Mark and the Good Samaritans at the Downtown Diner

Earlier this month we reported on how an opportunist thief had conned his way into the home of an elderly man in Blackman Avenue and made off with cash and bank cards When Mark Straughan from the Downtown Diner in Robertson Street heard about Albert’s plight he decided to do something and set about raising […]

Hastings businesses at forefront of the fight against Covid-19

As well as the sterling work of many Hastings residents on the ‘front line’, others are working hard behind the scenes as local companies play their part in the local and national response to Covid-19. Interface Manufacturing, based at Churchfields industrial estate, is a manufacturer of scientific equipment and test kits for Coronavirus, in addition to […]

Pause and postpone – the new watchwords in the world of weddings

With no marriages taking place as we make out way through lockdown many small business people who depend on the wedding trade to make their living are suffering. For Helen Pomery, Managing Director of St Leonards based Empirical Events, the organiser of wedding shows across the south of England, it’s about more than just the […]

Giving customers what they want – embracing change and searching out new opportunities

Amid the gloom and doom about prospects for business one St Leonards company is busier than ever as it helps others to see the opportunities that exist by ramping up their online presence and coming to terms with ecommerce. Fiona Allman-Treen, Managing Director of FAT Promotions, (https://www.fatpromotions.co.uk/) says her business is probably busier than it […]

Pip, pip hooray for Swan House’s world class marmalade maker

Like many bed and breakfasts, five star Swan House in Hastings’ old town prides itself in preparing and serving it’s very own marmalade. It makes all the difference to discerning guests and can now well and truly celebrate as Swan House wins not one, but two prizes, at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards. In the […]

Breach of consumer protection laws sees director sentenced to 200 community service

The director of a St Leonards-based car hire company has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after delays in returning deposits left customers out of pocket. Michael Goodwin, 41, of Main Street, Beckley, pleaded guilty to breaching the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was sentenced to a high […]

The UK’s best kebab chef is right here in Hastings

Congratulations to our local kebab heroes at Batman Grill in Battle Road, its chef Hamza Yalcin has been honoured as the best kebab chef in Britain at the The British Kebab Awards. The Batman Grill was also Highly Commended in the Just Eat Best Delivery section of the competition – it’s the second year in a […]

Improved A21 can unleash economic potential and brilliance says MP

Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart says she had a ‘brilliant meeting’ yesterday as part of the A21 Reference Group. The group consists of MPs whose constituencies lie along the A21, representatives from local authorities and Transport for the South East. The group was instrumental in persuading the Government to carry out the most recent upgrade of […]