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ISSUE 111. MAY 2014

Bright ideas

The city’s best homes and interiors


New sliding door designs

Let the sun shine in

The new Audi A5 Cabriolet

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welcome Issue 111 May 2014

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For all enquiries please contact: Lynne Edwards - Sales & Marketing Director 07931 537588

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The summer has almost arrived and with it the usual uplift in those looking for a new home. With interest rates still incredibly low and the regional job market looking positive it really couldn’t be a better time to invest your hard earned money in a new home, particularly as Brighton & Hove continues to feature in recent surveys of best places to live in the UK. For more news about the local and national property industry, celebrity stories, and fabulous overseas bargains go to our new Market Place on pages 12 and 13 and don’t forget to let me know if you have anything you’d like us to cover for next month. Meanwhile Maarten Hoffman has also been getting in the mood for summer, working on his tan, whilst test driving the new Audi A5 convertible on page 48.

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Maarten Hoffmann – Motoring Editor

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48. MOTORING If Audi were at school,

A carefully chosen floor can transform a room in the same way a colour you choose to paint your walls or the wallpaper you hang.

the teacher’s report would read ‘has made very good progress over the last academic period and if he keeps up this rate of improvement, he will begin to seriously trouble his friends BMW’.

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Helping you find your perfect Hove property Mishon Welton, 94 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2EB

WOODRUFF AVENUE Mishon Welton are pleased to offer a rare chance to acquire a substantial and impressive detached art deco style residence of considerable character, standing in quite magnificent large secluded south facing gardens, and offering lovely light, beautifully presented and versatile living space. The property has been extensively modernised in recent years to include a superb large open plan kitchen/ breakfast/morning room with bi-fold doors opening onto the stunning gardens.


SHIRLEY DRIVE, HOVE, £999, 950 Mishon Welton are very pleased to offer this most substantial and imposing detached 5 bedroom family residence, situated in an impressive elevated position and standing in good sized well established gardens. The property provides lovely light, beautifully presented and generously proportioned living accommodation making it a very comfortable family home with a traditional theme.


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THE SPINNEY, HOVE A substantial 5 bedroom detached family home, standing in very good sized secluded gardens, with a lovely Westerly aspect and offering considerable potential for enlargement (subject to consent). The property provides light and generously proportioned living accommodation, offered in excellent decorative condition, with the added advantage of a heated swimming pool. Set behind a high brick wall and electrically operated gates, the property is situated towards the end of a quiet residential cul-de-sac, just off Dyke Road Avenue.


wanted We have many buyers looking for property in Hove who are ready and keen to buy.

TEDCROFT ROAD, HOVE, £995,000 A substantial 5 bedroom detached family home, providing light, spacious and beautifully presented living space over 3 floors, and standing in lovely, exceptionally large, secluded gardens. The property occupies a sought after, slightly elevated location, just off Tongdean Avenue and enjoys fine open views over the surrounding area towards the sea. - HOMES|ESTATE AGENTS -

If you would like an up to date valuation for your property from one of the most experienced agents in Hove, or simply a chat about how the property market is moving, then please contact us.

“We are a well established local independent estate agent with a strong ethos around customer care and excellent presentation. Our experienced and friendly team are experts in selling property in the Brighton and Hove area and would very much like to meet with you if you are planning a move. As we move through the spring season we are continuing to see a buoyant and sustainable market, so there’s never been a better time to make that move.”

Albany Villas, A beautiful period property that has been stylishly improved combining original features with an outstanding contemporary finish over 3113 square feet/289.21 square meters located off Hove seafront and with no ongoing chain, internal viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the spacious accommodation on offer.

OIRO £ 1,750,000

123-125 dyke road, hove, bn3 1tj tel.01273 232 232

Westbourne Villas, OIRO ÂŁ1,295,000 A substantial three storey Victorian family home measuring 2809 square feet/261 square meters of accommodation offered in what is considered to be excellent order throughout and lies adjacent to Hove seafront and within easy reach of Hove mainline railway station, internal viewing highly recommended.

Addison Road, ÂŁ799,950 A newly built, four/five bedroom double fronted, three storey family home located just off the Seven Dials and a short walk from Brighton station with added benefit of two off road car parking spaces and accommodation spanning 194 square meters/2088 square feet.

Beyond your expectations





The Droveway- O.I.E.O £1,200,000 Five bedroom detached house. EPC D





Brunswick Terrace- £650,000 Fabulous extremely spacious flat with direct sea views.


Princes Square- £1,600,000 5 bedroom detached house with secluded garden and garage. EPC D




Westmeston Avenue- £599,950 A detached 3/4 bedroom house with stunning views down to the sea. EPC D

Hamptons International Estate Agents Hove Sales. 01273 796 061 | Lettings. 01273 796 159 10│

Dean Court Road- £875,000 A detached Tudor style 4 bedroom house. EPC C

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First Avenue- £800,000 3 bedroom, 2 reception room first floor flat. EPC D

Arundel Terrace - £4,500 PCM - Charges Apply* Wonderful 5 bedroom 3 bathroom Regency house on Kemp town seafront with a wealth of features. EPC 49. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

Highcroft Mews - £2,500 PCM - Charges Apply* Well presented 4 bedroom townhouse with garage & off street parking.Great location for access to Brighton Station and out of town. EPC 73. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

Princes Street - £1,650 PCM - Charges Apply* Fantastic Grade II listed apartment in Central Location with high ceilings and parking. EPC TBC. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

Dyke Road - £1,650 PCM - Charges Apply* Brand New Development. Executive two bedroom two bathroom apartment with parking in sought after building & location. EPC TBC. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

Normandy, France - £377,000 A five bedroom, former pressoir, built in the traditional, half-timbered style and restored to a high standard throughout. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

Almeria, Spain - £413,000 A spacious, nine bedroom villa located in a secluded spot but within walking distance of the village and its amenities. Tel: 01273 796159 Email:

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

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Sawyer & Co -Expand into Kemp Town Sawyer & Co have launched their third office within our vibrant City of Brighton and Hove. The new branch is located at 113 St Georges Road in Kemp Town Village. Along with the Portslade office and Central Hove office this provides Sawyer & Co with full coverage of the Brighton & Hove area. Sawyer & Co’s hard work, professionalism and thorough understanding of the local market has produced a huge demand for their services and so the timing seemed perfect to open this third branch in the East of the City. Sawyer & Co offer property sales, lettings and block management services. The new team at Kemp Town will comprise Adam Farrell (Director), Ashley Butler (Branch Manager), Andrew Head (Negotiator & Block Manager) and Melissa Casseeram (Block Manager & Admin). They would be delighted if you dropped in sometime to discuss their services.

Cover image by James French, shot for ARCH Angels Architects

James is a UK based architectural and interiors photographer and combines strong client relationships with a creative and professional approach. He has built his reputation on producing elegant, striking imagery. James’ work has been published in Architects’ Journal, Beautiful Kitchens, Financial Times, House & Home, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home, Mondoarc, The Sunday Times Magazine, 125 Magazine, 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being exhibited internationally.,

Lewes One of the Best Places to Live In the recent Sunday Times “Best Place to Live in Britain” survey,

Lewes was voted as one of the best locations in the South East and the current level of demand being experienced by local agents in the area for the recently released Clayhills development seems to bear this out. Clayhills is a new development of apartments and family houses, is located within a short walk of the town centre and mainline station in Lewes. Built by Blue Sonic, a local boutique developer, the specification has been carefully selected to create aspirational homes which offer a sustainable lifestyle and each home comes with private parking and private outside space. Prices are from £190,000 to £425,000.,


websites we love right now A look book of ideas. Thousands of pictures of homes featured in Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Ideal Home etc. Clearly organised with a useful directory. This useful guide to designing your bathroom features a step-by-step guide with information on products and links to suppliers.’s mantra is designer furniture, direct from the makers. Contemporary furniture with a design aesthetic at great prices. Great ideas for unique one-off marketing. Check out The 80 Best Guerilla Marketing Ideas I’ve Ever Seen in Top Stories. The UK’s professional body for estate agency, has an easy-tonavigate website with heaps of useful information for buyers and sellers.


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WE LOVE We love the Artists Open Houses Festival: the perfect opportunity to look around other people’s houses while enjoying original art. The twice yearly festival runs during the Brighton Festival in May and in the run up to Christmas in December when artists and makers open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. Expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The May 2014 AOH festival starts on 2nd May and runs every weekend in May. Pick up their brochure or their leaflet map from Brighton and Hove train stations, museums, libraries and many shops, bars and cafes around the city. You will also find them at all designated Visitor Information Points.




