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Archive for August, 2015

Super Fast Broadband

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Superfast Broadband has become critical to the success of most of the businesses on our estate. There are many providers and a bewildering array of offers but local company Excell have an extensive list of clients already using Superfast broadband. To that end we have invited them on to the estate to share their expertise with our tenants in order to help anyone that is interested learn more about the grants available to enjoy superfast broadband. For a limited time only it is possible to get funding to have superfast connected so it can be available to your business for no initial outlay. The full details of the scheme offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are also available on the Excell website The criteria for eligibility are outlined below and in due course Excell will be in touch, but if you would like any further details please don’t hesitate to contact Christopher Clarke on the number listed below.

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Excell are offering Mackley Industrial Estate tenants the opportunity to reap the benefits of BDUK’s Connection Voucher Scheme; super-fast broadband at a discounted price. You could benefit from 80Mb fibre speeds from the cabinet and up to £400 towards the cost of installation when utilising the voucher. An eligible Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader can apply for a Connection Voucher of up to £3000. This voucher is strictly for installation only, not the ongoing monthly rental. Excell are an authorised partner with the UK Government initiative to help deliver faster broadband to SMEs in order to make businesses more efficient and to achieve better growth. Connection Vouchers will be made available on a first come, first served basis until 31st March 2016. Excell will completely manage the process to acquire the funding. They will complete each individual application to be sent off to and approved by Brighton & Hove City Council. Excell are also in a position to provide dedicated fibre services to premise whilst allowing the utilisation of the £3000 voucher. When entering a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service there is a maximum voucher limit of £400 to cover the installation. When entering a Dedicated Leased Line service there is a maximum voucher limit of £3000 to cover the installation. Eligibility Criteria

  1. Company has no more than 249 employees or volunteers
  2. Turnover of less than €50M and/or have a balance sheet of less than €43M
  3. Cannot have received more than €200K in grants in the last 3 years
  4. Cannot have a parent company or linked enterprise which does not meet the eligibility criteria

Contact Details Christopher.Clarke@excellgroup.com Number – 01273 490008

Small Dole Summer Show

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Here is the report from David Barrett of the Small Dole Horticultural Society covering this years Summer show….

The Small Dole Horticultural Society held its 71st Summer Show on Mackley’s Sports Field on Saturday 15th August.

Up until the morning of the show, the prospects for a good day seemed rather poor with heavy rain a feature of the previous few days.
On the Friday evening the small band of volunteers got thoroughly soaked whilst erecting the marquees and marking out the field with stakes.
At 6.30 on the Saturday morning, there was some cloud around but at least the rain had stopped! By the time the show opened at 1.30pm it was positively warm and humid,  staying that way all day, even keeping dry enough to dismantle all our equipment and stow it away.
It had been a long day but a very successful one with more than 500 entries and a noticeable increase on visitor numbers over previous years.
We received countless compliments on what a lovely, friendly show it had been.
 This year was the first year that the RSPCA had run the fun dog show and great credit must be given to Ann and her team from the Patcham RSPCA centre for the very efficient and friendly way it was run. The support given by the countless dog owners was outstanding. We are so pleased that Ann has agreed to run the Dog Show for us next year!
Tottington WoodlandersLarge dog
 The main show marquee was full of exhibits and visitors but also hundreds of wasps (no exaggeration)!
In the morning before all the cookery exhibits arrived there was no sign of a wasp but by lunchtime the place was literally buzzing! One of the big attraction to the wasps were the cakes and they took a real fancy to the icing on the lemon drizzle ones. One of the classes was for “Afternoon tea for two displayed on a cake stand”. Tracey Mulvaney, the winner of this class, had produced an array of tempting teatime treats with lemon drizzle cakes on the top tier.
Cake and wasps
This was a magnet for the wasps who quickly demolished the icing. Luckily, despite the huge number of wasps, nobody got stung! Wasps were not attracted to the flowers and handicrafts, like the superb painting of a Lion cub, painted by Hayley Beale which, understandably, won her first prize in her category.
Tiger
Even after several days of heavy wind and rain, the flowers still looked good and brightened the tent. There were plenty of entries from children, including some creative scarecrows, and some very colourful knitwear in the adult classes.
Knitwear
 Outside the show marquee the crowd was entertained by the Patcham Silver Band and appetites satisfied by tea,delicious cakes and other goodies. The Tottington Woodlanders demonstrated their skills, including hedge laying, hurdle making and use of the pole lathe.
Children had great fun on the bouncy castle, slides or having their faces painted.
There were plenty of stalls to occupy the crowd. Attending the show were charities like Save the Children Fund, St.Barnabus Hospice,Leonard Cheshire Homes,Henfield Lions, Royal British Legion, Henfield HART, the Point Foundation plus many others from local clubs and individuals.
The main objective of the Small Dole Horticultural Society is to keep this traditional show going. It is a very expensive exercise costing us just under £2000 to run, with £1000 of that being the marquee. The only income from the show is the 50p per adult entrance fee to the marquee, profits from the tea tent and the raffle.Normally we sustain an operating LOSS of several hundred pounds. We are only able to meet the cost of the show bu fundraising during the year and by donations from individuals for which we are very grateful. We only charge a small amount for private stall holders to attend but charities are free. As a result, hundreds of pounds are raised by the various charities involved. Finally we must thank Mackley Industrial Estate for their generosity in providing us with their field and other help throughout the year.
Overall another very successful show and the hope for an even better one in 2016. 
Tea for two
Tiger face paint growling