News (March 2016)

Ridgeview at No 10

Ridgeview at No 10

Posted on 24th March 2016

Ridgeview’s export success – paving the way for other English wineries Award-winning English sparkling wine business, Ridgeview Wine Estate, are leading the way for English wineries exporting outside the UK with their wines widely available in twelve markets globally.  Ridgeview has recently seen a huge increase in exports, with 30% of production now being sold abroad. Tamara Roberts, Chief Executive of family-owned Ridgeview, based in Sussex,... read more

Mid Sussex PAs Newsletter

Mid Sussex PAs Newsletter

Posted on 23rd March 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended the last event at Gravetye Manor on the 1st March.  We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did and also found the presentation on how to support your boss with HR issues useful.  A big thank you to Caroline for her excellent presentation and also to Gravetye for hosting our event.  What a beautiful venue that is and we hope you enjoyed your tour of the hotel.   Date for our next event   We have finalised... read more

Meeting/Office Space

Meeting/Office Space

Posted on 22nd March 2016

Meeting/Office Space   Burgess Hill Town Council is undertaking research into the need for community meeting space in the town and how this might best be provided.  It is interested in exploring whether the business community has a need for occasional meeting/training space in the town centre.  It is also interested in knowing if there is a need for a permanent office in the town centre in a community facility.   If you as a business... read more

Tutor needed for CAD systems

Tutor needed for CAD systems

Posted on 22nd March 2016

A local Engineering company, is seeking further training for their engineers on the CAD systems. We are looking for a tutor to conduct internal training for various competency levels on CAD. Please contact Melissa Gilbert at Carville Switchgear Ltd on 01444 242 544 or mgilbert@carville-switchgear.co.uk if you would like additional information. ... read more

Celebrate St George’s Day

Celebrate St George’s Day

Posted on 21st March 2016

Come along and celebrate St George’s Day! St Peter & St James Hospice and Pelham House Hotel , Lewes are jointly hosting this wonderful event with delicious food for a relaxing dining experience and an exciting auction. The wonderful menu includes mini venison and quail scotch egg with fresh goat’s curd and piccalilli mayo or pickled beetroot and sheep’s cheese salad (v) Main:- Short rib of beef, braised in Harveys beer and English parsley,... read more

Tax Planning – HSC   *****

Tax Planning – HSC *****

Posted on 18th March 2016

Tax planning 2015/16 – It is not too late                  With the end of the 2015/16 tax year fast approaching it is not too late to consider any tax saving opportunities that might be available to you or your business. Download our 2015/16 Year End Strategies guide from http://www.hsc.uk.net/tax-planning-201516-not-late/   Articles are included on the following topics:-   taking advantage of the tax breaks available... read more

Budget Reaction from Carpenter Box

Budget Reaction from Carpenter Box

Posted on 17th March 2016

Helping the makers to march… Wednesday’s budget was broadly positive, particularly for small businesses and included a number of surprises such as the sugar levy, the new ISA model and reductions in Corporation Tax, Business Rates and Stamp Duty on commercial property.   For the manufacturing and engineering sector the changes were pretty agnostic, however, one announcement may have a fundamental effect on the ability of the sector to deal... read more

Examine Your Policies Carefully

Examine Your Policies Carefully

Posted on 17th March 2016

Stealth tax should prompt rethink on business insurance   Businesses should examine their insurance policies carefully in the light of higher Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) announced in the Budget, Burgess Hill brokers Bennett Christmas said today.   On Wednesday, the Chancellor said the levy charged on most commercial and household policies would go up by 0.5% to 10%.   The tax hike follows a 3.5 percentage point rise in the IPT last... read more

BHBPA Warriors

BHBPA Warriors

Posted on 17th March 2016

  BHBPA in association with Heights Gym have now assembled a 50 strong taskforce to meet the challenges that the Warrior Run has to offer on 10th April 2016, all in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice. Please sponsor us at www.justgiving.com/Teams/BHBPAWarriorRunTeamPage   The teams are: Sutton Winson Heights Gym Autowise Nova Direct Mail Time24 Ridgeview PVL   Paul Shearing BHBPA Chairman, said “we wanted to attract the strongest... read more

Another Enjoyable Quiz Night

Another Enjoyable Quiz Night

Posted on 16th March 2016

The champions from last year, a composite team calling themselves ‘ I’ll Get You Butler’, returned on Tuesday to defend their title. They and another 18 teams from companies around the business parks of Burgess Hill enjoyed a terrific evening at the Woolpack, which ended with a tie for first place on 67 points between ‘Donkeys’ , The St Peter & St James Hospice team, and ‘ We Don’t Care’, from Plumpton... read more

