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East Sussex PAGE 2 THE REGIONAL CHAIRMAN’S VOICE... Latest economic data shows a fairly stable picture with employment up by 44,000 and average earnings up by two per cent, however FSB’s Small Business Index reveals confidence at its lowest level since 2013 with the overall economic outlook remaining far from certain, writes Darran Hathaway. The Queen’s Speech set out an important and timely programme of legislative reform which is much needed to get small business confidence back on track. Three bills caught my eye. The Better Markets Bill aims to boost competition and give consumers more power and choice and make economic regulators work better. FSB has lobbied hard for more competition in telecoms, finance and utilities and will continue to do so to ensure businesses gain the same rights as consumers. Another important gain for FSB is the Digital Economy Bill which will introduce a new Broadband Universal Service Obligation. This is expected to give households and businesses the legal right to a minimum broadband connection of 10 Mbps. This proposal must work for rural areas, make it easier to switch providers and compel providers to lay out transparent, verifiable speeds and charges. The Intellectual Property (IP) Bill proposes to make it easier for innovative businesses to settle IP disputes. FSB research shows that one-in-five small businesses spend significant amounts trying to protect their IP rights. FSB will actively lobby for better protection for small businesses in this Bill. FSB looks forward to this legislation coming forward and it working for the economic prosperity of small businesses across the UK. VOICE EDITORIAL: This publication is produced by and published for the Federation of Small Businesses, Sir Frank Whittle Way, Blackpool Business Park Blackpool, Lancs, FY4 2FE. © Copyright 1996 Federation of Small Businesses all rights reserved. Editor: James Connor. Tel: 01253 361179 Email: james.connor@fsb.org.uk. Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this publication errors or omissions are not the responsibility of the Federation of Small Businesses and opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily the policy of the Federation. FSB SIGNS TO ATTEND THREE MORE EXPOS The FSB stand at the popular business expo held at the Racecourse was busy all day. The FSB business team, supported by Lee Redfearn, Membership BRETT MCLEAN, 1066 COUNTRY CHAIRMAN, ON THE FSB STAND AT THE BEXHILL JOBS FAIR IS #BEXHILLREADY? YES! Hundreds of people flocked to the De La Warr Pavilion for Bexhill’s first #BexhillReady Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair. FSB were keen early supporters of the event to back skills and opportunities for young people and economic growth for the Rother area. The event was superbly organised with marshalls in the car park and Ambassadors on the door giving guidance to people on how to get the best from their visit. Throughout the day, the place was buzzing with activity as over 50 businesses and local organisations talked to visitors about the employment and career opportunities they had on offer. Jobseekers also had the opportunity to take part in Creative Café interactive sessions where they could informally chat to local employers and training providers in more depth. FSB showcased entrepreneurship and the possibility of running a business, FSB is active on Team East Sussex, a group of civic and business leaders reporting into South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Recent projects have included duelling sections of the A21, Bexhill to Hastings Link Road, Priory Quarter in Hastings and THE VOICE Advisor, and Emma Wooltorten, Area Sales Manager, advised members and nonmembers on the ways and means to make their business fly. FSB East the Eastbourne Innovation Park. The Team recently considered new projects for funding. These included developing the White Rock area in Hastings to capitalise upon the opportunity of the new pier, developing Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, to modernise Sussex is signed to attend three more business expos this year at Hastings (29 September), Heathfield (19 October) and Brighton (20 October). Details on the website events calendar. raising the career horizons of visitors to its stand. Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, who led the initiative said: “When we planned this event we felt the time was right to highlight that Bexhill has a lot of talented local people and it is a great place to live, work and invest. “From the fantastic feedback I’ve received, I believe we were absolutely right.” The fair was a community-led initiative and demonstrated what can be achieved by collaborating partners which included Bexhill College, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Rother District Council, Culture Shift, the 1066 Branch of FSB and Stewart Drew, CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion. Brett McLean, 1066 Country Chairman, said: “I thought it was the best careers fair events I have attended, really well organised with good footfall and a cool business feel. It is a great addition to economic growth plans for the area.” SECURING PROJECT PIPELINE FOR GROWTH the theatre quarter with conferencing capability and improved tennis facilities. Charleston, near Glyndebourne, put forward a proposal to upgrade the farmhouse, and a proposal for Newhaven would see the opening up of new business premises for SME’s. www.fsb.org.uk

