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 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."
"“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”"
"“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.""
"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. "