uk

Business hours: See website

01825 761890

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The HR Dept
HR and Employment Law Advice

The HR Dept Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove provides a comprehensive outsourced HR service for small to medium sized businesses across Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas including Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Hailsham. We understand that your workforce is your most valuable resource, but you may need help to attend to your ongoing and ever-changing HR responsibilities. An affordable outsourced HR service enables you to have a professional HR department without the expense of hiring your own HR Manager.

At The HR Dept Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove, we will take time to understand you, your business and your people. We will work with you to identify your Human Resource needs and provide a tailored response, ensuring legal compliance and provide ongoing support where needed. Most importantly, The HR Dept Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove offer services that are adaptable and cost-effective, helping you to build a better business and boost your profits.

Many small businesses cannot afford to employ a HR professional to ensure that they are legally compliant with the never ending tide of employment legislation. The HR Dept can free up your time to concentrate on running and developing your business.

Our retained outsourced HR service includes:

  • Unlimited phone and email support, backed up by legal indemnity insurance against tribunal costs and expenses, provided

our advice is followed from the onset of an issue

  • An initial free review of your employment contracts
  • A regular review of handbooks and policies to help you comply with ever changing employment legislation
  • Practical help in dealing with disciplinary, grievance and absenteeism cases
  • Support in recruitment and performance management
  • Managing the redundancy process

We can provide what you need, when you need it, how you need it, designed for the needs of your business. As a small, locally based business, we understand the special needs of small to medium sized organisations and provide down to earth, tailored, pragmatic solutions at sensible prices.

So if you are a business in the Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove or surrounding area and in need of outsourced HR support, please call us now. Don’t forget to request your FREE review of your existing contracts and handbooks.

Call 01323 403500 or 07875 702 914 or email

Business hours: contact us

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Neil Povey, DJ & Event MC
Entertainment services

I'm taking bookings for future work, once gatherings are allowed – weddings, parties, children's and school discos, quiz nights and more. I am also trying out new areas, for example in MCing online events using web technology. Contact me with any requirements.

Business hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 2am – or later!

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RDM Accountancy Services Ltd

Small female led accountancy business, with 1 owner and 1 employee. We work virtually with an emphasis on building strong relationships and running an ethical environmentally friendly business

Would love to support other small businesses especially those run by parents as I am a single parent myself and understand the difficulties of juggling parenting with business even at the best of times!

Business hours: visit website

07857 002224

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Jazz the Alchemist
Glass artist

I am an independent glass artist.  I create one of of kind bespoke commissions, and a range of beautiful and practical art for your home. I also offer classes and make at home craft kits. Please contact me to view and purchase my work.

Business hours: see website

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Hailsham Creative

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10% off our Creative Services for Support Wealden members on your first order
 
Print and Display
Hailsham Creative are proud Printing.com partners. We offer competitively priced full colour print on jobs and projects of all sizes from 50 single sided leaflets to 500,000 multi page brochures, as well as a wide range of display items
 
Design
We can make you look good with design tailored specifically to your business, products or services. Logos, stationery, leaflets and programmes, websites, banners and exhibition stands – whatever you need we’ll design it

Websites
We can help you do more with web. Get your website working harder this year to achieve more whizzbang for your online budget. We can share ideas and best practices from what is working for discerning businesses across the country. Together, we can pick out proven initiatives and provide you with a well designed and fully responsive website

Specialist Services
Jim Tipler brings many years of experience into Hailsham Creative and offers advice and consultancy on many kinds of additional business services including marketing, social media and email campaigns, copywriting, branding, illustration, photography, animation, video production and audio services…

01323 840048

Opening hours: 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Exciting News!

Exciting News!

ACTION REQUIRED

We are really excited to be taking Support Wealden on to the next phase.

We are meeting up in person on 28th July. Hopefully this will be the first of regular networking meetings. Also, we are revamping the website listing so that everyone will have a whole page which will include business address and an image.  This means that visitors to the site can use a search function making it much easier find what they are looking for.

You will notice that we now feature a business at random on the home page, rather than asking subscribers to pay for an enhanced listing. Those already listed on the site will continue to have a free listing until 1st June 2022. After that date we will ask you if you would like to continue to be listed for a nominal fee to help cover our costs.