Overseas Property Sunshine Lifestyle what to budget for - never a penny more to pay. Snobbys are built for real living comfort and include an unbeatable specification. In fact we maintain that Snobby prices are the lowest you’ll find in Crete for new build, detached properties.”

Surveys show Greece is one of the most popular places now to buy property with Crete accounting for 85% of the country’s overseas buyers market. Snobby Homes have some top tips for prospective investors. ESTATE AGENTS CHARGE THE BUYER A FEE! In Crete, estate agents charge the buyer a minimum of 2%. So purchasing a brand new property and avoiding such a levy is worth serious consideration.. 01983 861027

Typical Snobby Home detached brand new eco home. Two bedroom detached Snobby, with all purchase fees, furniture, white goods etc. included, from 136,950€.

AVOID VAT ON NEW BUILD A new build from a developer attracts VAT of 23%. Have a Snobby built in your own name, and no VAT is levied. On payment of a deposit the land is legally transferred and you become the legal owner. Kolimbari is a picturesque fishing village serving all the surrounding area with everyday amenities.

ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT Snobby Homes is a UK company with its management team based in Crete, building homes especially for Brits. From first meeting, throughout the legal and build process to after you’ve moved in, Snobby are there to support you.

One of Crete’s finest Blue Flag beaches within a 20 minute drive of all Snobby homes.

Says Mike Saunders, “Snobby provide an all-inclusive price so you know precisely


Cabin Conversion A new community group has been formed in Brighton with the aim of creating an outdoor classroom and wild life interpretation centre. Beacon Hub Brighton brings together community volunteers from environment conservation, preservation and education groups. They are planning to convert a disused golf cabin next to the Rottingdean Smock Mill into a unique outdoor gateway to the South Downs National Park. The cabin is on the edge of the 40 acre Beacon Hill Nature Reserve, home to rare birds and plant species. Community volunteers are bidding for the cabin to be used as a public facility by local schools, artists, walkers and photographers. Rottingdean resident Clive Bonny, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, says: “Funds are being raised through public donations and education bodies. We need people to share their views on our facebook site to support this project” beaconhubbrighton



House prices up 9.5% from 2013 The figures come from the latest Nationwide house price index. Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner said: “There is little doubt that the recovery in the housing market is now firmly established, with activity levels picking up and house prices recording their fifteenth successive monthly increase in March. Rising consumer confidence among borrowers, increased lending and government schemes such as Help to Buy, are all contributing to the uplift in property prices.” Online training for estate agents Agent Masterclass has launched its online training enabling estate agency owners, managers, valuers and negotiators to engage with estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings. Delivered weekly via a series of interactive video tutorials, the service allows agents to understand and adopt ideas, tips, techniques, methods and strategies. “Agents often ask me how they can overcome the issue of staff taking time out of the office for training, and I’m delighted to have been able to crack this. Agents can now take a thirty minute module every week at a time to suit them.” A video can be found at Read more about these stories and more at

Absolute Professionals The second Property Professionals lunch took place in April and again it was a packed house. This event is now firmly established within the property and business community as a great networking opportunity, whilst enjoying a fabulous lunch courtesy of Pub du Vin. This month we were joined by the well known motivational speaker and estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings, who shared a fascinating insight into using ‘big data’ within the industry. The event also regularly supports the Rockinghorse Childrens charity and its C.E.O. Ryan Heal announced that the event had already raised sufficient funds to purchase a baby incubator. The latest lunch will add more to continue to support this worthy charity. The next event, run jointly with SearchesUk and Absolute HOME magazine will take place on July 10th with a special summer theme. To book your place or for more information contact: or



The first School for Stars book, set in a performing arts school, was the highest selling UK children’s debut of 2012. Sussex-born broadcaster and all-round national treasure Holly Willoughby is a busy girl. As well as her TV career and a third baby on the way, she has just published the third title in the School for Stars series, written with her sister Kelly Willoughby. Home-loving Holly recently told The Telegraph that her home is her hobby. “It’s where all my money goes... I have scrap books that I’ve been filling for years with snippets from Homes & Gardens and swatches of fabric” she says. Could TV’s golden girls’s next move be into homes and interiors? School for Stars: Third Term at L’Etoile by Holly and Kelly Willoughby is published by Orion Books, priced at £4.99 Photo: Diana Gomez.

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PORTLAND ROAD, HOVE Being on the first floor of this Edwardian yellow brick, end of terrace property means that this flat floods with light while with upstairs living you can easily forget that you’re in such a central location. There are still quite a few original features amongst the well-proportioned rooms bringing character to this modern home that is beautifully styled in contemporary decor. However Portslade station is just yards away and you’ve got all the shops and cafes of Boundary Road right on your doorstep.


With an extended ground floor and loft conversion you get much more than you’d expect given this mid terrace property’s modest frontage making this spacious home ideal for a growing family. Situated on a quiet road just yards from the coast and Shoreham Harbour, it was built in 1910 with several original black cast iron fireplaces remaining from the homes Edwardian heritage. Being last refurbished in 2002, this home may be in need of some updating but then that means you get to style it the way you want.


DOROTHY ROAD, HOVE This spacious and bright detached house boasts accommodation comprising: two double bedrooms with the third being used currently as a dressing room (which could very easily be put back into a third single bedroom), a large living room, conservatory, a kitchen breakfast room, family bathroom and a good sized rear garden. Local shopping facilities can be found close by in Boundary/ Station Road, along with Portslade Mainline Railway Station providing direct access to London. Viewing recommended.



DITCHLING ROAD, BRIGHTON Sawyer & Co are delighted to offer this fantastically spacious semidetached house with lovely period features and delightful rear garden. The property is conveniently located with easy access to the A27/ A23 and also the City Centre. The property itself is arranged over two floors with accommodation currently arranged as three bedrooms, three receptions and two bathrooms along with a pleasant kitchen overlooking the delightful west facing rear garden. Additional features include high ceilings with coving, fireplaces, picture rails and leaded light sash window. Viewing highly recommended.

£650,000 18│

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52 Church Road Hove, BN3 2FN • Tel 01273 778844 113 St. Georges Road Kemp Town BN2 1EA • Tel 01273 685111 10 Station Road, Portslade BN41 1GA • Tel 01273 383830



Sawyer & Co are delighted to offer this raised ground floor flat close to Hove Mainline Station. Shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes bars etc can be found nearby in Church Road, George Street and Blatchington Road. The seafront and other parts of the city centre are also easily accessible. The property itself has a lovely bright lounge with bay windows, high ceiling and feature fireplace. Viewing recommended.

Sawyer & Co are delighted to offer this ground floor flat with allocated parking space located moments from Hove mainline station. St James Court is ideally situated in this highly sought after central Hove location offering easy access to nearby shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes, bars etc in Church Road. The property itself has spacious accommodation with plenty of natural light afforded to it by south facing windows to most rooms.





Sawyer & Co are delighted to offer this rarely available 15th floor appartment with stunning far reaching views across Brighton & Hoves coastline. Being almost opposite the iconic West Pier, the view also includes Brighton Pier & Brighton Marina to the East plus views as far as Worthing to the west. The property itself can be accessed via a private residents entrance or via the well-presented Holiday Inn Foyer where you will find security coded passenger lifts.

A superb, spacious three bedroom first floor flat with a large rear terrace running the whole width of the building. New Church Road is situated in this highly sought after location moments from the seafront. There are high quality local shopping facilities just around the corner in Richardson Road. No chain, share of freehold, viewing recommended.




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Kings Gardens, Hove

Westmeston Avenue, Saltdean

Fine and Country are delighted to announce this unique and rare opportunity to acquire this stunning first floor apartment offering spectacular views of the sea overlooking Hove lawns with a full length sun drenched private balcony. As one of only 4 detached buildings on Brighton and Hove seafront, it is one of the most desirable locations on the South Coast with direct rail connections to London Victoria from Hove station and easy access to the M23 and A27.

Tel: 01273 739911


It’s all about the light! This detached home offers ample and flexible accommodation with its three double bedrooms, in addition to the master suite comprising dressing room, luxury contemporary en-suite with bath and shower, own sitting room and master bedroom with exquisite views. The huge open-plan kitchen/living/breakfast/ dining room is the heart of the home, enjoying panoramic views of countryside overlooking the channel; an additional large reception room is an important room for any family looking for some separate space, and the large garages, indoor swimming pool and gym, off street parking for several more cars and electric car charger make for easy living in this modern home.

