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Microbiz

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Horsham Microbiz – Saturday 8th March 2014 

The 12th annual Horsham Microbiz will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014 and the organisers, Horsham District Council, are once again inviting small businesses to visit the event to experience what has been described as ”a treasure trove for small businesses”.

Judging by the markedly enthusiastic feedback from exhibitors and visitors of the 11th Anniversary event in March 2013, (over 500 visitors poured into the Drill Hall in Horsham), next year’s exhibition promises to be the best yet.

The atmosphere was once again buzzing with excited exhibitors and visitors alike doing business and swapping business cards, whilst over 200 delegates soaked up the valuable advice provided at the eight free business training seminars.

There were more than 40 exhibitors from a variety of local businesses as well as national support organisations such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service, UK Trade and Investment and the National Apprenticeship Service.

For further information on the next installment of Microbiz and to register your interest in exhibiting or providing a seminar visit the website at www.horshammicrobiz.co.uk, email:business.development@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215264.

A BIG Thank You to the sponsors of Microbiz 2013
Horsham District Council would like to thank all the sponsors of Horsham Microbiz 2013 for their generous support. Without this support the event would not be possible.

Citibase Plc
Coast to Capital – Local Enterprise Partnership
Dee Blick
Federation of Small Businesses
Foundry Press Ltd
Horsham District Council Economic Development
Horsham Publications Ltd (Horsham Pages, Holbrook Pages & Southwater News)
Horsham Training Centre
Spofforths Chartered Accountants and Professional Advisors
The District Post
The Horsham Advertiser
University of Chichester
Weekend Herald
West Sussex County Council
West Sussex County Times
West Sussex Gazette

Unemployment Fall Raises Hope for Recovery

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Key figures

  • In the last three months unemployment figures in Sussex have fallen with over 3,000 fewer people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Unemployment in the last month in Sussex has fallen by just over 1,000 fewer people claiming JSA.

Commenting on the unemployment figures published today by the ONS, Wendy Bell, General Manager at Sussex Enterprise said:

“This modest improvement in the labour market is very welcome and builds on the positive figures for Sussexover the last couple of months. The Sussex labour market remains robust and is performing well.

“Looking at the national picture, in the first quarter of 2013, public sector employment fell by 22,000, while private sector employment increased by 46,000.  However national pay, excluding bonuses, remains well below inflation at 0.9%, exacerbating the squeeze on real incomes.

“The private sector is creating jobs while the public sector shrinks, which proves that businesses are able to drive the economic recovery while circumstances at home and abroad remain challenging.

“In this month’s Spending Review, the Chancellor should look towards a shift of priorities away from current spending and towards capital investment, to improve the supply potential of the economy.”

For further information: Liz Cadman 0844 371 5426,liz.cadman@sussexenterprise.co.uk

SPONSOR A CLASS….

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Sponsor a class at the Summer Show

The Summer show is not run for profit but it is costly to organise. We rely on sponsors to help meet the expenses.
You are invited to donate £10.00 by sponsoring a class in the show. Half of your donation is given as prize money for the class and half to the society funds towards the cost of the show. Sponsors names will be displayed in the show marquee and published in the show schedule – unless you wish to remain anonymous!

To donate, please contact the treasurer or other member of the organising committee (David Barrett on 01273 493888 or david.smalldole@btinternet.com). The list will be available at both Pauline’s coffee morning on 7th July and the registration evening on Tuesday 14th August, 7-8pm, Small Dole Village Hall.

All of the required information and much more is contained in the show schedules which are now available from the following outlets:

Small Dole Village Store, The Fox Public House at Small Dole, Rushfields Plant Centre, Swains Farm Shop, Hamfelds of Henfield, Jasmines of Henfield and Henfield Post Office.  They will also be available at the Henfield Fayre.

Our sincere thanks to the following for their sponsorship and donations for 2012:

Aeross Air Conditioning, Mr W Beale, Mrs I Bamfield, Mr and Mrs R Butler, Mrs I Bubolz, Mrs I Cox, Mrs J Daly, Mrs B Dudeney, Mrs C Elliott, Mrs A Edwards, Mr A Griffiths, Mrs K Hay, Mrs M Holder, Mr and Mrs M Knight, JT Mackley & Co, Mrs G Mann, Mrs R McMillan, Mrs A O’Flaherty, Mrs S Pearce, Mrs P Russell, Mrs S Shaw, Mr and Mrs Sharma, Mrs C Stevens, Tottington Woodlanders, Mrs D Turner, Mr R Walker and all those who gave donations anonymously.

