Posted on 13th September 2017
The BHBPA event this week took place on Wednesday at Porsche Mid Sussex, where more than forty members, potential members and friends came along, drawn in large part no doubt by the name of Porsche and the beautiful cars.
The attendance was fantastic given the rain showers which came and went through the afternoon and evening. I welcomed everyone to the event and then introduced Andy Crabb, the General Manager, and invited him to tell us about the business. He spoke briefly about the history of the car and the Mid Sussex centre, explaining why the cars are such good value and why people see them as an investment. Business is good, and demand for the cars is high. They sell around 320 used cars and 370 new cars on average each year from this showroom. The cars themselves are beautiful objects, sleek and powerful, constructed with the finest German engineering. It’s not surprising that people are fascinated by them and astonished at their prices to buy.
Andy also mentioned the fact that, like all other motor manufacturers, Porsche is looking to the future and developing hybrid and electric cars, so that by the 2020s they will be ready to maintain their standing amongst the very finest of modern car makers.
John Ward from Substop was introduced and told the gathering about the new venture in Burgess Hill, from which they had brought the food essential to aid the networking. It was delicious, and I think members were impressed. We then relaxed, wandered around the cars, checking prices and networking with friends old and new. It was a lovely atmosphere of unhurried chatter and fun. About a dozen went out and test drove one of the cars. They all came back with a smile.
After two hours there were still small groups enjoying the food, the networking and the venue. By 7.15 we had all left after thanking the staff at Porsche for their generous hospitality. Most people seemed to think it had been a very useful and successful event.
""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.""
"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. "
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"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."