Tel: 01273 739911




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Wilbury Avenue, Hove

Roedean, Brighton

Wilbury Road is situated in the heart of Hove within easy reach of the seafront and esplanade, Hove station and Church Road with all its shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. This imposing and ornate Victorian Villa has a wealth of original features, a Royal history, private garden and huge garage a rare combination in this prestigious location! For some this property offers versatile accommodation just as it is, although there is scope for some modernsation.

Lift straight into spectacular penthouse enjoying panoramic views of the coast, marina, and South Downs. Master suite with dressing room, luxury ensuite and south facing sun terrace, second ensuite double bedroom, huge contemporary open plan lounge/fully fitted kitchen with large island leading out to terrace with 8 person hot tub. Hot water softening and heat recovery systems, rainwater harvesting and sprinker system. Secure gated entrance and parking for 2 cars, biometric doors and CCTV.

Tel: 01273 739911

Tel: 01273 739911


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SAWYER & CO OPEN THIRD OFFICE Brighton-based estate agents Sawyer & Co have opened a third office to complete their city cover.

made a lot of people want to use Sawyer &

“Sawyer & Co has been a member of ours

Co and so we are opening this new office in

now for five years and represent the highest

response to this demand.”

standards of estate agency, which is about

Sawyer & Co offer property sales, lettings

integrity, honesty, hard work and giving their clients a fantastic service.

A brand new Sawyer & Co office has been

and block management services to Brighton

opened in the heart of Kemp Town Village.

& Hove residents and they underlined Kemp

“We believe it’s a very professional business

Town as the ideal destination to set up their

and, therefore, integrity and high standards

new office.

will reflect back in the service that you give

The Brighton-based estate agents, run by Directors Chris Sawyer and Adam Farrell, already have offices in Portslade and central

“This area has the kind of properties we like

Hove and have now opened a new office on

to deal with,” Farrell explains. “There are a lot

St Georges Road in Brighton to ensure they

of mansion flats and beautiful period houses,

can provide full coverage of the Brighton and

it’s a trendy area as well, people want to live in

Hove area.

Kemp Town, it’s a real cosmopolitan area.”

to your clients and Sawyer & Co are an absolutely fantastic estate agents that we think are doing a sensational job.”

The Sawyer & Co Kemp Town office will be

“It gives us a nice spread of offices across the

Marcus Whewell, the CEO of The Guild of

run by Director, Adam Farrell, Branch Manager,

city,” begins Farrell. “We won an award recently

Professional Estate Agents, was at the launch

Ashley Butler, with Negotiator, Andrew Head,

with the independent review site AllAgents for

of the Sawyer & Co Kemp Town office and

and Property Manager, Melissa Casseeram,

how high our customer review ratings are and

he explained why they are such an important

completing the team. To contact the office call

we’ve achieved very high customer satisfaction

part of The Guild.

01273 685 111.

ratings from The Property Ombudsman. It’s

guestlist Where? Sawyers, 113 St. Georges Road, Kemp town, Brighton 1

Why? Launch of new office Who? 1. Ashley Butler, Adam Farrell, Chris Sawyer, Melissa Casseeram and Andrew Head 2. John Deibel and Agneta Fitch



3. Marcus and Susan Whewell 4. Naz Ahmed and Lynne Edwards 5. Adam Farrell, Chris Sawyer and Marcus Whewell COE The Guild of Professional Estate Agents


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9 Offices Covering Brighton & Hove 27 Offices in Sussex 37 Offices in London TYLERS GREEN, CUCKFIELD Substantial Turner style house situated on the Cuckfield & Haywards Heath borders being ideal family home for the commuter and benefits from four bedrooms, two reception rooms with vistas over landscaped garden, study and modern kitchen, bathrooms and en-suite. EPC E

Guide Price £850,000 Contact: Samuel Quick Haywards Heath: 01444 450105

WORCESTER VILLAS, HOVE Semi-detached freehold house ideally situated just off the popular New Church Road benefitting from 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen breakfast room, stunning rear Lawned garden and no onward chain. EPC C

£515,000 Contact: Drew Bailey Hove: 01273 820280


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- HOMES|ESTATE AGENTS - TONGDEAN LANE, BRIGHTON This is a detached four bedroom house built around 1910 on the corner of Tongdean Lane & Colebrook Road in one of Brightons most sought after locations The house which is now in need of updating has two reception rooms, kitchen, bathroom, shower room, front and rear gardens large barn/ garage and outbuildings. EPC F

£800,000 Contact: Robert Harding Preston Park: 01273 508761

THE GREEN, ROTTINGDEAN We are delighted to offer for sale this wonderful & charming 2 bedroom property Overlooking the Pond at Rottingdean. The property benefits from a Westerly Aspect Lounge, Kitchen/Dining Room, Play Room, Office/Study, Cellar Room, Bathroom & Additional Cloakroom. EPC TBC

Guide Price £650,000-£700,000 Contact: John Dale Rottingdean Office: 01273 309968

HAMMOND’S PLACE, BURGESS HILL A property of considerable historical value which was Grade II listed in 1957. Built in the 1400’s as a hall house on a northsouth axis before being virtually rebuilt in around 1500 on a west-east axis but retaining some elements of the original hall whilst creating a larger timber framed structure. By 1566, the house was in possession of an influential local family, the Michelbornes’, who added three further additions in brick to the east, south and west to create an Elizabethan quadrangle and decreeing it a manor house befitting an estate of over two hundred acres. Sometime later, the occupier, Edward Michelbourne was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. By the 1820’s, the new owner decided to build a new manor house on the estate called Clayton Priory and bricks and other materials were taken from Hammond’s to help it’s construction and subsequently the old manor house fell into disrepair. In the 1890’s, a new tenant restored and repaired the house adding a contemporary extension. In 1933, the Dutch Ambassador lived there for around five years after he had taken a lease on the house following extensive improvements in 1930. EPC exempt.

£1,800,000 Contact Richard Moore Burgess Hill 01444 232849


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THE May COLLECTION A stunning, fully furnished, two bedroom garden flat in the heart of hove minutes walk to both the seafront and hove station. Comprises modern kitchen with integrated appliances, light and airy lounge with high ceilings and feature fireplace, large double bedroom with bespoke wardrobes and window seat. Contemporary bathroom with shower over bath, second smaller bedroom with ample storage and patio doors leading to fabulous west facing rear garden. the garden has a decked seating area, low maintenance astroturf lawn and summer house.


The heart of Hove - Fully furnished. Available late April - £1300 PCM Young Lee • 01273 232232

The Old Stores, Brighton A superior four storey home in a highly sought after location. This stunning family home has undergone extensive refurbishment by the present owners. Magnificent 35ft double volume reception with open fire and unique floor to ceiling box window seat. Beautifully designed 20ft kitchen/dining room. Grand entrance hallway. Luxury feature bathroom with roll top bath and double walk in shower. Two spacious master bedroom suites with contemporary en suite shower rooms. Two further spacious double bedrooms to upper floors. The property also benefits from a self contained lower ground floor. Beautiful landscaped rear garden.

Kings Gardens, Hove Unique and rare opportunity to acquire this stunning first floor apartment offering spectacular views of the sea overlooking Hove lawns with a full length sun drenched private balcony. Kings Gardens was built in 1886 to the very highest standards and has been fully restored and styled by Swedish Interior Design using Ecos organic paints and non toxic materials, special attention to original features create a unique interior based around a carried out by Master Craftsmen to sympathetically bring soft light Swedish colour scheme.

• Halls • 01273 236000 • £650,000


Ditchling Road, Brighton

Olympia House is situated in what is considered to be one of the most desirable and prestigious roads in Brighton, slightly elevated, offering fantastic uninterrupted sea views across deep lawns. This large seven bedroom house is spacious and versatile with accommodation over 3 floors on a large plot with separate annex. The house itself has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms (two en suite), and four reception rooms plus a large kitchen/diner, with a total floor space over 4,500 square feet (excluding garage). EPC F

• Hamptons International • 01273 230230 • £1,600,000


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• Fine & Country • 01273 739911 • £1,300,000

A spacious semi-detached house with lovely period features and delightful rear garden. The property is conveniently located with easy access to the A27/ A23 and also the City Centre. The property itself is arranged over two floors with accommodation currently arranged as three bedrooms, three receptions and two bathrooms along with a pleasant kitchen overlooking the delightful west facing rear garden. Additional features include high ceilings with coving, fireplaces, picture rails and leaded light sash window. Viewing highly recommended.