East Sussex FSB BREAKFAST NETWORKING 1066 STYLE OVER 30 PEOPLE ENJOYED 1066 COUNTRY BREAKFAST The 1066 Country Branch took their monthly breakfast event to Coast restaurant in Bexhill on Sea. Over 30 businesses enjoyed business networking, a cooked breakfast next to the sea and Graham Burgess from Rother District Council as the keynote speaker. Graham spoke of the plans and projects in the Rother area to facilitate economic growth including the now functioning ‘link road’ between Bexhill and Hastings, together with business lets in the newly built Glovers House at the Bexhill Innovation Park. He said that the next phase included building the northern gateway and new business premises towards Ninfield and extending the link road to the A21 via the Queensway gateway. Martin Searle, FSB’s Development Manager, added that a key financial source for growth came via the Local Growth Fund from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, a body which both FSB and Rother District Council sat on. Graham went on to point out the cycleways and environmental works that would support the infrastructure and that half a million square feet of employment space would be created over the next decade. Participants also heard that campaigning and lobbying continues behind Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, to extend High Speed (HS1) trains through to Hastings and Bexhill along the coast from Ashford. Nicolae Trofin, Vice-Chairman of FSB 1066 Country Branch, said: “It was a lovely change to bring our monthly breakfast to a different place and we will continue to keep trade local and choose different venues in the Hastings and Rother area.” Building upon the success of the special breakfast event at the De La Warr Pavilion earlier this year, the Branch is planning its September breakfast there in joint partnership with the Council and the local Chamber of Commerce. See our events calendar on the East Sussex website. DITZY MEDIA’S GUIDE ON USING LINKEDIN Mina O’Brien of member firm Ditzy Media led another one of her successful Share the Knowledge seminars for members recently. Having covered Facebook and Twitter, her subject was LinkedIn for Business, one of the most trusted social media platforms. It is exclusively geared for business interaction with its biggest users earning over £50k. Increasingly it is being used to recruit staff and as an early search for potential service suppliers. Mina’s talk covered creating the perfect profile, making the right connections, joining groups and using LinkedIn as a communication tool to enhance business. A lively question and answer session added value to the twilight evening event which was followed by light refreshments and further discussion upon using social media for business. Visit FSB East Sussex website calendar or twitter feed @FSBEastSussex for further Share the Knowledge events. THE VOICE LEE REDFEARN IS OUR NEW FSB MEMBERSHIP MAN IN BRIGHTON AREA Lee Redfearn is the new Membership Advisor for Brighton and Hove. Here Lee introduces himself: “My background is in media sales, working for Trinity Mirror selling to agencies in Central London and in merchant services, Elavon, selling to corporate and SME clients. I love being out and about, meeting business owners and listening to their stories about how they got into business, their ideas and how their product or service came to fruition. Working in a vibrant, diverse place like Brighton is appealing because of the myriad of different backgrounds and stories people have to tell. A typical day for me will be a mixture of attending pre-set appointments, showing how FSB can have a positive impact on their business, asking for referrals and following up on leads gained previously. I am now slowly introducing social media in the mix to promote our members’ businesses and FSB. An early success was being out in the field with Maree Atkinson on the Hollingbury Industrial Estate one cold morning and signing RJ Engineering to FSB within ten seconds of saying hello. Also, I can mention Bee Bee Autos, who I visited nine times before getting the nod. Persistence pays. FSB is a fantastic organisation with its members’ best interests at heart. I know when I am seeing potential members that we offer an amazing service at an exceptional price. My favourite FSB benefit is the legal protection, outstanding value for such a comprehensive service. www.fsb.org.uk PAGE 11

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