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Hilton Sharp & Clarke

Contact: Tom Bowen
Address: 131 South Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4LY
T: 01444 817497
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Here at HSC we are a firm of qualified Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers who can not only provide the usual compliance services you would…

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Coast to Capital Business Growth Grants

Are you a high growth, innovative small or medium business? Or one delivering green or low carbon goods and services?

Are you planning to to expand and grow but not finding it easy to find the finance required? Would a grant of up to 25% of the total project cost make the difference between going ahead and not being able to? If so then our innovation and green business grant could be for you.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting initial expressions of interest from high growth and innovation, and / or low carbon and environmental technology small and medium businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs. Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 will be available to eligible businesses. We will also consider grants of a higher value where a greater impact on employment growth can be shown.

Grants may be spent on a wide range of eligible items including, research and development, innovation and product/service development, breaking into new markets, skills development, plant and equipment, business premises and other capital items.

To be eligible businesses must:
• Show how the grant will lead to new jobs
• Be able to demonstrate that they have explored fully other sources of funding without success
• Show other investment alongside the grant in the ratio of at least 1:4 - we will provide up to 25% of the project as a grant and you will need to provide the remaining 75% through another form of investment which could be retained profits, loans, equity finance or investment funds.

• Have premises in or be planning to create new jobs in one of these Local Authority areas:
• Adur • Brighton and Hove • Croydon • Lewes • Reigate & Banstead • Arun • Chichester • Epsom and Ewell • Mid Sussex • Worthing

Be planning at least one of the following:
• To grow your business by 20% over the next 3 years.
• To introduce new goods or services or other innovation
• To exploit leading edge technology
• To develop and market low carbon and environmental goods and services
• To supply goods and services to one of the major environmental projects in this area including the Sussex Energy Saving Programme and Off-Shore Windfarms.

Applications will open in early November but to register your interest now please visit where you can download our expression of interest form. If you would like to discuss a possible application for your firm with a member of our Regional Growth Fund team please email

This initiative is a partnership between Coast to Capital, West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, the Universities of Brighton, Sussex and Chichester and The Argus.

Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions will apply.


Nigel Botterill’s Entrepreneurs Circle Offer

Nigel has seen what we do at First Friday to encourage our members to work together and do business and is very supportive of what we have achieved, so he has made us an incredible offer... 2 months trial FREE plus over £1000 worth of goodies... see the screengrab below.

I recently joined the EC and have been amazed at the wealth of practical information available that you can easily understand and instantly apply to your own business. It's not just "American evangelical business psycho babble" - he's from Leeds and he's taken out all of the bo****** that a lot of "business gurus" often talk!

To get your hands on this pack worth £1080 for just £19.95 all you have to do is sign up for 2 months free trial membership - there is no tie in, no minimum number of months, no "you must buy this as well" - just join and if you don't think it's for you after your 2 month trial you can cancel or start your payments, it is only £69 +vat per month, and you only pay a month at a time, it's that simple.

So you would be a fool not to at least give it a try. Just click the link and fill in your details and then you can start growing your business!

YES - I am interested in growing my business and get all that stuff for just £19.95  - click here

YES - I would like to see the videos for free - click here

Get the video here

Entrepreneurs Circle offer

Seminar – 18 secrets of the super successful

The 18 Secrets Super Successful Business Owners Know And Do... That Most Business Owners Don't Know or Don't Do

Tuesday 23rd July 2013, Worthing, 11.30am-1pm

In this high energy, fast paced, humorous and engaging talk, Paul Chapman, will draw back the curtain on what Britain's Super Successful business owners have been doing over the last few years to florish, thrive and grow during the recession, whilst many business have been struggling.

His refreshingly blunt analysis and straight talking style make this a 90 miute presentation that you simply can't afford to miss - whatever business or sector you are in.

Paul will make you think differently about your business and give you at least a handful of "nuggets" that you will be able to take away and implement - IMMEDIATELY - that will make a tangible difference to your sales and profits straightaway. Everything in this session is all 100% PRACTICAL and RELEVANT

There a lot of people working very hard out there - they are driven and passionate about growing their business but they are not achieving the levels of success they had hoped for.