• Sawyer & Co • 01273 778844 • £650,000

A selection of some of the best properties in and around the City this month. We are very pleased to offer this very large and versatile detached family home of quality positioned on a very large plot with a huge family sized kitchen / diner , a swimming pool and a large double garage. The house is a real one off and has 5 bedrooms , 3 bathrooms , a spacious dining / reception hallway , a 20” by 20” South and west lounge and utility room. The grounds are walled and therefore afforded a great deal of privacy. There is an expansive South Facing lawn a sun terrace / patio and plenty of further off street parking. Offered in stunning order and with NO ONWARD CHAIN.


Close Buckingham Park, Shoreham - £735,000 Freehold Elliotts • 01273 322766

Brunswick Terrace A beautifully presented two bedroom apartment, situated in a converted Grade I Listed building in one of Brighton’s finest seafront terraces. The apartment comprises: Private Large Entrance Hall with Office space, 15’ Living Room, 15’ Modern Kitchen with under floor heating, 16’ Master Bedroom with split level, roll top bath and standing shower, 15’ second bedroom, modern family bathroom with under floor heating, utility room and two enclosed private patio areas offering perfect entertaining space and a place to relax. A viewing of this stunning property is highly recommended to fully appreciate what this property has to offer.

Brunswick Square, Brighton,

• King & Chasemore • 01273 311829

• GP £500,000 -- £520,000

Fox & Sons are delighted to offer for sale this top floor 3 bedroom Regency apartment, located in the sought after Brunswick Square, found within the Brunswick Town conservation area. The property benefits from direct sea views and views over Brunswick Square being ideally situated just off Western Road with it’s local shopping amenities, bus routes & Brighton centre is found within a half a mile radius with further shopping amenities & Brighton mainline railway station. Viewings on the property come highly recommended to appreciate it’s well proportioned room sizes & amazing sea views.

The Conifers, Tongdean Avenue

Little Preston Street, Brighton

Tucked away at the end of a long private drive, this retro style detached residence is located in what many we feel is Tongdean Avenue’s most desirable plot. A substantial main house, secluded gardens plus a garage complex and small annexe gives this property significant appeal and potential. Offered for sale with no ongoing chain, this is without question an outstanding opportunity.

A rare opportunity to acquire this former PUBLIC HOUSE/ FACTORY located in this one way street off Brighton SEAFRONT City Centre. This truly UNIQUE property retains the original frontage and signage and the accommodation comprises 16’4 reception room, 17’10 kitchen/breakfast room, two bedrooms, BATHROOM and secret EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM, wealth of ORIGINAL and UNUSUAL features, viewing highly recommended.

• Elliotts • 01273 773399 • £1,750,000


• Fox & Sons • 01273 777000 • £399,950

• Brices • 01273 323000 • Offers in excess of £400,000 May 2014


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PAUL ZARA From Conran & Partners Swinging Sixties

It’s a hidden treasure. For ty-eight bright,

Many of the apar tments at Park Gate retain


their original details and features




winning communal gardens.


Park Gate

The buildings are being gently restored

was completed in the early 1960s. It is a

and there is a real community feel to Park

rare example of high quality design from

Gate, which was par t of Eric Lyons’ original

this period and Park Gate even featured

vision. So don’t dismiss the 60s when you

With proper ty prices on the rise again how

in the Royal Institute of British Architects

are house-hunting. You might be missing a

can you find somewhere with space and light

SPAN exhibition. Span Developments was

bargain – prices are bound to rise when

that won’t cost the ear th? My advice is go

a proper ty company formed in the late

more people begin to appreciate the secrets

for the 1960s - proper ty from that period is

1950’s by architect Eric Lyons and developer

of the swinging sixties!

often lower in value than you might expect.

Geoffrey Townsend. They teamed up with

There are always periods of architecture that



Paul Zara is a director of architects Conran

are out of fashion. Victorian architecture was

and, during its most successful period in

and Partners. Email:

hated in the mid-20th Century. The 1930s

the sixties, Span built over 2,000 homes,

modernist style wasn’t popular for a long

mainly in London and Kent, usually two

time, but now is very desirable. Currently it’s

and three bedroom single-family homes

the architecture of the 60s and 70s that is

and apar tment buildings. In London, SPAN

unloved – Hove Town Hall, Sussex University

developments are so popular that there is a

and most of our tower blocks…

waiting list to buy them!

But look again, it’s not all bad. I rather like

The developments combine modern design

Hove Town Hall to be honest – it’s been

with attention to detail and harmony with

messed around with, but the original idea

the local environment. Span houses typically

was very strong, with its covered public

have modernist features such as flat roofs,

square at its south end. And the original

open-plan interiors and large windows.

buildings at Sussex University are now Grade

However, this is combined with traditional

1 listed – the same level of importance as

features including tile-hanging and brick

Buckingham Palace!

work. The Span ethos was to build ‘homes



within a garden’ so most developments So maybe it’s time to look at the housing

include large landscape communal gardens

from that period afresh. A good example

to the front of the proper ties.

is Park Gate in Somerhill Road, Hove. 26│

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ST JOHNS ROAD, HOVE - OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £425,000 A STUNNING first floor apartment forming part of this converted STABLE BLOCK situated in this one way street off Hove SEAFRONT. The property is offered in excellent decorative order and enjoys a perfect harmony of INDUSTRIAL CHIC and modern CONTEMPORARY LIVING. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, 33’7 x 17’0 OPEN PLAN LIVING SPACE with FEATURE EXPOSED BRICK WALL and clearly defined lounge, dining and kitchen areas with integrated appliances, two DOUBLE bedrooms, BATHROOM and EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with underfloor heating, engineered wooden flooring, gas central heating, communal bike store.

LITTLE PRESTON STREET, BRIGHTON - OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £405,000 A rare opportunity to acquire this former PUBLIC HOUSE/FACTORY located in this one way street off Brighton SEAFRONT City Centre. This truly UNIQUE property retains the original frontage and signage and the accommodation comprises 16’4 reception room, 17’10 kitchen/breakfast room, two bedrooms, BATHROOM and secret EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM, wealth of ORIGINAL and UNUSUAL features, viewing highly recommended.

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Rottingdean We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning residence in the historic village of Rottingdean offering fantastic views and a wealth of versatile living possibilities. The contemporary property is presented to the highest specification with a ‘Lutron’ fully programmable lighting system throughout and further home entertainment system provided to many rooms and it has accommodation spanning 4 floors with additional exterior entertaining space, lawned garden and ‘Infinity’ swimming pool. The hall floor features a beautiful entrance hall with tiled flooring throughout and glass balustrade to the stairs. A main feature on this floor is the open living reception room measuring a highly impressive 42’ x 22’. In addition to this is the fantastic kitchen/breakfast room with ‘Miele’ appliances, half glass roof and wall of bi-fold doors leading to the exterior entertaining space. There is also a utility room and cloakroom. The lower level offers a range of useful rooms and double garage, the current set up provides relaxation area, gymnasium, games room and home office. The first floor of the property features the master bedroom with en-suite and Juliette balcony providing views of the sea and Rottingdean windmill, 3 further bedrooms and feature family 4 piece bathroom complete with TV to watch in the bath. The upper level provides an impressive space of bedroom and additional en suite bathroom. Externally as well as off road parking leading to the double garage at the front, the rear space works well at 3 levels with the entertaining space, level lawned garden area and this leads up to the fairly enclosed pool area with pump house and ‘Infinity’ pool.

