Posted on 22nd October 2015
On Wednesday this week we held a Members Meeting at The King’s Centre, to which 28 people came along. It was a dismal day of rain and gloom, but the attendance was once again impressive and the meeting positively bubbling with pleasantries.
We heard two presentations; the first concerned partnership working between business and charities. Catherine Pardoe from Hamsva (Horsham & Mid Sussex Voluntary Action) explained how businesses and charities can work together for benefits to both parties, and Stuart Sutherland of Charity Line and Nova Direct Mail produced some very good examples of such interaction.
The second presentation by Paula, of On The Spot Tax, consisted of an excellent role play, two women meeting in the pub and discussing changes in bills and expenses caused by changes in tax laws. Within the drama we found out about recent changes from the last budget.
Before and after the presentations there was a very pleasant buzz of networking, as business folk chatted and met up again with local contemporaries. It was long after 6pm when the last group left, and everyone seemed pleased to have come along to end their working day in this fashion.
Our grateful thanks go to The King’s Centre for providing such pleasant facilities and refreshments for us.
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"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."
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"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."