 

The Small Dole Summer Show 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

By David Barrett

The 2012 Summer Show was very well supported and we were blessed with wonderful weather – it was actually too hot, a fact which was reflected in our takings for the tea tent, but the ice cream seller did a roaring trade! The cost of running the show was £1820.81 and our income was £1591.14 showing an operational loss of £229.67.
Fundraising during the year helps to cover losses but your continued support is vital in our efforts to continue this traditional village event, now in its 69th year. It would be a great achievement if we made a small profit for a change!
We would ask that you ensure the success of this years show by:
1. ENTERING THE SHOW. This is a family show and we welcome entries from ALL – both experienced or novice. PLEASE HAVE A GO.
2. BUY SPONSORSHIP OF A CLASS – details of which are to follow

A special thank you is due to a small band of organisers and helpers, whose hard work and enthusiasm ensures the continuation of our village show. However, we are all getting older and would appreciate more help, particularly on show day. If you are able to help in any way, please contact the treasurer: David Barrett on 01273 493888, or by e-mail on david.smalldole@btinternet.com

Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 13th August – Registration of entries at Village Hall
Saturday 17th August – Summer show starting at 1.30pm

Our sincere thanks to JT Mackley and Co Ltd for continuing to allow us to use their sports field for the show and for their generosity on providing a site for our container.

Make do and Mend…

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Ugo Vallauri and Janet Gunter are the co-founders of The Restart Project, which aims to stop people throwing away broken gadgets and other electrical items and, instead, get them fixed by taking them along to a Restart party.

At these gatherings, damaged and broken devices and gadgets are taken apart, and hopefully repaired, by the teams of fixers that the project brings together.

The idea came out of work Mr Vallauri has done with Computer Aid, a charity that refurbishes old computers for use in developing nations.

“They fix almost everything in those places,” he said, “they just don’t have the money to buy them new.”

By contrast, he said, in developed nations people have lost the will to fix broken gadgets. A combination of convenience and cultural pressure leads people to buy new rather than repair.

“Also people have lost trust in commercial repairs. They do not know who to go to and who they can trust, especially when it comes to electronics and electrical goods.”

Just as when people take their car to a mechanic, people often fear that when they take their broken gadgets to a repair shop they will be overcharged or bamboozled by jargon.

The idea with Restart is to overcome that fear by getting people involved with the repair process themselves.

Opening up a kettle, coffee grinder or laptop and helping to take it to pieces is a powerful way to get over that fear, said Ben Skidmore, one of Restart’s roster of regular fixers.

That fear tends to evaporate completely if the item in question gets fixed, he said.

The fixers at Restart parties include people like Mr Skidmore who have been tinkering as a hobby for years, to others such as Francis Dove who runs an electrical repair shop.

When someone walks in to a Restart party with a damaged or broken gadget, it goes through a “triage stage” during which its owner describes the symptoms and people offer their opinions about what’s wrong.

Then, more often than not, it is put on a tabletop, taken to pieces and the repair work begins.

“The best technicians are nosy,” said Mr Dove, peering at the exposed circuit board of an LCD TV.

On average about 20-25 people bring along something in need of repair to a Restart party, said Mr Vallauri. About a quarter of electrical and electronic waste will work again
In Camden, the fixers got to grips with, amongst other things, an LCD TV, a boombox, a digital car radio, a laptop, two digital cameras and a pair of headphones.

On the night some, such as the boombox, were easy to fix. The boombox’s radio tuner looked broken, but when the case was cracked open it emerged that the piece of plastic that moves when the tuning wheel is turned had simply slipped out of sight.

In moments, it was returned to its track and the repair was done.

Others were trickier. Mr Dove instantly spotted dodgy capacitors on the circuit board of the LCD TV that were responsible for putting it into an eternal standby mode. Ripping them out and replacing them should solve the problem, he said.

For Mr Vallauri, the failing capacitors are symptomatic of the way modern electrical equipment is built. Manufacturers could choose to use components that cost a fraction more and radically lengthen the life of the average gadget, he said.

Instead, he said, more often than not they go cheap and produce goods that have obsolescence built in.

Fixing items that suffer this manufacturing neglect is straightforward even though few people know it. Mr Vallauri quoted research which suggests that about 23% of the waste electrical equipment in recycling centres could be refurbished and repaired easily.

Unlocking the value in that could prove a huge boost to local economies in financial and social terms, he said.

Unfortunately, he said, that value is hard to realise because most recycling policies involve local authorities signing a deal with a contractor to manage the waste. That divorces people from being involved with what they discard, said Mr Vallauri. The undoubted convenience comes at a high social cost. Getting between the authority and the waste management firm is hard, he said, but would reap real dividends.

“We don’t like it when we see things that end up in a skip, or even recycled by our councils, when they could have a second or third life if only we use some basic repair skills,” he said.

Taken from BBC news website