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Mayfield Business Forum is made up of business people living in or around the village of Mayfield, in the Wealden district of East Sussex. Most of us work locally and we meet together to share ideas, discuss problems, give each other feedback and provide mentoring – or just to have a friendly chat. With many members working on their own or in small offices or shops, the chance to compare ideas, experience and issues is very useful and provides great support.

We meet each month on the first Tuesday or Wednesday in the informal surroundings of the Rose & Crown. Every other month there is a set discussion topic which helps us all to learn and to improve our businesses by sharing best and new practice.  The meetings in between are informal networking where people can talk about whatever they choose, whether it is business or some unrelated topic.  This website provides a rich set of resources with notes from many of the discussions that we have held

It is amazing the number of different businesses that flourish in Mayfield (the Mayfield and Five Ashes website lists over 160). As well as the retailers, there are many others that operate out of small offices or offices based in homes, and the variety is shown by our members who range from accountants to technology advisors, from environmentalists to toy vendors.   Since the group started five years ago there have been many examples of people who have met and then been able to use each others’ services.

We are a friendly group so if you are interested, feel free to come along and meet us or talk to us online. We hope you will like us and come back. Whether you work in a large, small or micro business, or even are just thinking of going into business, you will be welcome. Membership is simply a matter of participating and we welcome anyone who is willing to share and takes an interest in other people’s businesses.

If you are interested in MBF or want to know more, please email Roger Stone.

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Free money – yes, if you meet the criteria

Grants for startups. small and medium businesses are just one of the ways that companies, traders and the self-employed in East Sussex are being helped.  At the November MBF meeting, Ian Smallwood, of Business East Sussex, told us about these grants and the other types of support that his organisation provides. The grants can provide …

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Tips for keeping safe online

Chris White, Police Cyber Security Advisor | Police Cyber Prevent Supervisor at the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit , gave a fascinating, useful and slightly scary talk on the dangers lurking in the online world. The fact that cyber crime now makes up about half of all crime should remind us of the need to take …

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Keep your online data (and your customers) safe

Our discussion on GDPR in April stressed the need to keep safe information about your contacts and customers.  This reinforces how important cyber security is for every business since so much personal data, as well as data vital to our business, is stored online. We are delighted to announce that we have been able to …

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GDPR information

It is important that all organisations that deal with personal information comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on 25th May 2018.  This includes all sizes of company, sole traders and even voluntary organisations – if you have information that identifies individuals, then this concerns you. Key elements are …

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