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May 2014


Hanover Crescent We are delighted to present to you this beautifully presented four bedroom first floor elegant regency apartment set within a Grade II listed building and located in one of Brighton’s most desirable and sought after private crescents. This stunning property boasts many features including: ornate coving throughout, impressive period style doors and architrave’s, sash windows and working fireplaces. This split level first floor apartment comprises: a split level entrance hall, 21’ living/dining room, 14’ kitchen/breakfast room (including feature sky light and feature stain glass freeze surrounds), three generous double bedrooms, bedroom four/study room and 17’ family bathroom (including cast iron roll top ball & claw feet bath)with separate walk in double shower cubicle. Hanover Crescent is an incredibly popular, prestigious and historic private crescent with residents parking & communal gardens, surrounded by a brick walled enclosure, situated in a fantastic location with the newly renovated ‘Level Gardens’ and recreational area, opposite. Uniquely stunning Grade II Listed regency apartment, viewing highly recommended by owners sole agents.Share of freehold

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Preston Drove, Preston Village We are delighted to offer this substantial five bedroom red brick Victorian home arranged over four floors boasting many period features and having an uninterrupted view over Preston Park. This delightful property comprises, entrance hall, front sitting room with square bay window, formal dining room, breakfast room with a brand new kitchen, door that leads down to the cellar which could be used as an office/play room. Off the kitchen you have a utility room with door leading out onto the garden and door leading through to the shower room with W/C. The first floor consists of a large master bedroom/sitting room with square bay window which has access out onto the balcony giving outstanding views over Preston Park and views over Brighton, also there is a further two more double bedrooms, good size family bathroom with recently fitted shower cubicle and a separate W/C. The second floor has a large bedroom facing the front with a door leading out to a balcony which gives you views over Preston Park and another double bedroom facing the rear of the property which also has lovely views over mature gardens and across to the Downs. The rear garden has a large terraced area with steps down to lawned garden with mature side boarders.

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Claire Cook

from Talk Money Retirement options – what has changed? The recent budget announced some surprising changes to how you can take your retirement income. These apply to “money purchase” arrangements, the type where you build up a lump sum of money, not for final salary or public sector schemes. For many years there have been several options you could have taken with your fund when you retire. The main ones being the purchase of an annuity or the alternative, income drawdown. I will explain the main features and changes which have occurred: Annuity An annuity would give you a guaranteed income for a set term, or more commonly for the rest of your life. The rate is set when you purchase the annuity, with initial income levels being based on criteria such as health and whether you smoke.With this option you are effectively giving away the lump sum you have saved for a guaranteed income which may go on for a long time into the future, or only a few years depending how long you live. Although annuity rates have reduced over time, this is still the preferred option for many people who want the security of know exactly what income they will receive. This continues to be an option when you retire. Drawdown If you take income drawdown, instead of giving away your lump sum to purchase an annuity, the money would be invested. Your income would be withdrawn directly from the fund. Drawdown has been available for some time, although for most people the annual income level has been restricted. In the budget, it was announced that people can now take a higher level of income from their plans, and from April 2015 there will be no limit to what can be taken, giving people access to the whole fund. Any withdrawals, however, be taxed as income, which in itself will often limit the amount people will



withdraw. There are further changes for people with smaller pension pots allowing them to access the full fund from now. The limits to how much you can take have also been increased.


Although the above changes may sound simple, the flexibility introduces more complexity when planning your retirement. Everybody has different circumstances and needs when it comes to taking their retirement benefits. Some are not dependent on the money, whilst others are. Some have a specific need to take money from their pension fund, whilst others don’t. With this new flexibility it becomes even more important to get the right advice. For independent advice on your retirement planning, please call me Claire Cook on 01273 224667. I would be happy to assist. Talk Money is a trading style of Best Practice IFA Group Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested.


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New employment tribunal laws welcome but not perfect

The fees, which rise depending on how

and at the same time maintain workers’ rights

complex the tribunal is, have led to a

in the workplace must be welcomed.

staggering 79% fall in the number of tribunal applications. While good news for employers, this does not represent the number of unmeritorious employment tribunal claims as the government would like us to believe, but instead reluctance by staff to risk paying the fee and then losing the case. Trade unions have called for the fees to be scrapped or reduced and my feeling is the fee structure could collapse altogether. The

New rules designed to reduce the number of

government may then be forced to refund

employment tribunals have been announced

all the fees paid to date, which will be an

and broadly speaking can be welcomed as a

administrative nightmare.

positive step for employers and staff. Research shows that the early conciliation Under the changes, staff seeking to bring

scheme could save the British economy

a case against an employer will first have

several million pounds a year. Employers also

to notify the Advisory, Conciliation and

save several thousand pounds in management

Arbitration Service (ACAS). This will be

time and legal costs compared to dealing

mandatory after May 6 although businesses

with a tribunal case.

and employees will not be required to settle a claim through the process and can still

But I also share the concerns of some that

choose to go to a tribunal.

ACAS is currently not adequately resourced to deal with a potential explosion in cases. A

This move, known as the Early Conciliation

backlog will create frustration and it remains

scheme, will go a long way to prevent

to be seen what effect simply having to notify

tribunals reaching court where high costs are

ACAS will have on the number of cases that

incurred and the process made more lengthy

do end up in court.

and stressful, and that’s good news for all concerned.

On balance, I feel the new scheme will make it easier for employers to deal with relatively

However, not all changes made in recent

minor employment disputes, which have also

months are as positive, such as the

decreased significantly since the introduction

controversial new fee structure for bringing

of new fees to bring employment tribunals.

employment tribunals which faces further change and is at the centre of a legal

Overall, attempts to reduce the cost of


employment tribunal claims for employers


May 2014


By Alex Jones, employment law specialist with QS Howlett Clarke. 01273 327272 8-9 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AZ.

Brighton £2,300 pcm A fabulous two bedroom penthouse In the heart of the city. The property offers two roof terraces, one leading from the Master bedroom and one from the open plan living area as well as a private underground parking space accessed by a lift. Available unfurnished. EPC Rating: C.

Brighton £615 pcm Ground floor Studio flat, close to Brighton Station with separate Bathroom. EPC Rating: G.

Brighton £850 pcm Well presented one bedroom flat located a short walk from Brighton seafront and pier. EPC Rating: C.

Brighton £875 pcm Well presented one bedroom garden flat close to the city centre and seafront. EPC Rating: C.

Brighton £1,150 pcm Three bedroom third floor flat with lift access, close to Preston Park station. EPC Rating: D.

Hove £1,300 pcm Charming top floor converted split level flat retaining period features. EPC Rating: F.

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INTO THE GARDEN -The month of May For me May is the true taste of Summer to come. This is a lovely month with our gardens in full Technicolour glory! Now is the time to take advantage of the good weather and really enjoy our gardens.

but for now it’s time to enjoy the profusion of

good and conserve moisture.

pink and white blossom. If you have the space, plant it on the lawn as the Crab apple tree

May is a good time to sow new lawns or re-

has a natural weeping habit and so makes this

seed any bare patches on your existing lawn

most suitable for growing on the lawn.

and use a lawn feed if the grass needs it. You can now increase mowing to once or twice a

A wonderful scented shrub for any garden is

week as the lawn will now be in full growth.

‘The Mexican orange blossom’ (Choisya Ter-

At this time of the year weeds can also start

nata). This is a good-looking evergreen shrub

to take hold so tend to your borders weekly

and flowers are highly scented, the glossy

– hoe regularly, especially on sunny days.

May is the month of those wonderful ‘forget-

leaves are aromatic too. This flowers freely

Dandelion weeds can be a real nuisance now,

me-knots’ (Myosotis) that carpet our gardens

from late spring and again in autumn.

so try to remove them as they appear.

Things to do in your garden this month

If you are thinking of growing a few vegeta-

in sky-blue. These plants once planted remains ever faithful and return year after year to grace our gardens. Like the forget-me-knots,

bles, May is a good time to sow outdoors;

other hardy annuals like ‘Honesty’ (Lunaria

Now is the time to plant up hanging baskets

runner beans, sweet corn, cucumbers,

Annua) and ‘Aqulegia Valgaris’ all self-seed so

and make sure they are kept well watered. If

marrows, beetroot and salad crops. You

once established in the garden require very

they are looked after, you will be rewarded

don’t need lots of space to grow your own

little attention if any.

with a continuous display right throughout the

vegetables as many of them will be happy

summer. A nitrogen feed will keep the plants

in containers or among the flower borders.

within the basket well fed and looking good.

Look out for compact varieties of vegetables

Shrubs and trees in May Shrubs and trees play a big part in our gardens from the smallest to the largest. May sees them looking their very best as the new leaves unfurl and previously bare branches are now covered in blossom. One of my favourites is the Crab apple tree which after blossoming will be laden with deep red Crab apples lasting well into winter


May 2014

that can be grown in containers if space is an With Summer arriving shortly, it is time to

issue. Vegetables and fruit always tastes nicer

liven up your terraces, patios and sitting out

picked straight from the garden.

areas with pots and containers, filled with colourful displays, making sure your pots and

This May, turn your garden into a visual feast

containers have good drainage. For a great

for you to enjoy.

display be generous, with your planting filling the pots to capacity for the ultimate results. Add some grit to the surface as this will look


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May 2014

bedroom, it may be less suitable for a bathroom and in the same-way if you have pets you may find a wood or stone floor can be far more practical than having carpet. There is a wide choice of floor coverings in a variety of colours and


materials, suitable for all areas of your home. Whichever flooring you choose, visit your local showrooms and have your rooms professionally measured and the flooring installed by an expert. They will help you find the perfect flooring for every room.

