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.
"“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! ” "
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"