News (January 2016)

Sussex Living Update Feb 15

Sussex Living Update Feb 15

Posted on 31st January 2016

At the time of writing, it seems that winter has finally arrived – time to snuggle up with Sussex Living Magazine. But of course by the time you read this who knows what the weather will be doing! Are you planning on tying the knot this year? If so we have a beautiful wedding feature just for you, starting on page 21. We also have a fantastic competition on page 28, where you could WIN A WEDDING! Definitely not to be missed. Bring a splash of colour... read more

Ridgeview Wins Top Award

Ridgeview Wins Top Award

Posted on 29th January 2016

Ridgeview Wine Estate wins popular award The Ridgeview Wine Estate was last night proclaimed Sussex Drink Producer of the Year at the 10th annual Sussex Food & Drink Awards head at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. The awards are voted for by members of the public and are designed to celebrate excellence among both local producers and retailers. Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview’s Chief Executive Officer said “We are so proud to have received this award. ... read more

BHMB 2016 is Coming

BHMB 2016 is Coming

Posted on 28th January 2016

You are invited to take a stand at The King’s Centre at the BHMB Exhibition 2016. On Friday May 6th, we are aiming to re-create the success of last year’s event at The King’s Centre, where we know that lots of companies had some success in making new contacts and meeting new clients and friends during the day. It is a great day for making new contacts. On no other day this year will you find 70+ businesses together in one hall.   The... read more

Copy Writing Course at Preview

Copy Writing Course at Preview

Posted on 28th January 2016

What are the secrets to writing compelling, charming copy that search engine spiders love as much as your audience? Writing enticing, attractive copy that hooks the reader in is only half the battle. You also have to know which keywords to use and where they should be located on the page – all whilst retaining relevance and readability. Then there’s meta descriptions, tags and page layout to consider. With so much to think about,... read more

KR Partners 3 Peaks Challenge

KR Partners 3 Peaks Challenge

Posted on 28th January 2016

Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, is delighted to announce that a group of Partners have raised in excess of £6,000, climbing Yorkshire’s highest peaks for charity. The challenge, undertaken late 2015, was in aid of Odyssey and Cancer Research UK and in memory of a much-loved colleague, Bill Gardiner who sadly passed away last year, aged 51 following a battle... read more

Burgess Hill Cricket Club – New Players Welcome

Burgess Hill Cricket Club – New Players Welcome

Posted on 28th January 2016

Burgess Hill Cricket Club An ECB NEW PLAYERS WELCOME Clubmark accredited member of the Sussex County League. We run 4 league sides on Saturdays, a friendly XI on Sundays, playing our home games at St John’s Park in Burgess Hill. Under the guidance of our Director of Cricket and 12 ECB qualified coaches our Youth Academy has teams for boys & girls aged from U7s up to U16s. Whatever your age or ability, come along to our FREE winter net sessions.... read more

EdwardsVacuum Success Explained

EdwardsVacuum Success Explained

Posted on 28th January 2016

The first Members Meeting of 2016 was held at Hickstead Hotel on Tuesday, where members gathered for breakfast at 8 o’clock. It was a good turnout on a mild winter morning, with around 42 people showing up to hear Peter Lamb explaing what goes on at Edwards Vacuum, a long time BHBPA Member. After half an hour of refreshments and networking, Giles Paul welcomed us to the hotel, before Adam Rowland and Annette Smith from Woodlands Meed College... read more

Kreston Reeves Shortlisted

Kreston Reeves Shortlisted

Posted on 27th January 2016

Kreston Reeves shortlisted in 2016 South East Dealmakers Awards Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted in the Corporate Finance Team of the Year category for the South East Dealmakers Awards 2016, held by Insider Media.  The awards will take place at the Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Park, Crawley on 4 February 2016. In order... read more

Auto Enrolment – Have you complied?

Auto Enrolment – Have you complied?

Posted on 27th January 2016

Auto Enrolment and your company pension scheme – are you overwhelmed with information? If you’ve heard about Auto Enrolment but don’t think it affects your business, you need to check if you have a staging date on The Pensions Regulator website. Almost all businesses, even those with one employee are affected. Still unclear? Then come along to one of our complimentary Auto Enrolment Seminars as detailed below. Date: Tuesday 1st March at Sussex... read more

Pension Tax Perks to go?