“Choosing carpet will make your home feel warmer, more comfortable and luxurious.” Luxury Carpets Carpets make your home more comfortable and luxurious adding warmth and softness underfoot. They also act as insulation for

and this is happening to carpet too. Many top

pretty floral design carpets can look especially

interior designers are working closely with


carpet manufacturers to produce some great looking designs.

Plain carpets have also been transformed; these now come in vibrant tones, such as

floors against cold and drafts, whilst muffling

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years. It was the Turkish and Oriental designs

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powder blue and lemon offer a subtle hint of

still apparent in today’s carpet design.

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colour in the room.

Today carpets come in an extensive range of colours and patterns. Although patterned

way it is laid. Stripes are particularly suited to hallways and stairs.

Finally, the fibre of the carpet affects its appearance as well as its durability. Wool is

carpets seem to have gone out of fashion

Other larger-scale geometric designs are also

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TEDx inspires at Hurst Hurstpierpoint College welcomed over 200 pupils and adults to its first ever TEDx event in which renowned speakers shared some inspirational ideas shaping our world. The event, titled Putting the F into the Future, invited students from the College’s Sixth Form as well as those from Seaford, Bedales, Roedean and Burgess Hill. The first session included Gabi Zedlmayer, a leading figure at Hewlett Packard, and Lachlan McWilliam, cofounder of the Band4Hope charity, whose topics ranged from social justice to “Generation F” to fighting breast cancer. The lunch and afternoon breaks in the St John’s common room were buzzing with excitement. Activities included the Big Booth Boutique which invited the students to record their responses to the sessions and have their photograph taken. The Mint House, from Hurstpierpoint village, sold books relating to the talks while some of Hurst’s talented Design and Technology students displayed their projects. Light entertainment came in the form of some of Hurst’s most accomplished musicians; performances from the Barber Shop Quartet and the delightful ukulele duo, Doug Brion and Robert Loveless, maintained the high energy levels of the event. During the second and third sessions, Hurst pupils Olivia McShane and Ellie Walsworth spoke beautifully and with 46│

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great confidence about femininity, showing their insight and understanding. The audience was then raised to its feet as online sensation Daria Musk was connected live from America via a Google Hangout to sing and tell her incredible story of using the internet to perform her live music. Host, Bea Meborah-Collinson, member of the Hurst Upper Sixth, introduced each speaker with ease and kept the audience on its toes with riddles and games. The event was a great success, as has been reflected by the hugely positive feedback the organisers received, both on the day and afterwards, from the audience. Co-organiser of the event and Hurst Director of Communication, Heather Beeby, said, “The talks were inspirational and uplifting. All the pupils were fully engaged and with young people spreading big ideas and discussing them so avidly, the future really does look bright.” Each speaker was filmed during the day and now the videos can be viewed on the TEDx Youtube Channel. Just search, “Putting the F into Future”.

What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are selforganized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations). TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at http:// For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit registration

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A Missionary Zeal Words by Mike Holland

The old Hanningtons store in North Street Brighton

A lot has been written about the old Hanningtons store in North Street Brighton which finally closed its doors to the public in 2001. Dubbed the Harrods of Brighton it dominated North Street for almost 200 years since being first set up by its founder Charles Smith Hannington. It was very much a family affair and continued to be so until 1969 when Dorothy Hannington passed away and the shares were bequeathed to the Royal Sussex and London hospitals. However by far the most colourful character in the families history was James Hannington who was born in 1847. The family lived at Hurstpierpoint in a mansion known as St George’s which his father Charles had acquired. It was a rambling property and young James had many an adventure in and around the grounds. He was without doubt completely fearless and so full of mischief he became known by family and friends as Mad Jim. One of his more notable adventures ended with him losing a thumb whilst blowing up a wasps nest. Far from putting him off he became even more inquisitive, although by this time his parents seemed to have channelled his efforts into collecting all kinds of objects and he filled cases and cabinets almost as quickly as he obtained them. James had a private tutor up till the age of thirteen but was then sent to the Temple school in Brighton where he stayed for the next two and a half years. However he was no academic and could not wait to leave, which he did at the age of 15. He immediately started work in his father’s Brighton Counting House which he found almost as monotonous as school. However the monotony was broken by numerous trips on his father’s yacht which further fuelled his thirst for adventure. By the age of 21 James had visited every capital in Europe and, unbelievably, managed to have risen to the rank of major in the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers. He was an excellent officer and under his leadership the detachment won several prizes at the annual camp competitions. He was an excellent horseman and could hit any target with a rifle. He excelled in just about every outdoor activity imaginable. His father, who was extremely proud of his

adventurous son, had long come to the conclusion that young James was not destined for a life in business and managed to persuade him to enter further education at Oxford with a view perhaps to entering the clergy. Mr Hannington seems to have had a friend in the Reverend Dawson who seemingly became a great influence on James who after his ordainment became a rector at his father’s chapel in Hurst. It wasn’t many years, however, before the adventurous spirit seems to have resurfaced when he volunteered to join the Church Missionary Society. He was immediately dispatched with five other missionaries to Zanzibar from where they would travel to the continents interior to what is now Uganda. They were to replace other missionaries who had been murdered the year before but whilst travelling to the interior James was stricken down with fever and, near to death, transported back to Zanzibar then onward to England. The following year, having returned to good health, he set off for Africa again. Travelling into Uganda he knew, only too well the dangers as King Mtesa had recently died and the new less trusting son King Mwanga had even less time for Christians than his father. James took just one other missionary with him on this trip although 500 natives formed the caravan. Having left the main body with the other missionary in charge James advanced into Uganda with about 50 natives. The messengers of King Mwanga met and imprisoned this advance party. They were held captive for eight days before Mwanga decided they should all be put to death. Only four men escaped, the rest were speared to death although there are conflicting reports of how James met his end. One report says he was shot with his own rifle. However the more likely is the version from the executioners themselves who stated that the priest was speared from both sides. They stated that his dying words were. “Tell Mwanga I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood” James Hannington was certainly one of the great sons of our city and one that should rightly be long remembered. The Bishop Hannington church in Hove was named after his memory.

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By Maarten Hoffmann Motoring Editor and Features Editor of Absolute Business Magazine.


- AUDI A5 ... Convertible

If Audi were at school, the teacher’s report card would read ‘has made very good progress over the last academic period and if he keeps up this rate of improvement, he will begin to seriously trouble his friends BMW and Mercedes’. It must be said that Audi are producing some excellent cars and although very different in character from its rivals, top marks. The A4 convertible was always a good car, yet very heavy and thirsty but with the benefit of


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lightweight materials and incredibly efficient

produce, only four are convertibles. The A5

engines, this is almost a thing of the past.

