Posted on 13th April 2016
The meeting of BHBPA members on Wednesday was a very pleasant and enjoyable one, hosted excellently by Mid Sussex Golf Club. It was our first visit to the club, and we were greeted with a beautiful spring day and a glass of sparkling wine.
The first presentation was by Angela Gill, the MD of Bio-Productions, who told us the story of the management buyout which led to her and Vonny and Phil taking charge of the company. All three of them have worked at the company for ten years. They specialise in manufacturing products which are used to clean toilets, and men’s toilets in particular. This is a manufacturing company in Burgess HIll who export their products to all parts of the world, including India, Australia and Korea.
Angela’s presentation was a very thorough, interesting and amusing one, and she gained a very warm and well merited round of applause for it. This in itself was quite something as it was the first time she had ever spoken in public.
The second presentation was by Blaise Tapp, the Communities Content Manager of Sussex Newspapers. He was an erudite and amusing guy, used to working for large and popular newspapers in the North west and now thoroughly enjoying working on the Mid Sussex Times and other organs of Johnston Press. After noting that he had been upstaged by a woman talking about urine, he took us through his ideas of how newspapers would survive despite falling readerships and the power of the internet and online publications. He pointed businesses toward ways in which they could make better use of the press, including looking at entering the business award show sponsored by the Mid Sussex Times, Business Matters.
Afterwards, while people stayed on to eat and drink in convivial company, there was a great warmth of feeling toward the speakers. Lots of networking seemed to be happening and there was a lovely friendly atmosphere engendered throughout.
Thanks to the Golf Club and to the speakers for all their efforts. A very good time was had by all.
"“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”"
"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."
"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."
"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. "