Pension Tax Perks to go?

Posted on 26th January 2016

50 days to go until pension tax perks could be lost The Spring budget is only 50 days away and it is has been reported that it is highly likely that George Osborne will severely reduce, or scrap all together, the tax relief gained on pension contributions. Even if he doesn’t scrap them all together, he is likely to reduce the relief available to top earners, who are already about to see the amount they can pay into their pensions contributions... read more

Dance-A-Thon Raises £3000

Dance-A-Thon Raises £3000

Posted on 26th January 2016

Hospice’s fantastic Dance-A-Thon raises £3000 St Peter & St James Hospice held its first ever Dance-A-Thon raising a fantastic total of £3000. The Hospice would like to thank everyone who took part, volunteered and donated. People can still donate at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/donate On Saturday 23 January, at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, over 80 dancers took part in the Hospice’s 12-hour Dance-A-Thon. The event had a varied programme,... read more

Summer Festival Tours?

Summer Festival Tours?

Posted on 21st January 2016

Hi Peter I am co-ordinating Burgess Hill Summer Festival and am keen to involve local businesses in the Festival. The 2016 Festival will take place from Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 June. During previous Festivals we have put on events enabling the public to see ‘behind the scenes’ at some of our businesses – e.g. Keymer Tileworks, Ridgeview Winery and the sewage works have all been popular in previous years. I wondered whether any of the companies... read more

BHBPA Awards at Oakmeeds

BHBPA Awards at Oakmeeds

Posted on 21st January 2016

This was taken from the latest Oakmeeds newsletter :- For each full week your child attended College last term, their name was placed in the Christmas end of term draw. For those with 100% attendance, this resulted in them having their names in the draw fourteen times and every student had the opportunity to be in the draw at least once. Thanks to the generosity of the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association, we were able to purchase a Kindle Paperwhite... read more

Drop In Sessions

Drop In Sessions

Posted on 21st January 2016

From Gordon Reay   MSDC WSCC Business Information team are holding a drop in day for local businesses at H.Heath library on 9th February. It would be good to see a healthy turnout to encourage WSCC to do more of these sessions. Tuesday 9th February 2016 at Haywards Heath Library Staff from West Sussex Libraries’ Business Information Service will be at Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road RH16 1BN between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 9th February... read more

Be Aware

Be Aware

Posted on 21st January 2016

Hi Peter I hope you are well and had a great weekend. I am afraid i have something else for you to put in the newsletter. Last week a white ford transit van ND56 RYT was spotted pulling into numerous yards to have a look around. They were spotted at Nova, Consort House, Dairy Crest and also seen on our forecourt. Please make sure nothing is left out over night as they were scouting the area to see what’s about so they may be back. Thanks Kyley... read more

Open Gardens for Hospice

Open Gardens for Hospice

Posted on 21st January 2016

Glorious Open Gardens 2016! Will you support the Hospice by opening your garden? Year on year, St Peter & St James Hospice is delighted to have its supporters opening gardens to the public and it is hoped that 2016 will have even more people opening new gardens in support of the Hospice. This summer, Open Gardens 2016 will be running from 21 May until the end of August. Last year, 40 gardens took part to mark the Hospice’s 40th anniversary and... read more

Time 4 Children Report

Time 4 Children Report

Posted on 21st January 2016

Time 4 Children is needed more than ever! Our service is free and easy to access. Because we support children in their school setting, we know that children’s services in West Sussex are facing a funding crisis, which means that Time 4 Children is being used more than ever before. However, we are totally reliant on donations, grants and sponsorships to keep going. We now support more than 50 local children a year and there are many more children... read more

10 Year Anniversary

10 Year Anniversary

Posted on 21st January 2016

It’s our Birthday!!!! This year Chevronshop.com is very proud to be celebrating 10 very successful years of supplying, not only the UK but worldwide with our 1st class vehicle chevrons & graphics. We were the first company to supply vehicle chevrons to Chapter 8 legislation in the UK and have been attending the Commercial Vehicle show from 2006 in Birmingham, where we launched our on-line ecommerce website selling rear chevrons, we now have... read more

Horse Play?

Horse Play?

