Although this organisation began as a group of interested parties working for companies on the Victoria Business Park in Burgess Hill, membership of the BHBPA has never been limited to those companies which are situated on the business parks. Indeed, we welcome members from all local areas who have an interest in doing business with other members in the Burgess Hill area.
Membership requires a company to complete a simple form giving contact details and a few other basic facts about the company. The BHBPA policy on information such as this is in line with data protection law. We shall not give out lists of details of company members, although of course we shall help members where possible with contact numbers and addresses of individual other members.
In becoming a member you will be required to pay an annual membership subscription, which is nowadays tiered so that larger companies pay more. The subscription levels are :-
1-10 employees – £120 pa
11-50 employees – £240 pa
51+ employees £360 pa
Invoices run from January to December. Members may pay by Standing Order each month, and many do pay this way now.
A new member is entitled to an article of introduction in the weekly newsletter and to have the company name added to the list of members in the Directory.
Members of the BHBPA are entitled to come to meetings, most of which are free to attend. They are also entitled to take a stand at the annual exhibition (“Burgess Hill Means Business”) at a much reduced rate. Members are asked not to bombard other members with advertising emails and to respect the name of the BHBPA.
Paid up members may also see the annual accounts of the Association by requesting to do so by email to the Coordinator – email@example.com
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"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. "
"“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! ” "
"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."