New subscribers from 1st June will be charged a nominal annual fee for a listing.

Everyone listed on the site will receive invitations to our Support Wealden networking events and will have the opportunity to appear as a guest on our Midweek Wealden show.

Make sure you send us your update listing info by 26th May 2021 using this form

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Queen’s Speech 2021

Source – https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2021

Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament.

 

My lords and members of the House of Commons.

My Government’s priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before.

To achieve this, my Government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services.

My Government will protect the health of the nation, continuing the vaccination programme and providing additional funding to support the NHS. My Ministers will bring forward legislation to empower the NHS to innovate and embrace technology. Patients will receive more tailored and preventative care, closer to home [Health and Care Bill]. Measures will be brought forward to support the health and wellbeing of the nation, including to tackle obesity and improve mental health. Proposals on social care reform will be brought forward.

My Government will build on the success of the vaccination programme to lead the world in life sciences, pioneering new treatments against diseases like cancer and securing jobs and investment across the country.

My Ministers will oversee the fastest ever increase in public funding for research and development and pass legislation to establish an advanced research agency [Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill].

Following the unprecedented support provided to businesses during the pandemic, proposals will be brought forward to create and support jobs and improve regulation.

My Government will strengthen the economic ties across the union, investing in and improving national infrastructure. Proposals will be taken forward to transform connectivity by rail and bus [High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill] and to extend 5G mobile coverage and gigabit capable broadband [Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill].

Legislation will support a lifetime skills guarantee to enable flexible access to high quality education and training throughout people’s lives [Skills and Post-16 Education Bill].

Measures will be introduced to ensure that support for businesses reflects the United Kingdom’s strategic interests and drives economic growth [Subsidy Control Bill]. Laws will simplify procurement in the public sector [Procurement Bill]. Eight new Freeports will create hubs for trade and help regenerate communities [National Insurance Contributions Bill].

My Government will ensure that the public finances are returned to a sustainable path once the economic recovery is secure.

Measures will be brought forward to ensure that children have the best start in life, prioritising their early years. My Ministers will address lost learning during the pandemic and ensure every child has a high quality education and is able to fulfil their potential.

My Government will help more people to own their own home whilst enhancing the rights of those who rent. Laws to modernise the planning system, so that more homes can be built, will be brought forward, along with measures to end the practice of ground rents for new leasehold properties [Planning Bill, Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill]. My Ministers will establish in law a new Building Safety Regulator to ensure that the tragedies of the past are never repeated [Building Safety Bill].

Measures will be brought forward to address racial and ethnic disparities and ban conversion therapy.

Legislation will support the voluntary sector by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and releasing additional funds for good causes [Dormant Assets Bill, Charities Bill].

My Government will invest in new green industries to create jobs, while protecting the environment. The United Kingdom is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will continue to lead the way internationally by hosting the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. Legislation will set binding environmental targets [Environment Bill]. Legislation will also be brought forward to ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare [Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, Kept Animals Bill, Animals Abroad Bill].

My Government will strengthen and renew democracy and the constitution. Legislation will be introduced to ensure the integrity of elections, protect freedom of speech and restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts [Electoral Integrity Bill, Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, Judicial Review Bill, Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill]. My Ministers will promote the strength and integrity of the union. Measures will be brought forward to strengthen devolved Government in Northern Ireland and address the legacy of the past [Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concerns) Bill, Legacy Legislation].

My Government will introduce measures to increase the safety and security of its citizens.

Legislation will increase sentences for the most serious and violent offenders and ensure the timely administration of justice [Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill]. Proposals will be brought forward to address violence, including against women and girls, and to support victims [Draft Victims Bill]. Measures will be brought forward to establish a fairer immigration system that strengthens the United Kingdom’s borders and deters criminals who facilitate dangerous and illegal journeys [New Plan for Immigration Legislation].

My Government will lead the way in ensuring internet safety for all, especially for children [Draft Online Safety Bill] whilst harnessing the benefits of a free, open and secure internet.

My Ministers will provide our gallant Armed Services with the biggest spending increase in thirty years, taking forward their programme of modernisation and reinforcing the United Kingdom’s commitment to NATO. My Ministers will honour and strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant, placing it in law [Armed Forces Bill]. Measures will be introduced to provide National Insurance contribution relief for employers of veterans [National Insurance Contributions Bill].

