News (December 2015)

Town News Dec 15

Town News Dec 15

Posted on 17th December 2015

Dear Team Member CHRISTMAS CAR PARKING CONCESSION Just a reminder there will be £1 All Day Parking at Queens Crescent and Station Road long stay car parks this Saturday 19th December. UPDATE FROM MARKET PLACE SHOPPING CENTRE This Saturday 19th December the Salvation Army will be playing festive songs in the shopping centre at intervals throughout the day. UPDATE FROM THE MARTLETS SHOPPING CENTRE The Martlets Shopping Centre is delighted to announce... read more

Furniture to collect

Furniture to collect

Posted on 17th December 2015

At EAO, we have some office furniture that we are offering locally to anyone that wishes to collect them for free. They need to be collected by next Wednesday 23rd December at the very latest. We have 5 tables and 6 chairs on offer. If they could contact the office to arrange collection times that would be super – get them to ask for Richard Humphreys or email him on richard.humphreys@eao.com Many thanks and kindest regards, Elly Furzer Management... read more

Festive Greetings from the BHBPA

Festive Greetings from the BHBPA

Posted on 17th December 2015

In sending you all our greetings and best wishes for the Christmas and New Year period I shall take the chance to look back over the year and remind you of events in the BHBPA year 2015. We are delighted with the progress we have made in supporting the businesses of Burgess Hill and we feel certain that as time goes on we get to know more of the people who work in the businesses, which gives the whole set up more of a community feel. At events this... read more

Great Success for Subway at Work

Great Success for Subway at Work

Posted on 17th December 2015

Subway Burgess Hill would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would also like to thank all the businesses and individuals in Victoria Business Park who have supported our Subway at Work concept since its launch in November. We were extremely proud to have our mobile Subway unit featured at the Subway South Coast Franchisee Conference 2015 at Chichester Yacht Club of the 4th of December. It was a big surprise for all the... read more

New Site for St Catherine’s Hospice

New Site for St Catherine’s Hospice

Posted on 17th December 2015

As you may have seen in the local press, St Catherine’s Hospice has been donated a plot of land by Mr Bill Bridges to build a new hospice in Pease Pottage. Mr Bill Bridges and his development partner, Thakeham Homes, have now submitted plans for the 112 acre site which includes the new St Catherine’s facility and up to 600 homes. The proposals put forward to Mid Sussex District Council include: A new hospice building for St Catherine’s... read more

Employers For Carers

Employers For Carers

Posted on 16th December 2015

This is a new FREE  service – funded by West Sussex County Council – for all small and medium sized businesses in West Sussex. Employers for Carers provides practical help through a free membership scheme for SME employers across the county and helps local employers support and retain staff who are looking after older, disabled or seriously ill family members or friends. The purpose of supporting the scheme is to: raise the profile of working... read more

A Wonderful 40th Year

A Wonderful 40th Year

Posted on 16th December 2015

Local Hospice has been celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special appeal As 2015 is its 40th anniversary, St Peter & St James Hospice has been celebrating the year with a special appeal. The Hospice held an exciting calendar of events throughout this year and launched a special anniversary appeal to help support the vital services it provides to the community. All at the Hospice would like to thank those who have donated to the appeal, which... read more

Property as Investment

Property as Investment

Posted on 16th December 2015

Reforms put pressure on buy-to-let landlords The lure of property Given the strength of house prices in recent decades it is easy to understand why the lure of property as an investment – or buy-to-let remains strong. Many of Britain’s estimated 1.4 million landlords1 have profited handsomely in recent years, with strong tenant demand enabling them to push up rents. The radical pension changes introduced earlier this year, offering savers greater... read more

ARPR Award

ARPR Award

Posted on 16th December 2015

Aneela Rose PR Awarded Best B2B PR Consultancy – UK  ARPR would like to share some fabulous news received this week. The agency, based in the Martlet Heights in Burgess Hill town centre, has been awarded Corporate Vision’s ‘Best B2B PR Consultancy in the UK’.   2015 has seen the agency’s PR campaigns yield major successes for clients in niche sectors in manufacturing, engineering and construction. Implementing a joined-up approach with... read more