Posted on 21st January 2016

On Friday I had a call from Mandy Thomas-Atkin, a town councillor, asking me if I knew anything about the two horses which had been tethered on the lovely green space opposite Rockwell Collins and Icon Live in York Road. I was somewhat taken aback, as you might imagine. She told me that the police had been informed, as had the RSPCA, and  that people were concerned to find the owners.  The only other time I remember seeing horses on Victoria Business... read more

BES Coming and Space to let too

BES Coming and Space to let too

Posted on 20th January 2016

After some months of disuse and more months of renovation and change, the property which was owned by Coinco, or CCI, has finally been occupied again. Or at least, one of the buildings has been taken. The other is going to be let soon. The company moving in are called Blue Eyed Sun, and they are specialists in making high end greetings cards. The man behind the success of this business is Jeremy Corner, and although I haven’t met him yet I’m... read more

Posted on 19th January 2016

Time 4 Children is needed more than ever! Our service is free and easy to access. Because we support children in their school setting, we know that children’s services in West Sussex are facing a funding crisis, which means that Time 4 Children is being used more than ever before. However, we are totally reliant on donations, grants and sponsorships to keep going. We now support more than 50 local children a year and there are many more children... read more

Transport to/from the Parks

Transport to/from the Parks

Posted on 14th January 2016

I had a long phone call from Peter Lamb, the Facilities Manager at Edwards, earlier this week. He wanted to ask me what if any transport systems have existed between the town’s stations and the business parks. The reason for his enquiry is that Edwards are closing their operation in Crawley soon to make Burgess Hill their global headquarters. This will involve around 80-90 staff transferring to work in Burgess Hill, and most of them intending... read more

Meeting the Commissioner

Meeting the Commissioner

Posted on 13th January 2016

This week I went along to the Crime Panel meeting for Dunstall and Victoria Wards and heard the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner speak about crime and policing in the County. Katy Bourne, a former MSDC Tory Councillor, was elected to this role in 2012 and she seems to work very hard in her top post.  She told us of her close liaison with the Sussex Police Chief Constable – she has a two hour meeiting with him every Friday – and the... read more

Welcome to The Communications Director

Welcome to The Communications Director

Posted on 13th January 2016

The Communications Director is a new local business offering awards and communications expertise to businesses and individuals to help them gain valuable recognition and to raise their profile nationwide. Donna O’Toole, founder of The Communications Director, is an awards advisor, writer and communications professional with a winning reputation. Her work has resulted in a 100% success rate in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise... read more

Louise joins BC team

Louise joins BC team

Posted on 13th January 2016

BC Underwriting expands PI team BC Underwriting, part of the fast-growing BC insurance group based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, is delighted to welcome Louise Redmond to its professional indemnity team. Louise has more than 15 years of professional indemnity (PI) underwriting experience and a wealth of industry knowledge, gained previously with Axa, QBE and AIG. She joins the team as a Senior PI Underwriter, responsible for managing and running the... read more

Management Buyout of ILG

Management Buyout of ILG

Posted on 13th January 2016

Grant Ashley, the man who started International Logistics Group and has run it as CEO for the last 25 years, has retired from the company through a management buyout. Mike Stephenson, MD, and four members of the management team have acquired the business. Grant was also a founder member and Chairman of the BHBPA in its early days, and has been associated with business in Burgess Hill and Gatwick for many years. ILG has grown to become a market leader... read more

Plumpton Wine to S. Korea

Plumpton Wine to S. Korea

Posted on 13th January 2016

Plumpton College exports Wine to South Korea Plumpton College, near Lewes (East Sussex), has despatched its first batch of wine to Nature Wine, a Korean distribution company based in Seongnam, near Seoul. Owned by South Korean Plumpton graduate Gunseob Han, Nature Wine specialises in importing unusual, organic, biodynamic and additive-free wines from Austria, Italy, Georgia, Spain, France, and now… England. Gunseob, who graduated with a Foundation... read more

Act Fast on Tax-Free Pension Perk

Act Fast on Tax-Free Pension Perk

Posted on 13th January 2016

High earners should act fast to maximise on tax-free pension perk Friday, December 11, 2015 – 09:25 From April 2016 new rules will cut the amount high earners can save while still attracting tax relief. These rules impose a taper designed to gradually reduce the amount people with incomes between £150,000 and £210,000 can save, tax-free, into pensions each year. At present, the standard annual allowance is £40,000.... read more