Legislation will be introduced to counter hostile activity by foreign states [Counter-State Threats Bill, Telecommunications (Security) Bill]. My Ministers will implement the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The United Kingdom will host the G7 Summit and lead the global effort to secure a robust economic recovery from the pandemic. My Ministers will deepen trade ties in the Gulf, Africa and the Indo-Pacific.

My Government will continue to provide aid where it has the greatest impact on reducing poverty and alleviating human suffering. My Government will uphold human rights and democracy across the world. It will take forward a global effort to get 40 million girls across the world into school.

Members of the House of Commons.

Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.

My lords and members of the House of Commons.

Other measures will be laid before you.

I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

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Budget 2021: What you need to know

Measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

1. Covid-19

  • An extra £1.65 billion cash injection to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in England continues to be a success.
  • £28 million to increase the UK’s capacity for vaccine testing, support for clinical trials and improve the UK’s ability to rapidly acquire samples of new variants of COVID-19.
  • £22 million for a world-leading study to test the effectiveness of combinations of different Covid-19 vaccines. This will also fund the world’s first study assessing the effectiveness of a third dose of vaccine to improve the response against current and future variants of COVID-19.
  • A further £5 million on top of a previous £9 million investment in clinical-scale mRNA manufacturing, to create a ‘library’ of vaccines that will work against Covid-19 variants for possible rapid response deployment.
  • Extending £500 Test and Trace support payments in England until the summer.

2. Protecting jobs and livelihoods

  • An extension of the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme to September 2021 across the UK.
  • An extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019-20 now able to claim for the first time.
  • An extension to the temporary cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax in England and Northern Ireland until September will support the housing market and protect and create jobs.
  • A new mortgage guarantee scheme will enable all UK homebuyers secure a mortgage up to £600,000 with a 5% deposit.
  • £5 billion for new Restart Grants – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million, and asset and invoice finance between £1,000 and £10 million, to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.
  • Extension of the Film & TV Production Restart scheme in the UK, with an additional £300 million to support theatres, museums and other cultural organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund.
  • Six-month extension of the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift in Great Britain, with the Northern Ireland Executive receiving additional funding to match the increase. A one-off payment of £500 to eligible Working Tax Credit claimants across the UK.
  • Extension to the VAT cut to 5% for hospitality, accommodation and attractions across the UK until the end of September, followed by a 12.5% rate for a further six months until 31 March 2022.
  • 750,000 eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will benefit from business rates relief.
  • Extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payment to £3,000.
  • £7 million for a new “flexi-job” apprenticeship programme in England, that will enable apprentices to work with a number of employers in one sector.
  • Additional £126 million for 40,000 more traineeships in England, funding high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in 2021/22 academic year.
  • More than doubling the legal limit for single contactless payments, from £45 to £100

  • £10 million to support veterans with mental health needs across the UK.
  • £19 million to tackle domestic abuse in England and Wales, with funding for a network of ‘Respite Rooms’ to support homeless women and a programme to prevent reoffending.
  • £90 million funding to support our government-sponsored national museums in England due to the financial impact of Covid-19.
  • £300 million for major spectator sports, supporting clubs and governing bodies in England as fans begin to return to stadia.
  • Small and medium-sized employers in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • To further support the cashflow of businesses, the government is extending the loss carry back rules worth up to £760,000 per company.
  • £100 million for a new Taxpayer Protection Taskforce to crack-down on COVID fraudsters who have exploited UK Government support schemes.

3. Strengthening the public finances

  • Maintaining the income tax Personal Allowance and higher rate threshold from April 2022 until April 2026.
  • To balance the need to raise revenue with the objective of having an internationally competitive tax system, the rate of Corporation Tax will increase to 25%, which will remain the lowest rate in the G7. In order to support the recovery, the increase will not take effect until 2023. Businesses with profits of £50,000 or less, around 70% of actively trading companies, will continue to be taxed at 19% and a taper above £50,000 will be introduced so that only businesses with profits greater than £250,000 will be taxed at the full 25% rate.
  • Maintaining inheritance tax thresholds at their current levels until April 2026.
  • Fuel duty will be frozen for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Alcohol duties will be frozen across the board for the second year running saving drinkers £1.7 billion.
  • Capping the amount of SME payable R&D tax credit that a business can receive in any one year at £20,000 (plus three times the company’s total PAYE and NICs liability).
  • Maintaining the Lifetime Allowance at its current level of £1,073,100 until April 2026.
  • The adult ISA annual subscription limit for 2021-22 will remain unchanged at £20,000.