Cabriolet is the most versatile of the rag

The A5 looks quite staid and solid and not until you turn the key do you realise it’s a bit of wolf hidden in sheep’s clothing, as this thing really flies. The engine is fabulously smooth with a silky gear change and enough torque to please Lewis Hamilton. The 3.0 litre TDI S line is a joy and there is a great feeling of solidity about the car. Fluid is the best word to describe the drive, although you might not agree if you purchase the entry level 1.8 model but once into the 2 litre (201bhp) and higher, fluidity is what you get. Although you can choose 2 or 4 wheel drive, l don’t understand why anyone would ever reject AWD as it is infinitely safer in adverse conditions, helps cornering and you would never know it was there if you didn’t need it. Of the seemingly thousand models Audi


tops, in that it’s got four usable seats and a plethora of engines, ranging from the entry level 1.8-litre TDI to the supercharged 3.0-litre petrol in the high-performance S5 and for immature Neanderthals like me, there is the ridiculous 4.2 litre V8 in the RS model that is so insanely fast, in what is basically a saloon car, that l was forced to accept the very kind invitation from Tony Rice at Coulsdon Audi to gently drive it around Brands Hatch on one of their Audi track days last month. I might of missed the gently memo but when presented with the entire range of their RS cars and a racetrack – well, l rest my case. I will give a full report on this rather surprising day next month. The A5 is one of Audi’s best-looking cars and the Cabriolet version does little to change this. Even an earlier facelift recognised this,

“Got me a tad hot under the collar until l realised Heidi Klum wasn’t in the back seat.” by doing very little to change the actual

you love a convertible on a dark cold night,

appearance of the car. The big changes came

it has air scarves in the front headrests that

underneath, with new engines and better

gently waft warm air onto the back of your

systems; from the outside, only new headlights

neck – got me a tad hot under the collar until

with smart daytime running lights give the

l realised Heidi Klum wasn’t in the back seat.

game away. And for those who moan that

The electric roof also folds neatly into a recess

Formula 1 is just a mindless Scalextric set, we

at the back that, unlike tin tops, doesn’t fill

are starting to see a whole raft of innovations

the boot. Therefore, you are left with a very

to road cars from the F1 development cycle.

respectable 320 litres or 750 with the back

The A5 has braking recuperation that takes

seats folded flat. The A5 also has a neat trick if

the energy created by braking and stores it

it senses a roll over, by popping up metal bars

in the battery for use in acceleration. Clever

to protect the rear passengers.


Its nearest rival is probably the BMW 3 series

The seats are voluptuous and comfortable

which it beats in size, boot space, comfort,

and under full electrical control and it really

price and looks. But don’t get me wrong, this

does have a full four seats with plenty of

is not a cheap car. My review car, with quite

room for child seats and although the roof

a few bells and whistles, was a fiver short

is cloth to save weight, it is constructed of

of £49,000 but with all its rivals being in the

an acoustic material that effectively seals

same ballpark, you would really have to have a

you from the outside world. And if, like me,

good reason not to buy it.


TECHNICAL STUFF: Model: Audi A5 Cabriolet, 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro S Line Performance: 0-62 mph 6.3 seconds Top Speed: 155 mph Emissions: 154 g/km Economy: 47.9 combined Price: £48,995.00

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THE CHINESE CAN BUILD ANYTHING ... Not! When the iconic MG badge was rescued by the Chinese, there was a sigh of relief that the name would live on and with the Chinese reputation for being able to build anything cheaper, and better, than anyone else, all would be well. But it would appear there is a limit to their genius and l think l have just found it.

like as l am not here to beat up manufacturers

So what has the MG3 got going for it? Well,

and slam their products but sometimes l make

it’s cheap but with Dacia knocking out cars

a booboo.

in the same price bracket even that has lost

The MG3 is not all bad by any means as it is fun to drive, grips pretty well and there are countless personalisation options. And it’s as cheap as chips at an entry price of £8,399, although to add the options that you really

its sheen. So it’s down to the badge. A badge that most of us grew up with and have fond memories of but this is a little like seeing the gorgeous 15 year old love of your life when she is 70 – better left to memory.

need, you are looking at a smidge under ten grand. But the engine is a dog! You have to rev it like hell to get anything out of it and when you do that, it develops a harsh raspy groan that only a mother could love. It is just like an MG engine – from the 60’s! The chassis is pretty


The MG6 that l reviewed a while back was

good, the steering is direct and there is loads

the first time in many a year l had trouble

of kit but the power plant is a deal-breaker.

filling the page with words as my old mums

Even the emissions are poor as at 136g/km,

adage kept leaping into my head – “if you

it pumps out 26g/km more than a BMW 3

Power: 104 bhp

have nothing good to say, say nothing” which

series! Why oh why didn’t they contract out

Top Speed: 108 mph

is a tad tough when you’re a journalist but l

the engines and buy them in from VW or

heroically managed to prattle on about the

the like and focus all their attention on style

shape of the air vents for a page and breathed

and form. It would of driven the price up but

Economy: 48.7 mpg

a sigh of relief when l got to the end. You see,

better that than not selling any. The MG6 sold

Emissions: 136 g/km

in the main, l only review cars that l think l will

about 10 a year.


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Price as tested: £10,296.00 Engine: 1.5 litre petrol

0-60 mph: 10.4 seconds


What? Business Lunch Club Where? Roedean School Why? 1

Cobb PR organise monthly business lunches in Brighton, Gatwick and Eastbourne


Who? 1. Sara Bassett (Shoreham Port), Geoff Bailey (Nuffield Health) and Tracy Skinner (Juice Brighton) 2. Mark Zandler (Portmore Insurance), Steve Tilford (NatWest) and Oliver Blond (Headmaster, Roedean School) 3



3. Tom Foreman (Newman Business Solutions) and Mark Ansell (Brighton Independent) 4. Oliver Blond (Headmaster, Roedean School) 5. Stuart Langridge (Hold Group), Jessica Ash (Rodean School) and Jim Cunliffe (Face Media Group) 6. Kate Hawley (Roedean School) and Jessica Ash (Roedean School) 7. James Dempster (Cobb Healthcare & Cobb Digital), Janet Kemp (Cobb PR) and Ian Trevett (Absolute Magazine)



8. Rachel Hutchinson (Grand Hotel Brighton), Tony Newey, (Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke) and Alyson Liversedge (Nuffield Health) 9. Jessica Ash (Roedean School) and Ian Trevett (Absolute Magazine



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The Tour of Britain will be staged in Sussex for the first time in the race’s modern history this September

Sussex cycling has been handed a boost with the announcement that Stage Seven of The Tour of Britain will be staged throughout West and East Sussex. The eight-day event, which is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race, will feature some of the world’s top riders and is set to kick off on Sunday 7th September in Liverpool. Following six days of competitive racing, the riders will arrive in Sussex on the Saturday, taking on the famous climb of Ditchling Beacon before heading to the finish on Brighton’s Marine Drive The stage finish comes 24 years since the last time a Tour of Britain came to Brighton and Race Director, Mick Bennett, is excited to incorporate our picturesque county. “We are delighted to be bringing The Tour of Britain to Sussex and Brighton for the first time in the race’s modern history,” he says. “While the finish in Brighton is definitely 52│

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one for the sprinters, the South Downs and Ditchling Beacon in the closing kilometres will pose a real challenge to them and set up what I am sure will be a fantastic finish on the seafront.” The race will see riders passing through East Sussex towns including Uckfield, Eastbourne and Newhaven and will also take them through West Sussex, with the likes of Horsham and Haywards Heath also on the race map. “I am delighted that we will welcome The Tour of Britain through West Sussex this September,” says the Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful county as a destination for cyclists and I am sure the event will also act as a tremendous boost to the local economy.” The Sussex stage of the race will be the penultimate day for riders, with the tour finishing a day later with a double-header - Sport|Cycling -

final day in central London, featuring an individual time trial and circuit race finishing on Whitehall. Coming just over 20 years after the Tour de France’s finish in our seaside city, cyclist and lead councillor for transport at Brighton and Hove City Council, Ian Davey, is hopeful it will encourage a continued growth in appreciation for cycling across the city. “It’s so apt that a stage of the race should finish in a city which has seen an explosion of cycling in recent years,” explains Davey. “As a city we’re really improving cycling facilities so now I’m hopeful The Tour of Britain will inspire even more people to take up cycling for fitness, recreation and transport.”

For more information on The Tour of Britain please visit the website or to talk to a member of staff call 0870 112 8650.

IRON MIKE Former Sussex Captain Michael Yardy has been through the mill in his extensive career and Daniel White caught up with him to chat about his expectations for 2014 Fifteen years after making his debut for Sussex, Michael Yardy has well and truly seen it all. From the highs of international success to the lows of his well-documented battle with depression, he would be forgiven for a slight lack of motivation. Yet the left-handed all-rounder, who first played for Sussex in their under-10s team, has not seen his eagerness wane over the years. “It’s always exciting early season because nothing has happened and there is lots of enthusiasm around the place,” Yardy smiles. “I think as long as you have the enthusiasm and the commitment to do well then you’ll do well and we have a good squad in place so there is no reason why we can’t push ourselves forward in terms of challenging. “ The side fell away during the closing stages of the County Championship last season and endured a very disappointing one-day campaign in 2013, however, the Hastings-born left-arm batsman feels their disappointments will help improve the squad. “We’ve had a few years where we’ve kind of rebuilt and when you’ve had a period of consistency and success sometimes it comes as a bit of a shock but it can be a good thing because it can make you look at different areas that you maybe haven’t looked at in the past,” he explains.