Sustainable Travel Event

Sustainable Travel Event

Posted on 13th January 2016

Sustainable Travel A Green Growth Platform Event run by the Sustainable Business Network A chance to learn about electric cars, vans and bikes as well as travel planning and driver training. Plus test drive a range of electric vehicles. Electric Vehicles Thérèse Wynn-Davies, Innovation Specialist at Motorline Nissan Crawley, will speak about the advancements in electric vehicles, including purchase and running costs, range (and range anxiety!),... read more

Hey, We’re on Twitter

Hey, We’re on Twitter

Posted on 7th January 2016

Thanks to Peter for mentioning in his last newsletter of 2015 that I have taken over the BHBPA’s Twitter account.  I do hope it proves to be an added extra to the membership. Please do follow us.  Our Twitter handle is @bhbpa_co_uk Initially I’m going to retweet members messages, newsletter articles, advertising special offers, job vacancies and useful information that may be of use to local companies. I’ve tried to make sure that... read more

BHBPA Members Events in 2016

BHBPA Members Events in 2016

Posted on 7th January 2016

January  –  Tues 26th,  Hickstead Hotel, start 8am February –  Wed 24th,  The Birch Hotel, start 8am March    –   Tues 15th,  Quiz Night, Woolpack, 7pm April      –    Wed 13th, Mid Sussex Golf Club, 4pm May      –     Fri 6th,     BHMB Exhibition, TKC 10-3 June     –    Tues 14th, Porsche Mid Sussex, 4pm July       –   Tues 12th, Ridgeview Wine Estate, 5pm Sept      –    Tues... read more

Dance for St Peter & St James Hospice

Dance for St Peter & St James Hospice

Posted on 6th January 2016

Join the fantastic Dance-A-Thon in aid of your local Hospice – you too could dance like Katie Derham! On Saturday 23 January, St Peter & St James Hospice is holding its first ever 12-hour Dance-A-Thon kick-starting 2016 with a fun-filled day of dance for all ages. As seen on BBC Strictly Come Dancing, the Hospice’s Patron, Katie Derham, had a great time learning new steps. The event is in aid of the Hospice and everyone is invited to join... read more

Panel Event at Hawth

Panel Event at Hawth

Posted on 6th January 2016

Recent reports in the media show that almost £400m worth of credit applications for SMEs in the South East were rejected during the first half of 2015, so the relevance of alternative sources of finance has never been greater. These innovative types of funding options will be discussed by industry experts at our brand new panel event which is taking place on 4th February at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley. Click here to book your place! ... read more

Free Financial Advice for Members

Free Financial Advice for Members

Posted on 6th January 2016

IEP Financial are long standing supporters of the business park and Sarah Grinnell, one of their Senior Financial Advisers is once again giving her time on the following dates to provide complimentary independent advice to businesses that form part of BHBPA at their premises. Monday 25th Jan Tuesday 2nd Feb Tuesday 16th Feb Businesses can book directly with Sarah on sarah.grinnell@iepfinancial.co.uk or call 01273 208813. When booking please advise... read more

Award Winning St Catherine’s Hospice

Award Winning St Catherine’s Hospice

Posted on 6th January 2016

Celebrate with us! We are delighted to announce that St Catherine’s was recently crowned Charity of the Year at the West Sussex County Times Community Awards. We were also at the event to cheer on our dedicated volunteer, Joe Brocking, as he won Volunteer of the Year. We are very proud to have won these awards which are a real endorsement of the fantastic work that our staff and volunteers provide to the local community. We simply... read more

Pallet Thefts Again

Pallet Thefts Again

Posted on 6th January 2016

I received this message below from  Beacon Security Services just before Christmas, and then had a surprising update to report from Consort Frozen Foods on Wednesday this week, so please read on to get the second message. Good evening Peter, I’ve been given your details following a conversation on Twitter regarding the theft of pallets in Burgess Hill (it also extends to Manor Royal but I know you don’t cover that area). On the patrol team... read more

Happy New Year to all our Members

Happy New Year to all our Members

Posted on 4th January 2016

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Testimonials

"“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.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"“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”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)

""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)