In this session Paul will look at what the high flyers are doing to make their business grow massively - even in hard times - and pull out the tools, tricks and techniques that EVERY business owner could use, straight away to make a proper impact to their bottom line... that most business owners don't know exist or worse still ignore.

What you'll leave with:

Tools, tips, tricks, secrets and techniques that will help your business grow.
  An understanding of WHAT tools are out there and HOW you can use them.
  A whole stack of practical ideas that you can implement into your business THE NEXT DAY
  A sense of motivation from a session that you'll enjoy...I promise

If you're in business then we GUARANTEE that there will be something in this talk for you - and probably - something big - but don't take our word for it. Here's what business owners around the country have to say:

"Nothing prepared me for the energy, expertise and creativity that Paul evidently lived and breathed. I particularly liked Paul's drive for the success of MY business, he genuinely takes an interest and offers incredible ideas/solutions backed up with excellent case studies of how he has helped similar businesses. The presentation itself is fun, exciting, interactive and most of all inspiring - I left the seminar smiling knowing that I'd learnt so much whilst meeting great people!"

"It's been fantastic session really motivating, Paul helped to highlight lots of things that I know I should be doing and this has really given me the kick I need... sometime you just need someone to give you that bit of a nudge to get you going. It was very very good and I would certainly recommend any business owner to attend one of his workshops."
Joanne Hilal - PA by the day

"What I found useful was the fact Paul didn't pretend to know everything, it was all about learning, He had a lot of information and huge amount of well thought through ideas - as a business owner you can never stay still you have to be open to learning new ideas."
Nigel Lamb - Xposure Creative

So don't delay book your place now for only £29.50 +VAT -


Goodwood Races network Event

Thursday 9th May

Goodwood Races with Afternoon Tea and networking with local networking groups.

Chichester Chamber, Hampshire Chamber, Worthing & Adur Chamber, Brighton Chamber, 4 Network & First Friday.

Join us for an afternoon of racing and afternoon tea in a private box in the beautiful setting of Goodwood Racecourse. A fantastic business opportunity to network with at least 6 other networking groups in the local area in an informal and fun atmosphere.

Time: Registered by 1.30pm.  Gates open 1.00pm. Last race 5.30pm

Cost: £38 per person includes: Entrance ticket, Private box, Afternoon tea, Cash bar, Free parking.

If you would like to attend please send me an email

We need to know final numbers by Wednesday 24th April - SO BOOK NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE!

How You Can Make More Sales, Starting Today!

If sales are eluding you then apply these simple steps to increase your sales and profits. Relying on one time sales is the biggest cost for most businesses; usually profits come from the lifetime value of your customers. Simply, your business success relies on customers making multiple purchases.

Step #1 – Upsell
Simple and effective way to increase your profits…

…sell more, per customer.

Amazingly people purchase on average 3-5 items they weren’t even thinking about so whether you sell products or services, online/offline or combination, this impulse purchasing can really benefit your business, consider…

• Product positioning
• Complementary products/services
• Product/service bundling discount
• Relationship selling…shifts the focus to the ongoing relationship rather than just the immediate sale
• Serve like dinner depends on it! Create the wow, and customers return.

Step #2 – Follow Up
You may have heard it said…

It takes more effort to sell to new customers than it does to existing ones

Customer follow ups create sustainable profits, 3 reasons this doesn’t happen…

• Fear of rejection
Can create paralysis from picking up the phone or sending an email. Conquer your fear… embrace the word ‘no’ and move on – it’s not personal!

• Procrastination
Set yourself 1 power hour a day and be outcome focused of what you want to achieve, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!

• Attitude
Never assume customers will return unless there’s a significant benefit to them. Add value and keep in front of your customers to incentivise them to return, including:

• Newsletter
• Follow up phone call/email
• Blog
• Vlog  (short videos)
• Product/service announcements, offers, etc

Don’t make it easy for your competition. Recognise more customers say no than yes, but yes means profit to your business and perseverance is golden!

Annette Du Bois
The Small Business Growth Expert
Author of “Big Profit Thinking To Stop Your Small Business Sinking”
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