Rob’s Cycling to Amsterdam

Rob’s Cycling to Amsterdam

Posted on 15th March 2016

Rob Thomas, of  RT Architectural Services, is cycling from London to Amsterdam in June this year, and he is holding a quiz night at the Woolpack on Thursday 21st April from 7:30PM…. If you missed the BHBPA quiz on Wednesday  15th , then another fantastic quiz night hosted by Jon Preece (Helen Preece’s husband) and the Woolpack PH, Burgess Hill is taking place on Thursday 21st April from 7:30pm . Get a team together max 6 people. Also raffle... read more

Work Out at Heights Health & Fitness

Work Out at Heights Health & Fitness

Posted on 15th March 2016

“Did you you know as a member of the BHBPA your staff can have 5 FREE days of fitness at Heights Health Club! Come and work out in the gym under the care of one of our excellent gym instructors or perhaps try one of our fantastic fitness classes. Call Andrea on 01444 239444 or email team@heightshealthclub.co.uk to get yourself booked in.” ... read more

Star Walk for Hospice

Star Walk for Hospice

Posted on 15th March 2016

Star Walk 2016 – support your local hospice and make memories shine bright!   St Peter & St James Hospice is holding its annual Star Walk on Saturday 9 July and invites all ages to take part in the special event. The Early Bird discount runs until Friday 20 May, so everyone is encouraged to book early.   Setting off from The Dolphin, in Haywards Heath, at 10.30pm, the Hospice’s annual night walk has been revamped enabling as many... read more

Planning Granted for Town Centre Development

Planning Granted for Town Centre Development

Posted on 15th March 2016

Planning Permission granted for major mixed-use regeneration in Burgess Hill    NewRiver Retail Limited (AIM: NRR), the UK REIT specialising in value-creating retail property investment and active asset management, announces that Mid Sussex District Council’s Planning Committee has unanimously granted planning permission for plans submitted by NewRiver for the mixed-use regeneration of the Martlets Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.... read more

The threat from Cyber Crime

The threat from Cyber Crime

Posted on 14th March 2016

Is your business 1 minute 22 seconds away from disaster?   The daily task of switching on your PC isn’t something most people give much thought to – but, 40 local businesses will be hovering over their keyboard following a cyber seminar jointly organised by Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers.   Businesses attending the seminar at the AMEX stadium, Brighton, on Wednesday (9 March) were told 95% of hacks start with a phishing email and 1... read more

Town News March 16

Town News March 16

Posted on 10th March 2016

See below weekly update from the Town Centre Partnership, plus attached artwork for our Easter activities: THE MARTLETS SHOPPING CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS NewRiver Retail’s planning application for the redevelopment of The Martlets Shopping Centre was approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s Planning Committee yesterday. EASTER ACTIVITIES Easter is just 2 weeks away and the final arrangements are being made to the programme of activities planned... read more

Head of Oakmeeds to Leave Post

Head of Oakmeeds to Leave Post

Posted on 10th March 2016

This week in a statement from the school we learnt of the decision by Colin Taylor, the Head of Oakmeeds Community College, to leave the college at the end of this term. Colin has been Head there since 2000. He was also a very keen supporter of the BHBPA and indeed Oakmeeds was one of its sponsors back in 2006. He joined the Steering Group and served that group for a number of years until recently. We wish him every success in whatever he decides... read more

KR Director appointed to Council

KR Director appointed to Council

Posted on 9th March 2016

Kreston Reeves Director of Private Client and Trusts is appointed to ATT Council Kreston Reeves, one of the leading accountancy and financial services firms located across London and the South East, is delighted to announce that Kay Aylott, Director of Private Client and Trusts has been appointed to the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) Council.   The ATT Council represents 24 elected members and one nominated by the Chartered Institute... read more

Hospice Appeal for Furniture

Hospice Appeal for Furniture

Posted on 8th March 2016

Hospice appeals for unwanted furniture   St Peter & St James Hospice Charity Shops sell a huge variety of quality donated items, all of which raise considerable sums to support the Hospice. Among the fastest selling is furniture – in fact, it sells so quickly that the stocks are really in need of a boost! The Hospice Shops offer a free collection service for your unwanted furniture, including conservatory and garden items, as well as... read more

Burgess Hill Means Business 2016

Burgess Hill Means Business 2016

Posted on 7th March 2016

There is still time for you to be there on May 6th, when the largest exhibition of business in Mid Sussex takes place at The King’s Centre, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill. There were 70 stands available, but now only 10 are left. Sign up for one of those remaining now, before you are too late. The cost for the day is just £50 for members and £150 for non-members. It’s a day which will be great for networking, so don’t miss out. ... read more

Burgess Hill Business – In or Out?