4. An investment-led recovery

  • Beginning April 2021, the new super-deduction will cut companies’ tax bill by 25p for every pound they invest in new equipment. This is worth around £25 billion to UK companies over the two-year period the super-deduction will be in full effect.
  • Eight new English Freeports will be based in East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth, Solent, Thames and Teesside.
  • The £375 million UK-wide ‘Future Fund: Breakthrough’ will invest in highly innovative companies such as those working in life sciences, quantum computing, or clean tech, that are aiming to raise at least £20 million of funding.
  • Reforms to the immigration system will help ambitious UK businesses attract the brightest and best international talent.
  • A new Help to Grow scheme to offer up to 130,000 companies across the UK a digital and management boost.
  • £2.8 million to support a UK and Ireland bid to host the 2030 World Cup and £25 million investment in UK grassroots sports, enough for around 700 new pitches.
  • Launching a review of Research & Development tax reliefs to make sure the UK remains a competitive location for cutting-edge research.
  • £20 million to fund a UK-wide competition to develop floating offshore wind demonstrators and help support the government’s aim to generate enough electricity from offshore wind to power every home by 2030.
  • £68 million to fund a UK-wide competition to deliver first-of-a-kind long-duration energy storage prototypes that will reduce the cost of net zero by storing excess low carbon energy over longer periods.
  • £4 million for a biomass feedstocks programme in the UK to identify ways to increase the production of green energy crops and forest products that can be used for energy.
  • Publication of the the government’s ‘Build Back Better: our plan for growth’.
  • Over £1 billion funding for a further 45 towns in England through the Towns Fund, supporting their long-term economic and social regeneration as well as their immediate recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • £135 million to progress A66 Trans-Pennine upgrade.
  • £28 million to fund the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, delivering a major celebration for the UK.
  • Plans for at least £15 billion of green gilt issuance in the coming financial year, to help finance critical projects to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges, fund important infrastructure investment, and create green jobs across the UK.
  • £150 million Community Ownership Fund will allow communities across the UK to invest to protect the assets that matter most to them such as pubs, theatres, shops, or local sports clubs.
  • £18.8 million to transform local cultural projects in Hartlepool, Carlisle, Wakefield and Yeovil.
  • Publication of the prospectus for the £4.8 billion UK-wide Levelling Up Fund, providing guidance for local areas on how to submit bids for the first round of funding starting in 21-22.

5. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Individuals and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland continue to be supported by the UK Government through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, self-employment grants, loan schemes and VAT cuts. Devolved administrations have received Barnett funding to provide support in areas of devolved responsibility.
  • The Budget confirms an additional £2.4 billion for the devolved administrations for 2021-22 through the Barnett formula. This is an additional £1.2 billion for the Scottish Government, £740 million for the Welsh Government, £410 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
  • The devolved administrations will also receive £1.4 billion of funding in 2021-22 outside the Barnett formula.
  • £27 million in the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone and £5 million in the Global Underwater Hub in Scotland, the first stage in delivering the North Sea Transition Deal.
  • Three Growth Deals in Scotland – Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute, and Falkirk – will receive funding more quickly.
  • £4.8 million to support the development of a demonstration hydrogen hub in Holyhead, Anglesey.
  • Up to £30 million for the Global Centre for Rail Excellence in Wales.
  • Three City and Growth Deals – in North-Wales, Mid-Wales and Swansea Bay – will receive funding more quickly.
  • Northern Ireland will benefit from the Corporation Tax exemption for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland’s biggest landlord.
  • Almost half of the £400 million New Deal for Northern Ireland funding has been allocated, subject to business cases, to: new systems for supermarkets and small traders to manage new trading arrangements; building greater resilience in medicine supply chains; promoting Northern Ireland’s goods and services overseas; and supporting skills development.
  • £5 million to extend the Tackling Paramilitary Programme in 2021-22.