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August Edition: Harold, Lights and Lasers

August Edition: Harold, Lights and Lasers

Posted 02-09-2016

bidWell we may have been enjoying our summer break but we’ve still been working hard planning our Autumn events which commence this month.  Kicking off on the 10th September we have an exclusive buffet reception, on Hastings Pier, to celebrate the start of ROOT 1066 International Festival.

The reception is being held as part of the Festival’s six weeks of exhibitions, performances and events; and provides the perfect opportunity to meet a wide array of festival sponsors, funders, partners, artists and other VIPs prior to Chris Levine’s spectacular light and laser show.

The light and laser spectacle, by world-renowned light artist from Cornwall’s Eden Project, is being held later that evening, so you will already have access to the Pier for the amazing light and sound installation.
On a more serious note you cannot fail to be aware of the increasing threat posed by cyber criminals. These cyber-attacks can have a significant impact on employees and businesses including substantial financial losses and negative brand reputation.

But where do you start and with so many terms, phishing, vishing, smishing, DDoS…what do they all mean? The National Audit Office have identified that 80% of all Cyber related crime could be avoided by good cyber hygiene.
So to help demystify things for us on the 22nd September, we are delighted to welcome Ross Martin, an online security expert from Barclays UK, to advise us on why this is one of the fast growing threats to your business, what the latest threats are, plus top tips, tools and best practices on how to avoid being attacked.

With just over a month before the Business Improvement District (BID) vote, we also welcome Rob Woods, the Hastings Town Centre Manager, to The Hastings Centre, for a full update on the BID proposals and what happens leading up to the all-important vote in early November.

Looking ahead to October we mark the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings by going on tour and holding our meeting at the site of the most famous of English battles, Battle Abbey School on 19th October.
It seems slightly ironic, therefore, that our key note speaker, Becky Shaw, CEO of East Sussex County Council, will talk to us about the proposals for 3SC devolution.

You will have seen much in the press about devolution plans around the country so we have invited Becky to tell us what ‘devo’ means for the three counties of East and West Sussex and Surrey (3SC) as their plans gather pace.
For full details on these events and much more visit

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