Michael Yardy batting for Sussex trophies at the end of the season, so it is an exciting year,” Yardy enthuses.

backing and having that opportunity but he’s certainly got everything in place.”

Led by experienced Head Coach Mark Robinson, Yards, as he is known to teammates, feels that they are in good hands and can foresee the former Sussex player moving onto high honours in the future.

The former England limited-overs player has seen the club rise from obscurity to their all-conquering Sussex squad of the naughties, before their recent fall back into mediocrity and Yardy feels it is time for Sussex to deliver once again for the fans.

Yardy, who was part of The Golden Decade squad, is convinced that with the winter’s additions, they are once again in a position to challenge this season.

“He’s been here for a long time but he’s still got that genuine hunger and enthusiasm that’s never waned since I’ve been here and I think he’s a fantastic coach,” he reflects.

“We’ve added well, we do have a lot of adaptability in the squad and if we stay tight as a unit, with a little bit of luck here and there, there is no reason why we can’t win

“He was rewarded with the England Lions job in the winter and will, I’m sure at some point, go on to further honours in terms of the coaching. It’s just a case of having that

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“I think the success the club had over 15 years means the expectation’s obviously a bit higher, which is right, and it’s important that we do deliver because when you’re a successful team you get better supported and it’s key that we keep getting people through the gates and that only comes from performance.”

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VENUS WAS HER NAME Nominations for the NatWest Venus Awards 2014 are now open The NatWest Venus Awards recognise women in the Business Community and are now open for nominations for Sussex until 16th May 2014. Venus Awards were set up in 2009 by Tara Howard, to recognise the hard work, effort and skill that it can take women to successfully juggle business with other commitments. Up to fourteen categories will be judged by sponsors, with three categories being voted for by the general public. Finalists are invited to attend the prestigious Awards Ceremony at the Grand Hotel, Brighton in September 2014, where the winners are announced during an exciting and fun event, which is fast becoming the business social event of the year.

The Venus Awards have gone from strength to strength in the past five years, launching in various regions across the country. Talking about the phenomenal growth of the Awards, Tara Howard the Founder, herself a business woman and mother of four, commented; “It really is inspiring to see how much support and enthusiasm there is for the awards and what a difference they can make. I’ve even had past winners confess to me that the awards have changed their lives – that’s really powerful and drives me forward to expand and launch the awards in new regions to recognise more deserving women.” Using the simple online nomination process, you are encouraged to nominate a friend, relative or work colleague so, to nominate your favourite working woman in Brighton or to see the categories available, please visit


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What? Kick Start your PR Where? Thistle Hotel Why? 1

The Mumpreneurs Networking Club (MNC) is celebrating 10,000 visits to its events and meetings


Who? 1. Nicky Chisholm (Mumpreneurs Networking Club) and Alison Jones (Spofforths Accountants) 2. Ian Trevett 3


3. Kate Henwood and Jenny Rutterford - Event photographer


4. Sarah Phipp and Gay Richardson 5. Amanda Samain and Sara Ellis 6. Emma Weatherstone (MNC Emsworth) 7. Vicky Stoakes, Tino De Silva, Ian Trevett, Sarah Coxhill and Nicky Chisholm 8. Delegates at the event 9. Ali Brown (MNC Arundel) and Jeanette Stanley (MNC Shoreham) 6




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Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2014 OPEN FOR ENTRIES! The Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2014 (in association with The Argus) is now open and businesses have until May 23 to submit up to three entries. Back for the ninth year, the BAHBAs are the biggest celebration of business success in Brighton. Twelve leading Brighton Businesses, three major titles, four trade organisations, Brighton & Hove City Council and one of the most iconic and fun venues in the City have

2014 sponsors include Allied Irish Bank,

How to enter:

Brighton & Hove, Cardens

Simply go online at, where

Accountants, Qualifa, Graves Jenkins, Classic

you can enter up to three categories and find

Consulting, Cluttons, Martin Searle Solicitors,

out more about this year’s categories.

Close Brothers Invoice Finance, MDHub, Midnight Communications, Brighton Pier and media partners The Argus, Absolute Brighton and Juice 107.2FM. The BAHBAs are supported by the Chamber of Commerce, Brighton & Hove City Council, the Brighton Business Curry Club and B&H Tourism Alliance. Tony Mernagh, Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, will chair the proceedings once more.

The competition closes 23 May. The Awards will be presented at the end of the Brighton Pier on Thursday 10 July. Previous winners of the Brighton and Hove Business Awards include some of the City’s biggest and best loved names including: Gresham Blake, European Recruitment,, Dental Health Spa, Ambiental, Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, Bohemia Grand Café & Late

come together to create a competition which

The judges will be looking for companies and

Lounge, The American Express Community

acknowledges the diversity and uniqueness

organisations that really capture the spirit of

Stadium, Hotel du Vin, Jurys Inn Hotel, Green

of Brighton and celebrates those companies,

Brighton & Hove. Innovation and leadership

Mop, Infinity Foods, Duke of York’s Picture

organisations and individuals who really build

are considered more important than size or

House, Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival,

the Brighton brand.


Dockerills and Sussex University.


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MY PERFECT WEEKEND by Maarten Hoffmann, Features Editor, Absolute Business Magazine

Naturally, my perfect weekend would be spent with my children. Oh, who am l kidding – my perfect weekend would be spent without the children for once, so my heart was all a flutter when my wife announced that she was off to Devon with the girls to see some friends.

quarters, for ‘illicit behaviour and dirty deeds’. I have no idea what this means of course, but when the first bottle of Silver Patron 100% de Agave Tequila arrived at the table with some noisy chap called P Diddy at the next table, l started to get an inkling.

I was immediately on the phone and following their departure the next day, l was at Gatwick within the hour and aboard my EasyJet flight to Nice. I have a long love affair with the South of France since l was a kid and it is also home to my oldest friend, artiste Lionel Dumas. Lionel is a phenomenal artiste in the vein of Tamara de Lempicka and is well known in the SoF.

As much as l would love to regale you with stories of the rest of the evening, l remember nothing except for this P Diddy chap sending over another bottle of Patron (apparently we had polished off the first two), an odd encounter with Kate Moss, dancing to a DJ set by Boy George and being poured into a cab as the sun peeped its painfully bright head over the distant horizon. Having woken slightly the worse for wear but famished, we headed off to Monaco to one of my all-time favourite restaurants on the planet, Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Alain, and Executive Chef Franck Cerutti, have created an astonishing menu that invades the senses and stuns the palate and with a cellar consisting of over 600,000 bottles of the finest French plonk, the day was starting to pick up. After Gnocchi de Pommes de Terre aux Courgettes, Veau fermier cuisine en Cocotte and Vacherin glace Vanilla, Abricot et Peche a Notre Facon and one of the finest bottles of Pinot Noir ever to have graced my tongue, it was time to dash to the airport for my flight home.

Upon arrival on Saturday morning, we drove down to the Promenade des Anglais, parked up and went for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants, La Terrasse, owned by my friend Maurice Greco, which has views to die for right across the croissant. As always, l started with the finest Onion Soup on the planet, followed by Red Mullet Tartare with Ginger and Lemon Grass with a few delicious Bay Scallops on the side followed by a superb Millefeuille, all washed down with two bottles of a fine Chablis Grand Cru. Sated, we strolled along to the Gallerie San Voit, where Lionel was showing a few pieces of his work. The Gallerie owner, Michelle Hollande, was charm personified and merrily stated that all of Lionel’s work had been sold and then proceeded to crack open a bottle of vintage Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne in celebration and we duly obliged and consumed first that bottle and then assisted her with the next three – well, she had just made a fortune in commission and it would have been rude not to! By now the sun was disappearing over the yardarm and we accepted an invitation from Lionel’s good friend Patrice, to join him at St. Tropez’ top nightclub, Papagayo on Route Residence du Port, which has been going strong for over 40 years and is known, in some

I awoke with considerable confusion that refused to dissipate until an eight year old jumped on me and with an eerily accurate knee, got me full in the groin and left me doubled up in agony. More pain was to follow as tears of pain from my throbbing crotch were followed by tears of disappointment, as l had just had my Bobby Ewing shower moment and realised it was all a dream and l was in bed, in Rottingdean, with a painful groin and a bunch of kids screaming at me to get up and entertain them. I guess my perfect weekend will indeed be with my children – reluctantly. Issue 2 of Absolute Business Magazine is out now.

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