Burgess Hill Business – In or Out?

Posted on 7th March 2016

  Burgess Hill business – in or out? As the battle rages over Brexit, Burgess Hill businesses are being given a unique opportunity to cast their vote on European membership in an early referendum. The Burgess Hill Business Brexit Poll will be an early opportunity to gauge who’s in and who’s out before the rest of the country goes to the ballot box on June 23. Due to be staged during the Burgess Hill Means Business exhibition at the King’s... read more

Job in East Grinstead

Job in East Grinstead

Posted on 7th March 2016

DevAssist is an award winning legal services company producing high quality reports for property buyers. There is an opportunity for a full time permanent job with great prospects for the right candidate. The role would initially involve order processing and collating the relevant information that feeds into the creation of our reports as well as some general administration duties. It will progress on to report writing, working on improvements to... read more

Jobs at Ingenia

Jobs at Ingenia

Posted on 7th March 2016

Ingenia Solutions are looking for:- A general machinist capable of reading drawings. Some CNC experience would be useful but not essential. A mechanical fitter used to working on their own and capable of reading pneumatic, electrical , and mechanical assembly drawings. Some site work and travelling will be required; a knowledge of PLC programmes would be an advantage. An electrical wireman/ fitter to build and wire panels from drawings;  also to... read more

Local Business Goes Global

Local Business Goes Global

Posted on 4th March 2016

After successive years of significant growth, Preview Visual Communications Group, comprising of PVL, Preview and Art D’Signs, needed more space in our production facility. We decided on a quick and straightforward route of continuing our upward trend, by installing a mezzanine to more than double our facility in a short timeframe. The structure, with improved lighting and power was installed in a few weeks, during February and the last stage was... read more

Exporting Seminar

Exporting Seminar

Posted on 3rd March 2016

Monday 14 March 2016 0930 – 1600 Exporters must create paperwork to comply with security and customs requirements, even if they choose to outsource shipping to agents/forwarders or delegate logistics to the buyer under ex-works terms or similar. Non compliance risks delay in the supply chain and the possibility of financial penalty. This seminar will suggest best practice and sources of information to ensure that Export Documentation details... read more

Quiz Night Sold Out

Quiz Night Sold Out

Posted on 3rd March 2016

The Quiz Night at the Woolpack on March 15th for BHBPA companies and friends is now sold out. I am pleased to say that we have 19 teams all ready and cramming with Encyclopaedia Brittanica every night before bed. It will be an exciting, competitive and fun evening I feel sure. The costs will be just £5 per member of team, in teams of between 4 and 6. That fiver will include a delicious snack of cheese or chilli nachos provided by Lance and Dee at... read more

Chris Foss, Head of Wine at Plumpton

Chris Foss, Head of Wine at Plumpton

Posted on 2nd March 2016

Students and lecturers have the vision and determination of Chris Foss to thank for creating the operation which exists today. Chris was bought up in France on a vineyard in Bordeaux owned by his mother’s family. At university Chris studied microbiology and later qualified as a teacher – after university Chris ran the family vineyard for 6 years, during which time he studied wine making and worked worked in vineyards and wineries in Sauternes... read more

Space Grant for Manor Field Primary

Space Grant for Manor Field Primary

Posted on 2nd March 2016

To Infinity and Beyond! Manor Field Primary School wins £1k Tim Peake Space Grant  Pupils at Manor Field Primary School in Burgess Hill are looking forward to a week of exciting ‘Surviving in Space’ activities from 7-11 March 2016, thanks to a £1,000 grant from the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK). Launched to celebrate astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the grant scheme is open to applications from... read more

New Overseas Signing

New Overseas Signing

Posted on 2nd March 2016

Sussex Cricket are delighted to announce their second overseas signing of the summer with the news that Bangladesh’s left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman will be arriving at Hove for the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast competition. 20 year-old starlet Mustafizur will become the first ever Bangladeshi international to play for Sussex, and the left-armer has burst on to the international scene over the past few seasons, first catching the attention of the Bangladesh... read more

Options for Funding

Options for Funding

Posted on 2nd March 2016

Alternative Funding for Business Growth from the experts Over 130 people gathered recently at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley to discuss the many alternative funding options available to businesses of all shapes and sizes whose funding needs either fell out of the scope of the high street banks or needed a more flexible approach. The high profile panel event, hosted by Sussex-based chartered accountants and business advisers, Carpenter Box, left many... read more

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Testimonials

"“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)

"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "

Angela Gill, Managing Director
(Bio Productions Ltd)

"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."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"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)