Tragic Death of Frontline engineer

Tragic Death of Frontline engineer

Posted on 10th December 2015

Hi Peter, I hope you are well. We have recently had some sad news in regards to one of our engineers who was in a tragic accident two weeks ago. We were wondering if it would be possible to have a notice in the weekly newsletter to pay our respects as well as inform companies in the BHBPA of our closure for the funeral on Friday 18th December from 12pm? The gentleman’s name was Mike Shepherd, and was a well-loved member of our team who had been... read more

Planning application for former KDG site

Planning application for former KDG site

Posted on 10th December 2015

As stated last week a planning application has been submitted by Hargreaves to MSDC regarding the land at the west end of Victoria Road, the former KDG site. This in itself must be good news, for that site has lain empty and largely unused for almost twenty years. Having spoken with the applicant, they have explained that whilst it is clearly early days, the intention is to provide a single warehouse with first floor offices above that will be capable... read more

Up for the Workplace Challenge?

Up for the Workplace Challenge?

Posted on 9th December 2015

Our latest Workplace Challenge is kicking off on the 1st of January 2016 and runs until the end of February 2016. In short, it’s a challenge to employers to get their employees active during those two months after Christmas. Research is increasingly showing that healthier workplaces are healthier (less absences) and more productive. It’s completely free for companies and individuals to sign up and use. It’s an activity log where people gain... read more

Edwards Manager to speak at Hickstead

Edwards Manager to speak at Hickstead

Posted on 9th December 2015

The meeting at Hickstead Hotel is one we look forward to each year. Giles Paul, the Manager, is very keen to host a meeting for the BHBPA and he contributes to our wellbeing in other ways too. We thank him for his generosity. The meeting, on Tuesday, January 26th at 8am. is free to members. We are delighted to have Peter Lamb of Edwards High Vacuum to speak at the meeting. Peter is a Senior Manager responsible for an aspect of technology development... read more

New Plumpton Principal on BBC Radio

New Plumpton Principal on BBC Radio

Posted on 9th December 2015

The Principal of Plumpton College was invited for an interview on BBC radio.  This live interview with presenter Sarah Gorrell was on air at 17:54 on Tuesday 8 December 2015, covering Sussex, Surrey, NE Hants 104.5, 104.8 and 95.3 FM and online. The presenter asked how he, as a new Principal, was hoping to build on the success of Plumpton College, which offers a wide variety of vocational qualifications, how this equips young people for the future,... read more

Sue Lloyd’s Haircut for charity

Sue Lloyd’s Haircut for charity

Posted on 8th December 2015

Since being diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer  Sue Lloyd has smashed her initial fundraising target of £500. Last week she shaved her head in the cause of helping Chestnut Tree Hospice. As a matter of interest it costs £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes.  Sue joined Technetix in October 2011.  She was initially based in the Technetix headquarters on... read more

Two Big Give Days for Hospice

Two Big Give Days for Hospice

Posted on 8th December 2015

In a matter of just a few hours, over two exciting days (4 and 5 December), supporters of St Peter & St James Hospice made online donations to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, enabling the Hospice to raise nearly £30,000. Thanks to the very generous online donations made, which will be matched by pledges from Hospice supporters and the Hospice’s Charity Champion, Candis Magazine, the Hospice has raised this money for its inpatient nursing... read more

Tamara Toasts Great Year for Ridgeview

Tamara Toasts Great Year for Ridgeview

Posted on 8th December 2015

Ridgeview Sussex Business Awards Success Sussex sparkling wine specialists Ridgeview has won the Small Business Award of the year at the 2015 Sussex Business Awards. The winners of the 27th Sussex Business Awards were announced on the 3rd December at The Grand Hotel, Brighton. 500 of the county’s leading business people were in attendance. Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Awards is the longest established scheme of its kind in... read more

