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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
"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."
"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. "
"Servecorp have been members of the BHBPA for many years. The BHBPA organise interesting events as well as networking meetings. It is a good opportunity to meet with other local businesses and share views and problems. There is plenty of interaction and synergies between the various companies. Peter does a sterling job keeping the lines of communication open between the local businesses as well as our local council and other authorities."
"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. "