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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.

Mayfield Shops and Services Update

UPDATE 28th May: I have now received some updates to the list below. For the latest list please go to the Mayfield & Five Ashes website businesses page Some of the High Street shops have managed to stay open during the COVID-19 lockdown – and thanks to all their brilliant staff who have kept the …

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Online meetings

All MBF meetings are now going to be held online until the COVID-19 meeting restrictions are lifted or eased enough to get back to face-to-face meetings For the meeting on 3rd June we are going to use Zoom and see what participants think of it. It should work well, given its ease of use and …

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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Here’s a summary of the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer made last Thursday (26th March 2020). It was compiled by Gavin Ross of Ross Management Accountancy. Please note that you should check with your own accountant or HMRC for any specific advice relating to your own circumstances. “The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, …

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MBF 10th anniversary meeting

Here are some photos from the MBF 10th anniversary meeting which was held on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 – as usual the Rose & Crown kindly let us use their function room for the meeting. It will great to see 4 of the 5 people who came to the first meeting and who still attend …

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