Lots going on in BH at Xmas

Lots going on in BH at Xmas

Posted on 8th December 2015

DRESS AS AN ELF ON THE 12TH EVENT The Disabilities Trust is hosting a ‘Dress as an elf’ event on Saturday 12th December at 12pm in Market Place Shopping Centre to raise money for the #ConnectAbility Appeal. Come along and join the festive fun –  from 10am the #ConnectAbility elves will help you look the part with face paint, elf ears and elf hats ready for a group elf picture at 12pm outside Costa. All funds raised will go towards the #ConnectAbility... read more

New Website Goes Live

New Website Goes Live

Posted on 3rd December 2015

After a couple of months deliberating, designing and building, the new BHBPA website has gone live this week.  You can see it when you go to www.bhbpa.co.uk as before. The old website, which served us well for nearly seven years, looked rather tired. The new one, on the other hand, is responsive and looks more fluid, exciting and modern. We now have full control over all the content. I hope you will agree upon the improvement. Of course there... read more

Premier Marketing Offer

Premier Marketing Offer

Posted on 3rd December 2015

  Premier Marketing offers FREE chocolate bars to interested BHBPA companies! We’re not sure if you are aware of Premier Marketing, but they sure have some pretty good ideas when it comes to promoting your company brand. Here is just one example of what they can produce AND they’re offering a free chocolate bar to anyone making an enquiry! click this link Branding Consultant Lyndon Holding explained that they want to help drive companies... read more

Permitted Developments Causing Problems

Permitted Developments Causing Problems

Posted on 3rd December 2015

This article was taken from Coast to Capital Newsletter In an open letter to Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Businesses, Coast to Capital Chief Executive Ron Crank, has underlined the damage being done to the viability of some local businesses because of permitted developments, particularly in the Crawley and Shoreham area and has urged policy reform. The Permitted Development (PD) rights are part of a government policy which enables change of... read more

Autumn Statement and Effects on Property

Autumn Statement and Effects on Property

Posted on 3rd December 2015

30 November 2015 Autumn Statement will have significant impact on the South’s Property Market  Robert Dowling, Head of the Construction & Real Estate sector at Gatwick and West Sussex-based chartered accountants, Carpenter Box, made the following observations on the recent Autumn Statement: “The Chancellor announced that there will be 400,000 new subsidised homes by the end of 2020. £4bn will be made available over the next four years to... read more

Mat and Subway Van to Star at Conference

Mat and Subway Van to Star at Conference

Posted on 3rd December 2015

Apologies but the Subway at Work service will not be available on Friday 4th of December. The vehicle is going to be star attraction at the 2015 Annual Subway Franchisee Conference for the South of England in Chichester and many visiting dignitaries from the UK head office will be coming down to see it for the first time. The Subway at Work concept is the first of its kind in the UK and Burgess Hill Franchisee Mathew Cates has created quite a stir... read more

On Site Chair Massage as a Wellbeing Benefit for Staff

On Site Chair Massage as a Wellbeing Benefit for Staff

Posted on 3rd December 2015

I am delighted to tell you that Jeremy Haynes has rejoined the BHBPA with his company “Massage in the Workplace”.  Here’s a possible Christmas treat for your staff …! Seated Chair massage is one of the most effective Wellbeing Initiatives that an Employer can offer their staff The benefits include Boosting Staff Morale, improving Staff retention figures, reducing Sickness levels and making Staff more productive by allowing... read more

The Big Give 2015

The Big Give 2015

Posted on 1st December 2015

Please support your local hospice on 4 and 5 December – it’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge! The Big Give Christmas Challenge is coming and with it the possibility of raising the fantastic sum of £40,000 for St Peter & St James Hospice through online donations on 4 and 5 December. From midday on 4 and 5 December, the Hospice is asking supporters to donate to the Christmas Challenge online at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk to help raise the... read more

UKTI Export Programme

UKTI Export Programme

Posted on 1st December 2015

UKTI currently has a few places available on its flagship Passport to Export programme. The programme, which lasts for one year, is aimed at new or inexperienced exporters and includes advice and guidance from a local International Trade Adviser (ITA) and an interactive group workshop covering all the elements of exporting – what is your sales proposition, which market should you start with, what is your route to market etc. There is also a version... read more

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