Posted on 6th July 2017
We had a beautiful summer evening this year for the event at Ridgeview Wine Estate, and those 25 or so who came along seemed to be delighted with what they had seen, heard and tasted.
Tamara, as company CEO, took us on the tour and this year we were able once again to walk through the vineyard in splendid late afternoon sunlight. We walked down through a copse to another field of vines, growing perfectly according to Tamara, who is very optimistic about this year’s crop. The hot sun is what they need at this time of year, and we seem to be getting some such days this summer.
It was as always a friendly and appreciative crowd who came for the tour, and a lot of easy networking took place amongst them. Back at the central buildings we went inside for a tour of the winemaking facility, and Tamara took us through all the separate processes needed to ensure a perfect end product. As the company grows, so new and automative equipment is required to facilitate more wine production. They are now producing more than 200,000 bottles per year and they have new buildings on the way to cope with their expansion.
Few people demurred when she suggested we go up to the tasting room, and once there we were treated to three different types of their six main products. As the sparkling wine went down so the hubbub became louder and everyone seemed to enjoy it thoroughly. We had a good turnout in particular from Vega and from Bennett Oakley. By 7pm it was time to head off. I thanked Tamara and Estie for their work in putting this event on for the BHBPA and left for home. Ridgeview is a fine asset for Burgess Hill and the Business Parks Association, and long may our friendship continue.
Thanks to all those who came along. I hope you will see the photos I took on the website.
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "